Meet your Guides

Built by Guides that Love to Fish as Much as you do

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    John Sindland

    Bighorn Angler Head Guide

    John Sindland is one of the best technical anglers on the Bighorn. His unique charisma, patience and knowledge of just about everything make him a joy to spend a day on the river with. When John is not guiding he is an avid bird hunter. John is a Simms Ambassador, member of the Hardy pro staff.

  • Kerry Erickson

    Bighorn Angler Guide

    You won’t find a guide more patient or friendly on the Bighorn as Kerry. He has spent countless hours on the water chasing trout on the fly and it shows in his guiding. His boxes are stuffed full of custom patterns from many long hours at the vice.

  • George Young

    Bighorn Angler Guide

    A George’s passion for fly fishing and uncanny patience makes him one of the best instructors on the river. Whether a beginner that has never touched a fly rod or an experienced angler, a day on the water with George will make you a better angler. When not guiding the Bighorn, George enjoys bird hunting and snowboarding.


  • Matt Shirley

    Bighorn Angler Guide

    Matt Shirley made his journey to the Bighorn from Boise, Idaho. He is as energetic of a guide as you will find and knows the river very well. His magnetic energy translates into being one of the best guides we have for beginners but is an awesome guide for any angler!

  • Bryen Venema

    Bighorn Angler Guide

    Bryen has been with the Bighorn Angler for several years.  He is a versatile guide willing to fish streamers, nymphs, or dry flies on any given day.  Finding a fly in his box that he didn’t tie is rare and at a young age Bryen is quickly becoming one of the most sought after and best guides on the Bighorn River.

    Bighorn Angler Guide

    Born and raised in Montana, Jake left his hometown of Stevensville to pursue a guiding career on the Bighorn.  Jake knows the ins and outs of the Bighorn whether it be fishing dries, nymphs or streamers.  He’ll do whatever it takes to ensure his clients have a great day on the Bighorn.

  • Pete Shanafelt

    Owner & Outfitter

    Pete has a diverse and varied angling career including many years in the Missoula area, where he attended college and began his MT guiding career back in 2003. Pete’s Innovative fly patterns have become some of the most sought after in the region, especially for picky tailwater trout.  He can usually be found in a duck blind in the off season.