Parks' Fly Shop is a small shop with a small staff. In fact, we have only five full-time staff members in the summer (only two in the winter!) and use only three contract guides and outfitters regularly. With the exception of first-year employees, if we happen to have any, all of us guide and all of us work in the shop, to one degree or another, so you can be sure when visiting the shop that the clerk who is selling you flies has been on the water recently and knows exactly where and what the fish are eating.
Looking to book a guided trip and hoping to book somebody in particular? This is no problem, whether you've fished with one of our guides before and would like to do so again or because you think you'd be a good fit. Please contact the shop directly rather than contacting the guide. You can use our Guided Trip Information Form, give us a call, or e-mail Walter to start the booking process. You can request a specific guide when you book.
Staff photos and bios are below, beginning with full-timers, continuing with independent guides/outfitters who do a lot of work for us, and finishing with our fly tiers who neither work in the shop nor guide. Within these categories, staff are listed in order of seniority, most to least.
Kody with a Colorado rainbow.
Kody Marr joined Parks' Fly Shop for the 2018 season as a shop clerk and trainee guide. He began guiding late in the 2018 season and will be a full guide in 2019.
Kody was born in Colorado but grew up mainly fishing southern California chasing largemouth bass on Pyramid Lake and Santee Lakes, and yellowfin tuna and dorado doing multi-day deep sea trips out of Dana Point. Once finished with college he moved back to the Colorado high country and immediately turned to trout where he fell in love with the diverse headwater streams and tailwater options on the South Platte, Blue, and Arkansas Rivers.
Since he began fly fishing in 2015, he has spent 100+ days on the water each year in all four seasons trying to make up for lost time. Since beginning fly fishing Kody has made annual multi-week trips to the Teton-Yellowstone area to enjoy salmonfly season as well as some of the more technical fisheries in the area. Kody also enjoys the art of fly tying. He began tying in 2016 and has been consistently progressing since.
When Kody doesn’t have a rod and reel in his hand you may see him whitewater kayaking and whitewater rafting during the peak of runoff on some of the local class-III whitewater stretches in the area.
Richard Parks is Montana Outfitter #327 and Yellowstone Park CUA holder #13-037. Parks' Fly Shop operates under his licensure in Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River Drainage upstream of Livingston, and the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. Walter J. Wiese is Montana Outfitter #22001. The shop operates under his licensure in the Yellowstone Drainage downstream of Livingston and in the entire Missouri River Drainage.
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