Meet your Montana fly fishing experts…

About FishTales Outfitting

Welcome to FishTales Outfitting, where owner/operator Michael Stack and his team of expert fly fishing guides bring an impressive number of combined years of guiding experience to the premier trout waters of southwest Montana, home of the Big Hole, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson and Ruby Rivers. Centrally located in the Ruby Valley and readily accessible by the commercial hubs of Bozeman, Missoula, Billings, Butte and Great Falls, FishTales Outfitting is perfectly situated to head in all directions in pursuit of a world class fly fishing.

At FishTales Outfitting, we specialize in creating personalized experiences on our world-renowned wild trout rivers and fee-access private waters. The angling diversity of southwest Montana, perhaps unparalleled anywhere in North America, naturally lends itself to accommodate anglers of all experience.

Whether you’re new to the sport or a seasoned hand, FishTales Outfitting will customize a day on the water that’s well suited to your interests and skill levels. Our expert guides have nurtured a soft-touch for those eager to learn the basics, all while possessing a mastery of their craft and comprehensive knowledge of the region’s individual nuances. Rest assured, the experts at FishTales Outfitting will teach you everything you need to know for a fun, successful, and memorable day on the water.

Our Montana Fly Fishing Guides

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Michael Stack

Michael grew up hunting and fishing in Connecticut. As a youth, he spent a lot of time in the woods with my grandfather H.L. Winnie, an avid outdoorsman and Connecticut State Park constable that instilled in me a deep respect and love for the outdoors. In 1995 he decided to follow my dreams, love of the outdoors and fly fishing and packed my bags for Alaska where he guided his first season in Katmai National Park chasing giant rainbows and Pacific Salmon on The Kulik, Moraine and Kukaklek River’s. The following spring, opportunity and Montana found me. Since then, he has guided here in Southwestern Montana, putting down roots and establishing FishTales Outfitting. He’s a career guide and fly fishing outfitter with over twenty five years of guiding experience. He is very intimate with the waters of southwest Montana and looks forward to sharing our amazing trout rivers with you.

Fishtales Outfitting guide Mike Price showing off a sweet cutthrout trout.

Mike Price

Mike grew up fishing in Colorado on some of the most technical tailwater rivers in the west. He has a niche for finding and catching difficult trout on pressured streams. Eventually, he realized that being in a boat and fishing dry flies on big, free-flowing rivers with wild trout was the pinnacle of the sport. Now in Montana, he spends as much time as he can floating its fabled waters and loves to share his passion with everyone. Mike is a very patient and enthusiastic guide who likes to think outside the box.

Fishtales Outfitting guide Dave Hernden holding up a beautiful Madison river rainbow trout.

Dave Hernden

Dave grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was introduced to fly fishing at a very young age but didn’t become obsessed with it until I moved to Colorado. He’s been seriously fly fishing for about 18 years and guiding for 10. Dave loves the teaching all aspects of fly fishing, the importance of being in nature and connecting the two. Passing it on to hopefully change someone’s life or just give them a bit of joy and relaxation. He admits he likes catching any fish that wiggles, but his favorite species are trout, because of how and where we catch them.

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Chris Connor

With 35 years of fly fishing experience and 16 years of guiding anglers and hunters on the rivers and mountains of southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park, Chris knows his way down the creek! Chris is a very patient instructor and enjoys teaching novices and experienced anglers the tactics and strategies that consistently produce large trout on all of our area rivers. Chris reside with his wife and two children not far from Ennis and The Madison River. When not guiding, Chris enjoys fishing, hunting and skiing with family and friends.

Fishtales Outfitiin guide Wade Whitaker holding a monster brown trout.

Wade Whitaker

Wade began fishing at the age of four in California, chasing panfish and bass. Later, an academic background in entomology would lead him to trout. In his personal angling history, he’s: chased Bitterroot river Pike; PNW steelhead; Californian barracuda; Missouri River carp; and, of course, trout from all over the West. He’s experienced most fishing conditions and takes pride in outwitting the most stubborn and clever of trout. He resides for most of the year in the Big Hole valley and has guided on the Big Hole, Beaverhead, and Clark Fork rivers. This is his second year guiding in the states. His photography can be viewed on his site:

Matt Spangler

Matt started fly fishing at an early age in the small Montana creeks that feed the Clark Fork River just 20 miles east of the North Idaho border. In his mid-20’s, Matt moved to Colorado where he began to hone his skills on some of the technical tailwaters of Colorado. For the last 4 years has been applying them as a Montana guide, sharing his passion for fooling trout with anyone willing to head down the river with him.  Although Matt prefers to fish single dries to rising trout, he understands the river itself will dictate the means to getting those beautiful fish into the net and has in his arsenal the bugs and streamers to make that happen.

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FishTales Outfitting LLC is a licensed Outfitter with the State of Montana's Board of Outfitters
and Permittee for the Madison, Big Hole and Beaverhead Rivers.

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