Big Sky Anglers


United States


39 Madison Ave West Yellowstone, Montana 59758


Latitude: 44.660699

Longitude: -111.099409




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In 2016, long time local guides / outfitters Joe Moore (Big Sky Anglers), Justin Spence (The West Yellowstone Fly Shop), and Jonathan Heames (Jonathan Heames Fly Fishing) merged their individual businesses and acquired Bud Lilly’s Trout Shop.  The entire operation, including all outfitting and the fly shop, is now known as BIG SKY ANGLERS, based here in West Yellowstone, MT. With over 55 years of combined guiding and fly shop experience in West Yellowstone, Joe, Jonathan and Justin are excited to continue the tradition started by Bud Lilly so long ago, while adding their own unique voice and vision to the business.



Bud Lilly founded the modern Trout Shop in 1950 when he purchased the inventory of a small tackle shop originally founded by Don Martinez (perhaps West Yellowstone’s original fly fishing expert) from Charles Borberg.  Much has been written about Bud, a World War II veteran and one of the pioneers of guided fishing in Yellowstone Country.  Bud casts a long shadow across the fly fishing world, having mentored many of the next generation of angling legends.  His efforts and personality, along with others, paved the way for all of us who have made lives through fly fishing.  For that, we will forever be grateful.



The original Trout Shop was in the back of what is now Eagles Store, at the corner of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street.  The shop moved to its well-known spot at Madison and Canyon, currently occupied by Big Sky Anglers, in 1967.  Bud and his family ran the shop proudly until 1982.  A series of owners, including our friends Jim and Criner, Dick Greene, and Barbara Klesel, continued the tradition until Big Sky Anglers purchased the business in 2016.

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