Hi Eric and Ryan: Just a quick note to thank you both very much for your help in making our visit to the Big Hole country such a wonderful time. I think you could tell from our reaction two Sundays back how enthused we were about every aspect of the experience. The Big Hole is truly a gem and the region is some of the loveliest in all of Montana. Thanks again for giving us directions upriver for our wade fishing, and thanks for your many phone calls in pursuit of a guide.
Chris is genuinely outstanding, on so many levels, not least his belief in pursuing big fish in very skinny water, which is what yielded the majority of our catches and takes that day.
We’ll definitely be back next year!
As the season moves on, I am fairly confident that you both are feeling the exhaustion that comes with catering so many out-of-towners, myself included. Hopefully you can rest assured that your shared passion for fishing does in fact have an effect on us. You guys have got a great operation out there in Melrose. I wanted to drop you both a line to let you know that while John Houtzer and I were in MT, we couldn’t have asked for a better learning experience. When it comes to fly fishing, the Sunrise Crew gave me a great perspective on what it takes to be a successful angler. Fortunately, for me, both of you hosted a generous amount of information about fly fishing and I tried to absorb as much as I could in my short time there. Some great fly fishing conversations, and some worthy tips definitely made the 10 hr trip worth it. I look forward to returning next year with a greater understanding for what fly fishing is all about, and hopefully with a little more ability to catch some fish!
Jerry and I enjoyed the float with you, and a great fishing day. Catching the 22″ Brown Trout on the Big Hole will be memorable for me. Thanks for your help.
We have fished with Sunrise Fly Shop for two years and it has been some of the best fishing we have experienced in Montana. Eric, Ryan and Chuck are tireless, enthusiastic, very knowledgeable, and blessed with great senses of humor. We recommend them highly if you want to fish for big fish on the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers in Southwest Montana.
Don and Eunice Carroll
After five years of floating rivers and catching fish with the guides of Sunrise, I can’t claim a better fishing experience anywhere else in the world. Eric and Ryan, you both have shown my brother and I consistent and productive days on the water. What started out as an introduction to fly fishing for my brother has turned into life long friendships and deep rooted passion for the sport. Thank you for giving us both an opportunity to share the best water in Montana with true experts and learn the craft along the way.
Can’t wait until next season!
New York, NY
If you’re traveling to the Big Hole River region in southwest Montana, you only need to make one phone call: Sunrise Fly Shop. Eric and Ryan run a first class operation, are a pleasure to spend time with, and -most importantly- are always current with up to the minute fishing conditions on all the local waters. They’ve built a strong business with many repeat customers . If you book a trip through Sunrise, you’ll likely become one of them.
Hi Eric and Ryan,
I want you guys to know how much we enjoyed fishing with Andy yesterday. He worked the water really hard – rowing back up river on may good holes so that could make another pass. Kari and I have fished with a lot of guides and we always take the total experience into account – scenery, conversation, fishing guidance, knowledge of other rivers to pass along, and of course catching some fish. Andy made a really complete and memorable day on the Big Hole yesterday – including our request to do some dry fly fishing vs. nymphing. And by the way we caught 20+ fish – grayling, browns, rainbows, white fish. Really fun!!
We’ll see you guys again some day!
Van & Kari Schoessler