Reviews

  • “I wanted to take a minute and thank you for your work with us and your patience with both of us. I've experienced many fishing guides in my years fishing and you have set the bar, without question, at the highest possible level. You worked extraordinarily hard to get us on the fish and kept up constant encouragement and help which resulted in us getting fish. I fear your efforts have spoiled me for anyone else I will encounter in my fishing adventures going forward. I can't tell you how pleased we both were with your time with us. Thanks for a great trip.“
    Bob,
    California angler
  • “We had fantastic experience booking a guide through Trout On The Fly. Our guide, Oliver, was personable, patient, and experienced. He showed us new fishing methods and we caught some great fish with him. Oliver worked really hard to ensure that we had success and we would not hesitate to recommend him and Trout on the Fly for anyone heading to the Yellowstone area. The float trip was especially enjoyable - this was a new experience for us and it was a lot of fun. Oliver was great to joke around with and he also made sure to offer us good fishing advice throughout the day in a very tactful manner. Shannon and I both caught big fish while floating the Madison. What a great trip!“
    Tom Villemure,
    New Hampshire Anglers
  • “I was a little hesitant about what our experience would be on a guided trip. Dude, it was first class. We were fortunate to get the best. We will be back.“
    Woody,
    Utah angler
  • “Hi Nate – Garrett was great.  He deserves special kudos for taking two strangers out on the river during freezing weather with rain, sleet, and snow!  We are glad he did. In spite of the weather, Garrett put us onto some nice fish through our 3 days, and he kept his spirits and humor. Like George, I really appreciated the thorough and prompt way you handled the booking and follow-up.  It made planning and execution pretty easy from our end. As for recommendations, I think you should be sure that the weather is always in the 70s with good cloud cover so that we only have to throw dries . . . !  😊 It truly was an experience, and I am glad that I was able to have it, but I will also be glad to come back a little earlier in the season (smile). Cheers, Doug Lawrence“
    Doug & George,
    Washington State Anglers
  • “A special note of thanks for the team of guides you put together for our floats on the Madison last week. Harry and I were indeed fortunate to fish with you the first day (Tuesday). We both commented that of all the guides that we have ever fished with you and Andrew Harris (the principle and founder of Confluence Outfitters) stand out heads and shoulders above the rest. What I learned from you the first day allowed me to land two nice Browns the day I spent with Chris. Your wife’s surgical skills must have rubbed off on you as I had no pain or swelling after you removed the hook. Thanks again for a great day on the Madison. As always, I could not sleep the night before in anticipation of fishing the next day. That’s has been a pattern my whole life whether it be baseball, football or fishing. I was very tired the afternoon we fished together and felt I was not in good form. In spite of that, you put us on fish throughout the day.“
    Jerry Warren,
    Group trip
  • “First full day back home after a great Montana fishing trip. I thought you would be interested in getting a picture I took with you and Steve Cook 13 years ago. What an amazing coincidence that we got re-connected. Thanks again for all of your help in getting guides for us and for you working so hard to get us into fish on Friday. You are the hardest working guide I have ever had and so knowledgeable about the rivers you guide.“
    Stan Ohara,
    Reconnected client by chance
  • “I was referred to Nate by a friend/client and we recently fished two days on the Missouri River. Nate has 20+ yrs of guiding experience, and I highly recommend him. I have fished with fly fishing guides in California, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, Florida, and Mexico, and I would rank Nate near the top of my list. He knows the Missouri and Madison Rivers like the back of his hand. He’s a true fly fisherman guide, not a “shop guide”that only fishes from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM. He’s an extremely hard worker, first guide on the water and the last to leave. Regardless if you are a beginner or an experienced fly angler, you should book a few days on the water with Nate, you won’t be sorry.“
    Chris Amble,
    San Diego Guest
  • “Nate McDonough was an outstanding guide in every way - and of course the fishing was excellent. Doug Casey kept me posted about logistics prior to our trip to Ennis. We were able to switch hotels and he met us at Sportsman early Saturday and had us on River at 9:15. Got lots of fish but unfortunately no whitefish! That has never happened to me on the Madison. He saved the “honey hole” for our last stop.“
    Jack McGuire,
    Return client
  • “A fellow angler recommended Nate after a great float trip with him and I've spent four days with Nate on the Madison and Missouri. I'll be back on the Madison with Nate and my oldest son in May for a couple of float/wade trips, and again in September with friends. On my first float with Nate he was wearing a knee brace to support his ACL injury. But this didn't stop him for getting out of the drift boat on three occasions to walk us back up the Madison so we could take another run through promising water. This is only one example of his work ethic and focus on customer service. He is committed to each angler having a memorable day. Nate has all the characteristics of a great guide: knowledge of local water and match the hatch, kind and patient, good sense of humor, hard working and fun to be with on the river. He has been guiding for several years and his ability to put you on fish is on display from your first cast of the day. It was easy to end the day with a generous tip to Nate for his professional services and value that he provided.“
    John Bunker,
    New Hampshire Angler
  • “Our fishing trip with Trout On The Fly more than met our expectations!  All guides were professional, supportive cheerleaders, and skilled instructors. We appreciated the timeliness of pick up, the lunches, and your gentle guidance in fishing as well as getting in and out of the boat! Our guides, Nate, Aaron, and Doug were so very patient-even when I had my line tangled or wrapped around my boots!  We appreciated the careful balance between direct instruction, processing time, and the learning curve.  We gained new knowledge, and by the third day, I felt like I was finally able to begin applying what I was learning.  I wish I could return sooner than a year from now! We so enjoyed The Noble Bison and every detail of comfort provided.  We especially appreciated coming  “home”  to a fireplace, hot shower, and cozy space after that cold, rainy Friday of fishing.  The decor and artwork contributed to a warm, inviting experience. Nate and Trout On The Fly provided the perfect fishing experience.  Your organization and attention to detail clearly contributed to our most successful adventure. Thank you so much for all you do, Gary and Judy“
    Gary & Judy Billings,
    California Anglers
  • “Jeff Johnson was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and patient.  Even though the activity was slow, he kept our lines in the water and kept changing flies to find something the fish would bite.  He had a positive attitude throughout, offering instruction and encouragement all day. I especially appreciate your flexibility in allowing me to add an angler at the last minute. Thanks again.  I hope to be back someday.“
    David Spears,
    Virginia Angler
  • If you want a great Father-Son activity Trout on the Fly is the place! Madison River is owned by Nate and Garrett.
    Mike Olson,
    Return guest
  • “Oliver was awesome, and that’s coming from Paul and me who have fished with many guides over the years. He was competent, knowledgeable, patient, and has the perfect temperament to be a good coach in the field. He introduced us to the world of streamers, got us into the best water and we can’t say enough good things about him. I will definitely call you again when we’re back.“
    Pete & Paul,
    California anglers, soon to be Montana anglers!