Firehole Ranch Fishing Guides
Our guides are as diverse as the waters that bless the Golden Triangle and as wily as the trout that inhabit them. We hope that you will enjoy reading these short bios and that you will have fun discerning fact from fiction as you accompany them for an outing. All of our guides have a great deal of experience guiding on these waters, even those who have only recently become part of our family. No matter whom you pick, you can trust that your day on the water will be tailored specifically to your needs. Whether you are new to the sport of fly fishing or a grizzled veteran, our talented guides will teach, challenge, but most of all ensure that your time with them is memorable. We hope these short sketches arm you with just enough information to keep your guides on their toes during your outing together. Happy Fishing!
Josh Duchateau, Head Guide
The barb for fly fishing landed deep in Josh’s gullet and near as we can tell no one is ever going to be able to dislodge it. A certified fishing maniac, his enthusiasm and passion for the sport is contagious. While you’re enjoying one of Bruno’s gourmet Western masterpieces, Josh is the lone figure you’ll see lakeside, diligently casting for Hebgen Lake’s twilight gulpers. His knowledge of fly fishing, fly tying and everything to do with trout fishing is largely due to his insatiable appetite for the sport. Josh fishes anytime, anywhere, with anyone who’s willing to join him. Entering his tenth year with us, we’ve decided Josh should come with a warning label, “Approach with caution – Interaction May Result in Intense Passion for Fly Fishing."
Watch Josh's interview with CNN's Reynolds Wolf.
A native of Appalachia Pennsylvania and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chris grew up chasing smallmouth bass and flathead catfish on the big waters of the Potomac and Susquehanna rivers with his grandpa. In 1998, he moved to Bozeman, Montana. Over the next decade Chris could be found zigzagging the back roads of southwestern Montana, stalking wild trout while dialing in his angling skills and technique. In 2008 he relocated with Carly, now his wife, and their chocolate lab to the upper Madison Valley. Through guiding and being a year-round resident of the valley, Chris has spent countless days on the Madison and other local waters developing an intimate understanding on how to effectively fish them. During Montana’s long winter season you’ll find him in Yellowstone sharing his passion and knowledge of the area from a vintage bombardier snow coach. On his days off, when not de-icing his guides on the Madison, tying nasty bugs or backcountry skiing with the dogs, he’s making sure the woodstove stays stoked and that the resident bighorn sheep are accounted for. While Chris is at his best to get you into fish, it’s his kindness and understanding that shines through in his focus on his clients’ concerns, questions, and comfort. Chris’s knowledge, interest, and enthusiasm for the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are infectious. His mantra is to fish hard, appreciate the surroundings, and most importantly, always have a good time.
Ryan began his fly-fishing fascination in the southeastern region of the Appalachian Mountains. During this time, Ryan explored the backwoods of Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee chasing wild brook, rainbow and brown trout. Shortly thereafter Ryan found his true passion in life when he began guiding with the Four Rivers Fly Shop in Blairsville, GA. Ryan has applied the last 10 years towards helping guests appreciate the true spirit of fly fishing that he embraces. He has guided at Brigadoon and Froghollow Lodges in north Georgia, helping guests catch and release trophy-size rainbow and brown trout. He has also guided in Alaska where he assisted anglers in their quest to hook into Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon, along with Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and huge Rainbow Trout. When Ryan is not guiding he instructs future guides on fly casting, fly-tying, Czech nymphing and rowing techniques at the Clark Fork River Outfitter's guide school in St Regis, Montana. He also relishes in competitive fly-fishing and has been appointed coach of his Czech nymphing team. Ryan can be found traveling the backcountry of Idaho in pursuit of steelhead, cutthroat, rainbow and brown trout. In the winter he skis, ties flies and of course fishes!
Growing up on Connecticut’s Farmington River, Nicholas spent his childhood stalking trout on a bicycle and exploring the local water around his neighborhood. He traveled west in 2009 to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Utah, spending most of his time presenting flies to the selective trout of the Provo River and pursuing the native cutthroats of the Wasatch and Uinta Mountain Ranges. Nicholas joined the Firehole Ranch team in 2014, working with the maintenance crew and as a dining room server, all the while utilizing every free moment to fly fish for trout. In 2015 Nicholas' sunshiny demeanor, zesty enthusiasm, and extremely fishy aptitude made his transition to the guide team as slick as a loose grip on hot whitey. Over the last two winters Nicholas has been cultivating his skills in arguably the world's most challenging fishery, The Florida Keys. Working for The Angling Company in Key West, Nicholas is quickly soaking up knowledge of the fishery and will likely take his place alongside a legacy of Key's guides and anglers in the years to come. Congratulations Nick! We can't wait to fish with you in Florida!
Stefan was born in Romania, and raised in Buford, Georgia. He started fly fishing when he was ten years old, on the Chattahoochee River and the waters of western NC. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 2008, served 1 tour in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan as an infantryman and was honorably discharged in 2013 upon completion of his service. We thank Stefan for his service to his country. In 2014 Stefan began guiding for Project Healing Waters and the "Goodwill Guides," a program teaching combat veterans to guide fly fishing. In the Spring of 2017 Stefan joined the Firehole Ranch guide team. Now he bides his time between summers in Montana and winters guiding anglers on his home waters in North Georgia.
Like so many guides before, Adam joined the Firehole Ranch maintenance crew in 2015 and will spend his fourth summer with Firehole Ranch, helping the maintenance team and guiding Firehole Ranch anglers. An ardent angler, Adam holds years of experience fishing Montana's lakes and rivers. Wisconsin sure misses Adam, as Bozeman is now his home. This past winter Adam delved even deeper into the fly fishing industry and built his own RO skiff while working in the RO boat fiberglass shop! A tried and true Packers fan, Adam had to adorn his new skiff with his team colors, yellow and green, GO PACKERS!
Mitch was born and raised in rural South Western Kentucky on a farm. From an early age he had a passion for the outdoors. Mitch grew up riding his bike to every pond and lake around the farm learning to fish. In the summer of 1997 he moved to Montana. Fly fishing quickly became Mitch's new passion. After a couple years of getting to know the local water he began a career as a professional fly fishing guide. Having had the opportunity to spend countless days on the water with clients, friends, and family over the years, Mitch can't see himself doing anything else. Mitch hopes he will get to spend many more days chasing fish. "I truly love the adventure, see you out there."
Phil grew up in Colorado and was handed his first fly rod on the South Platte River thanks to a junior high school teacher of his. In 2008 Phil joined the U. S. Army and served for five years with the 82nd Airborne Division as an infantryman. During his deployments, he would day dream of wading the Arkansas River with his Dad, and tied a lot of flies during down time. We thank Phil for his service to his country. In 2013 when his contract ended Phil headed to Montana State University to pursue a degree in Business Management and explore the watersheds he had read so much about. Phil is passionate about sharing his love for fly fishing and the public lands we pursue wild trout on. If you find yourself in Phil’s drift boat you can expect patience, passion, and a positive attitude. When Phil isn’t on the water fishing or in class, you can bet he’s running around with his black lab “Shem”, chasing waterfowl all over the great state of Montana.
If ever there were a guide whose spiritual center seems to be found in our pristine Montana waters, it would be Rowan. His passion and appetite for fly fishing is unheard of – even in these parts where the love of the sport runs deep. Can you imagine spending over 280 days a year fishing, tying an average of 2,000 dozen flies a winter and spending the greater part of your life exploring the wild waters of the Golden Triangle? This has been Rowan’s reality for the past 20 years - many of his fly patterns have been picked up by Montana Fly Company; he’s coauthored magazine articles, published photos and been featured in area DVDs about fly fishing. Starting his 17th season with us, it is our fervent hope that Rowan will continue to grace the waters surrounding the Firehole Ranch for many more to come. Many of the fantastic images here in the Firehole Website are captured through the lens of this amazing artist, to see more of Rowan's incredible imagery please visit his website: https://fishonphoto.com/
A true Montana native, born in Helena and raised in Missoula, Allan attended the University of Montana. “I was raised in a family of outdoorsmen, received my first fly-rod—a bamboo rod—from my father at the age of 10 and have been an avid fly fisherman ever since. I have fished miles upon miles of the streams and rivers throughout the Northwest, savoring each footstep along these beautiful waters.” Guiding fly fishermen has been a rewarding and natural semi-retirement job for Allan. He spends his summers in Southwest Montana and has also guided in Chile and Patagonia for many years. Fly fishing is not Allan’s only passion, he spends off-time studying Montana history as well as Montana wildlife. Allan is very adept at finding the big trout and being a patient instructor in the process, whether you are an expert fly fisherman or just learning how to cast. Other hobbies Allan enjoys include fly tying, backpacking, hiking into high mountain lakes, elk hunting and trail riding.
Whether he is stalking trout along the banks of one of Yellowstone's back country streams or in the rower's seat of a drift boat, Brady takes every day on the river for what it is... A gift. That thrill of the first trout of a lifetime, of a new stream or trip, or even of the day, is what drives him to keep exploring and fishing. Originally from the small town of Corcoran, Minnesota he has called southwest Montana home since 2004. In his spare time you are likely to find him scrambling over a high mountain pass in search of a secluded mountain lake or making tracks up a trail before the sun is up. And ever more notable gift than a day of fly fishing is the advent of a new human being! Brady and Caroline welcomed their baby girl, Sonia to Montana in May of 2017. Now in addition to the standard off season activities of tying flies, and numbing his fingers while releasing trout into many of the area's winter fisheries, he and Caroline have engaged in cultivating a young new fly angler into this world. Patience and a genuine love for the outdoors and fly fishing are a few of Brady's greatest qualities, ones that will serve him very well whilst bringing up his daughter.