Montana Fly Fishing Guides
I grew up fly fishing in Northern Nevada in a back pack whistling up fish for my father. I chose Montana State after my collegiate wrestling career because of the great fly fishing and have never looked back. After guiding for 10 years I established Montana Trout Wranglers and I am enjoying every minute of it. My philosophy on guiding is that anyone can have a banner day, but it takes a great guide to make a poor day into a great day. So I have assembled a guide staff that I would want to fish with if I was fishing in Montana. These guys are the most fishy, hard working, professional, and enjoyable guys to spend a day with I have found. We want to make you a better angler and share our secrets to help you catch the trout of your dreams. We don't just fish any one river, we specialize in them all. Whether this is your first time or you have fished the world, you won't be disappointed by our knowledge of the area's rivers and the fishing. When I am not guiding I enjoy fishing with my new puppy dog "Guppy". He loves to float in the boat but hasn't figured out where the trout disappear to when released back into the river.
Cale likes to fly fish. Sure, he likes to ski and read and watch movies too, but no girlfriend has ever left him for those habits. Nope, just fly fishing carries the price tag and because of this tag Cale has made it a goal to blow off as many responsibilities as possible in order to fish as much as possible. His passion for angling and hate for chores began when he was seven on a small creek in his hometown of Frisco, CO. He fished there until he was old enough to drive, and therefore old enough to transport other anglers to rivers and "guide" them. From there Cale has shirked more responsibilities by guiding and fishing throughout Patagonia, Alaska, New Zealand, Belize, Brazil, Mexico and the Bahamas. In between lengthy fishing vacations he can be found guiding in Montana or making margaritas in his boat on the occasional day off. Oh, and he has a dog named Cerveza.
Chuck hails from Enumclaw, Washington and grew up fishing first with spinners and bait, but for the last 15 years focused completely on fly fishing. He graduated from Lewis and ClarkCollege in Portland, Oregon in 1999 and immediately moved to Montana. Chuck has fished many of the waters of the Great Northwest, Chile, and Argentina. He has been a guide in southwest Montana for the last 10 years, and has been blessed to have a "dream job." He has the patience to teach basics to a novice and the experience to help advanced anglers hone their skills while providing a very enthusiastic atmosphere on the river.
When this hard-working guide is not on the river he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his wonderful wife and their dog Sofia (aka the fish alarm). Louis Bishop has guided both white water and fly fishing trips in Southwest Montana since the summer of 1992. A native Floridian, he grew up on fly fishing for bass, redfish, snook and tarpon. Louis drew on these experiences to land his first guiding position for Casa Blanca, a fly fishing resort in the Yucatan. After selling the Yellowstone raft Company in 2006, Louis has more time to devote to his family. Louis's family includes his wife Sara ( a nurse and Bozeman native) and 3 year old Finely, who recently caught his first trout on the Madison.
Rick has been guiding the rivers of Southwest Montana for the last ten years. Fish have always been Rick's passion since a young age in California. He took his passion for trout to the next level with a degree in Fisheries Biology from Humboldt State University. Rick is a proud 'fly tying nerd'. Some of his other passions include hunting upland game birds with his English Setter, Cotton, and Fishing the tropical saltwater flats in the winter. Rick loves fishing with beginners and kids. He loves helping people catch their first fish on a fly rod. Rick has endless patience with people that are learning. His pet peeve is people who think they have learned everything and don't listen to guide advice. Rick is always surprised when he sets a client up in a good spot and comes back to find them nipple deep in the middle of the hole. Rick's favorite place in the world has to be the Middle Fork of the Tuolomne River in California. This is where Rick learned to wrangle trout and was the beginning of his life long obsession. His modern day favorite spot is Stella Maris in the Bahamas.
Tim grew up in Maine where his dad placed a fly rod in his hand at the age of 7. He has many memories of casting to Brook trout from a canoe on secluded ponds in the pine tree state. Tim graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in biology, received his masters in biomechanics from Montana State University, and has been guiding in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming ever since. Tim is an extremely passionate and patient instructor who enjoys creating an unforgettable fly fishing experience for all. His background in biomechanics allows him to evaluate, analyze, and improve fly fishing techniques in a timely and professional manner. Whether you're a beginner wanting to tackle a new adventure, an intermediate wanting to improve your fly fishing skills (casting, presentation, knowledge of entomology), or an expert seeking to "rip some lips" Tim is the guide for you. Tim lives in Bozeman with his wife Kim, his two children Boone & Eloise, and their Llewellyn setter Adie. During the off season Tim can be found on the slopes as a member of the Bridger Bowl ski patrol.