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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 our discretion.


                                         June 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 available

                              CUSTOM PROGRAMS

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.  Please inquire.

                            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 dusk

                          WALKING TRIPS---YELLOWSTONE PARK 

                                           1 June - 30 October

                                   1 person....................$310.00

                                   2 person....................$350.00   

                                   3 person....................$390.00

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 outline.

                                            HALF DAY TRIPS

                                      1 person..............$225.00

                                      2 person..............$250.00   

                                      3 person..............$290.00

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.






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                      Contact Information

                                               Richard Parks  Lic.  #32

                                               Box 196 - Gardiner, MT 59030 -

                                               Phone 406-848-7314