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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Richard Parks is Montana Outfitter #327. Under his licensure, Parks' Fly Shop is licensed to operate in Yellowstone National Park, Montana waters under general regulations, and the Custer-Gallatin National Forest. Walter J. Wiese is Montana Outfitter #22001. Under his licensure, the shop is licensed to operate on the Madison and Missouri Rivers.
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