"The Best Guides in the Zip Code"
David joined our crew five years ago, fresh in from the rivers of Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, where he spent the better part of a decade guiding anglers on the fabled waters of Interior Alaska. A quick study on our local waters, he has proven himself and his skills time and again in all conditions. Quick witted and easy going, he personifies the word professional. If we had to describe him in one line it would go a lot like this.. "The last to quit and the first to buy the beer".
Some river guides will make you wish you booked 4 days on the water instead of 1, they are that good at what they do. Tyler is one of those guys. He might be late now and then, but his intensity level and uncanny ability to find fish when others can't makes up for it. Tyler understands the big picture, whether it is finding rising fish, bugling elk, hot goose fields or building a house, you can bet it will be done right. He is the guy that everyone notices on the river, not just because he hasn't cut his hair in several years, but because his anglers are having the time of their lives.
Garey once told me he was "put on this earth to catch trout". Most people wouldn't say that about themselves unless they were damned serious about it. He used to spend the colder months down south of the equator guiding for sea run browns in Argentina's Tierra Del Fuego, where he met his wife Susan. When he isn't guiding in Montana, you might find him building a hot rod, tying flies, or fishing the Big Hole with his wife.
Gray is a 3rd generation Montanan, and has been casting flies around the state since he was old enough to hold a flyrod. He grew up fishing the Big Horn, Yellowstone and all of their tributaries. Like many others in this profession, he has 5 years of guiding in Alaskas Bristol Bay region under his belt, as well as another half dozen on Montana's waters. Most recently, he spends the "off season" guiding down in Chile - however, it's no wonder that he has settled in the Twin Bridges area to make a living guiding on the Jefferson, Big Hole, Beaverhead and Ruby.
Rooster is on the pro staffs of Simms, Scott Flyrods, Hatch Reels, Clackacraft Drift Boats and Mossy Oak Camo. An ex-USCG rescue swimmer, he’s rebuilt diesel engines, called in bull elk, and knows how to grill a mean “cowboy coffee” steak. Those that know him are certainly aware of his belief that there is plenty of room in Montana for all of God's creatures – right next to the mashed potatoes. All that said, he tends to specialize in fishing where "there aint nobody". Between Montana Trout, Washington and Alaska Steelhead he spends over 250 days a year on the water. When he is asked how The Stonefly is so successful year after year, he promptly blames it on his crew.
Most importantly, he knows how to listen, communicate, and he’ll remember your name on a handshake.
Ryan – or “Hightower” as most of us call him, joined us last season from the coastal town of Forks, WA where I have guided with him for over 10 years. A true expert on the oars and as fishy as they come, Ryan is a great addition to our team. He spent summers over the last decade or so up at Mission Lodge in Alaska, and is no stranger to hard work and long hours. His wife Elyse keeps him honest and is also our morning chef, preparing our breakfasts and lunches for our days on the water.
Luca Troiani, aside from being one of the fabled “Boo Boys” at Sweetgrass Flyrods, has a good couple decades of fly fishing experience. He’s certified with the Wulff School of Casting Instruction and has been teaching people casting and fly fishing for over a decade. He loves to walk and wade our local waters, and always looking for new waters to explore. You'll find him stalking trout year round, whether he's swinging wet flies and stripping streamers in the fall and winter, or stalking trout sipping dries on his hands and knees in the spring and summer. He's always eager to find where and what the trout are eating. He believes you never quit learning fishing the fly, so he will always be in pursuit of fish wherever they are. A recent addition to our team, Luca’s penchant for wade fishing and “throwing cane” is a home run with many of our discerning anglers.
If you've been to The Stonefly Inn in the last 7 years you have probably been in Joe's boat or at least heard his booming laugh bellow through the roost. A life-long fly fisherman, Joe began his guiding career on the Montana-farm-league known as the Yakima River in Central Washington over a decade ago. Joe and his beautiful wife and daughter have become permanent residents of Twin Bridges, residing along the banks of the Beaverhead. Joe began working a "real job" in 2013 and has resigned to hobby guide status, so if you want in his blue boat, get ahold of us early.
Another saltwater transplant, Jake comes to Twin Bridges after several years of Striper fishing in Cape Cod. He lives in Bozeman with his new wife Laura and several bird dogs. He is a great addition to our team, and is as reliable as the day is long. One of the more well rounded guides I have had the pleasure of working with, he is at home on any type of water – whether it’s the Big Hole at 6000 cfs or walking a spring creek.
Charlie “Carlos” Greiner
Charlie – or “Carlos” as we have come to call him, began his career at The Stonefly 4 seasons ago. Through working his way up the Totem Pole, he has developed a vast understanding of what it takes to make your fly fishing vacation a great one. From the fishing to the beer cooler, Carlos is in tune with what is going on. Strong as an ox, and always grinning, Carlos is a great oarsman and quick to adapt to our changing conditions. His easy going personality has made him one of our best instructors for the beginning angler we have ever had. He works great with kids of all ages and will often times be your evening host around the fire. Don’t be mistaken though – Charlie is a fish catcher, and will stop at nothing to make sure you are tired at the end of the day.