Some of Jamie’s earliest memories of flyfishing were watching his mom tie flies in the back of a pickup camper for his dad while traveling through the Rockies in the summers. He caught his first trout on a fly when he was five years old. That sparked a lifelong passion to pursue any fish that could be fooled into taking a fly. Mowing lawns in the summers to buy fly rods, when the old man told him to save his money for “real things”, trying to keep from flunking out of college instead of ditching class to fish “slide” on the Upper Madison, wild canoe rides on Henry’s Fork “chasin” the salmon fly hatch were just many of the adventures that have fueled the passion throughout his career. Jamie tries to install that sense of adventure, fun, and passion in his clients. During his 15 years of guiding and outfitting in the Rockies Jamie has learned that with a little bit of adventure and fun teaching comes fun learning and makes better passionate and lifelong flyfishers. Jamie currently is a prostaffer for RO drift boats, Winston fly rods, a product tester for Simms waders, and is a field consultant with Bass Pro shops. He owns and operates Wild West Flyfishing out of Bozeman Montana, and is the outfitter for Schnees Powder Horn Outfitters also located in Bozeman.
James started guiding in his mid-teens and although only in his mid 20’s, he has fly fishing experience most of us can only dream about. He spends around 300 days a year on the water somewhere- either guiding or fishing on his own. Freshwater or saltwater- single-hand or two-hander. Whatever the adventure, James is your man!