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Yellowstone Angler Core Guides

Yellowstone Angler acts as a booking agent for Montana’s finest, most in-demand outfitters and guides. We’d proudly put these “core” guides head to head with the best guides in the world, let alone Montana. They are the reason our guide service has been a big success over the years, with lots of satisfied return clients. More importantly, they understand that you are here not just to fish but to have fun and learn something in the process. We have exclusive booking rights from July through September with the core guides, so if you’d like to go with one of them simply call the shop and we’ll take care of the details. Their schedules get booked quickly, so be sure to contact us early in the year if you want to set up a trip. However, if you roll into town unexpectedly, we always welcome walk-in business. In addition to the core guides, we also book trips for about 20 other different outfitters and guides in the Greater Yellowstone area, who have worked with us for several years and who we stand behind. Give us a call to book a trip! 406-222-7130.

Eric Paulson

Eric is the senior outfitter/guide for the Yellowstone Angler.  He started his fly-fishing career in the Pacific Northwest.  Growing up in an outdoor-oriented family, Eric spent his time fishing and hunting in waters and terrain ranging from those of the Pacific Coast to western Montana.

In 1989, Eric moved to Bozeman, Montana to chase a college football dream with Montana State University.  Eric found this dream to be short-lived and found the exploration of the greater Yellowstone area to be his passion.  His guide experience includes the vast majority of rivers and streams that are in the infamous 300-mile circle of southwest Montana.  In addition, Eric has guided steelhead in Idaho and currently guides on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for wild Winter Steelhead. Eric has spent substantial time fishing various waters around the globe including Christmas Island and in New Zealand.

Eric also represents Patagonia as a fly-fishing ambassador and as a member of the advisory staff.  Eric has had photos appear in a number of outdoor publications and websites varying from the Yellowstone Angler website to Fly Fisherman Magazine.  In addition, Eric has spent time working with National Geographic Television on a developing series and is a fly designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants.  His flies include the Flutter Bug, Tick, and the Hot Head Ray.

Eric’s passions, outside of fly-fishing, include big game hunting, horseback riding, skiing, western history, Montana real estate, and his family.  Eric lives in the historic mill town of Gallatin Gateway with his wife Carissa and two young children.  Eric is his own Montana Outfitter #6869. He possesses exclusive outfitter permits for the Madison, Beaverhead, and Big Hole rivers.  Eric works under his own Washington guide license and works under the Yellowstone Angler’s Yellowstone Park permit when providing guide service in Yellowstone National Park.

You can read more about Eric’s website: ericpaulsonoutfitter.com

Eric is his own outfitter: 1. Eric Paulson, 2. Eric Paulson, 3. 1721 Gateway South Road, Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730 4. 406-220-9507, 5. Outfitter License #6869.

Capt. Marcus McGuire

Marcus grew up fishing for small and largemouth bass near St. Louis, Missouri. Once he was old enough to drive, he’d head to southern Missouri to fish for trout on the weekends, which quickly became his favorite sport fish. Looking for good skiing and sea-run fish, Marcus headed for Bellingham, Washington. There he attended the University of the Mt. Baker ski area for 3 seasons and fished for steelhead, sea-run cutthroat, and Dolly Varden. Marcus headed west, attending college at Montana State University, graduating with a BA in photography and business. If you catch a trophy trout with Marcus (which there is a very good chance), rest assured that he’ll get some awesome shots of you and your fish! Marcus enjoys fishing year-round and is one of the best at rowing hard all day to put you into fish. As a superb streamer fisherman, Marcus is very good at teaching others how to catch big off the banks of the lower Yellowstone, Madison, or Gallatin. Marcus is our only USCG licensed captain.

Marcus guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.

Josh Edwards

Josh “Jed” Edwards – Josh grew up targeting trout, other freshwater fish, and saltwater species in North Carolina. He was fortunate enough to study under the tutelage of his father, an avid hunter, and a coastal fisherman. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a Master’s degree in small stream fly-fishing and a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising he moved to Livingston, Montana to work at Yellowstone Angler. Josh was the guide bookings manager at the shop for several years; so he knows what it takes for clients to have a great experience on the water. He has been guiding part-time during the busy summer months for the last 4 years. Josh’s laid back attitude and willingness to teach has made him a valuable asset to our team. He enjoys fishing streamers for large trout and predator fish, however, he is also well versed with nymphing and dry fly techniques. His fishing and guiding experience includes the vast majority of local rivers as well as smaller streams. Whether you’re interested in chasing big fish on the Yellowstone, Madison, and Missouri or wade fishing the area Spring Creeks, Streams, and Yellowstone Park, Josh is sure to row or walk that extra mile to put you on them.

In the offseason, you can find him in Patagonia, Chile at Nic Fin sight fishing to trophy browns. Check out their trips here: https://nicfinpatagonia.com/

Josh guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.

Ashby Bell

Ashby grew up in Southern Pennsylvania, never forgetting his first visit to the Yellowstone area at the age of 10. He has been exploring the waters of Montana since moving here for college in 1999. Ashby received a BS in Biology from MSU, with an emphasis in ecology and is thus extremely knowledgeable when it comes to bugs, fish, and their environment. Ashby is a very fun, easy-going, and patient guide that truly enjoys teaching beginners how to catch fish. He enjoys fishing dry flies when other guides may choose to take the easy route and nymph under a bobber. He definitely has a knack for fooling and landing big browns too, (be sure to click on his photo for more big fish pics), which keeps his regulars coming back year after year. Ashby pulls hard on the oars and can handle some serious white water while always putting his clients in a good and safe position to make fishing easier. While Ashby is one of the better Yellowstone guides we know, he is also very good on the Madison, Jefferson, Gallatin and Spring Creeks – where he spent the majority of his free time in college. In recent years Ashby has also guided a fair amount on the North Platte during the offseason and knows how to land the big ones on the Grey Reef. When Ashby isn’t on the water here in Montana or Wyoming, he enjoys skiing, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.

Ashby guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.

Chase Chapman

Chase Chapman – Chase is from Austin, TX. He studied General Agriculture/Animal Science at Stephen F Austin State University. Growing up in Texas, fishing and hunting provided an escape from the hard work on his family farm. Chase and his brother were fortunate enough to have a Father who loved hunting and fishing and instilled proper outdoor ethics and skills at an early age. On a family trip to the Eastern Sierras, Chase was introduced to fly fishing. He had a hard time comprehending the sport upon first glance but knew it was something he was meant to do. Although fly fishing provided a lot of challenges and even took years off his life, he stuck in there and has become a great angler and guide. Chase is one of the most personable guides on our staff and has some fantastic stories featuring fishing destinations involving bear, beavers and even Bigfoot encounters. However, if you want to hear these stories for yourself you’ll have to book Chase for a float down the Yellowstone or a Walk and Wade in Yellowstone National Park.

Chase guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.

John Bond

John Angus Bond grew up in New England, where his family owned and operated a small general store in Otis, Massachusetts. At the age of 12 his father taught him the art of processing meat and breaking down wild game, but before that, his parents introduced him to fly-fishing on the Farmington River and later on Penn’s Creek. Enamored by the magic of seeing size 2 green drakes and big, smart fish eating dries, John was forever hooked. John first moved to Vermont, where he worked as a butcher and a guide on various New England Rivers. In 2011, John moved out to Montana, and while his time out here guiding may not be as long as some, his enthusiasm for streamer fishing and targeting bigger fish is second to none. Part of his success is due to his innate ability to tie streamers that swim well, his most famous pattern being the “Beef Cake.” The other half of his success is due to John’s unique ability to teach anglers and keep them in good spirits even when the fishing is tough – perhaps something he became good at from teaching Tai Chi back in MA. His positive attitude and enthusiasm are contagious and always makes for a great day on the river regardless of what ends up in the net. If you are looking for the lunker, consider a day or two with John Bond – even if you don’t “bring ‘em out” that day, you’ll still learn a handful of tricks and techniques for pursuing big browns worldwide. Aside from being a professional Butcher in his spare time, John is also a proud father and husband. When he’s not fishing, he enjoys spending time with his family, parents, and dogs.

John guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.

Francis Clougherty

Growing up in Southern California, the fishing and camping trips his father took him on as a young kid, (mostly out to the Eastern Sierras), got Francis hooked on fishing, hunting and being in the outdoors. By the time he got his driver’s license, he was tracking down big carp in and around Los Angeles County and taking weekend trips into the high Sierras and San Gabriel Mountains in search of trout. Going to college in Northern California, Francis was able to explore and expand on the bodies of water as well as species targeted, including stripers cruising just outside the surf to steelhead making they way up the Russian or Eel river from the Pacific. After getting his degree in International Relations from Sonoma State University Francis moved out to Montana to pursue a life filled with mountains, fish, feathers and fresh air. Shortly after moving to the state he joined the Yellowstone Angler staff and as proven to be an asset both in the shop and on the water.

Francis guides under James’ Outfitter License: 1. James Anderson, 2. James Anderson, 3. 209 South 7th Street, Livingston, MT 59047 4. 406-222-7130 5. James’ Outfitter License is #8969.