Fly Fishing
Day Trips

Private Water Fishing Trips

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

Serene Ranch Water to Yourself

Private water fishing trips are available in Montana and Wyoming on small freestone and spring creeks, while trophy lakes on private ranches hold some robust trout. We have access to many ranches in both states where you'll meet rugged, working ranchers along the way. These isolated waters provide exciting fishing opportunities, serving up phenomenal scenery, epic dry fly fishing, and tranquility deep in the heart of ranching country. 

Per-person rod fees are required to access most private ranches. Rates vary by location and season. Some rod fees include beer, whiskey, shop rags, or anti-freeze! Due to the exclusive nature of private water trips, limited numbers of rods are available throughout the season. To maintain the quality of fishing and the health of the resources, we rest these waters to avoid excessive pressure and stress on the fisheries.  

Wyoming Private Water trips are available on multi-day trips only.  Please see our Fly Fishing Vacation Packages and Fly Fishing Road Trips for more information.  
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Private Water Destinations 
Our relationship with private ranches in Montana and Wyoming allows access to secluded spring creeks, small streams, and lakes with outstanding scenery, solitude, and classic trout fishing.  

Half Day Private Water Fishing Trips  
We always recommend Full Day 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 flyfishing. 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 the 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 location. After ensuring everyone is prepared for the trip, you'll head to your destination of choice, which is typically a few minutes to over an hour away. After fishing for a few hours, you will take a break, relax, and savor a riverside gourmet lunch. In the hot summer months, you may stop for a refreshing swim to cool down and energize for the rest of the day. On Full Day Wade Fishing Trips, you can expect to spend up to 8 hours on the river; Half Day Trips up to 4 hours. 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  
  • Flies & Terminal Tackle 
  • Rods & Reels, if needed 
Not Included 
  • Private Access Fees  
  • Fishing Licenses 
  • Guide Gratuities 
  • Rental Waders & Boots (if needed) 
  • Alcoholic Beverages 
Full Day Fishing $650/Guide/Day
1 or 2 Anglers
Half Day Fishing $500/Guide/Day
1 or 2 Anglers

*Only available on waters within an hour from Livingston or Bozeman.
In addition to our Guide Rates, per-person fees are required to access most private ranches. 
Private access fees vary by location and season. 

Payment Options  
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 emailed 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
  • Venmo or PayPal
  • 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 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 canceled, 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 an appropriate gratuity from $125-$200/day/guide. However, an excellent day of fishing, a memorable event, or extra effort on behalf of your guide 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. 

For multi-day group trips where guides and clients rotate, cash gratuities may be given directly to the trip leader at your trip's end and are distributed evenly among the guides. Should you wish to give a specific guide a bonus gratuity for something special, you may give it to that guide directly or to the trip leader with specific instructions. Alternatively, you may present each guide gratuities directly rather than pooling them, extending your gratitude upon departure.   

Many variables beyond our control, such as weather, wind, barometric pressure, water temperatures, and fish behavior, influence the day’s fishing. While fishing may highlight your trip, it's only a portion of many experiences to enjoy and appreciate on a guided fly fishing day trip. 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, comments, or concerns regarding your trip. 

Greater Yellowstone Flyfishing Outfitters 
Day Trip Policies 

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 refunded in full or credit applied 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 or 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 summer heat. 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 may 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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