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George Anderson

General Manager & Owner

George is the owner of the Yellowstone Angler here in Livingston, Montana. He started his fly-fishing career in the Catskill Mountains of New York but refined it the Rocky Mountain West while attending the University of Colorado and working summers in West Yellowstone Montana, managing a tackle shop there for the Eagles. After graduating from CU’s business school, George and his wife moved to Livingston Montana where George worked as assist. Manager for Dan Bailey’s for six years before opening The Yellowstone Angler in the fall of 1979. In 1985 the “new” shop was built where it exists today, a half-mile south of Livingston on Highway 89.

Over the years George has written many fly fishing articles that have appeared in Fly Fisherman, Trout, Big Sky Journal, Saltwater Fly Fishing, and several Scientific Anglers publications. In 1989 and 1990 George won top individual honors at the Jackson Hole One-Fly in the only two years he fished in the event, setting records for numbers of trout caught on his own George’s Rubber Legged Brown Stone nymph. In addition, he has appeared as a guest angler on many television fly fishing shows like John Barrett’s “Fly Fishing the World”, and saltwater angling shows like Jose Wejebe’s “Spanish Fly” catching big tarpon in the Florida Keys. With Trevor Gowdy, George was the guest angler for two ESPN shows that were filmed in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina, flats fishing for bonefish, tarpon and permit.

George’s love of saltwater fly-fishing has led to arranging and hosting saltwater trips each year with friends to various destinations in the Caribbean. George also hosts trout fishing trips each year to Alaska, Argentina, and other world-class destinations. When he’s not fishing he enjoys golf, alpine skiing, scuba diving, bird hunting, and riding bikes.

James Anderson

General Manager & Oufitter (License #8969)

James, or “Jamie”, was lucky enough to be born in Livingston, MT to George and Kathryn Anderson. Never wanting to take things for granted, James has worked hard over the years to eventually earn his position as general manager, part-owner, and the outfitter for the Yellowstone Angler (#8969). James graduated from Middlebury College with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language and culture. Before returning to the shop full-time, he spent several years working in China and Taiwan in the import/export business.

James has been lucky enough to host fishing trips to Alaska, Mexico, Belize, and Argentina. When James isn’t in the shop or on the water he enjoys spending time with his family.

Logan Brown

Guide Bookings Manager

Logan is our guide booking manager. He was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. His addiction to fly-fishing started in high school with frequent trips to Rocky Mountain National Park. The St.Vrain River and some high alpine lakes were at the top of his back yard fishing list. In 2005, Logan moved to Montana to pursue a degree in Political Science from MSU in Bozeman. During his four years at MSU Logan traveled all over the state, exploring all the amazing fisheries this state has to offer. If you have a question about a blue ribbon stream or main river Logan will know where to go, when to go, and what to use. However, Good luck getting him to talk about his favorite smaller waters. While attending MSU he took a semester abroad and traveled on a month-long road trip across Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey.

He’s fished for a variety of saltwater and freshwater species and is knowledgeable about both freshwater and saltwater tackle and flies. Logan has been working in professional kitchens for 10 years prior to joining Yellowstone Angler, so you can be sure that you’re streamside lunch on guided float trips will be second to none! In the winter, (which is about the only time you won’t see Logan on the water), he is an avid snowboarder at Bridger Bowl. In addition to being our guide booking manager, Logan is also responsible for the majority of the big fish landed by our shop staff.

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, Francis moved out to Montana to pursue a life filled with mountains, fish, feathers and fresh air. If he’s not in the shop you’ll find, bird hunting with his girlfriend and their two dogs.

Chloe Nostrant

Photographer

Chloe grew up in Bozeman and started fly fishing when she was in high school. What started as fun past time quickly grew into a lifestyle then career. She has a background in photography and writing and contributes to different outdoor publications as well as is working on a book about Montana women who hunt. Chloe enjoys chasing cutthroat in Yellowstone National Park, sharing the streams with the various wildlife that inhabit the Park. Though she loves fishing for trout in the mountains, she has a soft spot for pursuing muskie in both the US and Canada. When she isn’t fly fishing or working in the shop, she can be found upland hunting, skiing or working on her next writing piece. You can check out her work at chloenostrant.com

Benn Busalacchi

Benn grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. He first picked up a fly rod when he was 10 years old while fishing on the Headwaters of the Salmon River in the Sawtooth Valley. What really got him hooked was bringing beautiful mountain fish to the net and fishing in high mountain streams. He’s fished all over the USA in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Stream ecology and fish behavior is something he has always been fascinated with. Benn is a junior at Montana State studying music technology. If he’s not fishing on his days off, he’s most likely practicing music or jamming with friends and fellow musicians.

Holden Russell

Born and raised in Boone, North Carolina, Holden’s passion for fly-fishing grew quickly due to the vast amount of wilderness and the wide variety of water conveniently located close to home. Over the past two years his main focus has transitioned from chasing wild trout on small creeks in the Appalachians to the tailwaters found in Eastern Tennessee, the South Holston & Watauga, (two of the best rivers in the Southeast if you ask Holden). Holden is excited to fish on some of Montana’s most premier trout waters including the Yellowstone, Madison, Gallatin, and the Paradise Valley Spring Creeks. From the east coast to the west, you’ll find him chasing fish of all kinds, but for Holden, nothing beats the tug of a big wild brown! In his free time, if you don’t see him on the water, you’ll most likely find him hiking or just hanging out with his chocolate lab, Simms.

Willie Leidolf

Willie grew up in Alexandria Virginia, just outside of Washington DC. He became interested fly-fishing when he forgot his spin rod on a trip to his family cabin in West Virginia and instead used an old fiberglass fly rod he found in the closet. From there on he spent weekends fly-fishing for bass on the Cacapon River in West Virginia and sneaking onto to ponds at golf courses he worked at, as well as searched for unique urban waters around DC. In the summers he would take trips to his grandmother’s house in Montana and spend days fishing with his father and uncles, leading him to fall in love with trout fishing and eventually influencing his decision to move to Bozeman and study at Montana State. He has spent the last four years fishing in the area, and could not be happier with his decision. Willie is in his third year of pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental design/architecture with the intention to continue pursuing a master’s in architecture.