Montana Waters Outfitting is based in Helena, Montana. It is about as central as you can get to several blue-ribbon trout streams and rivers. From the trout factory tailwater of the Missouri River, where small flies and educated fish make a perfect cast and drift a must, to the beauty of the Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers will have you chasing big fluffy dry flies through the clear waters of the west side of the continental divide. It is where aggressive cutthroat that are waiting to smash your flies live, right in the classic pocket water behind that big boulder. Head over to the east side of the divide around Bozeman and Livingston. You can choose from the panoramic views of the Yellowstone, the finesse required from the spring creeks in the Paradise Valley, or the “50-mile riffle” of the Madison. For the adventurous, you can travel all way to the world-renowned Bighorn River near Billings.
We have dedicated our lives to the pursuit of trout across the state. The relationships that Montana Waters Ouftitting has established with other guides and anglers across the state leave no doubt that we can set up your fly-fishing adventure of a lifetime! From hunting heads on the Missouri, to walk and wading super-secret small streams, Montana Waters Outfitting does it all. We are excited to help you plan your trip, and look forward to sharing suggestions on lodging and dining, but our ultimate goal is to put you on fish. We look forward to making some Montana memories with you, and feel privileged that you have chosen us!
MEET OUR FISHING GUIDES
Stephen is a Montana native that grew up near the waters of the Missouri in Helena. His passion of the outdoors evolved while following his Dad hunting and fishing through the mountains, rivers, lakes and streams. With Stephen. you are going to get a high energy day, full of learning and instruction. You may even have a laugh or two! Stephen absolutely loves to guide. After all the years of chasing and catching trout, Stephen still gets fired up when he sees one rip out of the water after a good hook set. In his off time, you can usually find him trying to correct his golf swing and going on adventures with his wife Torrey and his two kids Lincoln and Harper.
Growing up along the banks of the Yellowstone River, in Livingston, Montana, Billy is no stranger to Montana waters. He now resides in Helena, Mt. Billy specializes in guiding anglers on the Missouri. Billy is a charismatic guide who is passionate about helping new anglers develop their skills, as well as targeting large fish on dry flies with seasoned anglers. He is hard working and has no problem going the extra mile to make sure you have success ramp to ramp. In the off-season, Billy can be found chasing upland birds with his dogs Rodney and Ringo, hunting big game with his family, and chasing powder storms across the great state of Montana.
Ray lives in Helena, Montana, with his wife and daughter. Due to his attention to detail and work ethic, rods get bent in Ray’s boat…period. Ray is very patient, but persistent, and he will go above and beyond to get anyone who steps on to his boat into a number of fish, regardless of their angling ability. Ray is often the first on the water and last one off. He also is well known among guides in being able to fix anything. You’re having problems with your trailer? Ray has shown up early the next morning and will get that trailer up and running for you without being asked, just out of the kindness of his heart. Anytime spent with Ray on or off the water is time well spent.
Russ is an established outfitter and guide that resides in Helena, MT. He excels in thinking outside the box when it comes to where and how to catch fish. Russ is a huge asset to Montana Waters Outfitting due to the fact he is so diverse in guiding around the state. He is not afraid to travel off the beaten path and take you walk and wading on small streams, or float some of the other hidden gems that are nestled among the region. But all the while he stays dialed in on the Missouri. In his off-time Russ is avid in all things outdoors, from chasing elk to snowshoeing. When he’s not strumming a guitar, you can find him perfecting his webpage and podcast for the Montana Dream, check it out here. www.mdfishingoutfitters.com
Chad is a 5th generation Montanan that resides with his wife and two daughters in Great Falls, MT. Growing up, his family vacations consisted of fishing, which led him to being a part of the outfitting and guiding industry for just shy of 20 years. Chad’s calm demeanor combined with his degree in teaching allows him to relay information and connect with any type of angler with ease. The Missouri River may now be Chad’s home water, but seeing as he has guided many other rivers such as the Smith, Blackfoot, Clark Fork, the Judith, as well as many small streams. He is not afraid to take you anywhere. When Chad isn’t on the river, in the classroom, or raising his two girls, you can often find him chasing after some upland birds.
Kelly was born in Missoula, Montana., and raised down the road in Frenchtown. It is here where her time was occupied by the Clark Fork and the small tributaries that define it. Throughout her childhood, Kelley’s summers were spent on family fishing trips, camp outs, and riding horseback along the Jocko River, just north of Missoula. After serving in the United States Air Force, she returned to Montana and pursued a career as a guide. Kelly can comfortably guide a wide variety of rivers, and the knowledge that she possesses about waters throughout the entire state is second to none. Kelly is a very hard worker and her positive reinforcement, guidance, and persistence will benefit any angler regardless of their experience level. In her off time, you’ll find her traveling around the state with a fly rod in hand.
Missoula, Montana, is where Josh calls home with his wife Jess. Starting spring, and running through late summer, you can find Josh guiding on a variety of Montana’s finest fisheries. Josh can outwork the best of them and takes guiding very seriously. His ability to switch gears from fishing for cutthroat on a freestone one day, to finicky rainbows on a tailwater the next is a true talent that not many people possess. When fall rolls around Josh parks his drift boat and picks up a bow to pursue elk. When not guiding or hunting, you’ll find Josh mountain biking or trail running with his wife and two dogs Otis and Trapper.
Andy began fishing with his Dad nearly two decades ago on the outlet of a backcountry lake in Yellowstone. From the first tug on that olive wooly bugger, he knew he was hooked, and has been pursuing this passion ever since. Andy has lived in several different western states, but has settled on the Missouri River in Cascade, Montana. Andy’s upbeat attitude, with his background in teaching and coaching, allows him to teach, but still have fun. A day in Andy’s boat can lead to sore arms from fighting fish and sore cheeks from so much laughter. When Andy isn’t guiding or hanging with his wife and two kids, he likes to hunt upland birds and train his dogs.
Max lives, guides, and outfits around Bozeman, MT. His professionalism on and off the water, and his ability to connect with everybody creates a success story for each of his clients. Max is a fishing fanatic,and he loves the teaching aspect of guiding. He can take any angler, and tie them into a number fish from the on any stretch of water in the state.
Carson was born in Deerlodge, Montana, and has lived and fished in Montana his entire life. He went to college and received a BA in Political Science and History from the University of Montana. In the offseason Carson teaches at East Helena High School. Carson is on the top of the list of guides who loves to throw dries with clients. He is one that has no problem with not letting his ego get in the way by having to land 30 fish nymphing, even though he can and will if that is what you want to do. When you fish with Carson, you will get a patient guide, full of knowledge, and he usally has some secret home brew flies that you can only find in his fly boxes.
Matt grew up fishing in California, but don’t hold that against him. From the time he was 15 he searched out local trout populations with fly rod in hand. In 2011, he moved to Montana and began guiding on the Missouri. Matt is patient and willing to work hard for anyone, be they new to fly fishing or a seasoned veteran. His measure for a successful day fishing is that you had fun, caught some fish, and learned a thing or two. Matt spends a majority of his time on the Missouri, but he also usually will do a few trips on the Smith, Blackfoot, and other streams across the state. He is a very versatile guide that can get you into fish pretty much on any type of water. Matt every once in awhile will even type out some of his ideas on his blog that you can read here. It is entertaining and pretty on point, it is worth a read.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
Thanks for showing your interest in letting Montana Waters Outfitting be a part of your next fly fishing get away. We look forward to hearing from you.