The great Bob Jacklyn is here to take us into West Yellowstone and his classic experiences in the area.


West Yellowstone Fly Fishing with Bob Jacklyn. Hit play below!

apple podcasts

google podcast

Find the show:  iTunes | Stitcher | Overcast

Subscribe on Android

Subscribe on Apple Podcasts

Subscribe on Google Podcasts

Subscribe via RSS

(Read the Full Transcript at the bottom of this Blog Post)


Sponsors and Podcast Updates


west yellow stone fly fishing

Show Notes with Bob Jacklyn

03:10 – Bob opened his fly shop in April 1974.

west yellow stone fly fishing
Photo by Beau Davis

03:55 – The Firehole River is Bob’s go-to river and the Madison in the park.

04:45 – Bob just retired from guiding last year after 53 years of guiding and outfitting.

06:20 – We’ve had Justin Spence from Big Sky Anglers at WFS 227.

06:50 – Bob started guiding in 1969 and Bud Lilly offered him a job. They eventually became competitors but remained very good friends.

west yellow stone fly fishing

08:30 – Bob wrote a book with Bruce Staples called, Fly Fishing West Yellow Stone: A History and Guide. We also had Bruce Staples on the podcast a while back at WFS 269.


13:00 – He noted Jim Danskin who was a great angler and also feature in their book.

15:25 – Bob tells us about the fly fishing school they taught.

17:30 – Bob was one of the first 6 people that passed the certification test for the International Federation of Fly Fishers.

23:00 – Bob has kept only 6 fish in his whole life.

west yellow stone fly fishing

31:30 – Tip for new guides: Use a long leader and a long tippet.

33:10 – The best time to fish the Firehole River on the first couple weeks of June up until the first couple weeks of July.

39:00 – Bob talks about Kelly Galloup. We had Kelly on the podcast twice at WFS 52 and WFS 167.

41:10 – Sage Rods used to be called Winslow Rods. Bob also tells us about the history of Fenwick Rods, which was one of his first rods, and how it’s related to Sage Rods.

44:20 – We hear about the story of how Jim Green patented the Feralite ferrule.

54:00 – Bob was a musician and was raised in a musically inclined family. He used to be a drummer when he was in the army. He also had dyslexia but did not find out until later.

Related Podcast Episodes to West Yellowstone Fly Fishing

WFS 269 – A Guide to Yellowstone Fly Fishing with Bruce Staples

Read the Full Podcast Transcript Below

Conclusion with Bob Jacklyn and West Yellowstone Fly Fishing

That was one of the biggest names in the Teton area.  Listen again if you want to take it further.