About Us

Fly fishing in Montana is a special experience. It is a common pursuit and passion that brings people from all over the world together in the Big Sky state, all hoping to find something in our western rivers. For some it is the pursuit of wild trout that brings them to Montana. Trout are our target fish species of choice and we consider ourselves lucky to be surrounded by rivers that host such healthy populations. Rivers like the Yellowstone, Madison, Missouri, and Big Horn are considered near holy waters in any trout fishing circle. For others it is the search for solitude that brings them fly fishing in Montana. This makes sense in such a lightly populated state that has so many miles of blue ribbon fishing; it would take lifetimes to cover it all. I can think of many other great reasons to fly fish in Montana: the pursuit of adventure, the wilderness, the scenery, the dry fly fishing, trophy-sized trout, getting away from the hustle-bustle of the city, spending quality time with friends and family, and even just the simple joy of standing in cold water, breathing in mountain air, fly rod in hand.

The Montana Angling Company is built on the many different reasons to fly fish in Montana. We are a Bozeman, Montana based fly fishing outfitting and guide service offering custom fly fishing trips across Montana’s finest trout rivers and streams. Our goal is to build your dream fly fishing trip based on what you want in a Montana guided fly fishing trip. Our guide staff has decades of combined experience fishing all across the state of Montana. This insight into where to fish, when to fish, where to stay, how to get there, and how to have a great day of fishing has been earned from time spent guiding, rowing, booking trips for shops, and building a great network of guides that you can count on to work hard every day for you. We know everyone has different expectations, desires, and hopes for their guided Montana fly fishing trip. The Montana Angling Company is here to make sure you are taken care of and your next guided fly fishing trip in the Montana is your best trip yet.

Custom Outfitting. Expert Guides. Authentic Montana. Fly fishing with the Montana Angling Company is all of these things. Contact us today and let us be your host on your next fly fishing trip to Montana and share with you the best fly fishing experience in the Big Sky State. Fish On!

Max Yzaguirre, Owner and Outfitter of the Montana Angling Company

Meet Our Guides

Our Montana fly fishing guides are the literal backbone of the Montana Angling Company. With decades of combined experience, we have assembled one of the most patient, knowledgeable, hard working, and good-natured group of fly fishing guides you will find anywhere. Our select group of licensed guides and outfitters emphasize safety and customer service above all else. Their commitment to their clients is evident in their hard work on the oars, professionalism, and willingness to always go the extra mile to make sure you day on the water is your best fly fishing experience yet. All of our guides are capable teachers, that work well with seasoned and beginner anglers alike. A lot can be said about this group, but most importantly they are all great people and guides that are passionate about fly fishing in Montana and care about your experience. Know you are in good hands with our guide staff on your next guided fly fishing adventure in Montana.

Max Yzaguirre

Montana Angling Company’s owner, fly fishing outfitter, and head guide Max Yzaguirre works hard to provide anglers with the best Montana fly fishing experience. Ask any of his clients about him and usually you are met with big grins and words like patient, professional, teacher, fun, and fanatic. As our outfitter and head guide he can be found on the water almost everyday from April until November, working hard for his clients and sharing with them his experience and passion for fly fishing in Montana. He also personally handles all of our bookings, so you can count on high-quality customer service and the experience needed to make sure you have your best Montana fly fishing trip yet. 

Fly fishing has taken him all over the United States and beyond, including guiding in South America, but there’s no doubt in his mind that Montana is the last best place to catch wild trout and he has made it his job to know where to find them. On the rare day he isn’t on the river he is usually up in the mountains or in the field with his bird dog Bessie, but you can bet rising fish are always on his mind.

Guy Flynn

Guy grew up on the banks of the Madison River in the small trout town of McAllister, Montana and considers the rivers and mountains of Southwest Montana to be his backyard. He spends the Spring and Summer months sharing his homewaters with anglers and spends the Fall with hunters chasing elk in the mountains. Easy-going and ever-friendly, Guy considers guiding to be as much about teaching as it is anything else and his local knowledge of Southwest Montana as well as proven experience on the water make him a great guide for seasoned and novice anglers alike. Guy considers rising trout, wild rivers, and bugling elk to be three of the great joys in life and has made it his job to share them with you. Interested in world-class Elk hunting? Guy is your guy: http://www.montanaelkandtrout.com/

Tyler Stephens

Tyler’s earliest memories are of fishing the rivers and lakes of Michigan. This early introduction to the outdoors drove him to find the best fly fishing in the United States and he settled on Montana. Tyler is an accomplished outdoorsman both on the river and in the field spending his Spring and Summer on the river with anglers and Fall in the mountains with elk hunters. His lifetime of experience is evident, and a day on the water with Tyler is sure to be filled with great stories, great laughs, and great fishing. He is always willing to get out earlier, stay out later, and put in the hard work to make his anglers’ day a success. Tyler stays busy in the Winter trapping and tying flies, counting down the days until fishing and hunting season.

Brogan Ballard

Growing up in Denver, Colorado, Brogan has been fly fishing the Rocky Mountains his entire life. He made his way north to Montana to chase trout and make it to class in between casts at the University of Montana. After graduating he turned his focus to guiding anglers, which he has been doing for the better part of a decade. Brogan is known for his infectious optimism, excellent instruction, and ability to work well with anglers of all ability levels. Based in Livingston, Montana, he is equally at home running the rapids of the Yellowstone River as he is wading the smaller streams of Yellowstone National Park. In his “off-season” he puts his Master’s Degree he earned along the way to good use and is a grade 3-5 special ed teacher at a local school. A day of fishing with Brogan is sure to be filled with lots of learning, laughing, and great fishing memories.

Eric Paramore

Eric brings almost two decades of guiding experience to our team. Originally from California, Eric moved to Livingston, Montana in the 1990’s and never looked back. His homewaters now are the many small streams and Spring Creeks of Southwest Montana. Eric has built a reputation as one of the most professional, genuine, patient, and knowledgeable guides in Montana and has a long list of happy anglers to prove it. As well as being a full-time fly fishing guide, Eric is also an accomplished fly tyer and a part of the Umpqua pro team. Check out https://www.hopperfishing.com/ for fly tying tutorials and exclusive materials.

Jeff Pavlovich

Great instructor, accomplished fly tyer, always optimistic, and smooth on the oars, Jeff is the kind of guide you want on your boat. While based in Livingston, Montana, his guiding experience covers the whole state of Montana from the Yellowstone River to the Kootenai River and practically every river and stream in between. Jeff enjoys having happy anglers and bent rods on his boat and works hard each day to make it happen. You’d be hard pressed to find a more experienced and professional guide in the Big Sky State. The offseason for Jeff means guiding elk hunters, trapping, training bird dogs, and tying custom flies for the upcoming fishing season.

Nick Argyrakis

Good fly fishing guides bring a blend of passion, experience, and personality to the water each day. Nick will be the first to tell you great guides also bring “good times and high-fives”. Nick comes to us from Virginia and his easy-going, always friendly, ever optimistic personality came with him. Nick lives on the O’Hair Ranch outside of Livingston, Montana, a stone throw from Armstrong Spring Creek. He enjoys guiding anglers all across Southwest Montana but considers the Yellowstone River, Boulder River, and Paradise Valley Spring Creeks to be his homewater. Nick is a full-time fly fishing guide and can be found on the water, chasing trout and other fish Spring, Summer, and Fall. The off-season means tying flies, chasing elk, skiing cold smoke powder, and resting his hands another season of high-fives.

Buddy Holcombe

Buddy is a hard-working guide always willing to go the extra mile to make his anglers’ day great. He has a special place in his heart for the backcountry of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, making him a great resource for finding the quieter waters off the beaten path. Introducing the sport of fly fishing, its ethic, techniques, and peaceful energy to youngsters and adults is a passion of his and he considers having someone catch their first fish to be one of a guide’s great accomplishments. He is based in Livingston, MT and spends his time on the many blue ribbon trout rivers in the area. His patience and encouraging attitude make him a great guide for anglers of all skill levels to be in a boat with. The offseason has taken Buddy all over the world, from guiding troubled teens on canoeing expeditions in Alaska, to working on communications towers in Antarctica and all points in between. Like all good Montana fly fishing guides, when he truly has off time, he fishes.

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