About Our Montana Fishing Guides
Being a Montana Fishing Guide is a life of passion. A group of hardcore anglers that flat out get the job done! We take the time to get to know each of our customers and match them with a guide who has similar personalities and fishing intrests. Do you want to throw streamers all day, go dry fly only or just catch fish - what ever it takes? We have guides that specialize in all of these. Hardworking, knowledgable and patient are just a few attributes you must have to be a successful Montana Fishing Guide. Let us take your Montana Fishing trip to the next level with a guided trip from Freestone Fly Shop.
One of our most requested guides, Troy has been with Freestone Fly Shop for the past 6 Years. He's developed his own set of skills most anglers would be jealous of. Spending over 150 days on the water will get you there. Troy's enthusiasm as well as his culinary skills will keep you coming back asking for more.
Make sure to schedule your trip early if you would like to fish with Troy, he is usually busy and booked well in advance.
Owner and Outfitter of Freestone Fly Shop, Jeff Gray, cut his teeth in the fly fishing world over 25 years ago on the Bighorn River. Born and raised in Montana has a few perks when your an avid outdoor seeker. After spending many years helping with the family ranch and hunting every big game, waterfowl and upland bird Montana has to offer, Jeff discovered Fly Fishing. That was the start of something that some might call an obsession.
After many years of perfecting his rowing and fly fishing skills, it was time to make a career change and Freestone Fly Shop was born. In 2009 we opened our doors and have never looked back.
Now Jeff, spends over 150 days a year guiding and fishing the rivers of Montana and spending the rest of the time chasing his 15 year old son, Austin, around the region playing baseball and fishing.
Jeff resides in Hamilton, MT with his lovely wife, Jeannette, his son, Austin and his 2 Labrador retrievers.
Capt. Carter Bates grew up in Virginia where he was immersed in the outdoors from an early age -Striped Bass in the salt to Trout in the mountains.College and a passion for saltwater fly fishing led him to South Florida. After countless days spent in the shallows of Florida Bay, Biscayne Bay and the Everglades- he decided to become a full time guide and live in the Florida Keys.A trip to Montana in 2001 to fish with a friend led him back into the trout fishing realm and after years of guiding in the Keys and spending time each summer/fall in Montana he decided to relocate full time to Big Sky Country. He now guides full time in Montana and still spends a month or so guiding clients in Florida. Most of the time you will either find him on the river hunting trout or behind his pointing dogs chasing birds.
Chris caught his first fish on a fly rod when he was three. Chris says, “I was born for this life.” With roots in the Appalachian mountains of Western North Carolina, he learned to read trout streams about the same time he was learning to read a book. After several trips out west to fish, Chris made the decision to settle in Western Montana in 1997. He had no idea that he could turn his love of fly fishing for trout into a career. However, in 1999, he had to decide between going to work or grad school. Neither of these ideas seemed appealing and he began his guiding career.
Chris spends around 200 days a year on the water, between guiding and his own fishing. When he is not chasing trout he spends a good amount of time bow hunting, hiking, and enjoying all that Montana has to offer.
It is hard to deny Chris’ passion for trout and fly fishing if you spend any amount of time in the boat with him. He absolutely insists on enjoying life!
Charismatic and experienced, Chad Williams brings an appetite for adventure and fun to a day on a beautiful river. At the age of twelve he picked up his first fly rod and discovered a passion that led him to start tying flies and to perfect his skills as a fly fisherman. That passion carried on through his life. Since 2000, Chad has guided on Montana rivers including the Missouri, Clark Fork and Big Hole Rivers, but he spends most of his time on the breathtaking Bitterroot River. A master on the oars, Chad can take you to the best fishing spots and keep you there, even on those tricky runs. Chad prefers to use his own hand tied flies that he knows will get the job done. When he’s not on the river he’s a Montana history teacher and Hamilton High School wrestling coach. Chad takes his skills in the classroom and uses them to make even inexperienced fisherman feel at ease. In his free time he’s out on the river testing new flies and trying out new techniques to keep the experienced fly fisherman coming back for an unforgettable experience. Chad sees the world as an opportunity to learn and he uses his knowledge and ability to leave everyone with not only a good time, but skills to last a lifetime.
Tim Parks grew up in Washington State and started fly fishing on the Yakima River and desert lakes as a young boy. Growing into a passionate fly fisherman, he’s been pursuing wild fish ever since. Tim came to the Bitterroot Valley in 1981 and fell in love with the river and the surrounding mountains. Following a career in the US Army, Tim and his wife are living their Montana Dream. He loves nothing more than sharing his passion for the river and the fish with his clients. Tim loves to teach both kids and older beginners the art of casting a fly and is equally adept at guiding the most accomplished Angler. Spending a day on the river with Tim is always a great experience and he is eager to share his knowledge of the river, our valley and the history of both. Tim is an avid outdoorsman and also suffers from the disease of chasing steelhead with a spey rod and chasing elk in the high country.
Andrew has been fishing the Bitterroot since he was knee high to a grass hopper. Over the years he's honed his skills and has become one our fishiest guides on our staff. Andrew still has that excitement when a fish crashes his client's dry fly just like it was his first. A day with Andrew will be filled with a lot of instruction to get the perfect drift along with an exceptional lunch and many stories to tell you buddies at the end of your trip.