Parks' Fly Shop Guided Fly Fishing Trips: Yellowstone River Float Trips, Yellowstone National Park Walk Trips, Spring Creek Trips, Lake Float Trips

big Yellowstone River brown trout

Pretty trout and pretty scenery abound on our guided trips in Montana and Yellowstone Park. This big brown came on a River Float on the Paradise Valley section of the Yellowstone River.

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Introduction to Parks' Fly Shop's Fly Fishing Guide Service

Parks' Fly Shop has been offering guided Montana and Yellowstone fly fishing trips since 1954. We offer walk & wade and hike-in fishing trips in Yellowstone Park and on public waters in Montana, as well as private water wade-fishing trips on Depuy and the other Paradise Valley spring creeks. Our Montana fishing guides run drift boat and whitewater raft fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone, Madison, Boulder, and other rivers, and float/wade trips on several private lakes. We are one of only a handful of shops to offer power boat trips. For now these take place on the Missouri River, but we're hoping to add more destinations in summer 2021. We generally operate within two hours of our shop in Gardiner, Montana (usually much closer) or Livingston, Montana, where many of our contractor guides and outfitters live.

Our fly fishing trips in Montana are available year-round, weather and water conditions permitting. Both full-day and half-day Yellowstone Park fishing tours are available during the park fishing season, which runs from Memorial Day weekend through the first Sunday in November. Full-day fishing trips in Montana are available from April through October, while half-day trips are available year-round. We also offer short quarter-day winter fly fishing trips in Montana.

Guided fishing trips are available for fly anglers of all experience levels, beginner to expert, and for ages 8 and up.

In addition to guided fishing trips in Yellowstone and Montana, we also offer beginner fly fishing lessons, though most beginners get much more out beginner guided trips than from basic lessons.

Uncertain what kind of trip you should take? Not a problem! Just ask for a "guide's choice" trip when you book, and we will plan to run the guided trip that's most suited to your skill level, interests, physical condition, and fishing conditions. This is our preferred booking, simply because SOMETHING is always fishing well and we always prefer to fish what's hot.

For more information on a certain type of trip or to learn our rates and policies, click one of the links below.

Guided Trip Rates

A full discussion of our rates and policies can be found on the rates and policies page. The following are rates for "standard" trips. Rates are valid for one or two people. A third person can be added on walk-wade trips only for $100 on half-day trips and $150 on full-day trips. Rates are identical whether we're fishing public water in Montana, public water in Yellowstone Park, or private waters. Additional access fees charged by the landowners apply on private water trips.

  • Full-Day Walk or Float Trips (Peak Season): $550
  • Half-Day Walk or Float Trips (Peak Season): $450
  • Double Half-Day (Float Only): $600 Double half-days combine two five-mile floats on different sections of river on the same day. Available July and August.
  • Shoulder Season Discount: Subtract $50 from half-day rates or $75 from full-day rates on public water walk or float trips. Discounts apply from November 1 through May 14 and do not apply to power boat trips or private water trips.
  • Winter Special Walk-Wade Trips: $300 These are 3hr walk-wade trips available in off-season, from November 1 through April 14.
  • Walk-Float Combo Trips: $600. These trips combine a half-day walking near the north entrance of YNP and a half-day floating. Available July through September.
  • Power Boat Trips: $525 to $650 Rates vary by season and number of days booked. Check the rates page for details.
  • Beginner Fishing Lessons: $225 and Up Rates vary by the number of clients after the first. Max 5 clients. Limited availability (book a walk-wade trip instead).

Walk & Wade Trips

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Our public water walk & wade trips are available year-round. Most take place in Yellowstone Park, but we run some in Montana as well. We fish waters big and small, for a wide range of trout species, as well as grayling. While we prefer to hike in when possible to beat the crowds, some roadside waters suitable for less-mobile anglers are available.

Float Trips

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Guided float trips are available on the Yellowstone River from ice-out in March or April until early November except during the spring melt. Float trips on the Boulder, Madison, and other rivers are available seasonally. We utilize both rafts and drift boats, depending on the season and water we're floating. Most fishing is done from the boats, but on some trips we get out to fish from time to time.

Walk/Float Combos

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Walk/Float Combos combine a half-day walking in Yellowstone Park and a half-day floating on the upper Yellowstone near Gardiner. They are available from July to early October and can provide the best of both worlds for anglers who don't have time to book two individual trips but want to experience both walking and floating. Note that this is not simply a float trip in which we get out of the boat in a few places.

Power Boat Trips

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The "Land of Giants" section of the Missouri River downstream of Hauser Dam is a unique tailwater fishery best accessed via jet boat. It offers the best fishing for large trout in our area of operations, and the best fishing overall from April through June. This is an ideal trip for anglers of any skill level who want the chance to target trout averaging 14-18 inches and getting much larger, though this water is a long haul from our shop in Gardiner and it is often quite crowded.

Private Lake Trips

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Private ranch lakes near Gardiner and Livingston offer large fish, low crowds, and relaxed fishing. They are available from April through mid-October but are best from April through June and again from mid-September until mid-October. Additional access fees apply.

Spring Creek Trips

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The Paradise Valley Spring Creeks offer technical (difficult) "spot and stalk" fishing for larger-than-average, spooky trout in pastoral settings. These trips are available year-round but are best from February through April, in late June and July, and from mid-October until early December. Additional access fees apply.

Beginner Trips

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All of our trips are available for anglers of all skill levels, including total beginners. This page offers information on which trips are best for rookies, and include additional information for those who've never taken a fly fishing trip before.


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Limited in time or just want the smallest taste of fly fishing? Our beginner fishing lessons or a casting lesson might be of interest. Note that these trips are comparable to the "beginner fishing trips" offered by some general tourism and raft companies; we do not consider them full guided trips due to their limited duration.

Rates & Policies

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Looking for trip rates and policies? Click below.


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Parks' Fly Shop

PO Box 196 or 202 Second Street South

Gardiner, MT 59030

Phone: (406) 848-7314

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