Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Fish with the best Big Hole and Beaverhead River Fly Fishing Guides

An essential aspect of an enjoyable guided fly fishing trip is the guide. A friendly, experienced, knowledgeable guide can be the difference between a mediocre fishing day on the water, and an epic one.  The guide staff at the Sunrise Fly Shop is the best in Southwest Montana, and every member of the guide staff is dedicated in making every day fishing on theBig Hole and Beaverhead Rivers a phenomenal one.

Ryan Barba – Ryan is one of the owners of the Sunrise Fly Shop. Having spent the last two decades as a fly fishing guide in Montana and Colorado, Ryan has a vast knowledge of the Big Hole and Beaverhead rivers and the trout of the Rocky Mountains. You will find Ryan to be easy going and an exceptional communicator. He has a true dedication to the rivers and will show you an enjoyable time while in Southwest Montana.

Eric Thorson – As one of the owners of the Sunrise Fly Shop, Eric is dedicated to ensuring that each day on the river is a memorable fly fishing experience for everyone involved. Not only is Eric a seasoned fly fisherman and guide, but he also has a degree in Wildlife Biology and is eager to share his knowledge of both Montana Rivers and local Wildlife. When the trout season comes to an end in Montana, Eric tries to spend as much time as possible flats fishing in the Caribbean.

Lee Coyle – Lee is one of the most diverse and gregarious guides you will ever get the chance to fish with. In addition to being a spectacular fly fishing guide, Lee has also worked as a Mixologist, Hockey Referee, and a Professional Wrestler.

A graduate of University of Montana, Lee was born and raised in Billings and grew up fly fishing the rivers and creeks of Eastern Montana. After college, Lee decided to make the rivers of Montana his workplace. Having guided on the Big Horn, Missouri, Madison, Big Hole, and Beaverhead Rivers, Lee brings his vast knowledge of fly fishing and Montana trout to the river every day.

Chris “Roman” Romankiewicz – Chris has a strong affinity for time spent on the water. With 26 years of fly fishing experience. Chris has chased off and in-shore species in New England, hunted monster rainbows in Alaska, and searches the rivers of western Montana for the one named “bubba.” Chris has lived in Montana for over 10 years and had the opportunity to spend countless days fly fishing the rivers here. This time on the water has allowed him to gain a strong connection with what he considers to be the best trout fishing in Montana – the Melrose area. As a fly fishing guide for over 13 years, Chris satisfies clients with his dedication to fulfilling their quest for another fish and showing them a great time. Chris is an expert on fly fishing tailwater fisheries and spring creeks, but his real passion is tossing junk for browns on the Big Hole. He has an incredible ability to teach both beginner and expert fly anglers and his positive attitude can turn any day of fishing into an epic adventure.

Rutger Wilson – Growing up in Southwestern Virginia, Rutger was able to refine his fishing skills on some of the Southeast’s most famous tailwaters. When Rutger made his move up to Big Sky Country, he took the technical knowledge he had gained on the South Holston and Watauga Rivers and applied it to waters of Southwest Montana. The combination of Rutger’s technical fishing knowledge and his great personality make him one of the best young guides in Montana.

Andy Barkley – Andy grew up in Minneapolis where he learned how to fly fish on the small streams of Minnesota’s driftless area. Spending summer vacations in the Rockies, he grew to love the outdoors and mountains of the West. While attending Colorado State University, he began guiding around Rocky Mountain National Park and on the Colorado River. Now as a full-time guide on the Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers, Andy enjoys sharing his passion for fly fishing with beginners and experts alike.

Rick Rossi – Rick has been guiding for the Sunrise Fly Shop since 1997. As the head of the Math Department at Montana Tech in Butte, he is not only a great fly fishing guide but has the true demeanor of a teacher. With his vast knowledge of fly fishing the Big Hole River and a great sense of humor, you will enjoy every outing on the river with Rick.