WE HAVE BEEN serving the sportsmen of the Yellowstone since 1953.
Richard Parks, son of the founder, Merton, has been managing the operation since
1970. Co-author of Tying and Fishing the West's Best Dry Flies,
he does much of the guiding personally. When this is not possible we
turn to our highly trained personnel and list of top independent outfitters to
augment the staff. All prospective clients know who their guide will be at
the time of booking. We are a full-line fishing outfitter, carrying top
lines of equipment as well as less expensive gear. We can outfit you on
the spot or handle mail order inquiries.
IT HAS ALWAYS been our objective to help each client return home a better
fisherman than when he arrived. In the case of those broadly experienced
and skilled, this will at least contribute to your detailed knowledge of the
area. Most come to us aware of points where their technique is weak.
We are geared to help strengthen or broaden you basic fishing skills while on
the stream. We have had many requests for a more formalized school format
for the beginning fly fisher. This program is detailed below.
WE PROVIDE our parties with lunch, cooler with soft drinks, and
transportation to and from the water. We will be happy to make
arrangements for accommodations at one of the area's numerous motels and resort
facilities, if the Guest House is not what you are looking for. Gardiner
has an airstrip for light planes and we will meet you there or at commercial
facilities. Our float trips employ 16'Lavro drift boats equipped with fore
and aft knee braces so that two fishermen can effectively fish simultaneously.
WE DO NOT PROVIDE clothes, tackle, rain gear, terminal tackle, alcoholic
beverages, or other personal equipment. Since the weather is fickle and
our altitude is fairly high, we recommend bringing plenty of warm clothes even
in mid-summer. Tackle requirements vary considerably depending on your
objectives. We recommend a 6 or 7 weight outfit as a base line. Most
deficiencies can be made good in our shop.
WE WILL HELP you plan your trip to meet your needs and do our best to
accommodate walk-ins, but due to the highly individualized nature of our service
we request that reservations be made in advance whenever possible. A
deposit is required upon booking reservations.
UNFORTUNATELY PLANS and conditions change. Your deposit will be
refunded if WE cancel, at any time, for any reason, including unsuitable
conditions. YOU may cancel without penalty and your deposit will be
refunded up until 15 days before your scheduled trip; thereafter a refund is at
NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE FLY FISHING SCHOOLS.
22-24-07, September 14-16-07
Richard Parks, lead instructor
$515.00 per person; $565.00per person all tackle included
Maximum Enrollment -8; minimum - 4
These schools feature small class sizes and highly personalized
instruction, and emphasize hands-on and on stream experience. We will
focus on the basics of fly fishing: casting technique, reading the water, knots,
and entomology, and on experiencing Yellowstone National Park. Also
included are 3 nights lodging (double occupancy), breakfast and lunch each day,
a detailed audiovisual presentation about regional angling opportunities, and
evening discussion sessions with the intructor(s). With an enrollment of 5
or more, a second instructor will added at no additional charge. Lodging
tax gratuities, and tackle are not included, thought rental equipment is
We will work with you to build a special program for you or
your group. This could be as simple as an Audio-Visual angler's eye tour
of the park lasting 1 to 2 hours for groups of any size or as complex as
on-stream schools for groups of families similar to those outlined above.
FLOAT TRIPS---YELLOWSTONE RIVER
July 10 - October 30
Depending on your desires, the season and water conditions,
your float will be conducted somewhere on the "Blue Ribbon" Yellowstone River
between Gardiner and Big Timber, MT. Unless other arrangements have been
made, all trips begin from our shop at 9 a.m. MDT and are on the water until
WALKING TRIPS---YELLOWSTONE PARK
1 June - 30 October
The location of the trip is dependent on the season. In
June we fish the Firehole or Gibbon, in the high summer somewhere in the
Yellowstone drainage, and in the fall it's back to the Firehole. Water
conditions. vary from year to year, so there is considerable flexibility in this
HALF DAY TRIPS
Half day trips can be arranged on any of the above water.
No lunch will be provided. Trips can be either morning or afternoon trips.
RECREATIONAL FLOAT TRIPS
Non-fishing white water raft trips are available on several
waters of the region. Inquire for further information.