Sweetwater Fly Shop in Livingston, MT

Sweetwater Fly Shop

A great shop in a great place

They don’t call it Paradise Valley for nothing. The Yellowstone River makes its way from the base of Two Ocean Pass in Wyoming, through Yellowstone National Park and into Montana. The Yellowstone is the longest undammed river in America, fundamentally the same river it was a century ago – or ten centuries ago. Once it leaves the park, it makes its way through Paradise Valley, south of Livingston, MT. No place was ever more aptly named. And right at the mouth of Paradise Valley, on the very banks of the river, is Sweetwater Fly Shop.

Dan Gigone and Diane Early are the owners here, and they run a great business. Dan is a licensed Montana outfitter, and their guide staff is second to none. If you want to book a trip on a host of different waters in this part of Montana, look no farther. They fish the Yellowstone – naturally. But they also fish the local spring creeks like DePuy’s  and Armstrong’s. They fish the Boulder River and the Stillwater River. They fish in Yellowstone National Park. One thing that sets them apart is their willingness and expertise to take you fishing even when the rivers are blown out in the spring. At Sweetwater Fly Shop, there’s always a great place to fish.

But there are some things that truly set this shop apart from lots of others. First, they’re a great Trout Unlimited supporter. Second, and not unrelated to the first, their commitment to conservation and education. How many fly shops do you know that have a Director of Conservation and Education on staff? Sweetwater does. Meet Mollie Simpkins. She leads their conservation and education efforts, engaging organizations, the community, and fly shops in protecting the waters they love to fish. At Sweetwater Fly Shop they believe it’s important to protect the spectacular places where they live and work. They believe it’s important to draw new fly anglers (and conservationists) into the fold, they’re willing to “put their money where their mouths are.”

Let’s say, for example, that you’re a woman who wants to learn to fly fish. Look no further. At Sweetwater Fly Shop, you can learn from great professional guides like Kara Tripp and KynsLee Scott. You can learn in a friendly, fun environment with other women who are learning that fly fishing is simply a wonderful way to put everything else aside for a while and find some peace on the water. Sweetwater Fly Shop is known for their commitment to teaching.

So if you’re looking for great gear at a fair price, or if you’re looking for a great guided trip on great water, Sweetwater Fly Shop is the place. If you’d like to learn about fly fishing, Sweetwater Fly Shop is the place. If you just want to come by and talk fishing and learn about one of the most beautiful places on earth, Sweetwater Fly Shop is the place. Come on in, or check them out online. They’re the real deal.

Sweetwater Fly Shop

Dan Gigone

Livingston, MT 59047

(406) 222-9393

By Walt Gasson.