Fly Fishing
Day Trips

Float Fishing Trips

Does not include pre & post-trip lodging, guide & camp staff gratuities, fishing licenses, or alcohol.
Fly Fishing
Day Trips

Drift Western Rivers In Style

One of our most popular trips is float fishing Montana's rivers, a classic Western adventure everyone enjoys. Southwest Montana has an abundance of rivers varying in size, from large, brawling freestone rivers like the Yellowstone to smaller, pocket-water and boulder-riddled streams like the Boulder and Stillwater. 

The breadth of waters available in Montana provides many diverse fly fishing opportunities. Hundreds of miles of rivers are within striking distance from our headquarters in Livingston, Montana. Many of these rivers are best fished from a drift boat or raft, accessing water not possible on foot. Sit back and relax as you enjoy long, drag-free drifts, continually casting to new water and fresh fish, anticipating what's around the next bend.  

During certain times of the season, you'll continuously float, observing gorgeous scenery, abundant songbirds, and wildlife. At other times, you may float shorter distances and occasionally stop to wade fish hot spots, breaking up the float fishing. Non-anglers often enjoy riding along in the back of the boat, taking in the action and scenery, photographing, reading a book, and relaxing. 

Numerous hatches occur from spring through fall, providing superb dry fly fishing. Dry/dropper fishing is a guide favorite much of the season, and nymph fishing consistently produces good results. Advanced anglers who prefer hunting large, piscivorous trout can chuck streamers until their heart's (or arm's) content. 

Species Diversity 

Wild rainbows and browns are the predominant species in most Montana waters. However, some river sections also hold abundant populations of native cutthroats, cutbows (a rainbow-cutthroat hybrid ), and non-native brook trout. 
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Float Fishing Destinations
Popular float fishing destinations within reach for day trips include the Boulder, Gallatin, Jefferson, Madison, Missouri, Stillwater, and Yellowstone Rivers.  

Half-Day Float Fishing Trips 
We recommend full-day guided fishing trips to get the most value from your experience. However, half-day fishing trips are available when you're pressed for time or want to sample the sport of fly fishing. They are also a good option for young anglers with short attention spans or on arrival and departure days when you want to sneak in a little extra fishing. Half-day trips for approximately 4 hours begin with your choice of morning or afternoon and are available within a short drive from Livingston or Bozeman.

What to Expect
On the morning of your trip, your guide will meet you at your accommodations or other locations. After ensuring everyone is prepared for the trip, you'll head to your destination, typically a few minutes to over an hour away. After fishing for a few hours, you will take a break, relax, and enjoy a delicious riverside lunch. In the hot summer months, you may stop for a refreshing swim to cool down and energize for the rest of the day. You can expect to spend up to 8 hours on the river on full-day floating fishing trips and approximately 4 hours on half-day trips.  We will always do our best to accommodate your requests; however, we recommend flexibility to ensure the best fishing possible.

What's Included
  • Guide - 2 Anglers/Guide
  • Personal Instruction
  • Gourmet Lunches (Full Day Trips Only) 
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Transportation To and From the Fishing Destination 
  • Shuttle Fees
  • Flies & Terminal Tackle
  • Rods & Reels, if needed

Not Included
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Guide Gratuities
  • Rental Waders & Boots (if needed)
  • Park Entrance Fees 
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Full-Day Float Fishing $700/Guide/Day
1 or 2 Anglers
Half-Day Float Fishing$595/Guide/Day
1 or 2 Anglers

*Available on waters within an hour from Livingston & Bozeman.
Payment Options  
A 50% deposit is required to finalize your reservation and is due within ten (10) days of booking your trip. We will email you an invoice, and upon receipt, 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 emailed for open invoices with remaining balances due.

Deposits and final payments can be paid using the online ACH option, bank wire transfers, credit cards, or mailing checks payable to Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters. A 3.5 % fee is assessed for all credit card, Venmo, and PayPal 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 – 3.5% Fee  
  • Venmo or PayPal – 3.5% Fee  
  • Cash  
  • 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 seven (7) days to reimburse Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters for returned check costs and provide an alternative form of payment. If unresolved after seven (7) days, trip reservations will be canceled, and all deposits and payments will be forfeited. 
Our guides work hard to ensure an enjoyable trip, and we encourage you to tip accordingly. We suggest an appropriate gratuity from $125-$200/day/guide, although 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. 

Group Trips
When guides and clients rotate on multi-day group trips, giving your guide a cash gratuity at the end of each day is best. Alternatively, gratuities may be given directly to the trip leader at the trip's end, who will distribute them evenly among the guides.

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 suggestions or concerns regarding your trip.
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Day Trip Terms & Conditions

When booking a trip with Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters, you enter 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 or final payment confirms that the client(s) has read and accepted the deposit, cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.  

Deposits & Final Payment
A 50% deposit is required within 10 days of booking to confirm all reservations. Deposits are non-refundable for cancellations made less than 61 days before a scheduled trip. The final balance is due 30 days before a scheduled trip and is non-refundable. 

All trip cancellations must be made in writing to Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters as soon as possible. Payments are non-refundable for cancellations made 60 days or less before a scheduled trip. 

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.   

Payments may be transferred to another guest for the originally booked dates if the customer provides a suitable replacement.  

For cancellations outside 60 days from the start of a scheduled trip, payments 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 date. Credits unused after one year will be forfeited.     

No refunds or credits are made due to medical, family, or business emergencies or other unexpected events. 

Cancellations by your guide, mutual guide/client decision, unsafe weather or water conditions, or state or federal closures may be fully refunded or credited towards a future trip.  

In no event will Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters issue refunds or credits or be responsible for any cancellation of services due to inclement weather, events of force majeure, acts of God, airline delays or issues, flight cancellations, missed connections or transfers, or any other reason beyond our control. In case of canceled flights, airline delays or issues, missed connections or transfers, Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters is not responsible for alternative travel arrangements, including flights, transfers, other transportation, hotels, meals, and any other expenses incurred.

Rescheduling a trip is considered 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 unacceptable 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 hot weather. 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. Hoot Owl Restrictions may occur from late July to early September.

We do not cancel trips or offer refunds or credit due to Hoot Owl Restrictions. Clients may meet their guide early 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 to maximize your available fishing hours. After 2 pm, you may float without fishing while you kick back, relax, enjoy the scenery, and stop to cool off with a refreshing swim. Alternatives may also be available to fish other waters without Hoot Owl Restrictions.

Even without Hoot Owl Restrictions, 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 fishery’s health. Besides, being off the water earlier on scorching summer days is often preferable.   

Any client ill with COVID-19 may not participate in a guided trip with GYFO. Clients recently ill or exposed to COVID-19 (10 days or less) must meet all current CDC guidelines and test negative before participating in any trip with GYFO. COVID-19 illness, exposure, or restrictions are unacceptable reasons to cancel or receive a refund or credit.  
Should your guide(s) become ill or exposed to COVID-19 (within 10 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 when booking a trip or giving sufficient notice requesting one is unacceptable to cancel a trip or receive a refund or credit.
GYFO guides follow current COVID-19 requirements issued by the CDC, federal, state, and local authorities. GYFO guides and clients may take precautions such as social distancing, mask-wearing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer.

Other Contingencies 
Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters and its guides reserve the right to change itineraries due to unfavorable conditions or other necessary reasons.  

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. 

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  
Full Refund 
Cancellation/Rescheduling 60 Days or Less 
Deposit Non-Refundable* 
Cancellation/Rescheduling 30 Days or Less 
Final Payment Non-Refundable* 
*Unless we rebook the date(s) and same guide(s) with another party.  

Trip Insurance
We realize these trips are expensive, and much is at stake financially. For this reason, we highly recommend that you purchase trip insurance in advance. Unforeseen circumstances arise, and travel insurance is very reasonable. We recommend Global Rescue Insurance or Travel Guard Travel Insurance to protect your financial investment, which may cover trip cancellations for any reason. For more information or to purchase trip insurance, visit Global Rescue or Travel Guard.

To receive complete coverage options and benefits, purchase travel insurance within 15 days of paying your deposit.

Medical Evacuation Insurance
We recommend Global Rescue’s worldwide medical evacuation and extraction services for illness, injuries, natural disasters, COVID-19, and other reasons. Due to the remote nature of many of our trips, potential challenges in receiving immediate professional medical help, and limited cell coverage, we highly recommend purchasing medical evacuation insurance along with your trip insurance. For more information or to purchase trip insurance, please visit Global Rescue.
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