Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Yellowstone River float

 

Booking a trip with one of our Montana fly fishing guides may be one of the best things you do all year!  Whether you are looking to float the Yellowstone River, one of the other blue ribbon rivers in SW Montana, or wish to wade fish one of the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks, you'll enjoy spending a day on the water with one of Montana's best fly fishing guides.  Here at the Yellowstone Angler, we act as booking agents, not only for some of the best fly fishing guides in Montana, but also for Montana outfitters who have opperate under their own license.    


Most of the time the guides utilize McKenzie style drift boats, the finest craft for float fishing the Yellowstone and other large rivers in Montana like the Madison River, the Missouri River, the Bighorn River, and others.  On some of the smaller, rockier streams that are more difficult to navigate, the guides use inflatable rafts that are comfortably equipped for anglers. Depending on the river and the conditions, we'll often stop to wade fish the better riffles and runs.  You can choose between a quick lunch (typically some kind of sandwich), or you can choose to relax while our guides prepare a gourmet streamside lunch while you enjoy the spectacular views of the Absaroka mountains and Montana's Paradise Valley.  

Another option that has become quite popular with returning clients are the many private lakes and streams we have access to.  We have always strived to find or create new and interesting properties to fish that other outfitters may not know about or have access to.  Fishing one of these smaller wade-fishing streams or one of the private lake out of a boat is a great way to create variety on a 3-4 day trip.  


Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park has also become a popular destination for returning clients. We have many "hike and strike" rivers and streams that require anywhere from a 50 foot hike to a 10 mile round trip hike.  Seeing and fishing in YNP is a special treat that all anglers should try at least once.     

 

 

       meet the guides                     Yellowstone Angler Staff

 


Booking Your Guide Trip

 

Big brown The best way to book your trip is to call us at 406-222-7130 and we can discuss your trip in detail.  Logan Brown is our guide bookings manager and the best person to talk to, but any of us here at the shop can help you set up your trip.  Even if you are not quite ready to book a trip, please call us as we are always happy to talk fishing and can hopefully steer you in a good direction of where to go to achieve your fishing goals.  You can also e-mail us at staff@yellowstoneangler.com.  You can also fax us at 406-222-9020, or send a letter by snail mail to Yellowstone Angler, P.O. Box 629, Livingston, Montana 59047. 

 

 

 

 Give us an idea of the time period you are thinking about, the number of days you would like to fish, and the number of days you would like to utilize guides for float or wade trips. It is important to book as early as possible, especially if you would like to fish with your favorite Outfitters or guides, or need spring creek reservations which are very limited. We'll do our best to line you up with the Outfitter or guide you request but keep in mind that returning clients retain the option to rebook their favorite Outfitter or guide for the next year (for the same approximate dates). If clients do not exercise this option at the end of their trip or make other arrangements, we must book the Outfitters and guides on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Ask Our AdviceMarcus McGuire and Peter Vig

We will be happy to work up an itinerary that is perfect for you, and try to make all the necessary reservations for you on private waters we fish including the spring creeks, Burns Lake, and other local private lakes. During prime time, it helps if you can be a little flexible with your schedule. In addition, we can book accommodations for you at any of our local motels, B & B's, resorts and guest ranches. We do all this as a service to our clients at no additional charge. (If you're hunting for ideas yourself, be sure to look at our Area Info page.)

 

Once we set up a tentative itinerary for your trip, we'll send this back to you by e-mail or letter. If this itinerary looks OK you are set, otherwise we'll try to make whatever revisions you request. Once we have your guided days set, we'll ask for a Visa or MasterCard and charge you a deposit of $150 per guided day. You can also send us a check or money order if you like. Then you can pay the balance here at the end of your trip with a credit card, check or cash- whatever you would prefer.

 

Float Trips: Major "blue ribbon" rivers including the Yellowstone, Bighorn, Madison, Missouri, Jefferson, Gallatin, Ruby, Boulder, and Stillwater River. Most of these call for McKenzie style drift boats, but the smaller rivers may require a raft depending on the time of year.

 

Wade Trips: Some of the finest fishing close to Livingston are the famous paradise Valley Spring Creeks -  Armstrong’s, Depuy’s, and  Nelson’s.   These spring creeks are on private ranches and the owners charge rod fees of $40-$125 depending on the season and stream. Other good streams we wade fish are the Boulder River, West Boulder River, Stillwater, Gallatin River, East Gallatin, and a handful of "top secret" streams we won't mention on line.  If you enjoy fishing small mountain streams for 8-14 inch trout, that see very little fishing pressure, you'll enjoy places like Mill Creek and its tributaries,  Sixmile Creek, Big Creek, Tom Miner Creek, and the Upper Shields, all close to Livingston. 

 

Yellowstone National Park Trips: We are one of a few select fly shops that maintain a commercial use fishing license inside Yellowstone National Park.  This allows our Yellowstone fly fishing guides to take you to superb rivers and streams within Yellowstone National Park including Slough Creek, the Lamar, Soda butte, the Madison, the Firehole, and many others. Those who are willing to "hike and strike" will experience some of the most remote and beautiful streams in the country.

 

Jet boat trips:  Recently there has been more interest in jet boat trips to the Missouri.  We now offer jet boat trips through US Coast Gaurd certified guides.  Most anglers wish to go to the "Land of Giants" however there are other spots around SW Montana that they can take you.

 

Winter Rates:  There are times when winter fishing makes no sense at all, and times when warmer windows show up allowing for a few days of fishing.  The bad news is these windows are hard to plan, aside from a last minute booking - which we encourage.  The good news is that the fish have seen a lot less pressure this time of year, especially on the Paradise Valley spring creeks where water temperatures come out of the ground much warmer than the river.  Depending on the weather a float may also be possible. Call anytime, we'll let you know what your best option is for day(s) you can fish.

 

Spring Special:  Spring is one of our favorite times to fish, mostly because you have a shot at catching some of the larger fish that have not been caught yet early in the year.  Learning how to target large brown trout in a skill worth learning in itself, regardless of the outcome.  The guides are fresh this time of year and more than willing to spend a little extra time and effort to improve your fishing skills.  As an added bonus, you might hit the Mother's day Caddis Hatch perfectly (typcially late April to early May), which is some of the very best dry fly fishing we'll see all year.  

     

2018 Yellowstone Angler guide rates 

 

*YNP trips do not include entrance fee

** Half day trips not available July 1 - August 31

Note: Winter and Spring Special trips are available for the Yellowstone,

Lower Madison, and Spring Creeks only.

 

 

What's Included

Flies

Leaders / Tippet

Rod and Reels (if needed)

Boots and Waders (if needed)

Lunches

Beverages

Shuttle 

 

The guides and outfitters we work with go to great lengths to make your lunch a memorable part of the fishing day.  At the time of your booking please specifiy if you would like a "grilled lunch" or a quick lunch. There is no extra cost for a grilled lunch other than a little extra time spent relaxing instead of fishing.  The guide fee also includes a shuttle, so that you can get on the river more quickly and have the guide's rig at your take out at the end of your float.  Please note that half day trips do not include lunch, but your guide will have a cooler with beverages for the day and space for you to bring your own snacks.

 

 

What's Not Included

Fishing Licenses

Guide Gratuity (20% of trip cost recommended)

Entry Fee to YNP (if applicable)

Beer or Alcoholic beverages

Hats / Polarized Sun Glasses

Raincoats / warmer clothing (if needed)

Sunscreen / lip balm 

 


fall brownDeposits, Payments and Refunds

When you make your booking, an authorized Yellowstone Angler agent will ask for a deposit of $150 per guide / per day of fishing. Once we have finalized your arrangements we will charge your credit card to secure your booking. The easiest way to secure your deposit is with your Visa or MasterCard, or if you prefer, you can send us a check or money order.  

If you wish to pay the deposit with a check we must receive the check within two weeks from the day you make the booking. This option is only available for bookings at least 2 months in advance. In the event that we have not heard from you, or received any deposit, we'll make one more effort to contact you. If we have not received a deposit within two weeks from the date the booking was made, we will be forced to cancel all of your reservations. 

Once the deposit has been made we will send you a detailed itinerary that will serve as your confirmation letter. Additional deposits may be required for private waters, and these must be made by separate check. We'll detail this for you.

 

Cancelation Policy 

The deposit policy that we have worked out for all the Outfitters and guides we work with is as such: Deposits are fully refundable up to 30 days prior to your trip. Within 30 days of your trip, we will still refund in full if we can rebook the Outfitters or guides (or re-book the dates reserved on private waters) for the days you have canceled.  We do ask that you contact us immediately if you need to either change your dates or to have your booking canceled, (this will give us more lead time to re-book the guide, which will help us get you your deposit back).    

If you must cancel within one week of your trip, we will require full payment for the guide fees for those days you have booked and charge your credit card on file for the entire balance.  We must do this to protect the guides and outfitters for lost days in the prime-time of the season. We will then make every effort possible to re-book your guides for the days that were cancelled. If we are able to re-book the guides for the days you had to cancel, we will refund 100% of your deposit or apply it to another upcoming trip, whichever you prefer.

 

Final Payments for your trip can be made at our shop. You can pay us at that time with cash, check or by using your VISA or MasterCard. We maintain a separate account for the Outfitters and guides, and these payments will be kept separate from your bill for flies, tackle and other equipment. Remember to bring some cash to tip your guides. Note: we are often asked how much anglers should tip their guides: $80 to $100 a day is what most of the guides average, so use those figures as guidelines. 

 

 

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