What kind of guided fly fishing trips does Arrick’s Fly Shop offer?

We offer Float Trips, Instructional Trips, Walk/Wade Trips, and Lake Trips.

When do half day trips meet and how long are they?

Usually half day trips meet at 8am or 9am, because there is usually less wind and less storms than in the afternoon. That being said, half day trips can be arranged to go out in the afternoon, if it fits your schedule and we have availability. Half day trips are four hours on the water. This doesn’t include drive time, so if meeting people afterwards please know it could be longer than four hours depending on where you go fishing.

When do full day trips meet and how long are they?

Normally they meet in the morning at 8am, but if you are going into Yellowstone for a full day guide trip then we like to meet at 7am. The trips are eight hours on the water. This doesn’t include drive time, so if meeting people afterwards please know it could be longer than eight hours depending on where you go fishing.

What is included in the price of the guided fishing trip?

All equipment: waders, boots, all fly fishing gear and fly fishing tackle (including flies). Lunch is also included for full day guided fishing trips. Fishing licenses and gratuity are not included. 

What are the prices for Walk/Wade Trips and Instructional Trips?
Full Day: 1 Person $550.00
Full Day: 2 People $550.00
Full Day: 3 People $695.00

Full day fees include guide, equipment, and lunch!

Half Day: 1 Person $395.00
Half Day: 2 People $395.00
Half Day: 3 People $450.00

Half day fees include guide and equipment!

What are the prices for Float Trips?
Full Day: 1 Person $550.00
Full Day: 2 People $550.00

Full day fees include guide, equipment, and lunch!

Half Day: 1 Person $450.00
Half Day: 2 People $450.00

Half day fees include guide and equipment!

How do I reserve and book my guided fishing trip?

After deciding on the day or days for your trip, call Arrick’s Fly Shop to reserve your trip with a deposit.  

How much is required to reserve my guided fishing trip?

We require a 50% deposit per guide per day. The deposit is refundable up to 30 days prior to the trip date.

What kind of fish will we catch?

Madison River in MT: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Whitefish, and on some occasions Cutthroat Trout, or hybrids of Rainbows and Cutthroats.

Madison River in Yellowstone: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Whitefish.

Firehole River: Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout.

Gibbon River Above the Falls: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brown Trout.

Gibbon River Below the Falls: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, and some Whitefish.

Lamar River/Slough Creek: Cutthroat Trout, some Rainbow Trout, some hybrids.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

We practice catch and release. The reason this region has such great fisheries is because of the catch and release philosophy and regulations. We want to be part of that conservation. Be sure to bring your camera!

What should I bring on the trip?

Weather changes quickly in the mountains so being prepared is always important. In the colder weather, (early spring, late fall, winter) think warm and think layers. Fleece pants and base layers are going to help keep you warm and comfortable. Gloves and hats will also be important. In the summer mornings it is cool, if you’re from warmer climates, it will seem cold to you, but it warms up quickly. So layer your clothing. Remember to wear comfortable socks since you will be wearing waders or if warmer, boots for wading. Jeans aren’t the best option for clothing in the outdoors because they are so heavy and aren’t breathable. In the warmer months, consider lighter options, like convertible pants that zip into shorts, or outdoor clothing that you would wear for hiking that is lighter and breathable. Bring raingear and sunscreen. If you like a hat to keep the sun off your face don’t forget that, and if you have a Buff bring that too. (Buffs are worn around the neck, face and head and keep sun and/or bugs off of you and have uv protection.) Polarized sunglasses are nice to have, as they will not only help you see a lot better on the water, but they also act as a nice safety guard for your eyes for when you are casting. Don’t forget to also bring a camera!

If you forget anything we have sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, insect repellent, and gloves for purchase in our shop as well as fishing shirts and fleece.

Does Arrick’s Fly Shop take out kids on guided fishing trips?

Yes, kids are welcome here at Arrick’s! We teach fly fishing to most any age and our guides are patient teachers who enjoy teaching kids how to fly fish. We want kids and families to get outdoors and enjoy nature with each other!

What if I forget some important things on the day of the trip?

We sell polarized sunglasses, Buffs, raingear, sunscreen, insect repellent, socks, hats, sun hats, sun shirts, jackets, fleece, fleece pants and gloves.

Do I need a fishing license? Where can I purchase one? Should I get my license early?

Yes, everyone who fishes in Montana or Yellowstone needs a fishing license. It’s usually best to get the license the morning of the trip because after talking with the guide you and him will decide on which water to fish. If you decide you want to fish before your guide trip or if you are meeting your guide somewhere other than our fly shop then you will need to purchase your license ahead of time. We sell Montana and Yellowstone licenses at our fly shop. You can also purchase Yellowstone licenses at any visitor center in the park.



If I bring my own equipment, do I get a better price on the trip?

You are welcome to use your own equipment and gear but we don’t offer any discount for doing that as  the guide will usually set up his rods with dry flies, or nymphs and set up your rod with the opposite so you will be able to switch back and forth quickly. The guide will also supply all the flies you need for the entire day.

I would like to tie flies to use on the guide trip. What flies do you recommend I tie and bring with me?

The guide will have all the flies you will need. If you still want to tie flies and you are unsure of what to tie, you may email us at arrick@arricks.com or give us a call at the shop and the team will do their best to give you some suggestions.

What if I’ve never fly fished before, is that ok?

Absolutely, beginners are always welcome at Arrick’s. If you want to learn to fly fish, we will teach you the basics and get you on some fish. Our guides are patient, kind, and knowledgeable and enjoy teaching others, including kids to fly fish.

What if I’m an experienced angler?

We welcome you as well. The guides can help you refine some skills and teach you new techniques that work well for our area, show you great places to fish, do the work of rowing you down the river in a drift boat, and set you up in the right places with the right flies so all you have to do is fish.

Can I request a particular guide?

Yes, if you have been referred or have a guide in mind that you feel would be a nice fit for you or your group we do take requests. Please keep in mind it is based on availability and if you would like a certain guide it helps to make reservations as early as you can to ensure their availability.

How can I learn about the guides, shop team, owners, and the mission statement of Arrick’s Fly Shop?

On this website under the main menu Fishing Trips scroll down to Meet the Team and there a photos and bios of each guide. To learn about the shop team and the owners go to About Us on the main menu and drop down to Meet the Team and some of the other categories under About Us. Also we are on Facebook, TripAdvisor, YouTube, and Instagram.

If the weather is bad, will the guide trip be cancelled?

Weather changes very quickly here in the mountains and bad weather doesn’t last for very long, it comes in quickly and leaves just as fast. For this reason, and to help with the scheduling of guides, we don’t cancel trips for bad weather. If the weather is dangerous we can reschedule the trip if we have availability.

If I decide to cancel my guide trip will my deposit be refunded?

The deposit is refundable up to 30 days prior to the reserved trip date. This is our refund policy because if a trip gets cancelled at the last minute, the guide or guides lose out on the scheduled trip and any other trips we would have been able to book for them if we had advanced notice of a cancellation.

How can we thank our guide or guides for a great day?

Gratuity is very much appreciated and can be compared to other guest service industries.

How much do we tip our guide or guides?

Typically fifteen to twenty percent gratuity is around the normal range. If you feel your guide went above and beyond for you or your group you can always decide to show your appreciation with a higher gratuity. Many people do this when they feel the guide worked hard for them and gave them a great experience.

How can I share my experience with others and provide feedback? how much we enjoyed our guided fishing trip?

We truly appreciate when people share their experiences with us and provide feedback to us. Arrick’s Fly Shop is on TripAdvisor, and we welcome all feedback from our clients. Please share with us about how your experience was. Arrick and Lorie would like to know how your experience was in the shop and on the water with your guide.