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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, Shopping
Owner description: Parks' Fly Shop is a full-service fly shop and fly fishing outfitter that has been serving...
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Type: Specialty Shops, Shopping
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The morning is crazy busy at the shop as guides and customers do paperwork, gear up, and make arrangements for their day of fishing. The weather is always front and center in every conversation because it impacts the creeks and rivers which are the life blood of this town. Richard has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening to... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I have made 3 trips to YNP over the past 5 years. I have never been disappointed by Parks Fly Shop. Many years of experience and some great guides. I would never dream of using anyone else. Mr. Parks has directed me to some of the finest streams and rivers that I have ever fished. He can tell you exactly... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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23 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

Arranged three boats to float the Yellowstone. Got confused and thought I had to decide if the river was fishable. Stooped in had a talk with Mr. Parks and he explained they would tell us if the river was not fishable and assured me they would know. We ended up with a very fishable river. My son and his girlfriend... More 

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Long Beach
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We arrived in Gardiner on Friday and immediately headed to Park's to book a fishing guide. We had hoped for Saturday, but all they had was a half day Sunday afternoon. Ok, we paid the $180 cancellation deposit, changed our plans, and booked another night at a hotel. I was so excited. We arrived at Park's about 15 minutes early,... More 

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

Thank you for your review. Phil will not be taking any more trips for us due to this error. I want to clarify for readers that the reviewer demanded a discount. We would certainly have run the trip for the normal amount of time (4-6 hours from door to door) if we had been able to start an hour later... More 

Limington, Maine
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Richard Parks has a reputation for knowing the local fisheries, and has great selection of flies and gear. We liked the shop a lot. Drift boat trip on the Yellowstone was great-fishing was superb with many opportunities to catch fish and we did. The only downside to this day long adventure was our guide although technically very good at running... More 

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Miami, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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119 reviews 119 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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 

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