Yellowstone Backcountry Fishing & Hiking Destinations
On Backcountry Fishing & Hiking Trips, you will explore remote regions such as the Black and Grand Canyons of the Yellowstone, Trout Lake, Lamar River, Cache, Hellroaring, Pebble, Tower, and Slough Creeks, among others.
What to Expect
On the morning of your trip, your guide will meet you at your accommodations or other agreed-upon location.
After ensuring everyone is prepared for the trip, you'll head to your destination of choice. Drive times vary (30 minutes to over 2 hours), depending on your meeting location and fishing destination.
Last-minute preparations are made at the trailhead before hiking beautiful trails to your backcountry destination. Be prepared to hike a short distance up to several miles each way over various terrain and conditions. You should be in reasonable shape and adequately prepared for a backcountry trip. Please read our Backcountry Fishing & Hiking Gear Lists for proper preparations.
Rods will be rigged to pursue wild trout upon arriving at your backcountry destination. At any time, you may take a break, relax, or enjoy a scenic backcountry lunch. Non-anglers may take a short hike, read a book, photograph the wild grandeur, and search for wildlife. Guests can expect to spend several hours on the river and exploring the wilderness before hiking back to the trailhead.
To minimize drive times for Yellowstone trips, we suggest staying in Paradise Valley or gateway communities such as Gardiner or Cooke City. Drive times to Yellowstone Park destinations from Livingston or Bozeman can exceed two hours or longer with possible Park road delays. The combined driving and hiking times make for a long day. When making evening plans around a Yellowstone trip, take this into consideration. We will always do our best to accommodate your requests; however, we recommend flexibility to ensure the best experience possible.
- Guide - 2 Anglers/Guide
- Personal Instruction
- Gourmet Lunches
- Non-Alcoholic Beverages
- Transportation To and From the Fishing Destination
- Flies & Terminal Tackle
- Rods & Reels, if needed
- Fishing Licenses
- Guide Gratuities
- Rental Waders & Boots (if needed)
- Park Entrance Fees
- Alcoholic Beverages
Yellowstone Park Fishing & Hiking Day Trips$750/Guide/Day
1 or 2 Anglers
1 or 2 Anglers
Your non-refundable 50% deposit is required to finalize your reservation and is due within 10 days of booking your trip. We will invoice you by email, and upon receiving your invoice, you can choose to pay using the online ACH payment option. This option is a quick and convenient way to pay your trip deposit and finalize your reservation.
Payment reminders will be sent by email for open invoices with remaining balances due, which can be paid using the ACH option.
Deposits and final payments can be paid with bank wire transfers, credit cards, or mailing checks payable to Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters. A 3% convenience fee is assessed for all credit card transactions. Please contact us if you prefer cash or other payment forms.
Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters Payment Options
- ACH Online Payments – U.S. financial institutions and bank accounts only
- Personal & Business Checks* - U.S. financial institutions and bank accounts only
- Electronic Wire Payments - wiring fees are the responsibility of the client
- Credit Cards – 3% Convenience Fee applied
- International Payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
*Clients will be billed all associated costs for returned checks. Clients will have 7 days to reimburse Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters for returned check costs and provide an alternative form of payment. If unresolved after 7 days, trip reservations will be cancelled, and all deposits and payments will be forfeited.
Our guides work very hard to ensure an enjoyable trip, and we encourage you to tip accordingly. We suggest $100-$200/day/guide for gratuities; however, an excellent day of fishing, a memorable event, or extra effort on the guide's behalf may deserve more. Please consider that our guides work harder when fishing is slow or during adverse weather. Cash gratuities should be given directly to your guide daily or upon finishing multi-day trips.
Many variables beyond our control, such as weather, wind, barometric pressure, water temperatures, and fish behavior, influence the day's fishing. There are many ways you can enjoy a guided trip beyond the fish. Please align your expectations with the conditions and your abilities. No expectations, no disappointments!
Clients frequently invite guides for drinks or dinner after fishing. Socializing is a great way to celebrate the day's events, plan the next day, and connect. While guides always appreciate the client's generosity, buying drinks and dinner are not considered part of or in lieu of gratuities. Socializing extends a guide's long and physically demanding day. Time is required before and after each day's trip for preparing, organizing, and cleaning.
Please let us know if you have any comments or concerns about your trip.
Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters
Day Trip Policies
When booking a trip with Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters, you are entering a professional relationship and agreement. Please read these terms and conditions carefully, as all terms are binding once a trip is booked. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment confirms that the client(s) has read and accepted the deposit, refund, cancellation, and responsibility clauses.
Deposits & Final Payment
A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of booking your trip to confirm all reservations.
Final payments are due 60 days before a scheduled trip.
All trip cancellations must be made in writing as soon as possible to Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters. Payments are non-refundable for cancellations made 60 days or less before a scheduled trip.
Trip deposits and payments may be transferred to another guest for the originally booked dates if the customer provides a suitable replacement.
For cancellations 60 days or less, refunds or credit towards a future trip may be made if we rebook the specific dates and guide(s) with another party or if the customer provides a suitable replacement.
For cancellations outside 60 days from the start of a scheduled trip, deposits and any payments made may be refunded or credited to another date within 12 months of the originally scheduled trip. Credits for future trips must be used within one year of the originally booked trip date. Credits unused after one year will be forfeited.
Cancellations by your guide, mutual guide/client decision, unsafe weather or water conditions, state or federal closures, or other uncontrollable circumstances may be refunded in full or credit applied towards a future trip.
No refunds are made due to any medical, family, or business emergencies or any other unexpected events.
Rescheduling a trip is the same as canceling and subject to the same cancellation and refund policies.
Weather & Water Conditions
Refunds or credits are not issued for fishing time lost due to inclement weather. Our trips go out in all safe weather and water conditions. Adverse weather, smoky atmospheric conditions, varying water levels, or undesirable fishing conditions are not acceptable reasons to cancel or receive a refund or credit. Besides, some of the best fishing occurs during adverse conditions. Weather in the Rockies is variable; watch the forecast in advance for the area you plan on fishing and pack accordingly. Read our Gear Lists for recommendations on appropriate clothing and gear.
An alternative to the originally scheduled trip may be available in extreme or unsafe weather events (heavy rains, dangerous cold/snow, high winds), unfishable or unsafe river conditions, state or federal closures, or other uncontrollable circumstances. It is impossible to predict these conditions, which are beyond our control. We will do our best to work with you on a suitable alternative.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance for these reasons.
Hoot Owl Restrictions
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and Yellowstone National Park occasionally impose Hoot Owl Restrictions. These restrictions may apply when a combination of low water levels, warm water temperatures, and other factors occur for a pre-determined amount of time during summer heatwaves. Once this threshold is met, Hoot Owl Restrictions prohibit fishing from 2 pm to midnight. Restrictions remain in place until water conditions and other variables meet acceptable requirements. Hoot Owl Restrictions may occur when drought or low water years combine with extreme summer heat.
We do not cancel trips or offer refunds or credit due to Hoot Owl Restrictions. Clients may elect to meet their guide earlier in the morning to maximize their time on the water. Clients who choose not to meet earlier can expect a shorter day. You may also choose to snack, eat lunch at 2 pm, or skip lunch altogether to maximize your available fishing hours. After 2 pm, you may continue to float without fishing while you kick back and relax, enjoy the scenery, and maybe stop to cool off with a refreshing swim. Alternatives may also be available to fish other waters without Hoot Owl Restrictions.
Even if Hoot Owl Restrictions are not in place, we may suggest a self-imposed restriction when waters reach critically high afternoon temperatures. Perhaps not fishing after 3 pm is the best responsible decision for the health of the fishery. Besides, on scorching summer days, it’s nice to be off the water earlier.
Any client ill with COVID-19 may not participate in a guided trip with GYFO. Unvaccinated clients may not participate in a guided trip with GYFO if exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of the start of a scheduled trip. Vaccinated clients exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of the start of a scheduled trip must test negative before participating in a GYFO guided trip. Clients recently ill or exposed (14 days or less) to COVID-19 must meet all current CDC guidelines and test negative before participating in any trip with GYFO. COVID-19 illness, exposure, or restrictions of any kind are not acceptable reasons to cancel or receive a refund or credit.
Should your guide(s) become ill or exposed to COVID-19 (within 14 days of the start of your trip), they must meet all current CDC requirements and must test negative before guiding any GYFO trip. If your guide(s) does not meet these requirements, we will do our best to find a healthy, alternative guide for your trip. If an alternative guide is not available, GYFO will issue a full refund or credit to be used within one year of the originally scheduled trip. Credits unused after one year of the originally scheduled trip will be forfeited.
Many of our guides are fully vaccinated. Should you require or prefer a fully vaccinated guide, please be sure to make your request upon booking your trip. Failure to request a vaccinated guide at the time of booking or give sufficient notice requesting a vaccinated guide is not acceptable to cancel a trip or receive a refund or credit.
GYFO guides follow all current COVID-19 requirements issued by the CDC and other federal, state and local authorities. GYFO guides and clients may take additional precautions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, washing hands, or using hand sanitizer.
Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters and its guides reserve the right to change itineraries due to unfavorable conditions or for any other reasons deemed necessary.
We make no exceptions to our refund and cancellation policies due to our reliance on advanced bookings and operation in good faith. Much is invested in planning and preparing for your trip, securing permits and guides, and addressing other logistics well in advance. Guides have reserved dates well in advance and must be paid.
We realize these trips are expensive, and much is at stake financially for our client(s), guides, and business. For this reason, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance in advance. Unforeseen circumstances arise, and travel insurance is very reasonable should you have to cancel your trip for any reason. We recommend Travel Guard Travel Insurance and Global Rescue Insurance to protect your financial investment, which may cover trip cancellations for any reason. For more information or to purchase trip insurance, visit https://mvp.travelguard.com/ or www.globalrescue.com
Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters
Day Trip Refund & Cancellation Policies
Number of Days Before Start of Trip
Refund or Cancellation Fee
Cancellation/Rescheduling 61 Days or More
Cancellation/Rescheduling 60 Days or Less
Cancellation/Rescheduling 30 Days or Less
Final Payment Non-Refundable*
*Unless we rebook the date(s) and same guide(s) with another party.