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Guides

World-Class Montana Fly Fishing Guides

  • All our Montana fly fishing guides are Orvis Endorsed and are living the life they were drawn to. They are selected for their ability to inspire others, their fun nature and their fish-catching ability. We look for safety-minded, fishy people who really know how to have fun. Every guide has their own strengths and knowledge, and we match our guides with you depending on your expectations and skill level. Cannot find your guide on the list? We routinely hire independent guides during the busy season who share our philosophy, teaching style and love of Montana.

  • John Way

  • Favorite Fly: The Banjo Bugger

    My name is John Way, and I am the owner of The Tackle Shop and the Montana Way Outfitters. I have been guiding in Montana as well as other states since 1995. The passion for showing others this great state is still burning and I love my time on the water with others. I also feel honored and humbled to be included in this list of wonderful guides. All of them are more than just professionals, but close friends and advisors. They are better at their jobs than I am at mine, and I feel lucky to have them as part of our team.

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    Guide Nick Acosta
  • Felipe “Nick” Acosta

  • Favorite Fly: FKA Prince

    Felipe, or Nick as everyone calls him, hails from Ennis – guide royalty. His dad was a 30-year veteran guide on the Madison River, and although Nick is young, he has more float trips down the Madison than many guides twice his age. In the winter, Nick heads south with the ducks and works at the family ranch and bird hunting lodge in Mexico. Nick is one of the best guides in Montana and is requested well in advance each year. Everyone loves Nick’s youthful approach and can-do attitude, as well as his ability to find fish.

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  • Devin Scheurn

  • Favorite Fly: Lazer Worm

    Originally from one of the coastal western states, Devin Scheurn has had a fishing rod in his hand since his motor functions allowed. It was not until moving to Montana 13 years ago that he truly fell in love with fly fishing and all that comes with it. With a deep appreciation for everything that comes along with fishing – the exploring, fresh air, camaraderie and beauty that we are so lucky to be surrounded by – helping people catch fish is more rewarding to him than catching the fish himself. He has been lucky to have some of the best in the area take him under their wing, for better or for worse. He likes to think, “If you made it to the river, you’ve already won, everything from there is just a bonus.” He also enjoys long walks on the beach and candlelit dinners with his dog.

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  • Mike Horner

  • Favorite Fly: Shiny Sheep Monkey

    A man of many hats prior to coming to Montana in 2001, Mike was a professional rockhound, sawmill foreman and steelhead guide in Oregon. Mike now lives full time in the Madison River Valley and dedicates his life to being a fly fishing and hunting guide. Equally good with beginners and advanced fisherman, Mike’s calm demeanor and patient teaching skills make him in demand. When not guiding, Mike can be found hunting furry critters, shed antlers, cool rocks or anything else that gets him outside in the beautiful Madison Valley.

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  • Ken Stock

  • Ken started fishing at age 5 and by age 8, he was fly tying and fishing his own flies on his home river in Ogden, Utah, and on yearly trips to the Yellowstone area. In 2000, Ken moved to Bozeman where his wife accepted a position at MSU. In 2007, he quit building custom homes and started guiding full time. He averages over 200 days a year on the water. The thing about Ken is that he is a pure fisherman. While many guides hunt all fall and ski all winter, Ken is still on the river all year long. This dedication makes him one of our most in-demand guides. If you want to learn, Ken is the guide to fish with.

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  • James Jim Bob Terry

  • Jim Bob grew up in northern Georgia and migrated out west shortly after graduating high school. After guide school and two years in the shop, he made the move to a full-time guide. Jim Bob has spent winters guiding back in Georgia and working for Orvis. His southern go-slow style and his passion for fishing the West make him a true up-and-coming all-star.

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  • Hank Kuntzelman

  • Hank graduated from MSU with a degree in business in 2020. He started as an intern and worked his way up to Business Manager after graduation. While in the shop most days, Hank enjoys guiding a few days a week during the season. An intense fisherman, Hank is always looking for the next best fly. He is always focused on the large brown trout that live in the Madison. If you would like to shake hands with brother 2 foot and are willing to put in the work, Hank might just be the guide for you.

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  • Maggie Mae Stone

  • Favorite Fly: 3 Dollar Dip

    Maggie grew up in the small town of Harrison, Montana, surrounded by many local blue ribbon waters. She has been a guide for many years, spending most of that time working for Lone Mountain Ranch on the Madison and Gallatin rivers and Yellowstone National Park. She holds a master’s in education and works in Whitehall as the K-8 school counselor when she is not on the river fishing. She loves teaching new anglers of any age to fish, and especially loves winter and spring fishing. An Orvis Trout Bum of the Week and frequent contributor to the Orvis Fishing Blog, Maggie has made a name for herself and created a loyal following. Her easy-going nature, natural teaching skills and true locals-only knowledge make a day with Maggie unforgettable.

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    James Ligon
  • James Ligon

  • Favorite Fly:  San Juan Worm

    Georgia native who grew up fishing the waters of North Georgia. He moved out to Montana with his family to pursue an outdoor lifestyle. He is a hard worker and avid fisherman who enjoys teaching anglers of all skill levels. His easy going southern style and his fish finding ability make him a great guide.  If you are looking for a relaxing day on the water only interrupted by angry fish on your line James is the guy for you.

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