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Fly Tying

We pride ourselves in bringing the latest in high quality patterns and materials to fly tiers year after year. Since the shops inception in 1979, some of the best fly tyers in the world have worked or tyed for Blue Ribbon Flies. We have been lucky enough, over the years, to accumulate articles by these fine craftsmen. Many articles have been featured in our annual catalogs. Here is a selection of articles about fly-tying techniques and materials from the last twenty years.

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Fly Fishing

Here at Blue Ribbon Flies we have sought to offer advice, thoughts, and instruction that might help when confronted with the diversity of fishing dilemmas these legendary rivers offer.

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Guide Trips

Our guide core is unsurpassed, and wants to see clients catch fish more than the clients do! Nowhere else can fly fishermen receive such a wealth of knowledge and experience. They have been with us for years and have mastered the waters of Yellowstone Country and the Gallatin National Forest (outfitter #302).

You will not find another place in the world with a larger concentration of blue ribbon trout streams and still waters than the greater Yellowstone area. Over two thousand miles of water are within a short drive of our headquarters in West Yellowstone, Montana. (Check out the map on our Fishing Report page.)

Whether you are a seasoned angler looking to learn more about the waters and techniques of Yellowstone Country or a beginning angler new to fly-fishing, our guide staff is your resource to smarter and more enjoyable fishing.

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Trips and Guides

For more than twenty years, Blue Ribbon Flies has been offering the most extensive selection of fly-fishing trips in Yellowstone Country. From our daily guide service and overnight pack-trips to our April Mayfly tours, there is a unique fly-fishing experience for everyone. In addition to the Greater Yellowstone area, we have been exploring the waters of Belize for the last twenty winters. Blue Ribbon Flies has developed an expertise in both the varied waters of Yellowstone and the flats of Belize.

Blue Ribbon Flies is licensed throughout the state of Montana as well as Yellowstone National Park, Gallatin National Forest and the Beaverhead National Forest.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit under the Beaverhead-Deerlodge and Gallatin Forest.

Craig Mathews

Outfitter #302

PO Box 1037

West Yellowstone, MT 59758

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Saltwater Trips

Since 1981 Blue Ribbon Flies has been hosting Salt water Fly Fishing trips.  Let us take care of even the smallest of details and make your Salt Water experience one of a life time.

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Our Guides

This guide core is unsurpassed, and wants to see clients catch fish more than the clients do! Nowhere else can fly fishermen receive such a wealth of knowledge and experience. They have been with us for years and have mastered the waters of Yellowstone Country and the Gallatin National Forest (outfitter #302).

You will not find another place in the world with a larger concentration of blue ribbon trout streams and still waters than the greater Yellowstone area. Over two thousand miles of water are within a short drive of our headquarters in West Yellowstone, Montana. (Check out the map on our Fishing Report page.)

Whether you are a seasoned angler looking to learn more about the waters and techniques of Yellowstone Country or a beginning angler new to fly-fishing, our guide staff is your resource to smarter and more enjoyable fishing.

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Yellowstone Country Trips

This guide core is unsurpassed, and wants to see clients catch fish more than the clients do! Nowhere else can fly fishermen receive such a wealth of knowledge and experience. They have been with us for years and have mastered the waters of Yellowstone Country and the Gallatin National Forest (outfitter #302).

You will not find another place in the world with a larger concentration of blue ribbon trout streams and still waters than the greater Yellowstone area. Over two thousand miles of water are within a short drive of our headquarters in West Yellowstone, Montana.

Whether you are a seasoned angler looking to learn more about the waters and techniques of Yellowstone Country or a beginning angler new to fly-fishing, our guide staff is your resource to smarter and more enjoyable fishing.

For more than twenty years, Blue Ribbon Flies has offered the most extensive selection of fly-fishing trips in Yellowstone Country. From our daily guide service and overnight pack-trips to our April Mayfly tours, there is a unique fly-fishing experience for everyone.

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Conservation

With your help we have made a huge difference in protecting and preserving miles of wild trout habitat and enhancing the fishery in Yellowstone National Park .

Now, more than ever before, wild trout and wild places need our help . With ever shrinking federal budgets it is up to those of us that make a living because of a healthy environment to step up to the plate and join, volunteer, and support financially nonprofit, grassroots organizations their missions include protecting wild trout and wild places. It is also up to all who love wild trout and wild places to do the same; that means all of us.

We can make a difference by becoming more active in issues and projects that protect the Yellowstone ecosystem. All fly fishers have an infectious passion about the very issues they support. Here these issues include clean air and water, and protecting wild trout and a healthy habitat for trout and the abundant wildlife we appreciate. As anglers we have been thrust to the front lines in the fight to protect, preserve, and enhance the rivers, lakes, and streams and the wild fish that inhabit them. When you read the newspapers or watch the nightly news you can see that all the gains we are making are being done by organizations like The Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Montana Trout Unlimited, Montana Trout Foundation, The Whirling Disease Foundation, The Yellowstone Park Foundation, Henrys Fork Foundation, and The Montana Nature Conservancy and other groups that sometimes have to force politicians and corporations to take steps in the right direction.

In the U.S. there are over 30,000 nonprofit groups addressing issues like water conservation, wilderness protection, climate change, and protecting and preserving Yellowstone . These small organizations have mostly arisen independently without any common institutional framework, a true statement of the extent of our environmental crisis. Most of these groups work long hours with minimal resources and hang on to their existence by a thin thread depending on small donations to keep up their important work. That’s where we all come in by joining up, volunteering, and supporting these groups financially.

Blue Ribbon Flies has been honored with several conservation awards : The Nature Conservancy Award or a business doing the most to protect wild trout habitat. Yellowstone National Park Protector of Yellowstone , this seldom presented honor is given to a business helping to protect, preserve, and enhance Yellowstone Parks wildlife and other wonders. The Greater Yellowstone Coalition award for our contribution to the enhancement and preservation of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The State of Montanas Award for our ongoing efforts to help preserve the Madison Rivers wild trout and wild trout habitat for future generations. The Federation of Fly Fishers Lee Wulff Award for our work on conservation and environmental projects in Yellowstone . And finally, as this catalogue goes to press, we were notified of winning The Angler of the Year Award presented by Fly Rod and Reel magazine after a nomination by Nick Lyons for efforts in conservation, fly tying, and furthering the sport of fly fishing. We are very proud of these awards and will continue to work even harder to protect and preserve what we all love.

We are now in the process of putting together land acquisition projects along the Madison River in places you fish. We want to ensure that these lands remain open for angling, and the wild trout and other wildlife habitat will be forever protected. Stay tuned, we will need your help on this one soon.
We encourage your support of the organizations listed on the next page.

The $3.00 Bridge Project

By now you all know that this important conservation project on the Madison River is completed! It will be forever protected and open to fishing. Please help future projects and continued upkeep such as fencing and litter control by putting your $3.00 fee in the safe, just like the old days.

We were honored to receive a plaque with $3.00 Bridge and the safe in the background with a rainbow arching overhead, over the river. The award says: “Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on behalf of Montana Sportsmen and women thank you for your dedication and efforts to acquire the $3.00 Bridge fishing access site into public ownership and thereby ensure the public’s continued enjoyment of the beautiful Madison River…August 2002”.

This award goes to all of you who supported this project. Thank You all for stepping up to the plate! Check out your award hanging near the door in Blue Ribbon next time you are in.

Protector of Yellowstone Park Award

On August 25, 1997 at the 125th anniversary celebration of Yellowstone National Park, Blue Ribbon Flies was recognized as a Protector of Yellowstone Park. This high honor is given “In Recognition of Our Efforts to Preserve Yellowstone for Future Generations.” The award was presented to us by Yellowstone Park’s Superintendent Michael Finley. You may recall, in 1993 we were presented The Nature Conservancy’s business award for our efforts in preserving wild trout habitat and being the business leader in Montana in keeping Montana the last best place. Blue Ribbon Flies stands alone as the First, and only area business to win either of these awards, let alone both. From all of us, “Thank You” for your encouragement, support, and response. Because of you, our stewardship to Yellowstone Park will only grow stronger!

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We wrote the books on fly fishing in the greater Yellowstone area. We have the most friendly, helpful, and experienced staff and guides who all fish, tie flies, and know entomology in the area. Let us introduce you to the joys of Yellowstone fly fishing.