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.

Steve Smith

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 Fedore

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.

Sam Ziegler
Sam grew up hiking, camping, skiing and fishing the Green Mountains of Vermont, before heading west to study graphic design at Montana State University. It was during his college years that he discovered his passion for fly fishing, and exploring the lakes, rivers and streams of Montana. Spending a day with Sam in his drift boat is a real treat, with his easygoing attitude and extensive knowledge of the local rivers. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for fishing with young and old, and really enjoys teaching novice anglers how to fly fish. When Sam is not on the water, he can be found skiing, fly tying or making sawdust out of perfectly good wood.
Cory Calkins
Born and raised in Whitefish, Montana, Cory has been fishing our native rivers and lakes since he was old enough to cast. He started his guiding profession at age 18 in the remote streams of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Since 2010, Cory has been guiding and exploring in southwest Montana. His knowledge of Montana waters, and the fish that reside in them, is among the best. You may find him in February trudging along the icy banks of the Upper Madison River in search of that perfect rainbow, or lurking around Canyon Ferry for carp during the dog days of summer.
Ken Stock

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.