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?

They meet in the morning at 8am. They 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.

What are the prices for Walk/Wade Trips and Instructional Trips?

Full Day Trip for 1 or 2 People $495.00
Full Day Trip for 3 People $595.00
Full day fees include guide, equipment, and lunch!
Half Day Trip for 1 or 2 People $350.00
Half Day Trip for 3 People $395.00
Half day fees include guide and equipment!

What are the prices for Float Trips?

Full day Trip for 1 or 2 People $495.00
Fees include guide, equipment and lunch!
Half Day Float Trip for 1 or 2 People $395.00
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.

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?

In most cases it is all catch and release. The reason this region has such great fisheries is because of the catch and release philosophy and regulations. If you really have your heart set on keeping a few fish we can provide a guide that will take you to Hebgen Lake to fish for awhile, then, if time permits on a full day, the guide could take you to the Madison River for the rest of the day.

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.

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

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

How much are licenses? Should I get my license early?

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

No, because what the guide will usually do is 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. Also, the guide will 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 crew will do their best to give you some suggestions.

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.

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

Absolutely, beginners are always welcome. If you want to learn to fly fish, we will teach you the basics and get you on some fish.

What if I’m an experienced angler?

We welcome you as well. The guides can help you refine some skills, 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, staff, owners and the mission statement of Arrick’s Fly Shop?

On this website under the main menu Fishing Trips scroll down to Meet the Guides and there a photos and biographies of each guide. To learn about the staff, the owners and Arrick’s Fly Shop mission statement go to About Us on the main menu and read Who’s Who 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 really bad 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 with others how much we enjoyed our guided fishing trip?

We truly appreciate good reviews and testimonials from our clients. If you had a wonderful time fly fishing with your guide, please share that experience with others. Arrick’s Fly Shop is on TripAdvisor, and we welcome all feedback from our clients.

If we didn’t answer your questions above, please feel free to contact us at Arrick’s Fly Shop at (406) 646-7290 or email us at arrick@arricks.com

Thank you for your interest in booking a guided fishing trip with us. We look forward to meeting you and being part of your travels and outdoor adventures.

Wishing you safe and wonderful travels,
Arrick and Lorie Swanson, the Guides and the entire Staff of Arrick’s Fly Shop