Andy Elser - Owner/Lead Guide
My name is Andy Elser and I am a fifth generation Montanan. I have been guiding fly fishing on the Bighorn River since 2007 and I would love the opportunity to lead you on a fishing adventure of a lifetime. I look forward to being a part of your dream trip.
It's not just about picking a guide for your next trip.
It's about picking the right guide.
My family moved here in search of gold in the 1860's. As a 5th generation Montanan, I grew up fishing the plethora of trout waters that Montana has to offer. You don't have to worry about finding the best holes, I've already found them and I'll put you right where you need to be to catch your next Montana trout.
Heart of a coach
Guiding allows my passion for fly fishing to combine with my love for coaching others. Being a great guide is more than just putting you on the best holes. I'll coach you every step of the way to make sure you not only catch fish, but also learn more about fly fishing at the same time.
Andy taught me so much and put me on some huge trout. First class guide. First class experience.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is included in your trip packages?
We are here to provide fishing service, flies, leaders, tippet (terminal tackle), instruction, transportation to and off the river, and lunch including nonalcoholic drinks. We do not own or operate a lodge but have options with negotiated discounts. There are also options with or without food provided.
What if I don't have my own gear?
If you are needing gear, please give me advanced warning and I will do everything possible to accommodate your needs.
What gear should I bring?
Please bring your own rod, reel, and waders. I recommend a 9 ft 6 weight rod and reel for the best success. You will also need sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, and a light jacket. Weather changes quickly in Montana, so it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it. When in doubt, bring it.
Do I need a fishing license?
You will need a Montana fishing license and a Montana Conservation License. You can purchase both online or locally once you arrive.