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 October 7
Fishing has been excellent in the right places lately. Know the right places: the Yellowstone from the Grand Canyon on down, Paradise Valley spring creeks and private lakes, the Gardner, the Madison, the Gibbon, and the Firehole. What are the wrong places you ask? Small mountain creeks, the Lamar River drainage (including Soda Butte and Slough Creeks), and the Yellowstone River from Yellowstone Lake down to Chittenden Bridge. You literally couldn't pay us to guide you on these waters this late in the year. Otherwise, it's happy hunting. Our largest trout (on average) come RIGHT NOW. Browns, rainbows, and even BROOKIES in the 18" or better class are now common.
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