Big Sky Anglers
Big Sky Anglers is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing outfitter in West Yellowstone, Montana.
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What is Provided:
On our guided fly-fishing trips we include:
- All guiding services
- Terminal tackle (flies/leaders/tippet, etc)
- Non-alcoholic beverages
- Needed equipment (rods/reels/lines and waders/boots).
Not included are the cost of fishing licenses, Park entrance fees, and any gratuity.
We use 5- and 6- wt., 8 1/2 to 9-foot fly rods most typically. Floating lines are used 95% of the time. Occasionally, a short sink tip or sinking line will be used for lake or streamer fishing. Good rain gear is a must at any time of year; a waterproof rain jacket and a warm layer should be packed each day. In May, June, September, and October, a puffy layer, stocking cap, and fingerless gloves are a good idea. We generally bring waders and make the decision whether to wet wade or not on the day of the trip. Felt soles are now illegal in Yellowstone National Park's waters. Rubber soles must be used.
What to Bring (Additional):
- Brimmed hat
- Polarized sunglasses
- Bird Guidebook
- Wildflower guidebook
Our area has year-round fishing opportunities, but generally our high season begins mid-May with pre-runoff conditions and finishes in the beginning of November when Yellowstone National Park (YNP) closes. Yellowstone National Park's fishing season runs from the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend through the first Sunday in November. While many of the area rivers are in peak runoff from the end of May - mid-June, the Henry's Fork in Idaho and the Firehole River in YNP are in prime shape, so we have continuously fishable water throughout spring and early summer.
- Yellowstone cutthroat trout
- Westslope cutthroat trout
- Brown trout
- Rainbow trout
- Brook trout
The Greater Yellowstone ecosystem encompasses a wide variety of landscapes and terrain. High mountain peaks, broad river valleys, dense forests, and wide-open landscapes are all around the corner from one another. Within an hour's drive from West Yellowstone at 6,600 feet, you could travel up or down another 1,000 feet in elevation, be on one of the largest spring creeks in North America, floating down the Madison river in it's iconic Big Sky valley, be fishing an alpine lake, or be standing knee deep in a trout stream you can only just cast across, with a bison wallowing in the distance. Remote canyons and backcountry rivers, as well as great roadside accessibility, all add to the depth of this area. The wildlife viewing opportunities in Yellowstone include the chance at catching a glimpse of some of North America's large mammals like bison, elk, moose, grizzly and black bears, and wolves.
Our weather, as in most mountain climates, is quick to change, and it's important to remember that snow is a possibility at any time of year. It can also be surprisingly hot and the sun intense in the summer due to our high altitude at 6,600 feet. Generally, we expect cool temperatures and somewhat wet weather through the middle of June, with daytime highs ranging from the high 40s to the low 70s. Summer sets in mid-June with long days and warmer temperatures that eventually stretch into the 80s in July and the middle of August. Thunderstorms are the most common during this time frame. By the end of August and into September, our nights are freezing, and daytime temperatures are swinging up to the 80s on warm days. On cool days expect highs in the 50s and high 40s. By mid-September, there is a distinct autumn feel to the area. October brings low temps and the likelihood of snow; this is a great time to bring all your layers!
What are the closest airports?
The closest servicing airports are:
West Yellowstone (WYS)
Bozeman (2 hrs' drive) (BZN)
Idaho Falls (2 hrs' drive) (IDA)
Salt Lake City (4.5 hrs' drive) (SLC)
Where can I stay if I bring my dog?
The Big Sky Anglers flyshop and lodging facility, the Golden Stone Inn are pet friendly environments.
Where is the flyshop located?
Our flyshop is located right in the heart of West Yellowstone.
What are the accommodations like?
The Golden Stone Inn provides our guests with a comfortable, quiet and private lodging option in West Yellowstone while located within a short walk of downtown's restaurants and shops. High speed, wireless internet available.
Big Sky Anglers has a full-service fly shop and lodging facility, the Golden Stone Inn, also located in West Yellowstone. Ask us about our angling packages. We can also help to arrange an interpretive and educational Yellowstone Park tour for those wishing to take a break from a day's fishing and delve into the wonders of our nation's first National Park.
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