Meet Nate Stevane
I come from a long line of Montanans dating back to the homestead days. In the late 1800s my great-great-grandfather, a cook on a cattle drive, decided to call Billings, Montana, home. As a young angler alongside my grandfather and uncle, I was spoiled by Montana’s premier trout waters such as the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Stillwater, and Boulder rivers. Even though I have been fishing for as long as I can remember, I didn’t pick up a fly rod until the age of 13. But once I did, the addiction began. Learning how to row a drift boat on “The Horn” at age 16 started me down an unknown path that would soon lead to a loved career in the guiding world.
In 1996 I moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. During college, while delivering lumber, a local outfitter asked me to consider being a guide. After I declined the offer several times, my curiosity got the better of me and in 1999 I took a few anglers out to see if I would enjoy the experience. This ended up being a calling to a career that I never considered, and I have enjoyed the ride ever since. Twenty years later I am still guiding anglers, but I am starting to hand down my knowledge to younger, up and coming guides.
In my career, I have had the opportunity to work with anglers age 8 to 90, beginners to experts, those with disabilities or terminal diseases, families, and large groups. I know how important it is to take time to teach people the skills they need to get the most out of their fly fishing experience, making memories that last a lifetime for the client and for me.
I am single father with two wonderful daughters Emily (8) and Elizabeth (4). We reside in Bozeman, Montana. Because we live in Bozeman, I personally make the daily commute to our waters. Trout On The Fly has guides located in Ennis, West Yellowstone, Bozeman, Livingston, Helena, Cascade, Three Forks and Cameron, Montana.
Captain Garrett Blackburn - Montana License #12505
Garrett Blackburn learned to catch trout at a young age on the waters near Saratoga, Wyoming and Arkansas’s White River. An Oklahoma native, he learned to target bass, panfish and anything else that would eat a fly. In 2003 he moved to Montana to attend college at the University of Montana and began his guiding career in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska at Bristol Bay Lodge. After graduating, he began guiding year round on the rivers of Southwest Montana in the summers and Chilean Patagonia during the winters. For 7 winters he guided anglers in Chile at Martin Pescador Lodge. Today Garrett spends most of his time on the water guiding anglers on the Madison river but loves to explore fisheries all over Montana. Garrett is a USCG licensed captain which allows him to guide under power. He is versatile on Montana and Yellowstone National Park waters for the jet boat, drift boat, and walk wade trips. Garrett lives in Ennis, Montana. He is certified in CPR and first aid.
Rick Reed - Montana License #36627
Originally for Wyoming, Rick moved to the “Big Sky” state for the world-class fly fishing, skiing, and hunting. Rick is no stranger when it comes to guiding anglers and hunters as he has been guiding both before anyone knew what guiding was about. Rick is an independent contractor like most guides in Montana, but he is not like most guides. His knowledge of fly fishing and hunting on Montana’s waters and land surpass the “average” guide. Rick has the patience and will spend the time teaching you the basics from how to hold a rod, casting, line management, knots to releasing a trout properly. Rick goes above and beyond for all his clients and it is not uncommon to find Rick out with clients until dark just to cast a dry fly to rising fish in an evening hatch. Rick has a work ethic that the West was built on and you can be sure he will work hard for you on any day you fish with him! Rick is proficient on the Madison, Gallatin, and Yellowstone Rivers. Rick was voted best guide in “Best of Big Sky” 2019. Rick lives between Big Sky, Montana, and Bozeman, Montana on highway 191. Rick is certified in CPR and first aid.
Oliver Murray - Montana License #24048
Oliver took the plunge in 2013, packed up his belongings, said goodbye to family and hit the road for West Yellowstone Montana to pursue a life in the guiding world. As an independent contractor, he has worked for a handful of area outfitters and has quickly moved up the ladder in the guiding world. Oliver is proficient on most Yellowstone National Park waters, Madison River inside and outside of YNP, and Hebgen Lake. He is excellent with beginners and advanced anglers alike. Well rounded for walk wade fishing and drift boat fishing. Oliver lives in West Yellowstone, Montana. Oliver is certified in CPR and first aid.
John Kirk - Montana License #26599
John developed his fishing skills early on the inshore waterways of Massachusetts, hunting the striped bass and blues of Cape Cod and the North Shore. After graduating from school hungry for bigger mountains and rivers, he moved to Bozeman and has been chasing big trout ever since. John is an avid fly tier, spending many hours during the cold months at the vice spinning feathers. He loves to test late night creations on big browns when the rivers are chilly and quiet. John has spent a few seasons as a ski patroller, and he is a certified EMT. John enjoys teaching others the fun and excitement fly fishing has to offer, as well as everything he has come to love about Montana. John is adept on the Madison, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Missouri Rivers. John lives in Belgrade, Montana. John is certified in CPR and first aid.
Doug Casey - Montana License # 14461
Doug is a true fly fishing fanatic. A Georgia native, Doug grew up chasing Brook Trout in the Appalachian Mountains. He was introduced to fly fishing in Montana at a young age and knew he would call it home one day. Doug moved west in 2004 to take a job in Yellowstone National Park and spent 3 seasons living, working, and fishing in the park. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Education, Doug spent 5 years teaching in Bozeman, MT, and Kalispell, MT before turning to being a guide full time in 2012. He is comfortable on the larger blue ribbon rivers and also excels at finding off the beaten path wade fisheries. His easy-going nature, experience as an educator and uncanny fish sense make him one of the most versatile guides in Southern Montana. Doug is solid on the Madison River and on Yellowstone National Park waters. Doug lives 15 minutes from Ennis, Montana and only seconds from the Madison River. Doug is certified in CPR & first aid.
Captain Tony Nahorny - Montana License #33458
Tony grew up in Nebraska fishing and hunting with family on local ponds for bass as well as the Platte River. Tony is worldly when it comes to fishing; has guided anglers to golden dorado in Argentina, multiple saltwater trips in Florida and has fished personally all over Mexico. He moved to Bozeman, Montana in 2003 to follow his dreams of trout fishing and big game hunting.
Tony is a USCG licensed captain, which allows him to guide trips under power. Tony is our go-to guy for the Yellowstone River both in the jet boat and the drift boat. He is solid on the Missouri River jet boat section, Land Of Giants, near Helena, Montana. Madison River, Gallatin River are all in Tony’s playbook. A day on the water with Tony will be memorable and never dull. Tony lives in Bozeman, Montana. He is certified in CPR and first aid.
Scott Bohr - Montana License #12105
Scott is no stranger when it comes to showing clients a great time on the water. With 30+ years of guiding under his belt on legendary rivers in Alaska, Idaho, and Montana, Scott can make your day a safe and memorable one to last a lifetime. He moved to Bozeman in late 1970 was drawn to everything outdoors and the local community. When not guiding anglers Scott is patrolling the ski mountain at Bridger Bowl just north of Bozeman, playing guitar in a band, and being a father and husband to his family. Scott’s vast experience and depth of character will be obvious during your time with him on the water. Scott versatile on the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Ruby Rivers. He is great with both beginner and experienced anglers. Scott is well rounded with the drift boat and walk-n-wade trips, Yellowstone National Park and some lakes. Scott lives in Bozeman, Montana. Scott is certified in CPR and first aid.