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Our Madison River Fly Fishing Guides & Outfitter

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Montana is blessed with a large population of really great fishing guides.   We feel confident that we have some of the best guides on the Madison River and the general area.  All of our guides are Orvis Endorsed and knowing this you can be assured they are both vetted by us and Orvis. Our shop staff and guides are all highly educated professionals who chose this profession because they excel at sharing their love of fishing and Montana with others.  While we get lots of chances each year to hire new, straight out of guide school guides we maintain strict standards on who can ride for our brand.   Each of our guides lives the lifestyle they were drawn to.  We look for safety minded, fishy people who really know how to have fun.   

While each has their own strengths we like to match our guide with you depending on your expectations and skill level.

Your guide not on the list?   We routinely hire independent guides during the busy season who share our philosophy, teaching style, and love of Montana.  Don't worry all the guides we use are extremely talented, experienced and vetted before you arrive.  

John Way

My name is John Way and I am the owner of the Tackle Shop and the Montana Way Outfitters.  I have been guiding here 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 truly wonderful guides.  Each and every one of them are more than just professionals but close friends and advisors.  All are better at their jobs than I am at mine and I feel lucky to have them as part of our team. 
Favorite Fly:   The Banjo Bugger


Felipe 'Nikki' Acosta

Felipe or Nikki as everyone calls him hails from Ennis, guide royalty. His dad was a 30 year veteran guide on the Madison River and although Nikki 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 Nikki's youthful approach and can do attitude as well as his ability to find fish.
Favorite Fly:  FKA Prince

Bill Denruyter

Bill Denruyter moved to MT from his hometown, Green Bay, WI in 2005 to fulfill his lifelong dream of guiding fishing and hunting trips. He loves all things wild; stalking elk up and down ridges, wrestling trout up and down the river, and sleeping outside under a clear MT sky. But nothing gives him more pleasure then watching a client catch his or her first trout on a local river. A super fish guy and a good guy to boot. Bill lives in Ennis with his wife and two dogs in the new house he build during guide season. When he isn’t guiding, he can be found throwing streamers or watching trout crush his perfectly placed dry flies.

Favorite Fly: Lightning Bug

Devin Scheurn

Originally from one of the coastal western states, Devin Scheurn has had a fishing rod in his hand since his motor functions allowed. It wasn't 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 fishing, i.e. 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.

Favorite Fly: Lazer Worm

Bill Youngs

After teaching school for 30 years Bill moved to the Madison Valley to pursue his one true love of flyfishing. Shortly after arriving Bill melded his fishing love with teaching and became a guide. For the past 12 years Bill has guided fly fishermen on the Madison River. Bill is one of our most requested guides because of his calm teaching style, his ability to have fun no matter the fishing and his genuine deep appreciation for everything Montana.  Bill is a great teacher, loves being on the water, and tells a really good joke.

Favorite Fly:   Psyco Prince

Jerry Schildroth

Growing up in Michigan Jerry has been fly fishing all of his life and has spent the last 18 years guiding fly fishermen. Jerry had the honor of being awarded the "2000 Orvis freshwater guide of the year".Jerry is a technician on the water and there is no one better at teaching technical fly fishing to beginners.   A true professional that has a solid following of long time guests that come back each year.  Jerry fills his winter as a PSIA certified ski instructor.

Favorite Fly:   Micro May

R.J. Cain

RJ Cain has been Laughing, Learning & Professionally teaching fly fishing for 34 years on the Madison river & many other area waters. From Celebrities to Children, RJ always enjoys sharing his passion for fly fishing. Having Fun is how RJ gets it done! For a wonderful day on the water while learning about fly fishing, RJ is a sure hookup. While growing up in Ennis and graduating from college in Bozeman, the fly fishing has always kept him close to the water!  If you want someone who will keep you laughing all day R.J. is the guide for you.  We are not sure where he gets all the energy but almost certain it is natural. 

Favorite Fly:  Parachute Adams

Chris Connor

Chris and his family call the Madison Valley home. Chris has been guiding fly fishermen for the past 20 years and has spent the last 12 years guiding southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park. Chris works well with both the novice and the most seasoned fisherman and is a patient instructor. In the boat Chris is extremely confident. This confidence comes from knowing he will put you into fish day in and day out.  An extremely competent guide and a bunch of fun.  Watch out when he bust out bunny fur streamers as you might just catch the fish of a lifetime.  

Favorite Fly:   Shelia Sculpin

Mike Horner

A man of many hats prior to coming to Montana in 2001, Mike was a professional rock hound, sawmill foreman and steelhead guide in Oregon. Mike now lives full time in the Madison 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.

Favorite Fly:     Shiny Sheep Monkey

Mike Worley

Mike has been a resident of Ennis for the past 30 years. He has guided and outfitted on many of western Montana's rivers over the past 16 years. Mike enjoys teaching people as much as he enjoys fishing himself. If you are a novice or a seasoned pro, like to float fish or get out and wade occasionally, fish dry, wet or streamers, Mike can make your fishing trip enjoyable and memorable.

Favorite Fly:  Royal PMX

Jim Allison

Jim Allison has been guiding on the Madison since 1986. His first love is the dry fly, but stripping streamers is also one of his specialties. An Ex ranch manager and cowboy Jim is highly entertaining in the boat.  Being one of the more experienced guides in the area Jim has a loyal following that come each and every year.If you wan to learn dry fly fishing on the Madison, Jim is the master.  

Favorite Fly:   Anything that floats

Matt Greemore

Matt grew up in Pennsylvania but shortly after high school moved to Montana to follow his  love of fly fishing and to become a guide.  He has managed one of the largest fishing lodges in Montana, guided thousands of days on the rivers and taken his share of big game hunters.  Now a days Matt operates his outfitting and guiding company as well as Kings Motel in Twin Bridges with his parents and family.  He is our local Big Hole and Beaverhead River Expert and one of the few people who have fish in that river named.  In the boat Matt is quiet and confident as well as a world class fishing teacher and brings one of the best stream side lunches in Montana.  Matt is our Outfitter of Record for all Big Hole and Beaverhead trips.  

Favorite Fly: Robo P-tail

Matt Dodson

Matt started spending summers fishing the Madison when he was 6 years old and made Montana his permanent home in 2009. Mentored from a young age by a few Madison River legends, Matt developed a strong affinity for catching trout on dry flies whenever possible. This affinity for dry flies has made him an in demand guide. His infectious optimism and good natured southern boy attitude make a day in the boat with him a pleasure. When he's not rowing you down the river, you can find him skiing powder in Big Sky or chasing bonefish in the Bahamas.

Favorite Fly: #16 Royal Chubby

Maggie Mae Stone

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 a majority of that time working for Lone Mountain Ranch on the Madison, Gallatin 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 makes a day with Maggie unforgettable.

Favorite Fly: 3 Dollar Dip

Steve Adams

Steve is our resident Ruby River Specialists. He splits his summer between working in the fly shop and guiding all of our wade fishing trips on the Ruby. He is one of the most excited and entertaining guides we have ever been around. His passion for the outdoors spans 35 years in Montana. When he is not guiding you can find him with his wonderful wife and horses riding some lonesome ridge looking for sign of his next tasty critter to get come fall.
Favorite Fly: Sculpzilla Olive