Parks' Fly Shop has been in the guiding business since shortly after the shop opened. We have a small core staff and use only a handful of the best contract guides in the Yellowstone region, and we focus almost exclusively on the Yellowstone River, its tributaries, the blue-ribbon waters of Yellowstone National Park, and a small chunk of the Missouri River drainage. This narrow focus gives our guides unparalleled knowledge of the waters where they work.
We offer walk & wade, float, combination walk/float trips, and power boat trips. Walk and float trips are available on both public and private water and most trips can be adjusted to match the skill level and interests of any client.
Most of our walk trips take place in Yellowstone National Park, but we also run walk trips on the private Paradise Valley spring creeks and on the Yellowstone River and several "no name" creeks outside the Park. Those just looking to "get their feet wet" in the sport should in particular note our beginner walk trips.
We offer full-day trips for all trip types and shorter options for most. We can also set up multi-day packages to show you the wide range of fisheries in our area. We do not run overnight trips.
Regardless of trip type or length, our guide service is heavily centered on dry fly fishing when possible. In high summer, our clients typically catch most of their trout on dry flies.
Please click the links at above left for more information on a specific type of trip. Our rates are discussed on the relevant page. If you have other questions or want to talk about scheduling a trip, e-mail us or give us a call.
Uncertain what kind of trip you should take? Not a problem! Just ask for a "guide's choice" trip when you call to book, and we will plan to run the guided trip that's most suited to your skill level, interests, physical condition, and fishing conditions when you're in our area. This is our preferred booking, simply because SOMETHING is always fishing well and we always prefer to fish what's hot.
All guided trips include: all flies, all leaders and tippet material, transportation from our shop or a prearranged meeting point, water and soft drinks, and the eager attention of a guide who eats, sleeps, and breathes fly fishing. Lunch is included on full-day trips. When necessary, we also provide the use of a rod/reel combo and wading gear appropriate to the season.
Beginner fishing lessons include: up to 4 flies/angler, the use of a rod/reel combo, terminal tackle, and transportation from our shop (except for large groups).
Casting lessons include: the use of a rod/reel combo and transportation from our shop (except for large groups).
The following are not included on any of our guided trips or lessons: fishing licenses, Yellowstone Park entrance fees (if applicable), private water access fees (if applicable), spinning lures (if members of your party choose to fish with lures instead of flies), rain gear or other attire, polarized sunglasses (REQUIRED), or alcoholic beverages.
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, on the Madison River, and in the Gallatin National Forest. Walter is a USCG-licensed Captain authorized to run power boat trips on all inland waters of the United States.
Below: Richard Parks and clients, circa 1976. Drawing by Bill Chapman.
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