My guide service is based in Livingston, MT, right in the heart of Montana trout country. I offer guided Montana fly fishing trips via drift boats and rafts on seven Montana rivers, run both float and wade trips on a variety of private fly fishing lakes and streams, and run walk & wade fly fishing trips in the northern portion of Yellowstone National Park as well as on a few rivers and streams in Montana that will remain nameless on the Internet. While trout are the primary quarry on my trips, with whitefish and Arctic grayling for spice, I also offer multispecies trips for a wide variety of other fish. While I am happy to take beginners on any of my trips, my beginner trips page gives details on the best options for clients who have never fly fished before or for those who haven't done it in years. For those who don't have the time or money for a full guided trip, I also offer lessons.
I offer full-day and half-day options for all of my trips, as well as shorter trips during the winter. Looking for a longer-duration trip? I'd be happy to put together a multi-day package that shows you the best Montana and Yellowstone have to offer. Curious about where I fish? This page provides more information on the waters on which I guide.
I have been fly fishing Montana and Yellowstone Park since 1993 and guiding in the area since 2001. This "college job" has lasted a bit longer than expected... I run guided trips year-round, though of course my busy season runs from April through October.
Big Missouri River rainbow, caught on a small PMD nymph.
Regardless of trip type, duration, or location, I try to follow the following principles with my guiding, as do all guides I use when I'm not available and for multi-guide trips:
Check out the specific trip that interests you using the links above, or to learn about the waters where I take my clients. My rates and policies have their own page. For more detailed answers to common questions, check out the FAQ, e-mail me, or call me.
The photos in the slideshow below are from the 2017 and 2018 seasons. They are intended to give you a sense of the sorts of places I guide and the sorts of experiences you'll have while fishing with me. There aren't any standard "grip and grins" here; they're on the other pages in the guided trips section. There are more pictures from walk-wade destinations than floats, simply because it's a heck of a lot easier for me to take pictures when I'm not busy rowing the boat...
Walter Wiese is Montana Outfitter #22001 (formerly guide #9530) and Madison River SRP Holder #297. Yellowstone Park trips are run in cooperation with and under the permit of YNP CUA holder Richard Parks.
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