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 locally-produced flies in addition to standards and standbys. 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.
The following photos are designed to give a sense of some of the local flies the shop stocks. It's hard to keep up with our latest creations, so only about a quarter of the local patterns we stock are pictured, and none of the "standard" patterns that we tweak a little. Give us a call to talk about current stock that might fit your needs.
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 and Madison River SRP holder #297. The shop operates under his licensure in the Yellowstone Drainage downstream of Livingston and in the entire Missouri River Drainage.
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