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Updates on area conservation, fishing regulations, and other news of note specifically to those visiting the Yellowstone area.

Fly Tying Vid – Garris’ Yellowstone Nymph, and Coronavirus Appeal

Fly Tying Vid – Garris’ Yellowstone Nymph, and Coronavirus Appeal

Josh Garris’ Yellowstone Nymph is a simple, buggy fly similar in most respects to a Walt’s Worm or Sexy Walt (no relation, just ask my wife) that works well in fast, bouldery water in Yellowstone Park as a caddis pupa as well as sowbug or caddis on the Land of Giants stretch of the Missouri River.

After the tying video, I’d appreciate it if you keep watching for an update on how Yellowstone Country Fly Fishing and Parks’ Fly Shop are handling the coronavirus and how you can help us get through it.

Parks’ Fly Shop Covid Policies – Updated June 1, 2021

Parks’ Fly Shop Covid Policies – Updated June 1, 2021

Shop Policies

  • All shop staff are fully vaccinated and will not wear masks unless customers request we do so (this isn’t a problem if you prefer we’re masked).
  • Vaccinated customers need not wear masks in the shop.
  • As per CDC guidelines, we emphatically encourage non-vaccinated individuals to mask up (but let’s be honest, almost no non-vaxxers will do so).
  • Seriously, get your vaccine unless you’re a young kid or for some reason unable to do so. The worse side effects any of us had were flu-like symptoms for 8hrs. Virtually all new virus cases in the USA are in unvaccinated people as of this writing.
  • We still encourage folks to socially distance. Don’t crowd into the shop, don’t shake hands, don’t lean over the counter to breath on the shop clerk while looking at a map, etc.
  • If you are in the area but would rather not come into the shop, give us a call at 406-848-7314 and place your order over the phone. We’ll package it up and meet you at the curb.

Summer Guide Business: Trip Planning and Temporary Changes to Policies

  • Assuming no unexpected surge in virus counts during the summer, we will operate under standard guided trip deposit and cancellation and all other policies in 2021.
  • We may be more lenient to modifications of our late cancellation policies in the event of travel problems associated with the crazy cost of rental cars right now. We will handle these issues on a case-by-case basis.
  • If there’s an unexpected India-style surge in virus numbers or something of that sort, all bets are off.

Masking on Guided Trips, etc.

  • In Montana, we will not require vaccinated individuals to wear masks at any time on guided trips.
  • Non-vaccinated individuals will be asked to wear masks while in our trucks/cars, or will be required to drive themselves.
  • Masks will not be required for anyone while out of our motor vehicles.

YNP Covid-19 Operations Plan

Yellowstone Park still has more stringent masking requirements than any surrounding states. Current park requirements are listed on this page.

Also note that as commercial operators, we must follow additional requirements not listed on the linked page. In particular, all passengers in our vehicles are still required to wear masks while in Yellowstone National Park. Assuming people continue getting vaccinated and case numbers continue to fall, we expect this requirement to be relaxed through the summer season.

Yellowstone Opener May 25 — EVERYTHING IS CLEAR!!!

Yellowstone Opener May 25 — EVERYTHING IS CLEAR!!!

Head on over to our fishing report for full details, but I had to make a note on the blog as well… As of 4:00PM today, Thursday the 23rd, ALL streams in Yellowstone are running clear. This opener could be one for the ages, with not only the usual Firehole and the slightly less-usual Madison and Gibbon fishable, but also Slough Creek, the Yellowstone from the lower Grand Canyon down, the Lamar River, the Gardner, the Gallatin… It’s all good. It will also all get bad as soon as it warms up, so this weekend and early next week will be a good time to get the “trout flu.”

Government Shutdown’s Impacts on Yellowstone Park

Government Shutdown’s Impacts on Yellowstone Park

Due to the temper tantrum by the idiot in the White House government shutdown, Yellowstone National Park operations are being impacted. From what I can gather from the park’s news release on the shutdown, most outdoor activities within the park will still be possible, including over-snow travel on the roads. Park concessionaires will be maintaining road grooming into the interior. Plowing along the road from Gardiner to Cooke City may or may not be maintained.

As for XC ski trail grooming, time will tell. I am currently in Moscow, Idaho, so I don’t have the specific details on what will be done with these trails. With some snow in the forecast, ungroomed trails will quickly become impassable to standard edgeless touring skis, though snow is not supposed to be heavy enough to make our light edged backcountry touring skis unsuitable.

Here’s the official park news release. Keep an eye on the park’s news release page for updates.

For what it’s worth, there will still be law enforcement rangers on the park roads. They will have heavier workloads than usual and won’t be getting paid for their work. Happy Holidays, I guess… Make their jobs easier and don’t speed or act stupid towards animals.