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 region's top guides, Montana Angler has also partnered with several of the regions finest lodge's, 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 started Montana Angler to share their passion for fishing and the outdoors with others. When away from the fishing business their time is fully absorbed with raising four very active children. Brian has been guiding fly fishing and rafting trips in Montana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wyoming for over two decades. He also hosts international trips to destinations such as the Bahamas, Chile, Argentina and Alaska in the off season. Ann is Montana Angler's business manager and oversees the all important back end logistics in the office. She also hosts international fly fishing trips to the Bahamas and Chile.
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, Colorado, Zach made the move to Bozeman in 2004 to study at Montana State University 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 program in the summers before joining the Montana Anger team full time. When not overseeing daily operations or running camps on the Smith River, Zach stays busy snowboarding the local mountains and raising his three young sons.
Jimmy brings over 20 years of experience in fly fishing retail and outfitting to Montana Angler. Jimmy's duties are extensive including managing back of the house retail responsibilities, organizing education and outreach efforts, assisting with trip sales, and even getting out to guide fly fishing trips once in a while. Jimmy's fly fishing career began in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a teenager and brought him to southwest Montana at 19 years of age. Jimmy is a graduate of Montana State University in Bozeman with a degree in psychology and spends his free time fishing local waters, playing with his wife and daughter, tying flies, and exploring new waters.
Simon hosts and cooks for several of our all inclusive lodge programs but spends a majority of his time at the Boulder River Outpost. His paella 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 with his work frequently featured in numerous local and national publications. He is especially noted for his work in backcountry ski photography. When Simon isn't hosting guests at the Outpost he enjoys travelling, mountain biking, and overnight river trips on the Smith River and Grand Canyon.
Shawn brings over a dozen years of experience in the hospitality industry to our team at Madison River Lodge. Shawn spent 7 years managing the food, beverage, and events program at Montana's exclusive Yellowstone Club before joining the Montana Angler staff in 2020. Hailing from North Carolina where he grew up fishing for perch and bass and earning a degree in communications from Western Carolina University, Shawn is a true sportsman always looking for the next opportunity to wet a line or put his decoys to use. When not chasing trout, elk, or ducks, Shawn enjoys travelling and enjoying the Montana outdoors with his wife and baby daughter.
Scott brings over 25 years of culinary experience to the Madison River Lodge team. He is a Le Cordon Bleu and The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone professionally trained chef with a focused career in the southwest Montana hospitality industry. Scott enjoys sourcing regional ingredients to produce an authentic lodge cuisine to compliment your days on the river. Scott resides in Ennis, MT with his wife and two dogs. In his free time he enjoys skiing, fishing, gardening, and exploring the mountains and rivers of southwest Montana.
You might see Amy greeting guests at Madison River Lodge with a big smile, or on a local river netting a big brown trout. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio and earning a degree in Biology from Ohio University, Amy has decades of experience in the hospitality industry from experience manger to event coordinator. Amy has called Montana home since the 1990s, where she and her husband have have raised their three sons while spending their time skiing the mountains and fishing the valleys of Southwest Montana. An avid trout angler, Amy also has a passion for saltwater fly fishing and makes sure to take a salt trip or two each year.
If you've had a chance to drop by the Montana Angler fly shop, chances are you have had the opportunity to chat with Tanner and glean some fly fishing tips he has accumulated in over a decade of working in the outdoor industry. Tanner started his career guiding on private waters of New Mexico before operating a retail paddlesports and kayak fishing outfitting service in Oregon. Through his experience as a guide, retail manager, and manufacturer rep, Tanner can outfit any client for any trip. When not in the shop Tanner can be found exploring new waters and hunting. Whether you want to discuss catching carp on the fly or just need a recommendation of where to grab a brew, stop by and chat with Tanner.
Derek has one of the most challenging positions at Montana Angler requiring a diverse set of skills including oarsman, gear organization, menu planning and flawless execution of incredible riverside meals. Derek works his tail off running our overnight fishing trips by rowing fully loaded gear boats down the river, setting up elaborate riverside camps, and preparing fantastic meals, then breaks down camps in order to row them down the river and set them up again the same day. Derek was raised in Issaquah, Washington and moved to Bozeman for the skiing but stayed for the fishing and to earn his degree in Business Marketing and Finance at Montana State University. He is an avid angler, skier, and hunter, and also enjoys playing hockey, riding his mountain bike, and camping with his dog Deets.
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 guests not only catch fish but also become better anglers throughout the course of their trip. Our guide staff is also extremely experienced which is critically important when fishing the water of southwest Montana. With years of guiding 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