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2021 BSA COVID UPDATES

by | Jun 29, 2021 | 0 comments

Big Sky Anglers is currently open for business in both the fly shop and our outfitting service, and looking forward to seeing you! Our lodging facility, the Golden Stone Inn, is now open and fully operational with updated cleaning standards. Please refer to this blog post for current updates as this situation progresses during the fishing season.

CURRENT STATUS

Idaho: We are currently running guide trips on the Henry’s Fork in Idaho, visiting anglers can now purchase non-resident and resident fishing licenses at this time.

Montana: We are running guide trips in Montana, anglers can purchase licenses online

Yellowstone National Park: YNP is currently open and all gates are operational.  Fishing is open per the YNP fishing regulations.

OPERATING PROCEDURES

The following plan outlines Big Sky Anglers’ current operating procedures in both our fly shop and our guide service. It is our focus to implement procedures that ensure the safety, health, and well-being of both our employees and our customers. This is a fluid situation requiring an adaptable plan, and we will be updating these procedures as the season and situation unfolds. This blog post will have the latest updates.

GOALS

-Ensure the health and safety of our employees and customers
-Implement procedures that prevent and minimize the transmission of Covid-19
-Comply with federal, state, and various government agency mandates

BIG SKY ANGLERS OUTFITTING OPERATIONS

The safety of our customers and employees is paramount to us, we acknowledge that in order to ensure this safety active participation must take place on both the guide’s and the customers’ part. We thank you for acting responsibly and for taking the following precautions.

These operating protocols are mandatory for all guided fishing trips with Big Sky Anglers. We are allowing 1-2 anglers per float trip, and up to 3 on a walk/wade trip. Social distancing standards are strongly recommended, when at all possible. 

PRE-TRIP

-Guides will discuss the night before where clients are coming from and try to understand what their level of exposure is. Any symptomatic conditions on the part of guide or client serve as basis for cancellation of trip at no penalty to customer or guide.

-Guide will discuss fishing options, needed gear, and advise customer which license to purchase for the fishing day. License sales can be organized at the flyshop but are also available online.

YNP licenses online: recreation.gov

MT licenses online:   ols.fwp.mt.gov

 ID licenses online: license.gooutdoorsidaho.com

 

TRANSPORTATION

-We are recommending that customers drive their own vehicle to the accesses and have their own shuttles run if preferred.

-Fishing customers are welcome to ride in guides’ vehicles if preferred or necessary.  We respectfully ask all non-vaccinated persons in the vehicle to wear a face mask.  If all people in the vehicle are vaccinated, face masks do not need to be worn.  Face masks must be worn by both customers and guides if in a shared vehicle while in Yellowstone National Park, regardless of vaccination status per YNP regulations.  Guides will have face masks available for customer use.  Windows cracked to ventilate.

-Guides are required to wipe down all “hot spots” in their vehicles after parking and before locking at boat ramps to ensure safety of shuttle drivers.

DURING TRIP

-Guides should ask customers at the beginning of trip if the customer prefers a face mask be worn by the guide and be prepared to do so.  We understand that our customers have a range of feelings about Covid-19 and it is our goal to ensure that everyone is comfortable on our guided fishing trips.

-Guide vehicles will be sanitized before and after each trip, wiping all “hot spot” zones such as: seats, armrests, door handles, window cranks/buttons, steering wheel, gear shifts, seat belts and buckles, etc.

-Guides must make available a set of sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer within reach of each customer at all times as well as have their own set within their own reach. These are not to be shared, rather each person must have access within reach of their own supply.

-Lunches will be prepared by a subcontractor and guides will never touch the interior contents of the sack lunch. Guides will have a separate cooler for lunches and equipped with hand sanitizer

BIG SKY ANGLERS FLY SHOP

-“Fly Tackle Takeout” or curbside service is available for those customers who prefer not to enter our fly shop. Orders can be called in ahead of time and we’ll have them ready for you to pickup at your convenience. Call the shop at 406.646.7801 to get started.

-We have signage posted asking our customers to respect social distancing norms

-We are requiring that face masks be worn by non-vaccinated staff 

-We respectfully ask that non-vaccinated customers wear a mask while in the store.

-Bathroom is closed to the public and will be cleaned/sanitized at beginning and end of each shift.

-All employees are prohibited from coming to work if they are showing symptoms of being ill.

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