Fly Fishing Vacations

Northern Yellowstone
Fly Fishing Vacations

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

Northern Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacations

Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trips

The world's first national park, Yellowstone, spans 2.2 million acres in the Northern Rockies of Wyoming and Montana. Yellowstone's vast wilderness contains diverse wildlife, magnificent waterfalls, breathtaking scenery, and fascinating yet eerie natural hot springs and geothermal features. Headwaters to many legendary rivers rise from the Park's high plateaus and mountains, including the Lamar, Madison, Snake, and Yellowstone Rivers.

On a Northern Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation, you may wade fish mountain creeks or large rivers, hike or ride horseback into backcountry streams, or take a float trip on the Yellowstone River north of the Park. Hike into the upper meadows of Slough Creek, wade fish Soda Butte Creek or the Lamar River in the Lamar Valley, fish the pocket-water and powerful runs of the Yellowstone's Grand Canyon, or catch brookies in wilderness creeks. Yellowstone's prolific waters provide excellent dry fly fishing for native Yellowstone cutthroat trout and wild rainbows, cutbows, browns, and brookies. Yellowstone fly fishing guides will take you to favorite spots where you can fish all day or a few hours before moving and fishing new water. 

You'll be surrounded by scenic grandeur throughout the day and may spot wildlife such as bison, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, elk, moose, black and grizzly bears, wolves, and more. You may take a break from fishing to view wildlife, take photographs, and experience Yellowstone's many wonders.

Your base of operations may be from Gardiner or Cooke City, Montana, or at beautiful mountain lodges or guests ranches. By booking your trip far in advance, we may be able to arrange accommodations inside the Park at Mammoth Hot Springs or Roosevelt.

Wake up with coffee and a delicious breakfast at the Yellowstone Grill in Gardiner or The Log Cabin Café in Silver Gate. For dinner, savor jalapeno cornbread and elk chili mac at Wonderland Café in Gardiner, a buffalo burger, or lasagna at the Beartooth Café in Cooke City. Experience an Old West Dinner Cookout at Roosevelt, where you will ride on a wagon or horseback to enjoy dinner, cowboy coffee, and cobbler in a secluded Yellowstone setting. We may make reservations in the Park for fine dining at the Mammoth Hotel, or you may stay at the Hunter Peak Guest Ranch and enjoy some of Shelley's fabulous home-cooked meals and listen to Louis' fabled stories. Finish the night with cold beers and beverages at the Miner's Saloon in Cooke City, K-Bar, or Blue Goose Saloon in Gardiner.

So let's start planning an exciting adventure exploring Yellowstone's wonders and fishing its legendary waters!

Yellowstone River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Lamar River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Gardner River Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Slough Creek Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Soda Butte Creek Guided Fly Fishing Trips
Other Small Streams
Required Licenses & Fees
Yellowstone country is overflowing with outdoor recreational activities for everyone to enjoy. The gateway communities of Cooke City and Gardiner are flourishing with events, festivals, concerts, and live music for anglers and non-anglers. 

Soak at Chico Hot Springs, Yellowstone Hot Springs, or the Boiling River. Browse shops and art galleries and enjoy live music and concerts at the Old Saloon in Emigrant, Chico Hot Springs, and local bars. Check out the Hell’s A-Roarin’ Horse Drive, Gardiner Rodeo, Gardiner Brewfest, and Big Bear Stampede in Gardiner, and visit Yellowstone’s museum collection at the Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center in Gardiner. The International Hemingway Conference and Shakespeare in the Park occur in the shadow of Republic Mountain in Cooke City and Silver Gate. 

Explore hundreds of miles of trails in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest or Yellowstone Park. Take various guided tours in Yellowstone Park, rent an ATV to explore back roads, go horseback riding, or whitewater raft the Yellowstone River. While fishing, non-anglers often enjoy riding along in the back of the boat, taking in the action, scenery, photographing, reading a book, and relaxing.

Guests often plan several extra days to enjoy other activities and explore the area in combination with their fishing trip. Explore Yellowstone Park’s natural wonders and take scenic drives over the Beartooth Pass to Red Lodge, Montana, or through Sunlight Basin, over Dead Indian Pass to Cody, Wyoming. 

So, whether you’re fishing with a group of buddies, vacationing as a couple, or looking for a family destination, Yellowstone has endless activities for everyone combined with excellent fishing!

Weddings, Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties 
The Yellowstone region has many gorgeous wedding venues, including locations at remote and rustic guest ranches. The area provides plenty of activities and options for wedding guests, and bachelor and bachelorette parties! Celebrate with a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation for your guests, as exciting bachelor and bachelorette parties, or for your honeymoon! 

Family Reunions 
Are you planning a family reunion? Let us assist you with accommodations, meals and arrange a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation for the whole family. 

Business & Corporate Meetings 
Are you looking for an attractive location for business meetings? Several accommodations are available with meeting facilities and media for large groups and events. We can help arrange your group’s accommodations, meals, and transportation and plan corporate and business fly fishing retreats.

Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacations are a popular way to entertain important clients and are an excellent employee and sales reward.

Medical & Health Care Fly Fishing Retreats
Host continuing education and training events for business, medical, and health care parties, combined with Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacations.

Team Building & Leadership Fly Fishing Retreats
We partner with a professional facilitator for on-the-water outdoor leadership and team-building events. Why hold these indoors? Bond better with your team on the river on a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation.
Clubs, Non-Profits & Hosted Trips
Are you a member of a club, a non-profit organization, or a women’s group? Let us put together a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation for your group! Involved in a fly shop or fly fishing business? Host a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation.
Reserving Your Fly Fishing Vacation 
We recommend booking your Yellowstone fly fishing vacation well in advance to ensure the best guides and accommodations. Guides and accommodations may be hard to reserve on short notice. A 50% deposit is required to finalize your Yellowstone fly fishing vacation reservations. Please read the Terms and Conditions for complete details. 

Arrival & Ground Transportation
Upon arrival, your guide will pick you up, or ground transfers will take you to your accommodations. You may also choose to rent a vehicle. Having independent transportation allows more flexibility and freedom during your trip.  

Trip Expectations
We recommend arriving the day before your fishing begins. Upon arrival, you may purchase any last-minute provisions and settle into your accommodations. Relax, explore the town and local area, enjoy your favorite beverages and appetizers at a local saloon, and dine at one of the many excellent restaurants. 

Each day, after coffee and a delicious breakfast, you will make final preparations and drive to your fishing destination, where you will enjoy an exciting day of fishing and adventure. Most fishing locations are within an hour of your lodging, though some can be further. Expect to spend six to eight hours on the water fishing, taking in the scenery, watching wildlife, photographing, trading jokes, and having a great time. Tasty lunches with non-alcoholic beverages are served on the water daily; feel free to bring any alcoholic beverages of your choice.

After a full day of fishing and adventure, return to your comfortable accommodations, perhaps stopping at a favorite watering hole on the way back. Back at your accommodations, clean up with a refreshing shower, relax and enjoy apres fishing. 

Then head out for some local culture, sampling regional craft beers or spirits. Indulge in a juicy ribeye steak, grab an elk burger, or enjoy a healthy salad for dinner. Wrap your day up with a nightcap and live music before settling in for a rejuvenating night’s rest. 

Rinse and repeat daily as you see fit.  

You may choose to stay at all-inclusive lodges or other accommodations with meals, or you may elect to sample the many local cafes and restaurants. Foodservice and beverage gratuities are included in all-inclusive package rates. You may prefer Fishing & Lodging only packages; meals and alcoholic beverages are not included.
Lunch, Snacks & Beverages
Shore lunches, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages are provided each day. 

Alcoholic beverages are included with meals in all-inclusive packages. Expensive wines and alcoholic purchases exceeding $100 per day will be billed to the client. All alcoholic beverages apart from meals are the responsibility of clients.

Since we do not have the proper licenses, we cannot provide alcoholic beverages for you during the trip, except when purchased from licensed establishments such as restaurants and bars. You may purchase alcohol to bring with you on the water and during your trip.
Cell Service & Internet
Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area have spotty cell phone reception or no service, with intermittent service while driving due to the mountainous terrain, rolling hills, draws, and river bottoms.

Wireless internet connectivity is available in many locations and accommodations. Some accommodations do not have cell service or internet connectivity. Be sure to notify people of your potential unavailability and take care of all personal and business tasks beforehand. 
Sleeping Arrangements
Please let us know your lodging preferences for your customized Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation. Depending on availability, we may book the following accommodations for you. 

·      All-Inclusive Lodges 
·      Private Vacation Rentals
·      Cabins and Cottages
·      Bed & Breakfasts
·      Secluded Guest Ranches
·      Historic Hotels

*Rates may increase for upgraded premium lodging facilities and services.
Please let us know your lodging preferences for your customized Yellowstone Fly Fishing Vacation. Depending on availability, we may book the following accommodations for you. 

·      All-Inclusive Lodges 
·      Private Vacation Rentals
·      Cabins and Cottages
·      Bed & Breakfasts
·      Secluded Guest Ranches
·      Historic Hotels

*Rates may increase for upgraded premium lodging facilities and services.
Recommended Airports
Once you have confirmed your trip with us, you’ll want to make flight reservations as soon as possible.
We recommend flying into Bozeman, Montana (BZN). You may also fly into Billings, Montana (BIL). 
Private planes may land at the Mission Field Airport (LVM) in Livingston or Gardiner Airport (29S).
For trips located in Cooke City, Montana you may fly into Cody, Wyoming (COD).

Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport
 – Bozeman, Montana
Served by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Southwest, United Airlines, and a few smaller carriers.

Served by Alaska, Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier, United Airlines, and smaller carriers. 

Yellowstone Regional Airport – Cody, Wyoming
Served by United Airlines
Ground Transportation
Depending on your itinerary and preferences, your guide(s) may pick you up at the airport. You may also choose to rent a vehicle for greater flexibility and freedom during your trip. Major car rental companies are available at your arrival airport. We will work with you to finalize transportation details at the time of booking. 
Drive Times To and From Gardiner, Montana
Bozeman        1 Hour, 35 minutes
Billings            2 Hours, 50 minutes

Drive Times To and From Cooke City, Montana
Cody               1 Hour, 50 Minutes
Bozeman        3 Hours
Billings            3 Hours
Departure Details
Please book departing airline reservations for the day after your trip ends. We may book accommodations with shuttle services to your departing airport. Your guide(s) may also drop you off at the airport, depending on your itinerary. Ground transfers are also available to the airport if you do not have a rental vehicle.
All-Inclusive Fly Fishing Vacation Rates
4 Nights/3 Days 5 Nights/4 Days6 Nights/5 Days7 Nights/6 Days
Fishing & Lodging Only Fly Fishing Vacation Rates
4 Nights/3 Days5 Nights/4 Days6 Nights/5 Days7 Nights/6 Days
  • Rates based on 2 anglers/guide, double occupancy
  • Contact us for Single Angler Supplement Rates
  • Rates may increase for upgraded premium lodging facilities and services 
  • Additional fees may be charged for private chefs and caterers
  • Fishing & Lodging Only Rates Do Not Include Transportation, Meals or Alcoholic Beverages
Payment Options
A 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 3.5 % 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 – 3.5% Convenience Fee applied
  • Cash
  • International Payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
*Client will be billed all associated costs for returned checks. The client will have 7 days to reimburse Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters for returned check costs and provide an alternative form of payment; otherwise, trip reservations will be cancelled, and all deposits and payments will be forfeited.  
  • Accommodations
  • Transportation & Airport Pick Up and Drop Off* 
  • All Meals, Snacks, Appetizers & Associated Gratuities**
  • Alcoholic Beverages with Meals**
  • Lunch, Snacks & Non-Alcoholic Beverages on the river**
  • Fishing Guides – 2 Anglers/Guide
  • Flies & Terminal Tackle
  • Rods & Reels – If Needed
  • River Shuttles

Not Included
  • Airline Flights
  • Rental Car (Optional)*
  • Additional lodging and meals beyond your scheduled trip
  • Upgraded Premium Lodging
  • Private Chefs
  • Catering
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Gratuities for Fishing Guides, Private Ground Transfers
  • Rental Waders & Boots - If Needed
  • Personal Expenses & Incidentals
  • Personal Items – See Gear List PDFs Below
  • Park Entrance Fees

*We may arrange private ground transfers between the airport and your accommodations. You may also rent a vehicle for greater flexibility and freedom during your trip. Transportation is not included in Fishing & Lodging Only rates. We will work with you to finalize transportation details at booking. 

**All meals, snacks, appetizers, alcoholic beverages with meals, and associated gratuities are included in all-inclusive packages. Meals, appetizers, and alcoholic beverages are not included in Fishing & Lodging Only packages. Alcoholic beverages are not included on the river, but you may bring your own.
Our guides work very hard to ensure an enjoyable trip, and we encourage you to tip accordingly. Fly Fishing Vacations and Road Trips require significant time, additional work, and numerous logistics by your guide, which go well beyond a typical day trip. We suggest an appropriate gratuity from $150-$200/day/guide for these reasons. 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. While fishing is a highlight of your trip, there are numerous ways to enjoy your fly fishing vacation. 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 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.
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 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, please visit Travel Guard or Global Rescue
To receive complete coverage options and benefits, be sure to purchase travel insurance within 15 days of paying your deposit.

Medical Evacuation Insurance
We recommend Global Rescue’s worldwide medical evacuation and extraction services if you become ill or injured during your trip or due to natural disaster, COVID-19, and other reasons. Due to the remote nature of many of our trips, potential challenges 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 Medical Evacuation Insurance, please visit Global Rescue.
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