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.
Bert is originally from Virginia, where he grew up fishing waters in the central and southwestern parts of the state. He started fishing with bait and spinners, but was introduced to fly fishing and never looked back. A graduate of the University of Richmond, he taught high school in Virginia for six years before moving to Montana where he currently teaches. As an educator he is passionate about seeing people learn and experience new things and is patient throughout this process. He loves finding new places and water to fish, but also enjoys time fishing familiar waters. Along with fishing, he also enjoys tying and spends a good deal of time doing so through the winter. Bert lives in Belgrade with his wife Rhiannon and two daughters, Hayden and Delaney. Along with fishing he loves time with his family enjoying the outdoors and pleasures of living in Montana.
Jack was born and raised in Arkansas among some of the famous trout waters of the state that shaped his childhood. These rivers set a foundation and instilled a deep love for their environments and ever changing natures. Fishing has shaped his life ever since and taken him to new places and brought him to fantastic people from around the world. Jack began guiding the waters of Southwest Montana during his college summers, and he found appreciation for the relationships that are created in a drift boat in beautiful places. When not rowing he prefers hunting saltwater species in shallow water with a fly and traveling to new destinations.
Jason has guided on nearly all of Montana’s blue ribbon rivers, and loves to chase BIG fish. Growing up in a family that loved the outdoors, he spent countless weekends camping around the state, and exploring the many amazing waters Montana has to offer. Jason ended up in college in the southwestern part of Montana, guiding on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison and Missouri rivers. Having so many blue ribbon rivers within such a short distance extended his graduation from college to six years! This added time did help in giving Jason a vast knowledge of the top waters in Montana, and he has been able to find a few places that are virtually untouched. His love of fly fishing, and helping people chase after the big trout has led to some life-long friendships with clients, and great fish stories!
Ryan Stoll, originally from Minnesota, has been living and fishing in the Bozeman area for the last 15 years. His passion for the outdoors comes second to none, and his desire for adventure is always present. Ryan is a big fish junkie, and therefore can be found on the Yellowstone throwing streamers with any free time he may have. His background in the industry ranges from guiding around SW Montana to being an Orvis fishing manager. After a long guide season Ryan can be found in the high county chasing elk with his bow or out on the plains of eastern MT in pursuit of Antelope, as hunting is another one of Ryan’s greatest passions.
Growing up in Livingston, Montana, along the banks of the Yellowstone River, Billy is no stranger to Montana waters. Billy is passionate about sharing his flyfishing experience with others. He is always happy to help new anglers develop their skills as well as helping seasoned anglers chase large fish on dry flies. Billy retired after serving 20 years as an Infantryman in the Army and currently lives in Bozeman with his wife and two boys. Billy spends his free time with his family hunting upland birds, and skiing. Billy likes fast music, burritos, and science fiction movies. He dislikes bad attitudes, country music, and wind.
Coleman grew up on the banks of the James river in his hometown of Scottsville, Virginia. Through high school he spent his free time trout fishing, exploring Shenandoah National Park fishing for native brook trout or stalking the area’s spring creeks searching for big browns that would rise to a Japanese beetle imitation. During the summers he worked as an instructor teaching casting and tying lessons at a fly shop in town. Having family in Montana and eager to explore the Rockies, he packed up and made the move out west after graduating. After a few years of bouncing between work at the fly shop and the ski hill, Coleman went on to attend MSU in Bozeman. He hasn’t left the area since, and he’s found his passion fishing the waters around Southwest Montana. Coleman is a young guide that will be joining the crew at TroutWranglers. He is excited to learn from the best and to share his love for fishing and being on the river. When he’s not guiding or fishing, Coleman is an avid fly tyer and loves coming up with outside-the-box fly patterns. He also enjoys the winters in Montana when he likes to get around on his telemark skis for a few deep turns here and there in the cold smoke.
Sam is from the south and when you hear him speak there is no mistaking it. With that accent he brings a laid back southern approach to fly fishing. Spending time in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina in his youth, Sam grew up fishing for large mouth bass, redfish, flounder, and speckled trout. In 2019, Sam decided to change it up and moved to Montana to fly fish for the beautiful mountain trout. He took to fly fishing like a fish to water! Sam loves being a guide and has a passion for sharing knowledge and experiences with those that fish with him. When you fish with Sam you're guaranteed to walk away with a great experience. With his calm, positive, and relaxed instruction, Sam is dedicated to making you a better angler and getting the most out of your trip. Priding himself on good manners and being courteous, you are sure to have a great time out on the river with Sam.
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