Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Instruction

Our Fly Fishing 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 abilities to inspire others and catch fish! 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.

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  • Nate Lacombe

  • Nate grew up in Western Massachusetts where he started spin fishing at age 4 and fly fishing all over the East Coast by age 13. He started guiding in high school for trout, bass, pike and carp in Massachusetts. Nate came out to Montana in 2019 to go to MSU and eventually become a Montana fishing guide. Once classes went online because of covid he decided to expedite his path to becoming a guide and put schooling on hold.

    He worked full time in the fly shop during the 2022 season and trained to be a guide. While he is young, you will not find a better more patient person to spend a day on the water with. He has a deep seated passion for teaching fishing and living the Montana lifestyle. In the winter Nate works in the terrain park at Big Sky Resort.  

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  • Manny Hernandez

  • Manny is a true Montana Native and born in Bozeman. He grew up on Ted Turners Flying D Ranch where his dad was a Cow Boss. Growing up in the Mountains he always found himself near the streams and rivers.  He spent his youth doing rodeo, fishing and hunting and living every boy’s Montana Dream. Manny spent several seasons in the store and transitioned to a full time guide in 2022 which has been his life long dream. Manny is an excellent teacher, rower and a brings a lifetime of local knowledge to all of his trips. His best attribute is the fact that he is always  game for trying new techniques and he constantly thinks outside the traditional guide box. His customers say he is extremely hard working, knowledgable, a ton of fun to be around. Local tip, be careful of the special hot sauce he pulls from his cooler at lunch. If you are looking for a day on the water where local cowboy stories are told, you learn something new and have a rocking fun time Manny might just be the guide for you.

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    John Way, owner of Tackle Shop in Ennis, Montana
  • 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 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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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Nick Acosta

  • 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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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Wes Peterson
  • Wes Peterson

  • Wes Peterson has been guiding fishermen throughout Montana for the past 17yrs.  Wes is great with anglers new to the sport as well as veteran anglers.  . Wes is an excellent instructor, accomplished angler and the patience that only comes from raising five kids. When not rowing a boat. Wes can be found chasing steelhead and guiding deer/bird hunters in Eastern Montana. Wes has made guiding his life long full time profession and the excellence on the water comes from many years of experience.

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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Kurt Dehmer
  • Kurt Dehmer

  • Kurt “ Durty Kurty” Dehmer is a 24 year veteran fly fishing, and big game hunting guide. He has a passion for sharing wild country and waterways with anglers of all skill levels and abilities. A sixth generation Montana native, Kurt strives to infuse education, and conservation into every angling adventure.  When not between the oars, Kurt can be found with his wife Caroline and son Drake in pursuit of uncommonly good times, and big adventures

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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Ken Stock
  • 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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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Jim Bob Terry
  • 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 at one of the retail stores.  . His southern go-slow style and his passion for fishing the West make him a true up-and-coming all-star.  Jim Bob is a never get rattled type of guy.  You will have relaxing days and great conversation and meet a bunch of new friendly fish.

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    Riley Smith
  • Riley Smith

  • Riley is a Colorado Boy who moved to Montana to chase his dream of working in the fly fishing industry.  He worked his way from summer employee to his current role of Shop Manager.  If you call or come by the store most likely you have interacted with Riley. While he is in the store most days making sure everyones trip runs smooth he does venture out on the river from time to time.  He spent his winter as the Fishing Director for El Pescador Lodge in Belize gaining international management experience.  Riley treats everyone with respect and brings a workman like attitude to everything he does.

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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Kelly McAlister
  • Kelly McAlister

  • Kelly is a native of Saratoga, Wyoming and  grew up rowing and fishing the freestone/upper North Platte River in SE Wy.  After moving to Ennis in 2016 it reaffirmed what she already knew. She needed to be on the water all the time.  A transition from a 15 year culinary career to guiding full time in 2017.  Kelly spends the spring and late fall guiding in Wyoming on the North Platte, Encampment, and Bighorn Rivers and summers on the Madison.  Kelly loves  spending the  off season in the Madison Valley enjoying the year round fishing plus snowboarding in Big Sky. The great part about Kelly is you will never see her not smiling.  Her lets have fun attitude and her ability to put fish in the boat makes her in demand and we are luck to have her.

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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - James Ligon
  • James Ligon

  • 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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    Montana Fly Fishing Guides - Maggie Monaghan
  • Maggie Mae Monaghan

  • Maggie Mae Monaghan is a Montana native who grew up in Madison County.  She has spent countless hours fishing our local waters and loves sharing her passion of fly fishing with anglers at any level.  When she’s not out on the River, she can be found in the school, working with children as a School Counselor in Belgrade.  Though she loves all people, she particularly enjoys teaching new families the sport of fly fishing.  Maggies true gift is connecting with everyone who steps into her boat.  Her smile and attitude to fishing make her priceless.

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