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.
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.
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.
Eric Wolcott grew up in Concord, New Hampshire and spent much of his youth at his family’s hunting and fishing camp in the Adirondacks of New York. After graduating from St. Lawrence University in 2010, he moved to Hayward, Wisconsin to continue cross country skiing competitively. While ski training, his passion for fishing only grew. He spent countless hours chasing muskies and trout in his backyard in the north woods. Always looking for bigger waters and deeper snow, Eric headed further west to Montana in 2014. Since moving to Bozeman, Eric has found a way to pursue both of these passions while sharing it with people. Ski coaching in the winter and exploring the vast waters of Montana in the warmer months. He has a blast helping other anglers perfect their cast or understanding the tendencies of trout, as well as simply enjoying clients company on the water. With his tireless work ethic, immense knowledge of local fisheries and calm coaching style, a day on the water with Eric will surely be an unforgettable experience!
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.