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Guiding in 2016 and 2017 was a blast! After 20 years of introducing people to fishing, taking people fishing, and teaching people fishing, it was time to make it official. Ready to hit the river and make some more memories in 2018.
My bookings are handled by Steinmetz Outfitters - Montana Outfitter #9388.
I run trips year-round. If there's anything you've seen on this blog that you'd like to try, give me* (406-839-0861) or Steinmetz Outfitters (406-439-4366) a call. I will continue make the Missouri River around Helena my home waters - both in the blue ribbon section below Holter Dam (trout) and in the upper river above Canyon Ferry (walleye).
Other streams more off the beaten path can be arranged for walk-in or floating to target northern pike, walleye, and trout.
"Catering to anglers who like it all."
Or to anglers who want to try something new - jigging trout, floating at night, standing in a drift boat for walleye.
I often fish with folks who are accomplished bass, walleye, or saltwater fisherman - people who love to fish and want to fish a river on their Montana vacation, but can't find a guide who caters to their style. If this is you, we'll book a float where you can target fish with methods you may be right at home using, methods you likely weren't even aware were capable of taking trout. And we can spend as much time as you like with the fly rods as well.
A trip will be tailored to what the customer is looking for, but a typical trip with me involves probing holes with jigs, working big plugs/crankbaits, and keeping the fly rod handy for rising fish. We can swing streamers, jig the depths around structure, and break out the mice and topwaters at night.
I enjoy floating visitors down a river who have always wanted to fish Montana but don't necessarily want to spend the entire day learning to fly fish. While fly fishing is a huge component of what I do and can be the sole pursuit of any float trip, my guide service does not frown on the use of other gear - but actually promotes it. I take pride in working water to the fullest, and I keep the tools in the rod rack that I think are best for each situation.
Unique Missouri River trips: