Parks' Fly Shop began as Merton Parks' custom fly tying business in the late 1940s, so it's no surprise we stock a lot of custom and locally-produced flies. In fact, we tie and/or design about half of our entire fly stock, and have the second-highest percentage and overall number of local flies for the Yellowstone area out of all the dozens of fly shops in the region. Some of these flies are merely subtle variations on standard patterns, but many are local designs that are either available nowhere else or originated in the Yellowstone region specifically for the fish that swim a few steps or a few miles from our front door. Sometimes having one of these patterns makes all the difference between fooling a fish and having it refuse your fly, because trout in our region see a lot of fake bugs and they get suspicious of those they see the most, especially "standard" patterns that are tied the same for fish in Yellowstone or Ypsilanti. Nowadays, the majority of these flies are tied or designed by Walter Wiese
Click the panels below to check out many of our local and custom flies. Most of our true specialties are included, though our newest concoctions aren't. To learn about those, you'll need to book a guided trip, since we give our new flies a "trial by fire" before we ever sell them. In addition, you won't see common patterns like San Juan Worms that we just happen to tie in-house.
If you'd like to learn how to tie the flies below, keep an eye on our Youtube Channel and our Blog. Starting in winter 2019, we are going to be posting A LOT more how-to content, from fly tying videos to tying tips to fishing and rigging tips.
Note on Fly Names: If a fly has an individual's name attached to it (usually a last name), it is a custom design by that individual, i.e. Wiese's Clacka Caddis. If it simply has "PFS" attached, it's a standard or previously-existing pattern that we tie with tweaks of some kind: color, recipe, etc. that distinguish ours from those you can buy elsewhere. While we tie some standard patterns indistinguishable from those you can get elsewhere, we don't list them on this page.
Custom flies are priced at $2.75 apiece unless noted. We do not have an ecommerce store, but are happy to accept mail-orders via phone or e-mail (we will call to take your payment info via phone even if you initiate the order via e-mail). Free shipping on fly orders over $50.00!
Please Note: Not all flies will be available from early fall through May, as we often run out of continuing patterns in late summer and have to replace these and tie new patterns during the winter.
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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