Bigfork Anglers Fly Fishing Guides
Ryan StultzFly Fishing Guide
Ryan is busy guiding and building a house. Check back soon for his bio. He is also one of our most requested guides so book early if you want to fish with him.
Doug SchwartzFly Fishing Guide
When Doug isn’t guiding or fishing, he fights fire and wrangles a couple kids. Maybe one day we can get him to send us his bio and you can read it here.
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Rod StultzFly Fishing Guide
Rod’s passion for fly fishing started in Northern California on the Upper Sacramento and McCloud Rivers, but Montana was always his dream. He’s lived in Montana and fished the lakes & rivers of the Flathead Valley for 30+ years and became a guide in 2004. He prides himself as a fly fishing coach who has introduced many clients to the sport and joy of fly fishing. His friendly, patient, and enthusiastic personality is perfectly suited to help navigate both beginners and advanced fly-fishermen, women, and children to a great day on the water.
Brent LobbestaelFly Fishing Guide
Brent has been guiding Montana since 2006. Guided fishing in Michigan and Alaska before Montana. Big game guide 2006-2012. Likes long walks on the beach and a cool one now and then. He’s not here for a hook up..,well, maybe
Cameron HoustonFly Fishing Guide
Cameron grew up in Eastern Washington and learn to fly fish while attending Washington State University in the early 90s. He began his career as a guide in Alaska shortly thereafter. He is a passionate skier and has lived in the Flathead Valley since 1995. He he returned to fish guiding in 2005, focusing on the larger Freestone rivers of Western Montana. He has genuine enthusiasm for floating and fishing and looks forward to each day on the river.
Brad HeineFly Fishing Guide
Brad feels fortunate to have grown up in the Flathead. He grew up on a farm in the Lower Valley. He has explored/fished just about every nook and cranny around our area and all across Montana. he enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities like fishing, hunting and hiking. Guiding has been a dream of his since the day his grandfather taught him how to fly-fish at a young age. He worked as the “Fly-shop Guy” over the summers at Bigfork Anglers while he saved for his first drift boat. Brad thoroughly enjoys introducing people to our great sport and the place that he has have grown to love over the years.
John MalisonFly Fishing Guide
John was originally from “back east” and moved to Idaho when he was 15. He attended the University of Montana and started guiding in Montana in 2005 after he finished his degree. Since then he has had the opportunity to guide in Alaska, Idaho, and Wyoming, as well as in Norway for Atlantic Salmon while he lived overseas for three years. He has fishing experience from all over the world but is happy to have moved back to Montana and now calls the Flathead Valley his home. His wife, Rachel, has her PhD in Systems Ecology and is currently researching stoneflies on the Flathead river system. Along with guiding, he has a small farm where he and his wife raise two small boys along with a golden retriever, vegetables, pumpkins and Christmas trees.
Jeremy MaynardFly Fishing Guide
A Montana native grew up fishing and hunting the headwaters and tributaries of the Missouri River. Then settling in the flathead valley. Now he guides on many of our favorite rivers. Spending most of his spring chasing big fish on the Missouri and spending summer days on the flathead teaching new and advanced anglers all about our craft.
Adam HofverbergFly Fishing Guide
Adam lives for fishing. After years of not showing up to “real jobs” to be on the water he finally wised up and made guiding his line of work. He enjoys introducing first time anglers to the sport and showing experienced anglers great days on the water. No matter the skill level a good-time will be had by all.
Adam PateFly Fishing Guide
Adam grew up fishing. He started his career as a guide on the Gunnison River in southwest Colorado, guiding multi-day trips through the famous Gunnison Gorge. He then moved on to guide the North Platte drainage in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming before eventually finding his home in Montana. He guides the Flathead River system as well as the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, and Missouri rivers. Adam is known for his patience and the ability to untangle the gnarliest of knots. In the off season Adam is a hunting guide and ski patroller.
Brendan FrielFly Fishing Guide
Brendan Friel has been a guide in the fly fishing industry for nearly 20 years, dividing his time between Montana and Alaska. Brendan spent the first half of his guide career managing and guiding at the world famous Crystal Creek Lodge, an Orvis endorsed fishing lodge near King Salmon, Alaska. It was in Alaska that Brendan learned many tricks of the guiding trade. Managing and guiding in Alaska is a 7 day a week job, which starts well before sunrise and ends after the last guest has gone to bed. Brendan’s efforts on the water and his management skills helped elevate Crystal Creek Lodge to the elite status they are now proud to hold amongst fly fishing lodges around the world. He now guides primarily in Montana and is an expert on many Montana rivers. Ask around the boat ramp and you will find that Brendan is respected amongst all his peers. Brendan is professional, courteous, and dedicated to his trade. The transition from Alaska to Montana has been made easy by Montana trout’s willingness to eat dry flies. Although Brendan loved the big fish in Alaska, few things in the fly fishing world excite him like a trout engulfing a dry fly on the surface. Fortunately, in Northwest Montana, we have many Westslope cutthroat eager to do just that! If this sounds like something you’d like to see and experience, Brendan says, “Let’s go out fishing together!”
Avery WhittmanFly Fishing Guide
Avery is from Montana but has lived in Idaho and Nevada. He enjoys chasing wild trout and staring at bobbers on various Western Lakes. His Father was a guide, so he grew up floating the Madison river with a mickey mouse rod. Avery’s favorite places to fish include Western Montana Rivers, Pyramid lake, The Smith River, and river’s surrounding Boise, Idaho. His smile and laugh can be contagious when catching and netting trouts.
Josh BerrethFly Fishing Guide
Josh Berreth has been guiding in the Flathead Valley for 12 years. When he’s not out on a river he is skiing Whitefish Mountain or making pottery with his wife Missy. Josh is a patient instructor and easy going guide to spend a day with.
Libby CartwrightFly Fishing Guide
Growing up in Montana, Libby learned to love the great outdoors from an early age. When not wetting a line you’ll find her hiking, camping and exploring the back country of Montana’s vast wilderness. Libby is a hard working guide that excels at teaching women and first timers, but her best attribute is her easy going personality. Catch a float and chase some trout with a fun-loving gal who cares equally about hooking fish, as a good day spent on the river!
Jason LanierHead Honcho/Janitor
This is Jason’s 20th year guiding fly fishing trips in Montana. He still enjoys it, still ties flies and still looks forward to his time on the water with new and returning customers. Mostly because his wife doesn’t let him go fishing unless it’s work related… When he’s not guiding or working the shop he loves skiing, hunting, and fishing with his kids.