Native Montanan, Rollie Rieger, grew up on a ranch in the eastern part of the state. While growing up he experienced many of the good things that the Montana outdoors has to offer. Some of his earliest memories include fishing with his dad in a bass pond over the hill from the ranch. Rollie moved to the western part of the state in 1977 and has been an avid fly fisherman ever since. He is now a retired educator who worked as a basketball coach, track coach, biology and chemistry teacher, athletic director, and assistant Principal at Belgrade schools, all while guiding fly fishing men and women in the summers. He retired from education in 2009. Rollie is married with three children who are all now living and working on their own. He is an avid fly tier and enjoys big game and bird hunting. Rollie is high on the Montana lifestyle and truly enjoys the many outdoor activities that make this state a great place to live and visit.
Our Montana Fishing Guides
With Bozeman Montana being such a mecca for fly fishing trips to Montana, there are plenty of fly fishing outfitters and fly fishing guides of which to chose from. At The River's Edge fly shop, we have been lucky enough for the past 30 years to have one of the best fly fishing guide staffs in Bozeman Montana. Our core group of Bozeman fishing guides are some of the most experienced, well liked and knowledgeable guides found anywhere. This must be why a very high percentage of anglers who fish with us return year after year to experience Montana Fly Fishing at its finest. We don't guide by the clock, we pride ourselves in safety and experience and would rather tell you we are "all booked for the day" than send you out on the water with just anybody. Listed below you will find a few members of The River's Edge guide staff.
Chester grew up fishing the small spring creeks of Wisconsin. As a child, his earliest memories were of sleepless nights while anxiously awaiting an early morning hunting or fishing trip with his dad, which he continues to show in his passion for guiding fly fisherman. For years he visited Montana to fish, and soon fell in love with the abundance of blue ribbon trout water that the state has to offer. With his dream was to move to Big Sky Country, three days after graduating from high school, he packed up his fishing gear, bought a drift boat, and move to Montana to chase trout! Lots of fish, callused hands, and a pretty good sunglass tan in the summer time, that’s his game…. Livin the life! In his spare time, Chester enjoys trapping, hunting, woodworking and of course ... trout fishing.
Ken started fly fishing and tying flies when he was eight years old. His passion for exploring new waters, designing new flies, exercising all the trout he can, and teaching people the how and why of fly fishing has only grown since then. Ken grew up in northern Utah fishing all of the local waters there as well as in nearby Wyoming and southern Idaho. In 2000, Ken and his family moved to Bozeman, and the last 13 years, have seen him one the water every chance he gets. Most of these days are shared with clients during beautiful summer days but from October- April, Ken can be found keeping the trout company during Montana’s “winter” season. Come spend a day or three with Ken and he will show you the rivers he’s come to love.
Stephen Smith was born and raised in rural Vermont, where he spent his childhood outdoors, skiing, fishing and hunting. During his junior year at Holderness School, outdoor interests turned his attention Westward. In 2009 Steve headed west to Bozeman for college at Montana State University. During his time there he found his passion for the incredible rivers and fly fishing that Montana had to offer. Now every spring Steve looks forward to getting back behind the oars full time, providing unforgettable fly fishing experiences on some of the most scenic and prolific rivers in the world. Whether you are a novice angler or a seasoned vet, his laid back, yet professional demeanor will ensure that you get the most out of your day on the water. When Steve is not on the river, you can find him chasing birds around Montana with his German shorthaired pointer, Bridget.
Slade is an up and coming star in the Montana guiding world. He began fly fishing at an early age while growing up on a ranch in Casper, Wyoming on the legendary North Platte River. Slade began his guiding career in Wyoming but came to Bozeman in 2005 to study marketing at MSU and eventually moved the bulk of his guide days to the Big Sky state. He has an uncanny ability to quickly sniff out where the trout are holding on any given day or river which only comes from a lifetime of experience chasing wild trout across the west. Slade is an accomplished Spey caster and makes frequent trips to the Pacific North West and British Colombia to chase Wild steelhead in the offseason. His passion for fishing is truly contagious and a day on the water with him will surely enhance your appreciation for Montana's blue ribbon waters.
Ty learned to fly fish on the "holy waters" of the Au Sable River in his late teens with a cheap fly rod duct-taped to a broken wrist. In 2000, He found himself working in a fly shop in California, a certified casting instructor, and well on his way to a guiding career. A couple years later, back his home state of Michigan, he did just that on the Muskegon River hunting trout, smallmouth, and steelhead. The call of the blue ribbon rivers in Montana was too strong, so here he is fishing and guiding the waters in the state he now calls home.