Our guide staff is made up of professional fly tiers, certified fly casting instructors and guides who guide in Yellowstone Park and Montana year round. All of our guides are passionate fly anglers who love to share their experience and enthusiasm.
Our guides have been providing anglers with the best fishing in the Yellowstone area for over 35 years. Book a trip now and let us show you how experience makes a difference.
Brad Richey - In 1978 Brad Richey, the owner and outfitter of Madison River Outfitters, made his way to West Yellowstone towing a Lavro boat behind his old Chevy pickup. He began his guiding career at Bud Lilly’s that summer, then spent the next two years managing another shop in town. In 1981 Brad opened Madison River Outfitters. As a full time guide, Brad spent his days on the river with clients while the shop was kept open by a single shop employee. As time went on the shop flourished – new employees were hired, additional guides joined the team, and eventually the little log cabin that housed the shop was moved to its current location where it was added on to. Brad continued to guide until the early 2000’s when he transitioned from guiding to running the shop and outfitting business full time, which he continues to do to this day.
Rick Welle (left) - Rick is our senior guide at Madison River Outfitters. He grew up in Molalla Oregon and came out to West Yellowstone in 1977 to begin his guiding career. When MRO opened in 1981, Rick became our first full time guide and has guided for us every season since. Over the years, thousands of folks have had the best day of their fishing lives while on the river with Rick. His knowledge of the rivers in Yellowstone, as well as the Madison River is unsurpassed. An avid birder and naturalist, Rick knows every flower along the float and all of the history of the area. Having fished and guided on practically all the rivers in Montana, Rick still enjoys the Madison more than any other. Rick spends his off season fishing for steelhead from his home in Washington and commercially tying many of the flies that you find in our fly bins.
Mickey Wooten (right) - Originally from Tennessee, Mickey has spent his time fishing water all across the United States, including Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Florida, Idaho, and Montana. He moved westward in 1995 to work in Yellowstone National Park. Coming away from his time in Yellowstone with a unique knowledge of the park and its waters, Mickey joined the MRO crew in 2000. There is never a dull moment on the river with him, as he truly enjoys sharing his love of fishing with his clients. In his down time Mickey ties flies for himself and the shop, as well as continues to explore the waters of the area.
Mike Loebl - Mike began fly fishing at the age of 7 in his home state of Michigan, where he would later start his career in the industry at a fly shop in Northville. Fast forward to the present and Mike has been with MRO for the better part of the past two decades. Not only is Mike a certified FFF casting instructor, but he is also well versed in both spey casting and Czech nymphing. As a guide, Mike loves to teach people new techniques and help improve upon what they already know. When not fishing, Mike can be found spending time with his wife Alice Owsley (also a fly fishing guide in the area) and their dog Norman.
Jake Schilling - (Left) Jake showed up in West in 2012, calling home a 1971 Lark camper. Having grown up in Missoula, Jake is no stranger to fly fishing. Since moving here in 2012, he has been with MRO since. Living in West Yellowstone year round now, his knowledge of the area is vast. Besides guiding, during the summer Jake stays busy fishing Gulpers and exploring YNP. During winter he spends his time midge fishing and czech nymphing while off work from the Yellowstone Club. Jake’s patience is unmatched and he loves to show people a great day on the river.
Chris Daniel - Chris grew up in central Pennsylvania in a small town called Lock Haven. At three years old he began fishing, a passion that would take him westward to West Yellowstone. Living in West since 2005, Chris works in both the shop as manager and as a guide during the summer, as well as guides snowmobiles into the park during the winter months. He is an exceptional caster, whose patience and know-how allows him to pass his knowledge on to his clients.
Garrett Cook - Garrett grew up in the Bay Area but has been spending summers in West Yellowstone from a young age. Garrett is an avid dry fly fisherman and has an extensive knowledge of the rivers in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Garrett works in the fly shop and also guides in the summer. In the off season you'll find Garrett exploring the rivers around Bozeman while attending Montana State University.