You'll want plenty of time to experience the unmatched natural beauty and fantastic fishing that Yellowstone County has to offer. Taking time to plan your trip will save you time and frustration when you are here. If you're new to fishing in this area, we suggest hiring a guide early in your trip. The knowledge you will gain will prove indispensable during the rest of your visit.
Airports Near West Yellowstone
Our Region is serviced by four major airports- West Yellowstone, Bozeman (90 mi.), Idaho Falls (110 mi.), and Salt Lake City (325 mi.). Car rentals are are available at all four airports. For links to these sites, plus hotels, flights, shuttles and more, see below.
Food and Lodging
West Yellowstone offers a variety of lodging and dining options in a wide range of prices. Contact the West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce at (406) 646-7701 for more information.
Climate and Clothing
Our high altitude and surrounding mountains make for beautiful, but often unpredictable weather. Cold nights are often paired with hot days. It can rain or snow on any day of the year. Prepare accordingly with a variety of clothing, a raincoat, and a sun hat. For fishing polarized sunglasses and sunblock are essential.
While our rivers and lakes are truly unique, the gear needed for fishing them is not. Fly rods in the 8' to 9' range matched with a 5 or 6 wt. line are ideal for most situations. Contact us for fly suggestions, or we can set you up with the hot patterns when you get here. Felt soled waders, camers, and standard sized leaders and tippets round out the package.
Other Things To Do
If the rest of the family is not into fishing, they might enjoy a scenic tour of Yellowstone National Park. Contact Yellowstone Alpen Guides for more information.