Policies and Process
UPDATED POLICY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19:
We have always put the health and safety of our guides and anglers above all else at the Montana Angling Company. The COVID-19 novel coronavirus has impacted our entire country and we will continue to safeguard the well-being of our guides and anglers as we move forward during this public health crisis. For the 2020 fly fishing season we will be implementing new policies and changing existing ones to effectively manage safety, promote health, and give our anglers maximum flexibility with their travel plans.
All guide trips currently on hold until at least 4/10/2020 in response to the state of Montana’s directive to close all non-essential business. We will continue to update as more information becomes available.
For the safety of our anglers:
- Guides will not work if they have any symptoms or illness
- Guides will have hand sanitizer available for use
- Guide trips may meet at off-peak times to avoid morning crowds at fly shops and other licensing outlets
- Anglers will be encourage to travel to destinations in separate vehicles
- Anglers will be encouraged to provide their own lunch
For the safety of our guides:
- We ask anglers to stay at home and consider cancellation if you have any symptoms or illness within 14 days of your trip
Changes to Booking and Cancellation Policy:
Effective 3/16/2020 until 5/31/2020, we will be modifying the policy for all bookings for the 2020 season, to give anglers the best flexibility with their travel plans as well as protecting the livelihood of our guides:
- All guide trip deposits will continue to be refundable, less a processing fee, up to 30 days prior to your trip
- Cancellations made inside of 30 days, up to the day prior, will be given the option to rebook future dates for later in 2020 or in 2021
- Full refunds will be issued for cancellations due to the closure of essential business or other federal or state mandates that prohibit operations and travel
We understand this is an evolving situation and will continue to adapt accordingly. Please check back for updates regarding bookings after 5/31/2020 or contact us directly.
A Note on Lodging: we are a booking agent for a number of fishing lodges in Montana. Our lodging partners are doing their best to accommodate anglers as well. Each lodge will have their own independent policy regarding bookings and cancellations.
We are all in this together. Our outfitter and guides are fully committed to providing the highest level of service and quality fly fishing trips throughout the 2020 Montana fly fishing season. Inevitably there will be extenuating circumstances and hardships that result from all of this. We will do our best to remain flexible and accommodating, and we would ask for the same in return.
We wish all the best and thank you all for the continued support. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
For Bookings Outside of 30 days:
We take a 50% booking deposit on all trips booked outside of 30 days from the first day of a scheduled trip. The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to the first day of a scheduled trip. Final payment must be received prior to services rendered. This deposit is refundable less a $100 processing fee for cancellations made outside of 30 days from the first day of a scheduled trip. Cancellations made within 30 days of the first day of a scheduled trip will result in full payment.
For Bookings Inside of 30 Days:
We take full payment up-front on all bookings made inside of 30 days from the first day of a scheduled trip. This payment is due at the time of booking. Cancellations made within 30 days of the first day of a scheduled trip will result in full payment.
For Online Bookings:
We take full payment up-front for all online bookings. All online bookings are subject to availability and confirmation by our outfitter. Guide trip fees are refundable less a $100 processing fee for cancellations made outside of 30 days from the first day of a scheduled trip. Cancellations made within 30 days of the trip will result in full payment.
For All Bookings:
Deposits are taken for all parts of a trip the Montana Angling Company accepts payment for. This includes, but is not limited to: guide trip fees, lodging fees, and other third-party fees. Guide trip fees are fully refundable less a $100 processing fee at any time if the booked guide can be rebooked on the same date. Lodging fees and other third-party fees are refundable according to the third-party’s booking and cancellation policy.
Changing the date you are booked is the same as cancelling and re-booking a separate trip. All cancellations must be given by written notice, either e-mail or by mail. The date a written cancellation notice is electronically received or postmarked will be considered the date of cancellation.
Trips may be cancelled at the discretion of the Montana Angling Company, its outfitter, or its guides at any time due to conditions that jeopardize client and/or guide safety, federal and/or state closures, or other uncontrollable circumstances. All guide trip deposits and funds will be refunded.
We make no exceptions to our booking and refund policy and encourage clients to purchase trip insurance with iTravelinsured if concerned about the possibility of cancellation.
We accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash for payment.
Booking Your Montana Fly Fishing Trip
Anglers can expect custom outfitting and personal service when booking a guided fly fishing trip with the Montana Angling Company. Our outfitter, Max Yzaguirre, handles all bookings personally and anglers will work with him to build a custom Montana fly fishing trip catering to personal preferences and requests. This could be a 10-day fly fishing adventure across all of the best trout water in Montana or a quick half-day trip to a local river, but our custom outfitting extends to all of our anglers and includes working with them to decide: where to fish, when to fish, how to fish, and where to stay.
We invite all anglers to contact us with any questions they have about our Montana fly fishing trips and guides. Our outfitter is always happy to talk fishing and assist anglers with their next Montana fly fishing trip.