Since 1984, Gallatin Riverguides, owned and operated by the French Family,
has earned the reputation as one of Montana’s premier fly fishing guide services
and outfitters for anglers of all experience levels. On any given day, you can
count on running into owner Betsey French in the shop, which is located on
the Gallatin River in Big Sky.
In the fall of 1990, when the Frenches moved their shop to their current facility (less than a mile south of the Big Sky turnoff), they added a very unique
upgrade. “The Ultimate Classroom,” as the locals know it, is a private casting
pond right behind the fly shop with beautiful views of the river and mountains. The helpful and knowledgeable guides put on casting clinics and manufacturers like SAGE host fly fishing schools for all ages.
Ask Betsey where they take clients on fishing adventures, and it’s a role call of
the best destinations: “We guide daily excursions to the [beautiful and exciting] Yellowstone National Park, the magnificent Madison River, and the blue
ribbon waters of the Yellowstone, Missouri, Gallatin, Bighole and Beaverhead
rivers.” And whether you’re on a float trip through Paradise Valley or wading
in the Gallatin Canyon, Betsey and her expert guides will make sure you’re
catching fish. These men and women are encyclopedias of fly fishing.
Gallatin Riverguides is stocked to the gills with the world’s top fly fishing gear
from a large variety of the most respected manufacturers in the business. In
addition, Betsey features the work of regional artists—fishing themed decor resort ware and exquisite jewelry for lovers of the lifestyle. Gallatin Riverguides is big on supporting Montana made products, evidenced in the gear and
equipment they carry, as well as by highlighting Montana artists.
Gallatin Riverguides has something special to offer anglers of all ages. Supporting the interest and education of the next generation who will inherit the sport is a priority. Age 10 and under fly fi shing clinics are offered at the casting pond throughout the season. And for the ladies, Betsey annually hosts women’s-only float trips. This year, there will be ladies trips with Betsey on June 30
and August 2.
Gallatin Riverguides is a special place where Montana guests and locals alike
can earn the fishing experience of a lifetime. For many, fly fishing is not just a
hobby but a way of life.
The Annual Pesca Fiesta is July 2, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Gallatin Riverguides
for a fun day in the sun, along with reps from Sage Flyrods, Simms Fishing
Products, R.L. Winston, Ross Reels, Galvan and Action Optics. Tents will
be set up, the BBQ will be smokin’ and the coolers will be stocked with ice
and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to learn about the new 2011
products, learn new casting techniques, and hang out with other people who
love to fly fish.