“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.“
“We had a great morning to start our week off. Nathan
was a superb guide who's skills are only surpassed by his patience. I would strongly recommend to any experience level fisherman who loves a good time on the water with a beautiful surroundings. The Madison River
was a treasure.
Thanks much and hope to see you guys again,
“I just wanted to let you know how much Ken (my son) and I enjoyed our guided trip experience with Matt Hoff. It was our first trip to the Bozeman area. The whole experience with Matt was rated as one of the best trips that I have ever taken with a fly fishing guide.
Matt was always prompt, knowledgeable, and hospitable. We were always treated respectfully, most professionally, yet we felt like we were brothers. Though there were instances of line tangles, lost flies, and missed strikes, we were never criticized or treated in an condescending way. He had a way of making us try our best at all times, but never was there a negative comment made. There were several instances of some impending dangerous weather and he was always concerned for our personal safety. His concern was for us and making sure that we had the best experience that we could have under the prevailing conditions. He never mishandled any fish and was always concerned for a safe release. Lunches were great and equipment worked well. In short, Ken and I had a "blast"! The time went by way too quickly.
We will certainly keep your outfit and Matt guiding in mind for any future trips to Bozeman.
Again, thanks for the great experience.
Our best regards always,
If you want a great Father-Son activity Trout on the Fly is the place! Madison River is owned by Nate and Garrett.
“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.“
“We had a perfect day on the Yellowstone River
with our guide Travis. As novice fly fishers, my wife and I weren't sure what to expect of the day. But the combination of a knowledgeable, patient, and humorous guide, the beauty of the Yellowstone River, and some success from our fly fishing efforts all combined to make the experience a wonderful one.
Jim and Abby McCarthy“
I had a great time! Everything I wanted to have happen did. I have never done any fly fishing before. Nathan Anderson was a great guide and very patient with me. I’m sure the last thing a professional guide wants to put up with is starting from scratch (This is how you hold the rod, this is how you cast, etc.) but he went thru it all and gave me two great days of fishing on the Madison River. I caught Rainbows and Browns that were in the 16-20” range for all but two of the fish I caught. I had a great time and would like to try it again sometime. Thanks for everything. Tim“
“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.“
“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.“
“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.“
“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.“
“We had a great time from start to finish. Communication was great before and during the trip.
Aaron Broughton was phenomenal. He hustled from start to finish and was always changing presentations and flies in order to try to find "the one." We floated a stretch of river that hardly any other guides were on, and he was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to spend the day with. He was great at coaching my girlfriend Madison (she caught the fish of the day!) and was patient with us even when we would miss strikes or cast in the wrong spot.
Thanks for an awesome day!
Evan & Madison“
“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!“
“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.“
“First a little back info - I guided my first customer in 1974 and for 20 years guided fresh water and on the White River in Arkansas before any fly fishermen set foot on the river. I have been fortunate enough to be friends with, and have fished with guides, both great and real rear ends, from the Great Barrier Reef, Colorado, Oregon, Belize, etc so I am well versed in what a good guide should be. I have towed the boat and fished from Key West to Canada, and fished on really busy waters and interacted with guides from one end to the other in this country. Been there done that so that said here are my thoughts.
Over the years I have found the occasional guides to be great, others to be particularly self important and full of themselves, especially in the fly fishing world. (That attitude seems to be present in many fly shops I have stopped in as a compulsive tackle shop junkie.) Several have an attitude that is well beyond their place in this world, in other words freakin' jerks who have somehow decided that their rights and place on the water take precedent over the common dude just trying to catch a fish. That attitude disturbs me, guides do not own the water and have a duty to rise above that attitude. So here we go with Nathan Anderson.
My expectations were exceeded, I would give him and the experience an A+ and both my wife and I had a great time.
Nathan was beyond all of that nonsense. Not only did he go above and beyond trying to help the wife get a fish or two, he got that done, but his attitude to others on the river was what a real guide should be. My wife appreciated how he made her feel safe on the water, fishing with me she has certain expectations and he met them. Being a Saturday it was busy as it is everywhere on the water. His ramp behavior was great. When a couple of guide boats on our trip cut us off and just acted like they somehow own the river (See above) he was the bigger man. We let folks go past us, he did not get stupid when regular folks did the stuff they do because they do not understand "the RIGHT way to fish". He was a true professional and is the kind of guide that is a credit to the profession. He was the antithesis of the I am a big shot guide and my rights on the water somehow take precedent over the rest of the world.
How could you improve? (Since I know nothing about your business not sure what to say but here goes.) Make dam sure that anyone who you use through your service fishes and guides like Nathan. That your guides treat others on the water as Nathan did. That others understand that with the pleasure and honor of being a guide come the responsibility to be the bigger guy, to be patient, and understand that guiding gets a bad name with the attitude that seems to affect some guides. That just because you own a Sage and fancy Simms means nothing in the grander scheme of things.
I know that is quite a long answer to your inquiry, but I felt the context was important. Nathan was professional, patient, smart, and as far as the "technical" aspect of fishing was a real pro. As you can tell I have strong feelings and do not hesitate to express them good or bad to my readers. That said when I post it will be beyond positive and include much of the above about his ability and his love of the water and teaching others. As I begin the fly fishing part of my fishing journey part of hiring guides is to learn and I learned a ton. I would fish with him again in a minute and I hope that your other guides have the same attitude and respect for others. Over the last 40 years I learned we hard core fishermen or guides, do not own the water and have a greater responsibility to the resource and others and should be held to a higher standard. Nathan is a credit to the profession and your company.
So thanks for the experience and your follow up. It was how it is supposed to be.“
“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!
, 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“
“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.“
“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).
“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.“