All of our guides work as independent contractors. If you are interested in a particular guide, please book your trip as soon as possible. Many of them are booked a year in advance. If you have fished with us in the past but can’t remember who your guide was, let us know and we’ll try to look it up.
If you don’t have a particular guide in mind, please let us know what you are looking for in your fishing experience and we’ll try to set you up with a compatible guide.
Rick is an awesome Outfitter, Guide, and Father. Rick was born and raised in Hamilton Montana. He started fishing at an early age and loved fishing in the creeks of Skalkaho and Sleeping Child. He started tying flies at the age of 17, a few years later he started tying them professionally. He tied flies and helped John and Elna in their fly shop for a few years and moved his way up to guiding. After guiding for 4 years he decided to get his Outfitters license and become his own boss. Rick is laid back, easy going , loves to fish. Rick has a partner that always works with him. He is a Schipperke named Bodee.
Capt. David "Boomer" Bean: Dave grew up in the Florida Keys, received 100ton Captains license in 1982, Guided flats fish ie. Tarpon, Bonefish, Permit in the Keys, then became the head guide at the Southern Cross Club on little Cayman. After moving to Chicago & guiding in Wisconsin for Sm. Mouth Bass. Muski and Trout. Moved full time to Montana in 1999 where he now guides with Fly Fishing Always. Dave's companion "Kona" the old lady of the river passed on we will all miss her. Dave has a new boat dog in training a lab named River.
Guiding the Bitterroot since 1995. Tom was a Biology & P.E. teacher in Bellingham WA. Tom spent two summers "trout bumming" in Montana before he started guiding, he obviously fell in love with our fishery. Tom fishes year round. When he is not in Montana, you can usually find him fishing for Salmon or Steelhead in Washington, Idaho, and British Colombia or chasing the sailfish, bonefish, tarpon and permit of Costa Rica, Mexico and Belize. Not only is he a great trout fishing instructor, he also teaches spey casting. Tom is traveling with a boat dog named Emmy, a black lab.
Steve Grant. With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, Steve learned from his father the art of fly casting and fly tying at an early age. Since then, he’s been pursuing trout throughout the Rockies, steelhead and salmon of Michigan and Idaho, the grand slam in Belize, and the aquarium of gamefish found along Baja´s coast. Steve and his lovely wife JoAnn have enjoyed the challenges of fly fishing and guiding in southern Baja since the "90"s. He guides in Montana in the summers, and Baja in the Fall and Spring. "We have a new member in our family, Pako. He's currently undergoing intensive boat training. With the help of the boat training staff at Fly Fishing Always ( the black dogs) we are confident Pako will be all the boat dog he can be."
Fly Fishing guide for 5 years in Western Montana. Hanna says "It always amazes me how after an hour in a boat on clear beautiful water how quickly peoples naturals rhythms kick in and they start seeing and feeling things differently and of course seeing people light up when they catch their first fish!" Hanna started fly fishing 20 years ago after being introduced to all of the Wilderness rivers of Idaho and Montana. "I have been lucky enough to have fished all over the world highlights of course are New Zealand and bone fishing in Belize!"
Favorite Fly: Drakes
Jenny West has been guiding on the Bitterroot since 2001. Jenny was raised in the Bitterroot Valley and has been fishing since the age of 10. When not casting a flyrod, Jenny is usually found rowing her dad down the river! She is involved with Trout Unlimited and is a casting instructor for the local women's flyfishing clinic. She is blue eyed, tall, BLONDE, and can row...need we say more?
He grew up at Lake Tahoe, skiing and fishing the Eastern and Northern Sierra's for Thirty five years. He moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Western Montana in 2004. Between work and play he can be found on the river nearly two hundred days a year. With sixteen years of guiding, and forty years as a "Trout Bum" let him share his experience with you!!