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Old 09-01-2011, 01:21 PM
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Default Taking a trip to Wyoming and Montana - Need a recommendation for a beginner

Hello, everyone. My family and I are taking a trip to Wyoming and Montana towards the end of September and I have never fished before (besides the 2nd grade birthday party where my mother forced me to go with literally a twig from the yard and a piece of string).

I would like a greater appreciation for the sport of fly fishing and I know that a trip to Wyoming would not be complete without an attempt. I wondered if there are any recommendations on what I should do?

I am not sure my family wants to spend 1 day doing this, more like a half day and I have looked online for the different offerings which seem to be like $400/day per person. Is there anything cheaper? I just want a taste of the experience.

Also, should we do it in Jackson, WY? Is that the place we should do it or is it more expensive there? If that is the "quintessential" place to go then that's where I'd like to do it.

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Davo will probably respond to your question, but if he doesn't see it, send him a PM (private message). If I were going to Jackson without a doubt Davo would be my go to guy and whether he can take you or recommends someone else, the information will be straight up.

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What part of Montana?

And just a word of caution.. late September - there may be snow if you're in the vacinity of 7,000 feet or above (lol - who knows maybe lower) - or it could be 80 degrees.

For reference it was supposed to snow 1-3" at 6,500 feet in GNP today

You can get 1/2 day guides too - but still pricey.
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Hi there Readyforwhat.

If you have never fished, do not own gear (Rod, reel, line, flies at the least), and only have 1/2 of a day to get your feet wet (yes, fully intended pun), then hiring a guide for a half day of fishing is really the best option. A guide will outfit you with a rod, take you to a place where they know fish are, tie the fly on that will most likely succeed in luring said fish, and then work really hard at getting you in position to get that fly over that fish...and they will do that over and over until you get to the take out. And with a little luck you will catch a wild trout or two on beautiful stretch of wild river! Western trout guides are really a special breed.

So $400 might sound expensive, but all things considered and depending on how badly you want to try fly fishing and how badly you want have a chance of doing some actual fishing during your half day adventure, it is probably worth it. And the experience will a great one, no doubt.

As for locale, yeah, Jackson is amazingly beautiful.
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Thanks, everyone. I will wait to hear from Davo.

We are going to Billings, Bozeman, and Big Sky. Yes, I have been afraid of cold weather with the threat of snow but with everyone's schedules it has been hard to accommodate. Any recommendations on restaurants or anything fun in those cities would be appreciated. Also, in Jackson and/or Yellowstone.

Thanks, Dean. We will look into it. I am not sure if other members of the family will be that intrigued, but we'll see what kind of compromise we can do.

Are there any group lessons which might be lower in cost?
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Any recommendations on restaurants or anything fun in those cities would be appreciated
In Bozeman:
Go to The Museum Of The Rockies at MSU and see the massive collection of dinosaur fossils. It is amazing.
Restaurants in Billings:
Walkers- a little pricey, but the modern/ classic Western theme of the place is really great. They have barbed-wire chandeliers, what more can I say.
The Windmill- not the same since they moved, but it's a Billings tradition. Fried Shrimp specialty of the house.

I don't live there, but visit often. Locals may have more suggestions, but that's my 2 cents as an out-of-towner.
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We are going to Billings, Bozeman, and Big Sky.
Are you staying in Big Sky or Bozeman?

They're only ~30 minutes apart...
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Default Re: Taking a trip to Wyoming and Montana - Need a recommendation for a beginner

Thanks, WetBoot. I checked out the websites for those - look good!

I am not sure where we will be spending the night at this point. Do you have any recommendations for cool spots to go that the locals like?
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In Billings: Jakes, The Grainery, Billings Brewing Company. There's a bunch of bars downtown, if that's what you mean.
In Bozeman, maybe Dave can speak to that. I've not spent too much time there.

As far as fishing goes, I would definitely take the advice given above. Montana is really big, and you could spend more than half a day just trying to figure out where to go. Take your drinkin' money and put it towards paying for a guided trip- it will be a much more meaningful experience than, say, drinking cheap cocktails and singing karaoke at the Crystal Casino Lounge til 2am
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Well we can never predict what the weather will be in late September. Could snow or could be great. I would highly recommend you give my boss a call. Greg always works with client to provide just the trip they are looking for. Half day or Full. He also provides private park tours to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I don't know what he charges for half day floats. Click the link in my signature below this post, Upstream Anglers. You can email or call the 800 number and talk to Greg Falk.
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