Rates / Booking / Notes / Policies
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2024 Guide Trip Rates
Full-Day Float Trip - Yellowstone River: $600/day (1 or 2 anglers)
Full-Day Float Trip - Missouri River & Bighorn River: $650/day (1 or 2 anglers, 3 days minimum)
(Please refer the Bighorn Page.)
Full-Day Walk/Wade Trip - MT Public Waters: $600/day (1 or 2 anglers)
Full-Day Walk/Wade Trip - Livingston's Spring Creeks: $600/day (1 or 2 anglers)
Full-Day Private Lakes/Ponds Trip - Float and/or Wade: $600/day (1 or 2 anglers)
Third Angler Rate: Add $200/day to above.
* Preferred payment methods: Cash and check are greatly appreciated.
PayPal and Venmo (without transaction fees) are also available.
For credit card transaction, 3.75% fee will be applied.
**Madison River float trips and Yellowstone National Park walk/wade trips can be arranged.
Please contact me for more details.
What's Included & What's NOT Included
Included: Lunch, transportation, river shuttle, rental gears, flies, leaders.
NOT Included: Montana fishing license, Yellowstone NP entrance and fishing permission, rod fee/access fee for private waters, gratuity.
Below are details for some items.
Lunch is included for full-day trips. When time and location permit, I might cook up something quickly.
As you book trips, please let me know: food concerns such as food items that you just don't like or simply can't eat, allergies, diabetes, and so on.
I usually carry regular and diet sodas and plenty of waters in my cooler. If you'd like to request Gatorade, bottled tea, and so on, please let me know in advance.
As we set up a trip and the trip date gets closer, we arrange a meeting time and place. This is up to fishing destination, your accommodation, season, and so on. Completely flexible and best for each party.
River shuttle for float trip (any rivers mentioned above) is included in the float trip prices.
From 2021 season, flies are included in the trip price.
You are welcome to order and purchase any time by contacting me or referring my sales catalog (I admit this site needs major reconstructions as I have developed many more patterns since and I just can't catch up) or after the trip for your own use (especially when you plan DIY days).
Clients are also welcome to bring their own or buy from shops I recommend and bring with you. Please note FLIES & their QUALITIES DO MATTER. Flies tied by me or flies purchased from recommended shops are much better than those what's called "Discount Flies" that you may see somewhere online.
Gears & Accessories
I have a few sets of rod/reel/line combos, waders, and boots for rentals that are included in the trip price. For one or two anglers, my rod combos can cover. During summer months = June through early September = most clients would not need waders and boots. Instead please bring/wear sandals or shoes that you don't mind getting wet!!
My rental waders and boots sizes are limited. If you need right sizes, I'd suggest you to rent from a fly-shop in the area with your cost. Ideally rental/purchase is completed before the day of trips, rather than the morning of trip. Please ask me if you have questions. I can direct you to right directions.
Other Necessity Costs
Montana Fishing License, Yellowstone National Park Fishing Permission, and YNP Entrance Fee are NOT INCLUDED in the trip rates above but are clients' responsibility. Please understand we all pay for these.
Access fee / rod fee to private waters (spring creeks, lakes, and ponds) are also clients' responsibility. Clients may pay on the day of trip. Or sometimes, I'm asked to pay in advance on behalf of clients. When clients pay me back at the final payment with credit cards, I'd like to ask a 3% transaction fee for rod fees (not the trip fee). Clients are welcome to pay me a separate check or cash for this (and CC for trip fee if you'd like).
As someone who works in this country, I will greatly appreciate gratuities/tips. Most clients offer me 20-25% of per-day trip rates above. There have been clients who have offered me even more. Besides fishing, my superb lunch and work-ethic such as staying late till dark are greatly recognized by those clients. If you are party of several anglers and hiring me and my associate(s), please offer your gratuity to my co-working guide(s) too.
Gears & Equipment to Bring
If you own multi rods/reels/lines and can carry them with you, that can be very helpful. For example, we can set one rod with dry-flies and the other with nymphs. We can keep fishing without changing leader/tippet and without losing time. However for most of fishing situations, 5wt or 6wt 9-foot rod with Weight-Forward floating line will suffice. 4wt-9ft will be a superb dry-fly rod for spring creeks and Yellowstone Park waters.
Leader recommendations: 3X, 4X, 5X 9feet. Tippet recommendations: 2X to 6X spools.
These are included during guide trips but definitely necessities for DIY.
As for wader, I strongly recommend Chest-high wader, not the waist-high pants type. Pants type waders will limit your choices of fishing spots, especially, in my observation & experience, at spring creeks. Trust me! If chest wader is a bit too hot, you can roll down any time. For float trips and wade trips to YNP during summer months, most likely we don't need waders but just a pair of wading boots and wet-wade socks.
For wading boots, felt sole is just fine. Even for the float trips, I recommend to wear wading boots and wet-wade socks as we often get out the boat and fish, at least we get off to stretch and for lunch. Please let me know if you are with rubber-sole with studs before you hop in on my boat.
Other Items: sun-screen, your usual medication, fishing vest with your regular items, camera, polarized sunglasses, rain-jacket,
Group Trip - 4 or More Anglers
Group trips are welcome. I will arrange trusted guide(s) that I know they can offer the same quality of services as I do. Depending on types of trips, number of clients, and client's request, one guide will be assigned to two or three clients. Arrangements, number of clients, trip destinations, and rates will be discussed upon booking.
Montana Outfitting Law stipulates Outfitters/Guides should not offer any alcohol beverages to their clients. Not to mention, no consumption while on duty! I (and guides I hire) don't offer any alcohol beverages for lunch nor through the day. Clients are allowed to bring their own and drink them with their responsibility and risk. I personally don't drink beer so the scene people drinking beer in front of me don't bother me. However, let me give you a fair advise. SW Montana and Yellowstone Park sit on higher than average altitude (4,500-ft & above). Summer air is dry with low humidity. This will thirst and dehydrate anglers from other states and countries. Consequently even regular beer will kick in harder than you experience in your normal environment. Plus, be aware, full-day fishing with a hard-working guide like myself is more exhausting than average anglers do on their own. That's because anglers keep casting all through the day.
During my early career while I was taking trips out of a shop, I have had several clients who insisted bringing their own beer to my boat. I could tell, after beer consumption, their casting got sloppy and their attitude and speeches became sluggish. Consequently they had so-so and barely average fishing that I couldn't help them improve. By the take-out, they did look exhausted and, well, drunk. They offered me poor tips, blaming on me for poor fishing they had...........(true stories)
Catch & Release ONLY = NO Kill No Bag Policy
Our Montana fishing licenses grant us the permission to keep fish, i.e., kill & bag, for consumption on waterbodies and sections where it's permitted. However, during all the guide trips operated under my outfitting, we practice ONLY CATCH & RELEASE. We are not "harvest fishers" as in the ocean fishing industry. I can't allow you to keep trophy trout or small trout and even whitefish. This is not simply based on moral or ethic. The purpose of my guide trips is to have fun fishing for Montana's wild trout and educate clients to increase the possibility to connect with trout. For each client, it may only be one day on the river, however, my guides and I are on the river nearly every day through summer. If our clients would keep their catches every time we take them, there will simply be less fish on the rivers each day. Besides, our coolers are for our drinks and foods, not to keep fish. Catch & Release has been widely recognized and respected by the most of clients from the USA and worldwide. However, every once in a while I still encounter clients who insist to keep fish during the trip (I wouldn't know their intentions in advance) which causes turmoil on trips. If the kill & keep is a part of your expectations for the guide trip, please contact some other outfits in the area (I can almost all guarantee they all have the similar policy). Clients can learn how to fish and catch from me and my guides during the guide trips. Then you are welcome to practice kill & keep on your own when it's permitted and where many folks in the area wouldn't mind doing or seeing so.
Booking Guide Trips
Just contact me! Simple! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone 406-223-3225
Booking Rods at Private Waters
Upon booking spring creeks or lakes/ponds trips with me, I can contact land owners and book a spot for you and I can give you their rates and their deposit policy too. If you happen to know their contacts, you are welcome to book your rods ahead then book guide trips with me!
Upon Booking, I will require 50% of trip rates as deposits. Deposits can be paid by check, PayPal, Venmo, credit cards (most major companies, 3.75% fee is applied), checks, and cash. If we are going to fish private waters with access fees / rod fees, I will make sure booking & deposit policies of private waters with landowners and I keep you updated.
If the trip is cancelled 60 days before the day of the scheduled trip, full amount of deposit will be refunded.
If the trip is cancelled within 60 days before the day of the scheduled trip, deposit will not be refunded.
If the trip is cancelled on the day of the trip (absence, no notices, not answering phone calls, and so forth), a full-day trip rate will be charged to client’s credit card (on top of the deposit that has been paid).
Cancellation policy of private waters varies by places and by owners. Outfitter will make sure the policy with owners upon booking a slot/rod and explain to clients.
If the river that has been intended to fish gets muddy by sudden thunderstorms or any other natural phenomena, or when we can’t access to the river (road constructions, access site is closed, and such conditions), clients are advised to be willing to change the fishing destinations. If clients don’t follow outfitter’s advises, it’s considered as “cancellation on the day of the trip”, as stated above, a full-day rate will be charged. This should be discussed and understood upon booking.
If the trip is canceled within 60 days before the scheduled day or on the day of the trip but rescheduled with the same clients, deposit from the original trip will be applied to the newly scheduled trip.
If outfitter and guide(s) decide to cancel the trip (dangerous weather/nature conditions and so forth), deposit will be fully refunded.