Parks' Fly Shop began running guided float trips on the Yellowstone River in 1955 utilizing a war-surplus rubber raft that had apparently earned several Purple Hearts during its service, based on the number of leaks. We then graduated to low-profile jon boats, which sure made running rapids fun. Nowadays we utilize purpose-built fly fishing drift boats. We run guided trips on most of the blue ribbon portion of the Yellowstone, between Gardiner and Livingston. It is the only float river we run.
Float trips on the Yellowstone are available as full-day and half-day options. Float trips are available from the middle of March through early November, water level and temperatures permitting.
Our lake floats are discussed seperately.
Rates for float trips can be found on our general rates page.
The Yellowstone is one of the most famous rivers on Earth. In terms of variety of angling opportunities, quality, and the landscape through which it flows, the Yellowstone is unparalleled. Our shop is located a hundred yards from the Yellowstone River and only two miles from the first drift boat access.
Depending on time of year and stretch floated, the Yellowstone has something to offer for every angler, whether you're interested in catching a lot of cutthroat trout on dry flies or hoping for one real monster on a streamer. In general, we focus on the upper river near Gardiner for numbers of fish and when dry fly fishing is key, and go further downstream when looking for a handful of big daddies.
Full-day float trips meet between 7:00 and 9:00AM depending on weather and water conditions. We occasionally run half-day trips that meet after lunch, but most start between 8:00 and 10:30.
Richard Parks is Montana Outfitter #327 and Yellowstone Park CUA holder #13-037.