Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Guides with Clear Creek Outfitters Make The Difference!

Here at Clear Creek Outfitters we believe you should get the best experience possible during a fishing trip. You cannot have the adventure of a lifetime with less than superior guides. Our fly fishing guides are knowledgeable, experienced, patient and above all LOVE to be on the river!
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Missoula Montana Fly Fishing Guides

Meet the Fly Fishing Guides at Clear Creek Outfitters:

Here at CCO we believe the guides are the most important part of your fly fishing experience.   Since they love to be on the river and fly fishing is also their hobby you know they are passionate about fly fishing, and all of our guides love teaching and sharing the sport with others!  Our guides often say how they get a burst of adrenaline when their client gets their first fish of the day.

The Missoula Montana fly fishing guides at Clear Creek Outfitters work well with all levels of client fishing experience.   Whether you are an experienced angler and merely need the appropriate fly selection and some local area knowledge, or you are a beginner and need practice on your casting technique, our guides will do everything they can to ensure your experience is outstanding! Here you can meet our guides and catch their enthusiasm for fly fishing!

Our Missoula Montana fly fishing guides are the Best

Read our testimonials below and you will see how our enthusiasm we have for fly fishing at Clear Creek Outfitters is so contagious.  Book your trip now for the up coming season.  Some clients come twice – once with business associates and another time with the family.  Experience true Montana hospitality and have a fly fishing experience of a lifetime.  Come see for yourself why the Clear Creek Outfitters are the best Missoula Montana fly fishing guides!

Often we have guides that get in touch about coming out and working for the summer. Unfortunately, all I can give them is some good advise, “Come out here and learn the floats on our rivers, and then eventually we will be able to work you in.” While trout hold in certain water no matter where you are, it still takes considerable time to really learn a stretch of water. And we have a lot.

One thing I have learned over the years is the best guide isn’t always the one with the most years under their belt. There are a lot of factors that go into a great guide. Here at Clear Creek Outfitters, we require enthusiasm, hard work, knowledge, and patience, from all our guides. It won’t take long for you to see that any of our guides you may have for the day, has an extreme love for what he or she does and wants to share it.

Clear Creek Outfitters 5 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
Clear Creek Outfitters
06/25/2012
Why would I recommend Clear Creek outfitters?

“Doug at Clear Creek Outfitters ensured that my first trout fishing experience would not be my last.  His expertise and patience helped me land my first several trout, and got me excited for a longer return trip.  Doug will ensure your fishing trip is not a disappointment.”

Thanks again.

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Doug Jones

Founder/Owner

Fly Fishing Guide and Founder Doug Jones

I have spent nearly two decades, guiding western Montana’s rivers and streams. I am originally from Atlanta Georgia where I studied fish and wildlife conservation, and competed as a student athlete at Louisiana State University.

After a few years guiding in Tennessee I decided to make a move to Montana in the late 90’s.
I feel extremely blessed and lucky to be able to raise my son in God’s country and call the pristine streams around Missoula, Montana, my office. The reason I do what I do is simple: having the ability to meet great people, share the knowledge I have, and see the excitement in people’s eyes, when hooking up on a nice fish.
While you may often hear “living the dream,” and it may sound somewhat cliché, I honestly believe, in my case, that it is true.

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Founder / Owner Doug Jones

Doug Jones

Founder / Owner

I have spent nearly two decades, guiding western Montana’s rivers and streams. I am originally from Atlanta Georgia where I studied fish and wildlife conservation, and competed as a student athlete at Louisiana State University.

After a few years guiding in Tennessee I decided to make a move to Montana in the late 90’s.
I feel extremely blessed and lucky to be able to raise my son in God’s country and call the pristine streams around Missoula, Montana, my office. The reason I do what I do is simple: having the ability to meet great people, share the knowledge I have, and see the excitement in people’s eyes, when hooking up on a nice fish.
While you may often hear “living the dream,” and it may sound somewhat cliché, I honestly believe, in my case, that it is true.

Fly Fishing Guide Aaron Bonsall

Aaron Bonsall

Lean Mean Fishing Machine

Growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I learned to fly fish and tie flies from my father at a young age.  This hobby turned into an obsession, and I quickly found myself spending most of my free time on the water.

Originally being from Montana, I knew I had to make the trek back out west to the trout fishing mecca. I enjoy guiding for many reasons, but the best part is getting to share my passion with others and helping them learn as much as possible during a day on the water.

I get just as excited watching people catch fish as I do catching them myself and seeing their reaction and adrenaline is part of what makes fly fishing so special to me.

Fly Fishing Guide Alex Pontone

Virginia 'Alex' Pontone

Patient Teacher

Originally from Virginia Alex Pontone grew up fishing the rivers and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As a kid he was never indoors and learned how to cast a flyrod chasing smallies at his families place along the New River.

Looking for colder water and bigger mountains Alex headed west doing a short stint in Northern California and arrived in Missoula in 2001. Ever since, he has been unable to stay off the water. After graduating from the University of Montana and a couple great years of traveling and fishing he took up guiding and has worked the rivers of western Montana.

When not rowing boats and walking banks Alex is the permanent substitute teacher at a local grade school and tries to spend as much time with his Golden Retriever, “Julie.”

Fly Fishing Guide Justin Hoerner

Justin Hoerner

Fly Fishing Fool

Justin Hoerner is a Montana native with over 20 years of fly fishing experience on the freestones and tailwater’s of western Montana.  As a young child, he cut his teeth on the Big Hole River.  Education brought him to Missoula Montana where he gained extensive knowledge of the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clark Fork rivers.

As a guide, Justin is a patient and personable instructor who loves taking out the first time angler or seasoned vet.  During the off season, Justin manages his family cattle ranch, hunts upland and migratory birds with his brother, and spends time with his wife and 3 dogs.

Fly Fishing Guide Brooks Jessen

Brooks Jessen

Trout Bum

Brooks Jessen, recounts his childhood as follows,  “My first memories as a small boy were riding with my Dad in his jeep in the mountains near Ennis MT, catching trout in mountain lakes, and fishing the Madison River. By 5 years of age I was indoctrinated to be a hunter and fisherman.”

He attended the U of M in Missoula Montana where he studied wildlife biology and geology. Brooks started professionally guiding fly fisherman and hunters in MT in 2001 and has guided on the Bitter Root, Clark Fork, Black Foot, Rock Creek, and the Missouri rivers in western Montana.

Brooks is a husband and father of 2 children who love the outdoors and live to hunt and fish as much as he does. “There’s nothing better than spending time with my family, floating down these awesome Montana rivers, fly fishing,” he exclaims.