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, these guys 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 is the head Outfitter/Guide for the Yellowstone Angler. He is also Patagonia's newest fly fishing ambassador. He started his fly-fishing career in the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in a very outdoor oriented family, Eric has spent his time fishing and hunting from the Pacific coast to Western Montana. In 1989 Eric moved to Bozeman Montana to chase a college football dream at Montana State University. This dream was short lived and exploring the greater Yellowstone area became his passion. Upon completion of college from MSU with a Teaching degree in Social Studies Broad Field and a minor in History, Eric started his guiding career. Eric will be in his eighteenth season here at the Yellowstone Anger this year and is a full-time fishing guide, and perhaps the finest technical fly fisherman and guide in all of Montana, if not the country! His season starts in February and ends in December. 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 now guides on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula for wild winter Steelhead. Eric has spent substantial time fishing various waters around the globe including extensive time on Christmas Island and in New Zealand. 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 had the opportunity to work with National Geographic Television on a developing series. Eric is also a designer for Umpqua Feather Merchants and his flies include the Flutter Bug, Tick, and Hot Head Ray. Eric also represents Patagonia by being a part of their Patagonia Advisory Staff. Eric’s other passions include big game hunting, horseback riding, skiing, western history, Montana real estate, and most importantly his family. Eric lives in historic Gallatin Gateway with his wife Carissa and two young children. Eric is his own Montana Outfitter #6869. He has his own permits for the Madison, Beaverhead, and Big Hole rivers. He works under his own Washington guide license and works under the Yellowstone Angler’s Yellowstone Park permit while guiding in Yellowstone. 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.
After 15 wonderful years with the Yellowstone Angler I have decided to retire (ten years too soon) due to residual medical conditions caused by Persian Gulf War service. My conditions are starting to affect how well I can do my job on the creeks and rivers, which in my mind is not fair to you, my valued clients and friends. Instead I will be concentrating on breeding our line of Pointing and Retrieving Labradors and on starting to train service dogs for fellow combat vets.
This is obviously a very hard decision to make, and one I have been debating and putting off over the last couple years. But it is time.
Thanks again to all whom I have fished with on a regular basis who have called or emailed expressing our friendship and reliving many great days on the water together. It means a lot more than I had imagined. How wonderful that a simple business transaction between an angler and a guide can bloom into a lifetime of friendships! Cheers - Bob Bergquist
Born and raised in the Treasure State, Hank grew up fishing the waters around his hometown, Great Falls. After high school, Hank attended Western Montana College in Dillon, where he occasionally focused on his studies, but spent most of his time fishing the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Poindexter. After two years, Hank transferred to Montana State University in Bozeman, where he could focus on the Madison, Yellowstone, Gallatin, Missouri, and Jefferson rivers. Hank worked for us here in the shop during the summer months for a few years, doing a terrific job and then went on to guide for the Yellowstone Angler and eventually get his own Outfitters license. One of the reasons Hank is so dialed into the fishing game is that he spends more time on the water than anyone. Don't even bother looking for Hank in the lift line, last winter he fished every single weekend! His knowledge of Montana's uncountable waters, along with his positive personality have made him a favorite with our clients. Whether you are looking to land a big brown from the Yellowstone, or looking to raft one of Montana's secret streams, Hank will go the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your time on the water. His great attitude, enthusiasm and cheerful personality make a day on the water with Hank something special. Hank teaches at Monforton Elementary School during the school year but works as a guide full time during the summers and weekends. Ever wonder why Hank is such a great instructor? He was nominated by his students for the Gold Star award and won, (an award given out on TV for Montana's top teachers).
Hank is his own outfitter: 1. Treasure State Outfitters, 2. Henry R. Bechard, 3. 79 Gemstone Dr. Belgrade, MT 59714. 5. Outfitter license #10368. Also check out Hank's web site at treasurestateoufitters.com
Marcus grew up fishing for small and large mouth 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 dollyvarden. 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 licened 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 “Jed” Edwards - Josh grew up targeting trout, other fresh water fish, and saltwater species in North Carolina. He was fortunate enough to study under the tutelage of his Father an avid hunter and costal fisherman. After graduating from Appalachian State University with a Masters degree in small stream fly-fishing and a Bachelors 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.
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 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 puting 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 off season 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 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 we’re 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.
In addtion to hosting folks on the river Chase also has a great rental property available to stay at year round. Check out his page on rental by owner: https://www.vrbo.com/783698 .
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 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 is 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 Chase 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.