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Parks' Fly Shop

202 Second Street South, Gardiner, MT 59030
406 848 7314
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Ranked #9 of 13 attractions in Gardiner
Type: Specialty Shops
Owner description: Parks' Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop and fly fishing outfitter that has been serving southwest Montana, the Yellowstone River, and Yellowstone... more » Owner description: Parks' Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop and fly fishing outfitter that has been serving southwest Montana, the Yellowstone River, and Yellowstone National Park since 1953, under continuous Parks family ownership. We are a small "old-fashioned" shop focusing on our region-specific guide service, a large selection of area-specific fly patterns (around 45% designed and/or produced locally), and outfitting anglers for the Yellowstone region. In addition to our fly tackle, we stock conventional fishing gear, bear spray, binoculars and spotting scopes, apparel, and various other odds and ends. You may also be interested in the Gardiner Guesthouse, our affilated B&B, owned by Richard and Nancy Parks.Please check the How-To section of our website or contact us for plenty of free information on fishing the Yellowstone area that will help make your trip a success, whether you're fishing on your own for an afternoon or with our guides for a week. « less
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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

Parks fly shop offers expert advice and the equipment you will need for good fishing in the Yellowstone area. I have fished with them for years and find them to be extremely knowledgeable on this region. All the guides are good. Ben is particularly "gung ho" and will work his butt off for you.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I've done 3 guided trips with Park's, shopped there many many times, and am consistently impressed with the shop and guides. It's clear these guys know what the hell they are doing and love doing it. My most recent trip was with Ben, who is truly a fisherman's fisherman. This guy is NUTS about fishing and has as much fun... More

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Oxford, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Took a hike to the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone with Ben in July 2013. After an hour and a half hike we came to a deserted stretch of the river. This half mile stretch of river was teeming with eager Yellowstone Cutthroat trout. The fishing was fairly easy and with Bens encouragement and knowledge my son and I caught... More

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Berkeley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

July 2013 was the second year in a row I've fish with Park's. July 2012 caught my largest brown trout.(see photo the shop wall) These guys know their stuff, friendly, knowledgeable and always go the extra mile to answer questions, concerns, whether in the shop or on the river.sure 8am on a busy day is not the time to walk... More

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LongsforCutts, Owner at Parks' Fly Shop, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and we'll see you this summer! Walter put the photo of your brown on our website. Go to the Guided Trips Page, then to the River Float Trips Page. More

Mebane, North Carolina
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

They come recommended for a guide but after talking with them they seem to be very cocky & pushy about what they are selling. This may have been because we are not veteran fly fishermen. We did not book with them because they wanted to make sure that you had a perfect cast before they would take you to anything... More

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LongsforCutts, Owner at Parks' Fly Shop, responded to this review

We are sorry you found our attitude problematic. We do, however, stand by our suggestions as to where to take clients. Yellowstone Park is a great place to learn how to fly fish, but the area's larger and/or spookier fish are unkind to beginners, so for a first fly fishing trip we always suggest going for small, aggressive fish instead... More

Gardiner, Montana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

i have not taken one of their trip, but as a local, Parks is a very good company when it comes to flyfishing. They know the Yellowstone River and the greater Yellowstone NP are like the back of their hand: they have been in business for decades, in fact 2013 marks their 60th anniversary. That type of expertise is hard... More

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black hills south dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I had a wonderful time. The guys at the shop were able to squeeze us in with short notice. Our guide Wilson gave us some quick instructions and we were both catching fish in 5 minutes. We hiked in a mile, it felt like we had the whole park to ourselves. We even got to see a... More

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

I am a 67 year old active retiree. My wife Cindy and I wanted to learn about fly fishing with the full intention of taking up this sport. When we signed up for a tour with the owner I told him I have bad knees and specifically asked if we needed to rent special equipment. He told us we could... More

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LongsforCutts, Owner at Parks' Fly Shop, responded to this review

This is the first time we have responded to a review in quite some time, but this one is so problematic and in our opinion misleading that we feel we must. Before responding in detail to some of the issues raised in the review, we want to make readers aware of one thing in particular: the reviewer WAS NOT charged... More

Grand Junction, Colorado
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90 reviews 90 reviews
19 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Did a full day with Phil as my guide. It was slow because of silt form the rain. But we caught plenty and some nice large cutthroat trout. Phil is an easy going guide that knows his stuff well and knows every part of the river! The shop itself carries some attitude, but has great flies and the staff is... More

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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Visited this shop several times over 5 days and took an all-day float with their head guide and an associate. They know the area fishing, stock great flies and write excellent books (Parks' Yellowstone fishing guide, Wiese's fly pattern book that includes histories and design notes). Only downside: the owner and his head guide seem harsh and even bitter. Please... More

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