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 38 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.
As a child growing up in Oregon Brad was introduced to the sport of fly fishing at a young age, learning to fish on the Deschutes River. His passion for fly fishing has been with him ever since. Having fished since his youth across the West, Brad’s knowledge of and regard for the Greater Yellowstone Area and the rivers of Montana is unmatched. When not fishing, Brad can be found on the Lone Peak Tram or happily chasing his German Wirehair Pointers as they hunt for upland birds.
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.
Garrett Cook - Garrett grew up in the SF Bay area, spending summers in West Yellowstone fishing the Madison Valley with his family. Garrett attended college in Reno Nevada using his fly fishing knowledge to land a job at the local Orvis store. Garrett began working for Madison River Outfitters in 2013 and has been guiding extensively for the past four years. Garrett is an avid dry fly fisherman and has an extensive knowledge of the rivers in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Garrett excels at teaching and enjoys introducing new people to the sport of fly fishing. Garrett truly enjoys sharing his love of fly fishing with clients.
Originally from Minnesota, Tom caught the fly-fishing bug during a childhood fishing trip to West Yellowstone. This turned into an obsession that would eventually propel him westward to work for MRO in 2014, where he has been ever since. During that time he has gained a vast knowledge of the surrounding fisheries in Montana, Yellowstone Nat’l Park and beyond. Tom’s patience and passion for what he does makes for a fun, relaxing and informative day on the river.
Nick is from Ogden, Utah but has been coming to West Yellowstone each year from the time he was 2 years old. Nick has enjoyed spending countless days in both summer and winter exploring beautiful YNP and the surrounding areas. After taking a guided trip with MRO when he was young, he was "hooked." After graduating college in 2016 Nick decided to apply for a job at MRO and the rest is history. Nick enjoys meeting new people and sharing his knowledge of the outdoors and fly fishing.