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.
Ethan Markie - director of retail operations
Ethan is active is many facets of Montana Angler's operations including his main role as director of our retail operations. From ordering inventory to outfitting customers with the latest gear, Ethan thrives off his interaction with guests from all over the world that make their way into our fly shop. You might find yourself speaking with him on the phone if you call our outfitting office to inquire about a trip. Depending on the season you will find Ethan guiding fly fishing trips, hiking in the backcountry, or skiing at Bridger Bowl on his days off.
Zach Montano - director of operations
Zach oversees our daily outfitting operations including scheduling trips, hosting international expeditions, and coordinating logistics for our various fishing programs. A transplant from Crested Butte, CO, Zach made the move to Bozeman 15 years ago to study at MSU and explore the mountains and rivers of southwest Montana. After graduating with a degree in secondary education, Zach spent five years as a teacher at Bozeman High School while running our overnight river camping trips in the summers. When not overseeing daily operations or running camps on the Smith River, Zach stays busy raising his two young sons with his wife Sarah.
Tyler Mills - retail sales manager
Tyler has almost two decades of retail experience in the outdoor industry and is the face of Montana Angler's fly shop. If you swing by our downtown shop, be sure to bend Tyler's ear about techniques, gear, spots to fish, best local happy hour specials, and all things fly fishing. In addition to being our resident connoisseur of leisure, Tyler is also our go-to resource for trout spey techniques and gear. When he's not helping out anglers with gear and beta at the fly shop, you will find Tyler swinging flies on the Madison or at the vice tying up his signature crayfish patterns. Whether you are looking for a specific spring creek pattern, the closest place to make a couple casts, or the best place to grab a bite to eat, Tyler is your guy!
Simon Peterson - Boulder River Outpost 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.
Rich Hamm - Madison River Lodge host and chef
The culinary masterpieces that come out of Rich's kitchen are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the pallet. Rich's extensive culinary background includes over 30 years as a certified Chef de Cuisine and and certified executive pastry chef. An honors graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in France, Joliet Jr. College and Johnson & Wales University, Rich's experience as a chef has included various clients including Hyatt Hotels, Holland America Cruise Lines, Vail Resorts and recently Pheasant Crest Lodge in South Dakota. Rich has also traveled throughout Europe and Asia working for various private restaurants, clubs and lodges.
Heather Nall - camp chef and host
Heather runs our overnight river camping program. This is one of the most challenging jobs at Montana Angler requiring an extensive set of skills including oarswoman, excellent chef, and thorough organization. Heather works her tail off setting up elaborate camps and preparing amazing meals, often breaking down camps, loading gear rafts, and floating 10 miles downriver to set up camp again the same day. When not camping on the river, Heather loves fly fishing on her own and exploring the vast wilderness Montana has to offer.
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