Voice of the River

Meet the Guides for the Hooked on the Gallatin Youth Fly Fishing Camp

The Gallatin River Task Force will host the Hooked on the Gallatin: Youth Fly Fishing Camp this summer from Tuesday, July 19th to Thursday, July 21st.

Camp will have two sessions each day. The morning session (8:30 AM to 12:20 PM) will be geared toward 4th, 5th, and 6th grade anglers while the afternoon session (1:30 PM to 5:30 PM) is designed for 7th and 8th grade students.

We’ve recruited a talented crew of local guides and fishing enthusiasts to assist with Camp. Here’s a look at the 2016 team!

Kara Tripp

Professional Fly Fisher
Owner, Founder, Damsel Fly Fishing

Kara Tripp was born and raised in Northwest Montana, fishing for trout on some of the most fabled stretches of water in the US. Her passion as an angler carried her through college at Montana State University. After graduation she began looking for a job following her dreams and she was hired by The Fly Shop in Redding, Calif., in 2009. She landed her first steelhead on the swing very shortly thereafter and became addicted to the tight line tug of the anadromous rainbows. Steelhead started where the rainbows and cutthroat of Montana left off. Kara is committed to being a full timer in the fly fishing industry. She has signed on to lead and instruct women attending Montana Women’s Fly Fishing Schools. Using her years of experience managing the Outfitters Department and Casting Schools for The Fly Shop as well as many years of the highly acclaimed FishCamp program.  When not teaching and sharing her passion with others, she’s designing for Damsel Fly Fishing, a women’s fly fishing accessory brand she Co-Founded with her sister. Taking bland fly fishing accessories and adding a feminine twist. In between, she hosts trips to Belize in search of the “silver king”, can be followed to the Far East in pursuit of carnivorous mouse-eating trout that call the rivers of the Kamchatka Peninsula home, or on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest chasing steelhead.

Josh Berry

Professional Fly Fisher and Fly-tier
Certified Casting Instructor, International Federation of Fly Fishers

After moving out west from Upstate New York, Josh has been guiding in Montana for the past 4 years. Growing up with a fly rod in his hand, his entire life has revolved around the sport. As a full time guide for Lone Mountain Ranch, a certified casting instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers, and a fly-tier, there is hardly a day that passes where Josh isn’t involved with some aspect of fishing. And more than anything else, Josh loves helping people catch their first fish on a fly rod!

Rob McGillicuddy

Professional Fly Fisher 

“Rob” McGillicuddy is a graduate of Prescott College AZ with a B.A. in wilderness leadership. Rob is Fly Fishing guide on Bozeman and Big Sky area waters including the Gallatin River. In the winter Rob works as a helicopter ski guide and ski instructor. On a day off you can find him skiing at Bridger bowl.

Matt Montei

Professional Fly Fisher

I grew up fishing the Saginaw Bay in the thumb of Michigan. I learned to fly fish on the Manistee river near Grayling Mi. I have been fishing SW Montana for 4 years. The Gallitan is my favorite river to fish and my favorite time if year to fish is in the winter.

Mike Richter

Research Specialist, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology
Member of the Board of Directors, Gallatin River Task Force
Fly Fishing Enthusiast

Member of Karst nation that believes in fishing, timing is critical. Mike enjoys fishing with large streamers and dry flies, but not at the same time.

The Hooked on the Gallatin: Youth Fly Fishing Camp was made possible by a grant from the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation and donated rental equipment from Jimmy Armijo-Grover, Gallatin River Guides.

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