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Matson Rogers

Angler's West owner & outfitter (on the right), Matson has been pursuing his passion of guiding people on fly fishing trips for over 2 decades.
This season marks Matson's 26th year guiding! Growing up in a family immersed in the sport of fly fishing and living next to fabled trout streams like the Roaring Fork in Colorado and the Brule in northern Wisconsin, he has been fly fishing since the age of 4.
Matson holds a degree in Environmental Economics from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, and is a former instructor at the Western Rivers Guide School located in Jackson Hole, WY.
Along with his home waters in Montana, Matson has fished throughout the Rockies, in New England, the Upper Midwest, Alaska, New Zealand, Belize, Bahamas, Mexico, British Columbia, and Labrador. Along with being on the Scott Fly Rod Prostaff, Matson is also fortunate to be a prostaff member for Nautilus reels, and Clackacraft Drift Boats. Recently Matson has been featured in Simms Fishing Products Fall and Winter ad programs in print as well as online.
Matson runs Angler's West with the invaluable help of his wife and life partner, Katherine. Together they are the parents of 3 wonderful children: Sam (17) Sydney (14) and Sawyer (11). They think nothing is greater than spending a day on the river with Dad tossing hopper patterns & great big gaudy streamers they have hand tied themselves. Add in a couple bags of Twizzlers, M&Ms and soda pop and it's a river party!
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Sean Blaine

Born and raised on a lake in Northern Idaho, Sean grew up on the water. After graduating college and serving in the military, he moved to Bozeman in the spring of 2000 and started his professional fly-fishing career. Since then he has continued to hone his fly fishing skills both on the water as a guide, and assisting fellow anglers choose the appropriate tackle while in a couple fly shops.

Sean takes advantage of all the great fishing in the area by spending as much personal time on the water as is possible. He can assist you in putting together the right rod and reel combo, choose the perfect fly for your day on the water or guide you on any of the areas many rivers, streams and lakes.

Sharing a lifetime’s worth of accumulated knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for enjoying your day on the water. Sean just recently returned from a winter in Tierra del Fuego where he was the head guide and manager at one of the world's best Sea-run Brown Trout fisheries.

Ask him what it's like to catch a 20+ pound brownie!

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Dan Grabowski

Dan (on the left) comes to us via the great state of wandering fishers - Minnesota. Growing up outside the Twin Cities, Dan figured out his true calling early on and lept at the opportunity to head to Alaska and guide anglers for salmon and Leopard rainbows of awesome proportions through the fabled Tikchik Narrows Lodge.
Dan guided in AK for 5 seasons before pointing things south a bit and coming to Montana in 2004. Dan is an exceptionally hard working guide who will go to great lengths to ensure his anglers a great trip (witness the picture!) on all our area rivers, spring creeks, and lakes. Easy going, patient, and articulate, you will find fishing with Dan a pleasure.
When not on the water chasing trout, you'll likely find Dan chasing upland birds with his English Setter, Bandit and his lab Ryder, who are as relentless about pointing birds as their owner is about trout.

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Max Yzaguirre

Max is a native Texan that grew up fishing the saltwater and has traded in the coastal flats for the mountains and cold, wild waters of Montana and hasn’t looked back.
As a young, hardworking guide who will work his tail off to find the fish and a recent graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in geology, a day on the water with Max is sure to be filled with both fun and learning. Fly fishing has taken him all over the United States and beyond; there’s no doubt in his mind that Montana is the last best place to catch wild trout and he has made it his job to know where to find them.
When not on the river he is usually up in the mountains or in the field with his bird dog Bessie, but rising fish are always on his mind.
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Guy Flynn

Guy grew up in the small town of Ennis, Montana where at a young age he learned to stalk trout on the Madison River and surrounding mountain streams. It wasn't until after college that he realized his passion for the outdoors and utilized these talents to becoming the great guide/teacher/ambassador he is today.
When he's not guiding guests on our abundant local trout streams, rivers, lakes, or spring creeks, he's either in hot pursuit of big-game animals somewhere in SW Montana or is in the hunt for a covey of quail alongside his Labrador retrievers and English pointers in SE Georgia.
Guy is a very outgoing, but soft spoken guide that works great with all ages and fishing abilities. With his skill set and patience you are sure to have an enjoyable fishing experience!

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Jeff Welke

Originally from northern Michigan, Jeff Welke started fly-fishing at ten, tying flies at twelve and then worked at The Fly Factory all through high school.
Jeff started teaching fly-casting instruction at 17 through the FFF, managed the fly shop and guided in the summers while pursuing his BA in Business Administration at Michigan State University. After discovering the local area during a trip to Yellowstone, he made the move out west right out of college to begin his career and also pursue the sporting life he dreamed of since a boy. After moving to Livingston, Welke spent several years as the former general manager of Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop.
He currently is a local real estate agent and spends the summer months also guiding fishermen on his favorite streams while sharing his passion for angling and instruction. Jeff resides on a ranch south of Livingston with his three bird dogs and enjoys spending the off season gardening, foraging for wild mushrooms, wandering around in the mountains or hunting for big game animals and birds all across the region.
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Jason Corbin


Jason grew up chasing wild trout on Central Pennsylvania’s famed limestone and spring creeks. The fly fishing bug hit him at an early age and he has devoted his time to fooling fish on the fly all over the world. He has wet a line from his home waters of the East Coast, all the way to Andros and across to the Yucatan. Although, his true passion for trout has landed him in the Mecca of fly fishing- Southwest Montana.
Jason loves teaching and helping clients get to that "next level" of fly fishing, whether it’s hunting heads with a dry fly or chasing that big fish with a streamer. His in depth outdoor knowledge and humorous, upbeat attitude will make any day on the water a lasting memory. When not guiding, Jason can be found trout bumming across the West, tying flies, camping or hunting anything with wings. He is on the Mossy Oak Pro Staff along with numerous waterfowl pro staffs, including Zink Calls and Drake Waterfowl. Jason currently operates the Pleasant Pheasant vacation property in the Paradise Valley. He lives there with his favorite fishing and hunting companions, his bird dogs Reed, Ruger and Tuff
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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy started fly-fishing as a youngster on the tributaries of the Finger Lakes in Western New York. After graduating from the University of Montana with a BS in Wildlife Biology, he has been working and fishing in far off places. He has wet a line from Alaska to New Zealand. Since landing in Livingston, Jeremy has grown close to the many different trout streams in the area. From the dry fly flats on the Missouri River to the big freestone runs on the Yellowstone, Jeremy enjoys sharing his passion for fooling big sky trout with clients from all corners of the globe. He spends the fall months guiding archery and rifle hunters. In the winter you’ll
find him keeping tabs on wintering elk and tying flies.
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Brogan Ballard

Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Brogan has been fishing the Rocky Mountains his entire life. He attended The University of Montana to fish, play lacrosse, and study English literature (more or less in that order). Brogan finished up his Master of Education degree, at UM, in 2012, and has called Park County home for the past several years. Residing mainly in Gardiner, MT, Brogan has vast experience guiding and fishing the waters in western Montana and Yellowstone National Park. He approaches every trip with patience, knowledge, and enthusiasm. When Brogan is not guiding, he is most likely scouting new waters, hiking, skiing, or playing Frisbee with his dog, Lady.
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Marya Spoja

Marya grew up trying to catch minnows with her hands and in general running around causing trouble on her family’s ranch over in Lewistown, MT a short two-hour drive from Livingston. It wasn’t until graduating from college and moving to Livingston that she discovered the joys and frustrations of fly-fishing, which has now fully taken over her life for many years now. For the last 8 years she has been helping fly fishermen explore the region we call home. We're fortunate to have her as part of the Angler's West team both in the shop and on the water! In the summer, when not at the fly shop or guiding, you’ll find Marya somewhere outdoors- either finding new places to fish or returning to some of her favorite fishing spots. If it’s the winter, good luck trying to find her-she’s dogsledding or backcountry skiing somewhere most days of the week.
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Lance Gray

Lance is one of our beloved locals. Having grown up right here in the Paradise Valley Lance made his bones on the Yellowstone River. Having hunted screaming bull elk with a bow, high country Mule Deer, and flushing coveys of upland birds behind pointing dogs are all what Lance calls home.

Being cut from a different cloth Lance enjoys the finer things in fishing. Good conversation, slow action rods, and wooden boats are some of his biggest enjoyments. Being a professional firefighter and paramedic Lance brings the true essence of professionalism and patience. With an infectious smile and booming laugh, Lance's clients have made lifetime memories.

When not guiding Lance teaches his daughter the reach cast, while his son wants to man the oars. His loving wife making a river lunch and cheering him on along the way.
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Craig Boyd

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, and growing up in a fanatic fly fishing family, Craig has taken every opportunity to hone his skills on many of the finest waters of the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains.
Craig attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Superior where he lead his hockey team to three NCAA Final Fours and studied Biology. When not chasing the puck on some frozen pond, Craig could be found pursuing his first love, plying the waters of the Great Lakes tributaries. This love soon lead Craig west to find his fishing Mecca in Bozeman. Fishing extensively across Montana from the Beaverhead to the Big Horn and all the waters in between, home water riffles always draw him back to the Madison and Yellowstone.
Beyond perusing his local haunts for the wily trout, Craig can be found most winters plying his guiding abilities on the wild waters of Chile, South America for Patagonia Base Camp.
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Nolan Majcher

Nolan Majcher lives to fish. His fly fishing career started on the difficult trout streams of central Pennsylvania. The wary trout of his old stomping grounds forced him to perfect his craft. To fund his fishing habits, Nolan worked for Orvis Pittsburgh as head casting and fly tying instructor. As an instructor he taught hundreds of anglers, both novice and veteran, proper techniques. Equipped with the knowledge to be an excellent guide, Nolan migrated to the fishing paradise of the Yellowstone Valley. His passion for fishing is contagious when spending a day on the water together. Clients love Nolan's laid back nature and no nonsense approach to getting fish in the net.
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Zach Pleshar

Whether working and teaching novice anglers or sharing his knowledge with experienced anglers, everyone will enjoy a day on the water with Zach.
A day on the water with this accomplished guide will emphasize the total experience of fly fishing in Montana, creating an environment with the right balance of fun and serious fishing.
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Steve Lebinger

One warm summer evening on the banks of a small trout stream in Wyoming, Steve’s father patiently taught him the art of fly fishing. And that night at the ripe old age of 7, Steve caught his first trout on a dry fly. That was the turning point in his life; flyfishing had a hold on him and would ultimately become his profession. Born and raised in the West, Steve received his Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Geography at the University of Wyoming before heading to Aspen, Colorado for "one ski season” and his first guide trip on the waters of the Roaring Fork River in 1994.
He became the head guide for Aspen Flyfishing before venturing back north to bigger waters, bigger trout and bigger skies in the wilds of Montana. Steve immediately fell in love with Montana’s fly fishing and began guiding for Angler’s West in 2000. Thankfully, Steve’s wife Annie and daughter Stephanie (7) have happily agreed to let him follow his fly fishing dreams and make their home in Bozeman in the foothills of the Bridger Mountains. Steve’s experience and passion for fly fishing are evident in his guide style.
If you are just getting started in the sport or if you’ve fly fished the world, join Steve for a rewarding day on one of Montana’s wonderful rivers.
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Jeff Pavlovich

Jeff comes to us from the South side of Chicago where he cut his teeth fishing the Lake Michigan steelhead tribs.
For several years Jeff spent his time bummin' between the pacific Northwest and his beloved Wisconsin Spring Creeks. After spending three years with the Orvis Company teaching fly fishing and running one of their retail stores he decided to head West -to where his heart was tugging and landed in Montana.
When not guiding or working in the shop as co-manager, Jeff can be found fishing new spots around SW Montana or tying up new patterns.
Jeff heads up our newest addition to guided trips -chasing big nocturnal brown trout with mouse patterns. You won't see that 20-inch plus brown eat your fly in the middle of the night, but you'll hear it and feel it. And with Jeff's expertise, you'll be hooked on night fishing!
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Eric Paramore

A fly fishing fanatic, Eric spent his college years searching out the perfect fly fishing locations from Northern California to Oregon to Reno, Nevada. He eventually landed here in Livingston, Montana, finally finding the Mecca of fly fishing that he had been searching for all along. He has worked as a full time guide since 2001 and when he is not guiding he is fishing or tying flies.
His patience, laid back attitude and infectious humor, combined with a wealth of fishing knowledge make him the perfect guide for the novice or expert. Whether floating the Yellowstone River, rowing the rapids of the Boulder River or fishing the technical waters of the spring creeks you will find Eric’s guidance insightful and enjoyable.
In the cold winter months he spends his time fishing warmer waters in California, Mexico and Florida, guiding ice fishing, cross country skiing and rooting for the Portland Trailblazers.
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Chuck Borg

Chuck hails from Enumclaw, Washington and grew up fishing with spinners and bait, but for the last 18 years has been focused completely on fly fishing. He graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon in 1999 and immediately moved to Montana.
Chuck has fished many of the waters of the Great Northwest, Chile, and Argentina. He has been a fly fishing guide in southwest Montana for the last dozen years and has been blessed to have what he calls a "dream job.” He has the patience to teach basics to a novice and the experience to help advanced anglers refine their skills, all while providing a very enthusiastic atmosphere on the river.
When this hard-working guide is not on the river he can be found enjoying the outdoors mountain biking the area trails or alpine skiing the high peaks.