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!
Julie and Chris not only provide excellent guiding themselves, but have established a group of top-notch guides dedicated to providing Madison Valley Ranch guests with fun, informative, and unforgettable days on the water!
Get to know our outfitters…
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 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.
To see on which rivers we typically fish, visit our Fishing & Rivers page!