With over 7,000 guide days on the rivers of southwest Montana, the Madison Valley Ranch is proud to have Eaton Outfitters at the helm. Their experience and vigorous standards ensure you’ll have an enriching, memorable, and fun day fishing for wild trout, or just talking with your new best friend/fishing guide. Other outfitters, such as Montana Angler, look to Madison Valley Ranch for their clients to experience a memorable full-service experience. With backgrounds in teaching, instruction, and wildlife biology, you’ll long for time to stand still as you gain insight from your guide’s extensive knowledge and the adrenaline kicks in after hooking a wild trout!
Get to know a few of our guides…
Julie Eaton – A licensed Montana Outfitter, professional fishing guide and instructor grew up working & fishing on her dad’s charter fishing boat in upstate New York. After moving to Idaho to attend Idaho State University in the early 80′s, she earned degrees in both ecology and secondary education. Since that time she has worked for the Idaho Fish & Game, U.S. Forest Service, taught high school biology for many years, worked for Trout Unlimited on the Western Water Project and now spends countless hours fishing and guiding on the local rivers. As a fishing guide and instructor she teaches fly fishing courses for “Becoming an Outdoors Women” in both Colorado and Idaho. She co-owns, guides and instructs for Eaton Outfitters as well as being an Orvis endorsed guide for The Tackle shop, the Orvis Pro Shop in Ennis, Montana. Her fishing instructional workbook called “A Fly Rod and a Trout” was published in early 1997 and she continues to be on the pro advisory staff for the Scoot Fly Rod Co. and Ross Reels. Nobody is as passionate about their fishing as Julie.
Chris Eaton – A licensed professional Montana fishing guide has over 30 years of fishing experience under his belt and has over 2,000 guide days on the rivers of southwestern Montana. Along with his wife Julie he co-owns, guides, and instructs for Eaton Outfitters, is the Director of Fishing Operations at the Madison Valley Ranch, and is an Orvis Endorsed Guide for The Tackle Shop in Ennis. Chris specializes in working with the beginning fly fisher and with his vast fishing experience on the local rivers gives his clients a variety of blue ribbon fishing opportunities. Chris has also been the featured Madsion River Guide on ESPN for “Fly Fishing the World” and “Trout Unlimited TV”, and on PBS for their show “Flyfishing Destinations”. To read more about Chris, check out this article from Fly Rod & Reel Magazine. His business background includes a degree in public relations along with many years spent working for an investment banking firm.
Gunnar Folsom – A licensed professional fishing guide, Gunnar grew up fishing in Washington State and moved to Montana to study Fish and Wildlife Biology at Montana State University in Bozeman. From trout in Montana, bonefish and tarpon in Belize, steelhead in Washington and walleye, and pike is Saskatchewan, Gunnar is an experienced fisherman and guide. His even temperament and teaching skills make him an excellent teacher and guide for all skill levels. Fishing the rivers and streams of Montana year-round gives Gunnar the edge in establishing a positive repertoire with the local trout who assure him they will be most cooperative in the upcoming season.
Dave Evans – Since relocating in Montana back in 1992 he has spent countless days on the rivers of southwest Montana. After 20 years in golf course maintenance business, skiing and fishing had more appeal (he is a certified ski instructor in the off season). Dave is a trained and very patient instructor and passionate about his fly fishing so don’t be surprised when your excitement is matched by Dave’s when that rainbow charges your elk hair caddis.
Brandon Struckman –Brandon is the ultimate guide with lots of experience and enthusiasm who always has a smile on his face. He ties hundreds of flies in the off season only because sometimes its too cold to fish. Spending the day with Brandon is worth the price of admission, all the fish you catch are a bonus.
Brian McGeehan – Outfitter Brian McGeehan has been a fly fishing guide for 15 years and a fishing fanatic for more than 30. He has guided throughout the country and is an accomplished casting instructor. Brian is also a veteran river runner, and his class-V whitewater training comes in handy for fishing some of Montana’s wilderness canyon runs. During the off season, he teaches math and science at Chief Joseph Middle School in Bozeman, coaches volleyball, wrestling and track; and runs a fly fishing club for middle school students. He was named a finalist for the 2007 Montana Teacher of the Year Award. Brian holds a B.S. in geosciences from Penn State, a M.S. in civil engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a M.S. in science education from Duquesne University. Brian’s zeal for fly fishing has taken him around the world in pursuit of anything with fins including locations like New Zealand, Europe, Siberia, Alaska, Honduras, Mexico and Costa Rica.