Montana Angler is a family run business that works with Montana's best fly fishing guides and lodges to offer trips to Montana's legendary trout fisheries as well as numerous international fly fishing destinations. We also have an extensive portfolio of exclusive private ranch leases our guests can enjoy. We have assembled some of the finest guides in the West because we understand that terrific guides make for unforgettable fishing trips. In addition to the regions top guides, Montana Angler has also partnered with several of the regions finest lodges, private ranches, hotels, and vacation rentals for guests that want the perfect combination of world class dining and accommodations in a sublime Western setting. We also run a series of deluxe camps for both river camping and alpine horse pack fishing.
Brian and Ann McGeehan - owners
Brian and Ann started Montana Angler to share their passion for fishing and the outdoors. When away from the fishing business their time is fully absorbed raising four very active children. Brian has been guided fishing and rafting trips in Montana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming for over 2 decades. He also hosts international trips to the Bahamas, Chile, Argentina and Alaska in the off season. Ann is our business manager and oversees the all important back end logistics in the office. She also hosts trips to the Bahamas and Chile.
Hank Welles - general manager
General Manager Hank Welles was born into fly fishing along the banks of Montana's legendary Rock Creek. After spending his childhood on the family ranch outside of Buffalo, Wyoming, he returned to Montana to study at MSU (and chase big brown trout!). His extensive guiding and outfitting career spans over 20 seasons. As Montana Angler GM he wheres many hats including guiding, scheduling trips, hosting expeditions to Patagonia, and taking some amazing photographs. At home, Hank and his wife of 9 years have two young children.
Simon Peterson - host and chef
Simon hosts and cooks for several of our all inclusive programs but spends the majority of his time at the Boulder River Outpost. His Payaya is legendary and he works hard to not only feed our guests but to also take the time to share his depth of knowledge about the region. Simon is also an accomplished skier and photographer. His photography is frequently featured in numerous local and national publications. He is especially noted for his work in back country ski photography. When Simon isn't hosting guests at the Outpost he enjoys travelling and overnight river trips on the Smith and Grand Canyon.
Adam Duncan - host and chef
Adam is a favorite of many of our return clients who appreciate not only his talents in the kitchen but his easy going and friendly demeanor. Adam runs multiple overnight programs but spends most of his time running our Sweet Grass Basecamp program on the WD ranch. When not hosting our fishing guests Adam works as a respected special education teacher in the Bozeman school district. He is truly an amazing educator and his hard work and dedication were recently recognized when he was named Montana Special Education Teacher of the Year.
Rex Dunbar - host and chef
We think it is safe to say that Rex can flat out cook. You know that when a guy has two custom built pull behind barbecue trailers that he is serious about his food. When Rex isn't busy running our Madison River Lodge program in the fishing season he enjoys cooking for large groups at branding parties and weddings. His easy going nature and dedication in the kitchen make him a favorite of many of our guests and guides. His "cowboy gourmet" style has earned him many fans and he still uses some of his grandmothers recipes for some of his delicious desserts.
Zach Montano - host and camp chef
Zach runs our overnight river camping program. This is one of the most challenging jobs at Montana Angler and requires an extensive skill set that ranges includes expert cook, oarsman, camping specialist and more. Zach works his tail off to organize our very elaborate camps - often breaking down wall tents, sleeping tents and a full camp kitchen in the morning only to set them all back up down river in time for dinner. When he isn't running our camps on the river Zach is a talented history teacher at Bozeman High School where he teaches with a blend of raw enthusiasm and extensive content knowledge.
Montana Angler guide staff
At our core we are focused first and foremost on great fishing. We take great pride in the amazing team of guides that we are lucky to work with at Montana Angler. We look for guides that are not only some of the most talented anglers on the planet, but also patient instructors. We work hard to make sure our guest not only catch fish but also become better anglers as well. Our guide staff is also extremely experienced which is very important when fishing the waters of Southwest Montana. With years of experience and thousands of river miles under their belts our guides have a penchant for being at the right place at the right time.
"I have been fly fishing in Montana for a number of years, always had fun, but always felt like something was missing. After fishing with numerous guides, we finally found Montana Angler, and what a difference experience and education make! They took us to places we had never seen before: Bear Trap Canyon float trips, Yankee Jim, the Boulder, Sitz Ranch, Willow Creek wade fishing and more. Every day we saw different water and had a different experience. I learned more about Montana fishing in our first trip with them than I had learned in all the previous years we had come out West. These guys are dedicated, they care, and they will put you on some monster trout. I have the pictures to prove it!"
Bo Kirkpatrick ~ Alabama