Our staff have written four books (and counting) about fishing in the Yellowstone area. Please click one of the titles below for more details.
Welcome to the Parks' Fly Shop website. Our shop is located in Gardiner, Montana, within sight of the Yellowstone River and a quarter-mile from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park. All the prime water within the Park, the blue-ribbon portion of the Yellowstone River, and many great private lakes and spring creeks are located within an easy drive, making us the most centrally-located fly shop and outfitter in the region.
The rivers and lakes of the Yellowstone region have been our obsessions and the guiding forces behind our business since 1953. We stock only flies & gear useful within fifty miles of our door, we designed and/or tie around half the flies we stock, and our guide service is a local one, focused on Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone River system, and portions of the upper Missouri River drainage rather than on fly fishing Montana as a whole. Our tight focus gives us unparalleled knowledge of local fisheries.
Give us a call at (406) 848-7314 to set up a guided Montana or Yellowstone fishing trip or check on river conditions. You can also contact us via the e-mail links at the bottom of each page of our site. We look forward to introducing you to the great fly fishing Yellowstone and southwest Montana have to offer.
As you explore our site, be aware that it's very text-heavy. We offer a lot of information on almost every page, and we did so intentionally. If you're the type of person who likes to dive into travel information, grab a cup of coffee and be ready to spend three or four hours going through our site, and please enjoy it!
Richard Parks is Montana outfitter #327. Walter Wiese is Montana outfitter #22001. We are licensed to guide in Yellowstone National Park, waters in the state of Montana under general regulations, and in the Gallatin National Forest. Contract outfitters are licensed on the Madison River. Walter is a USCG-licensed Captain authorized to run power boat trips on all inland waters of the United States.
Updated December 7
With the Yellowstone River now full of slush ice and likely to only get more over the next few weeks, fishing opportunities are limited to the Paradise Valley spring creeks and occasional thaws that make areas near hot springs and the Gardner River confluence fishable. Much better fishing opportunities return in February as the days get longer and the rainbows start preparing for their spawning runs.
The fishing may be meh, but the skiing and snowshoeing is getting better and better. NEW FOR 2016-2017, we offer BACKCOUNTRY XC ski rentals in addition to snowshoes and light touring skis. Daily, three-day, monthly, and season rental terms are available, and we will have some great deals available on older rental gear through Christmas.
We are now taking guided trip bookings for for the 2017 fly fishing season. Book soon to lock in 2016 rates for your 2017 trip.
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