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GUIDED FLY FISHING

A full day guide trip is the best way for a guided angler to experience the awesome fishing and diversity of waters in our area.

WALK, WADE, FLOAT

Going out all day allows for greater travel distance, access to our full range of fisheries, and more time spent on the water. We offer full day trips in either the walk/wade or the float trip format.

In many instances, our guides incorporate wading into their float trips, using the boat for access to the best areas as well as a platform for fishing between stops. Depending on the situation, you may even spend the morning fishing from the boat, and the afternoon fishing the same or a different river on foot.

With a full day trip, the options are nearly limitless.

GUIDED FLY FISHING TRIPS

At Big Sky Anglers, we’re more than just fishing guides. We are stewards, outdoorsmen, naturalists and conservationists who do what we do because fishing is who we are and what we love. Fly fishing holds a special spot in our lives and we want to help visiting anglers discover that same extraordinary place for themselves.

Top quality, but gentle instruction is the trademark of our focused and relaxed style of guiding. Big Sky Anglers employs some of the Rocky Mountains’ most patient and experienced guides to provide you with an unforgettable fishing experience. Whether you’re a novice, expert, or somewhere in between, there is always something to learn from a day of guided fishing.

A day or two of fly fishing with us will help novice anglers cut the learning curve and give the more experienced angler a chance to hone skills or learn new techniques. The first time a brown trout peaks its nose out from behind a rock and grabs your dry fly, you will be addicted. It may be the fishing that first grabs you, but it’s the experience of an entire day spent on the river in good company that will make you a lifelong fly fisherman and, hopefully, a lifelong friend of Big Sky Anglers.

Your trip can and will be tailored to provide what you are hoping to get out of it. If you want the trip to have a more instructional focus, maybe honing in on specific techniques or skills that you’d like to improve, please let us know and we will be sure to set you up with the right guide on the right water.

If you just want to get out anywhere where you will have the best chance of getting into some fish, we can arrange that as well. The most important part is to communicate that with us ahead of time.

We are happy to discuss options and go over the details with you. It’s your trip, and we are here to make it as fun and memorable as possible. Just give us a call and we will get the ball rolling.

YNP Guided Interpretive Tours

Guided Interpretive Tours in Yellowstone National Park

Experience Yellowstone with one of our expert interpretive  guides.  This is a great way to maximize both your learning about and your enjoyment of America’s first National Park.  We offer tours in the northern and southern regions of Yellowstone.

The Old Faithful and Canyon Tour has a greater focus on geysers and geothermal features, largely based in the Lower and Upper Geyser Basins.  An eruption at Old Faithful is a quintessential part of this tour along with some smaller and lesser-known geysers.  It also includes a visit to Yellowstone Lake, the wildlife rich Hayden Valley, and the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The Mammoth Hot Springs/Lamar Valley Tour focuses on Mammoth Hot Springs , Lamar Valley, and Norris Geyser Basin if time allows.  The expansive views, dramatic scenery and wildlife viewing in the Lamar Valley highlights of this tour.  A visit to the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs offers a glimpse of the geothermal wonders of Yellowstone.

You can do both tours over a couple of days or choose to focus on one or the other.  Our tours can be customized to your preferences, tailoring to your specific interests in wildlife viewing or geothermal features.  You can also enjoy a mix of both along with an informative and education journey through Yellowstone. 

If you are booking an Angling Package with us, any of the fishing dates can be substituted for a day of touring the park.  This makes for a great mid-week break from fishing for those that can use a day’s rest.

Our guides are Certified Interpretive Guides by the National Association for Interpretation and we are a licensed CUA (Commercial Use Authorization) holder for Yellowstone National Park.

TRIPS WE OFFER

We offer Full Day Guided Trips and three-hour-long Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinics in both walk/wade and float fishing formats. We conduct our trips on waters including: the Madison, Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Missouri Rivers and Hebgen Lake in Montana; the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, and Henry’s Lake in Idaho; and the waters of Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone Park is walk/wade only. Our forest service permits also allow us to guide on many of the areas smaller and more remote streams and lakes.

Generally our trips are designed for two anglers per guide. Walk/wade trips can accommodate to 3 anglers per guide in some instances. If you have a larger group, we can easily arrange for multiple guides to fish with your group.

Trip fees cover your guided fishing, instruction, transportation to and from the river, flies, leaders, a hearty sack lunch (full day trips only), and non-alcoholic beverages. Wader/wading boot rental and rod/reel/line rental are also included in the trip fees when needed.

Anglers who fish with us are responsible for obtaining and bringing valid fishing licenses, appropriate clothing for the expected conditions, and personal items such as polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, fishing hat, and rain gear. We also encourage you to bring along your own rod/reel/line setups (5 and 6 weight with floating lines are standard), waders and boots, and a camera.

If you will be fishing in Yellowstone Park, your general Park entry pass will also be required. If you don’t have one, they can be obtained when we enter the Park the day of your trip. We sell Yellowstone Park fishing licenses in the fly shop and have a computer station set up for customers to purchase ID and MT licenses online, so we can easily set you up with the right licenses for your guide trip if you don’t already have them.

FLY FISHING CLINICS

We offer Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinics for folks who would like to begin to experience fly fishing in our area and learn the basics of fly fishing, and for experienced anglers who would like to upgrade their existing quiver of fly fishing skills. These clinics last approximately 3 hours. Plenty of fish are caught during these clinics, but it is important to know that the focus is primarily instructional and introductory.

We offer Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinics in either the walk/wade or the float trip format. In most instances, we encourage folks to start out wade fishing as it allows for a slower pace, and more direct, one-on-one attention from the guide. Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinic floats are an option for anglers with more limited mobility, and your guide may opt to use the boat for transportation between spots where you stop for instruction and fishing on foot. Really, it comes down to what is going to work best for you.

We are only able to offer up to three Introduction to Fly Fishing Clinics per day during the summer, so if this is an option you are interested in, we recommend contacting us well in advance.

These clinics are limited to the waters closest to town to minimize travel time and maximize teaching time! For a beginner angler, these clinics will focus on everything from rigging up a rod and casting, to knot tying, fly selection, reading water, wading, and other streamcraft. For an experienced angler, one of our custom tailored clinics might focus on teaching new techniques including the following:

Advanced fly casting

Advanced nymphing tactics, including Czech or Euro nymphing,
tight line nymphing, and indicator methods

Swung fly and/or two handed rod casting and fishing

Advanced dry fly methods, including matching the hatch, pocket water,
active presentations, and technical spring creek approaches

Streamer fishing tactics including advanced sinking lines, rigging, retrieves,
and presentations on foot and from the boat

Introduction to stillwater (lake) fly fishing

Introduction to rowing a raft or driftboat

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST FOR A GUIDED TRIP

Early Season - Pre-June 15

Hat, wide-brimmed or ball cap

Stocking hat or winter cap

Polarized sunglasses with sunglass retainers (chums, croakies, etc)

Sunblock

Rain Jacket, Gore-tex recommended

Fleece jacket and/or puffy layer (synthetic is recommended over down)

Fingerless Gloves

Long underwear, mid weight and heavy weight or puffy pants

Fly rods and reels, 5 and/or 6 weights with floating lines

Waders and boots

Wading staff

PEAK SEASON - JUNE 15 - AUGUST 20

Hat, wide-brimmed or ball cap

Polarized sunglasses with sunglass retainers (chums, croakies, etc)

Sunblock

Rain Jacket, Gore-tex recommended

Fleece jacket

Quick dry pants

Long sleeved fishing shirt

Fly rods and reels, 5 and/or 6 weights with floating lines

Wet wading socks or wet wading sandals

Waders and boots

Wading staff

LATE SEASON - AUGUST 20 - NOVEMBER

Hat, wide-brimmed or ball cap

Stocking cap or winter cap

Polarized sunglasses with sunglass retainers (chums, croakies, etc)

Sunblock

Rain Jacket, Gore-tex recommended

Fleece jacket and/or puffy layer (synthetic is recommended over down)

Fingerless Gloves

Long underwear, mid weight and heavy weight or puffy pants

Fly rods and reels, 5 and/or 6 weights with floating lines

Waders and boots

Wading staff

GUIDED TRIPS

FLOAT TRIP FOR 1 OR 2 ANGLERS

$599

WALK / WADE TRIP FOR 1 OR 2 ANGLERS

$599

What’s included?
Approximately 8 hours of guided fishing, lunches, drinks, rods, reels, flies, boots, waders.

What’s not included?
Licenses and gratuity.

CLINICS

 

WALK / WADE CLINIC FOR 1 OR 2 ANGLERS

$299

WALK / WADE CLINIC FOR 3 ANGLERS

$449

What’s included?
Approximately 3-4 hours of angling instruction, rods, reels, boots, waders.

What’s not included?
Licenses and gratuity.

GUIDED INTERPRETIVE TOURS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

PARK TOUR FOR 1 TO 3 PARTICIPANTS

$650

What’s included?
This includes transportation, interpretive guiding services, non-alcoholic beverages and a picnic lunch.

What’s not included?
Yellowstone Park entrance fees or any gratuity you may choose to leave your guide.