Ready to fish? We’re ready to get you out on our hallowed waters!
We’re tentatively planning to resume guided fishing trips beginning July 1st. The fishing is about to go off on the Yellowstone River and we’d like for you to experience the best she has to offer, safely. The salmonflies are going to start emerging soon, and after them the goldenstones, then hoppers. We’re already seeing chocolate caddis, black caddis, and PMD mayflies on the Yellowstone as well. The PMDs are “hatching” prolifically on the Paradise Valley spring creeks right now. And the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park will be getting fired up soon. We can’t wait to fish the Lamar River, Slough Creek, and Soda Butte Creek again! So give us a call at the shop (406-222-9393) or email [email protected] to get on our calendar for this summer!
All that said, coronavirus cases are again on the upswing recently, in Montana and nationwide. So to some extent, all bets are off at this time. Should we decide that it’s no longer safe enough to be sending guide trips out, we’ll fully refund all deposits for this summer. And you can cancel or postpone your trip up to 14 days in advance and receive a full refund as well. We’ll be taking reasonable safety precautions, but there’s no way to eliminate the threat of transmission, and travel into Montana may soon become too risky again. Fingers crossed!
Coronavirus Precautions for Guide Trips:
As we get to know more about how this virus is transmitted from person to person, we can be more “targeted” in our safety precautions. The experts are clear that contaminated surfaces or food are unlikely vectors for infection, particularly in the outdoors. On the other hand, close and lengthy contact in the tight confines of a drift boat could lead to transmission from guide to client or vice versa. Masks or other face coverings are critical for reducing that risk. Therefore, both clients and guides will be required to wear face coverings at all times while in the boat. Masks may be removed during shore lunch, when social distance can be more easily maintained. But the masks go back on when you return to the boat for the afternoon. Clients will also be strongly encouraged to drive their own vehicle to and from the river. If that’s not possible, and during shuttles, masks must again be worn by all parties during the drive. The guides will, of course, be cleaning their boats and equipment between trips, and if you have any other concerns, just let us know and we’ll try to accommodate you. We’ll plan on supplying lunch and non-alcoholic drinks, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own, if that’s a concern. Guides will be told absolutely not to do the trip if they feel the least bit ill and we’d ask you not to go through with your trip if you feel at all under the weather. Even if you’re sure that headache is from last night’s overindulgence. Please! We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we do our best to keep you, our guides, and all of your friends and family safe during uncertain times. Thanks in advance!