Big Sky Anglers is an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing outfitter in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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Big Sky Anglers

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter

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West Yellowstone, MT

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The Story

Join the experts at Orvis-endorsed outfitter Big Sky Anglers on your fly-fishing trip in Montana. We're a group of fly-fishers dedicated to sharing great experiences with other fly-fishers. We have guided these and international waters for over 25 years, and we fish all over the globe. West Yellowstone is where we call home, and with good reason—we are proud to live in an area that still has places we'd like to tick off our own bucket lists! We hope to share this great area with you!

Our team of hardworking, experienced, and professional fly-fishing guides is well versed in all levels of instruction. We are passionate about our own angling and excited to share it with others. You can expect both quality and patient instruction from our staff, as well as to have a great time while fishing with us!

We work hard to align our customers' skills, preferences, and hopes for the day with the right waters and opportunities. This is a large region, and we thrive on helping people navigate it. We believe this area truly has something for every type of fly angler, from the rank beginner to the lifelong fly-fisher.

We also believe in using these diverse waterways to seize opportunities for instruction and further skill development. We believe through helping anglers build skills, we can continually expose them to new experiences and angling opportunities. Whether you wish to build your skills to one day stalk trophy trout on the Henry's Fork's Railroad Ranch, or to brush up on your double haul for your next saltwater trip, we will work hard to incorporate these goals into your day's fishing with us.

What is Provided:

On our guided fly-fishing trips we include:

  • All guiding services
  • Terminal tackle (flies/leaders/tippet, etc)
  • Lunches
  • 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.

Gear Recommendations:

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
  • Sunblock
  • Binoculars
  • 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.

Typical Weather:

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!

Rates start from: $599/day for 2 anglers. You can find all pricing information at:

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.

Additional Activities:

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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