Over the years, Austin has managed to meet some of the best fisherman and fishing guides in the world who share the same passion for the sport of fly fishing. Don’t ask him where he met some of these guys — he’ll never tell. Thankfully, Sea & Stream is fortunate to have them as part of our team of guides and outfitters. Personable, professional, courteous and knowledgeable — we are those real Montana fly fishing guides who work hard to make sure a trophy trout gets a hold of you! Each Montana trout guide offers his own unique style and expertise. As patient and skilled instructors, we will work with you to improve your angling proficiency at any skill level. We are energetic and enthusiastic about what we do, and our passion for fly fishing and good camaraderie is what brings people back to fish with us year after year.
Raised in Billings, Montana, Austin has been a Bozeman based Montana fly fishing guide and outfitter for over 20 years. Truly, he was born to fish. In fact, his nieces and nephews refer to him as “Uncle Fish”. Austin’s sense of adventure and bull dog determination to catch fish take him to the ultimate flywater in search of solitude, beautiful scenery, and of course, elusive fly eating gamefish. Austin is on a short list of Montana fly fishingguides who graduated with a degree in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Montana State University in Bozeman. Austin has dedicated his life to two things — his family (wife, Julie, and three superstar kids) and the pursuit of adventure through fly fishing. He is a master caster and a superb fly fishing instructor. Spoken like a true fish feeder, Austin believes “how you move it is how they eat it”. Think Fish! [/two_thirds]
Brad resides in Bozeman, Mt and has been fly fishing in southwest Montana for the past 13 years. Originally from Virginia, Brad has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and fly fishing. His easy-going nature and instructive style enable him to be successful with beginning anglers and the most seasoned veterans. His extensive knowledge and experience make him a great guide for the angler who wishes to learn something on Montana’s rivers and catch BIG trout. Brad is also an accomplished artist who specializes in painting what he knows best, fish in oils.
Dain grew up in Maine and began fly fishing at the age of nine. In the past 13 years, he has lived and guided in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. He fell in love with the endless fly fishing opportunities Montana has to offer and decided to make Livingston, Montana his home. Dain looks forward to sharing his knowledge of fishing and his passion for the outdoors with you.
Shaun Lawson, who resides in Livingston, Montana is the first son of Mike and Sharalee Lawson and is an accomplished guide having a lifetime of fishing on western waters. Shaun was born and raised in St. Anthony, Idaho and was the General Manager for a shop on the South Fork of the Snake for eight years. The desire to fish and guide was too much as Shaun stepped down from his managerial role to experience the waters of Western and Central Montana. Shaun is one of the most straightforward and accomplished anglers one could ever meet. His friendly demeanor is often overshadowed by his sheer stature, but you would be hard-pressed to find a more inspired and outgoing angler on any river. If you are looking for a fun and safe outing, get ready to be guided into every possible opportunity to catch a big Montana trout.
Aaron Tewell grew up fishing and hunting in Ohio. After graduating from Denison University, Aaron took a job with the US Forest Service in Gardiner, Montana. After one summer exploring the West, Aaron was convinced that Montana was the place to settle down. He has been guiding in Livingston, Montana since 1999, and loves sharing what he enjoys about the the Montana lifestyle with others. Aaron is a patient, knowledgeable fly fishing guide and instructor, and a true steward of the environment. He looks forward to sharing his intimate knowledge of the best rivers in Montana with anglers in search of wild montana trout fishing opportunities. When Aaron is not out fishing he is home with his family or out bird hunting in a mountain paradise.
Stephen Smith was born and raised in rural Vermont, where he spent his childhood outdoors, skiing, fishing and hunting. During his junior year at Holderness School, outdoor interests turned his attention Westward. In 2009 Steve packed up for college at Montana State University. During his time there he found his passion for the incredible rivers that Montana had to offer. Now every spring Steve looks forward to getting back behind the oars full time, providing unforgettable fishing experiences on some of the most scenic and prolific rivers in the world. Whether you are a novice or seasoned vet, his laid back, yet professional demeanor will ensure that you get the most out of your day on the water. When Steve is not on the river you can find him chasing birds around Montana with his German shorthaired pointer, Bridget.
Austin grew up fishing the waters around Big Sky, Montana. As young boy he spent hours and hours fishing the West fork of the Gallatin River, and I am pretty sure he caught every fish in their by the age of 10. When Austin was old enough he was hired by Steve French at Gallatin Riverguides and has been guiding anglers ever since. Austin is a 20 year resident of Montana. Recently, he spends winters guiding in Patagonia, Chile and summers in Bozeman, Montana. His love for fly fishing and the magic around it, sparked his passion to become a professional fly fishing photographer and videographer.
Born and raised in Maine, Beau was hooked on fishing at the age of 4. He grew up fishing the waters of the Penobscot River for Atlantic salmon with his father, and was fortunate enough to travel all over the US and Canada to fish. After graduating from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Kinesiology & Physical Education, Beau and his wife, Cassie, moved to Montana to pursue their careers. They enjoy all that Montana has to offer for avid outdoorsmen —mountains, rivers, and wildlife. During the summer months Beau loves guiding fellow anglers to the holes that produce wild montana trout. His true passion is dry fly fishing, and loves to watch big fish eat dry flies.
Callan Wink grew up fishing the trout and steelhead rivers of northern Michigan. At age 19 he built a wooden drift boat in his parent’s garage and moved to Livingston, Montana to be a fishing guide. Callan found the Yellowstone River, the longest un-damned river in the west and decided to settle in Livingston, Montana. Callan enjoys getting out on the water as much as possible, meanwhile showing people a great time on the river. Callan is a skilled fly fishing instructor and guide who looks forward to helping anglers far and wide make the most out of their day on the river. When Callan is not on the water fly fishing he can be found spending his time writing fictional stories.
Jeff’s love of fishing began at an early age. Growing up along the banks of the Yakima River, in Central Washington, it became pretty obvious that fishing was in his blood. In 1997, Jeff moved to Bozeman, MT to attend college a little, and fish even more than common decency allows. This is where he began to hone his skills, eventually trout bumming for entire summers on the Missouri and other area rivers. Jeff, is a natural fly fishing guide and wants his clients to enjoy every part of the Montana fly fishing experience, from just relaxing on the river while enjoying the scenery, to the thrill of catching that huge trout on a dry fly, He is a patient and knowledgeable teacher, who also fancies himself a part time comedian while in the boat. When Jeff isn’t fishing the rivers of Montana, you might find him swinging flies in the rainy Northwest or chasing fresh powder in mountains all over the world.
Jordan Gage moved to Bozeman, Montana from Vermont 20 years ago. His patience, perserverance, wit, and charm make him one of Montana’s finest fly fishing guides. His drive to fish is second to none, and more often than not, he is the last guy off the water at the end of the day. He is one of the few full time fishing guides who fishes on his days off. Jordan offers a unique learning experience while on the river and enjoys teaching anglers the art of fly fishing as much as catching fish. A day on the river with Jordan is a day you won’t forget! Through the winter months, he spends his time remodeling homes, hunting, tying flies, and mostly, catching big Montana trout.
Tim Trafton grew up in Maine where outdoor values were an integral part of his upbringing and His father placed a fly rod in his hand at the ripe age of 7. Sitting in a canoe casting to brook trout on secluded ponds in Maine are vivid memories from his youth. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in biology, has a masters in biomechanics from Montana State University and has been guiding in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming since the late 90’s. His knowledge and easy going laid back demeanor make for an unforgettable enjoyable day on the water. His lifelong fly fishing background and experience allows him to assess, analyze and improve anglers fly fishing skills. Whether you’re a beginner wanting to tackle a new adventure or an expert seeking to improve on your casting, presentation, knowledge of entomology Tim is the guide for you. During the off season Tim works on the ski patrol at Bridger Bowl and enjoys time with his wife, two kids Boone and Eloise, and their Llewellan setter.