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THE GUIDES

Chris_Rockhold_photo_9-11Outfitter and owner of Bitterroot River Guides, Jed Fitzpatrick has traveled the waters of Montana near and far guiding anglers into prime fishing and instructing the fine art of fly fishing since 1998.  From Depuy and Armstrong Spring Creeks in Paradise Valley, the gateway to Yellowstone, to the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Bitterroot River trifecta on the west side, and on up to the central plains of the world renowned Missouri, Jed has led many anglers to the places of their dreams.  A kind patient instructor and true master of the dry fly, Jed hones your rod skills to a fine sharp edge, taking casting efficiency, precision, and distance to a whole new level.

Ten professional years on the water with Bitterroot River Guides, Chris Rockhold puts you on the fish like no other guide you will meet.  Growing up fishing pro bass tourneys, Chris is programmed to figure fish out.  With an insane arsenal of personally tied bugs and rigs, a confident teaching style to help you throw anything you can tie on a fly rod, this is never the guide to pull the plug on tough fishing.  When other boats are tucking tail for the ramp, you’ll still be out there hooked up  and smiling at the best day of fishing you’ve ever seen.

Bitterroot CutthroatThere was a day when guides tied their own bugs made of natural fibers, and they really knew how to work a specific piece of water with each hand crafted pattern.   Alex Hibala is a throwback to an older era of fishing guide: a master of fly tying and entomology, he brings understanding to insect cycles and associated trout behavior on the water with him.  Guiding Southwest Montana for over ten years now, Alex exudes an unrivaled passion and knowledge for all things fly fishing.  His bugs are straight deadly: learning the art of tying from the old masters of the Bitterroot valley, his flies are unparalleled in form and function.  With a guiding style that is smooth and heads up, Alex finds fish where many guides would never even notice.

Chad WKnowledgeable, hard working, solid. Chad Williams anchors Bitterroot River Guides with dependable river skills and fish savvy; as adept guiding out of the boat or on wade excursions.  Head coach of Hamilton High School wrestling and also a history teacher, Chad naturally instructs fly fishing with eager style, as well as he can straight get after a set of oars, putting anglers on good water and holding them there for those tricky drifts.  From coaxing out the young man hiding in that fourteen year old kid, to helping Dad dial in his backcast, Chad’s lessons on the water carry on well beyond your guided trip.

 

bob prince bum trout bitterroot river guidesRobert Prince  started fly fishing around the age of ten on the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers of Central Oregon.  By middle school, he was tying flies for his family’s sporting goods store and digesting all things fly fishing.  Discovering Missoula, Montana to fish, ski, and spend a lot of hard earned cash at the University of Montana, Bob now works as a music teacher in Hamilton, tennis coach, and private saxophone instructor.  Bob has a love of teaching fly fishing to anyone that spends a day in his boat: he has a positive, patient, and energetic approach to instruction and will work his tail off to give you the best day possible.  As a seasoned fly tier, your trip is supplied with loads of custom and proven patterns.  From wade fishing a hidden slough to casting out of the boat, Bob will put you on all the productive sneaky water many anglers overlook.