guides and trips
COVID 19 UPDATE: As of now we are back to normal operations. Things can still change quickly and we will respond the best way that we can. Worst case scenario is we will have you travel separately and bring your own lunch. Thanks for being patient, we want to make sure we keep you and our staff as safe and healthy as possible!
Our professional and local guides have the expertise and experience to make you a better Driftless angler regardless of your skill level. Much more than just putting you on fish, they will work with you to improve your skills and give you tools that you can use on future trips to the area. Our guide staff don't do this as a hobby, they are full time and dedicated guides who live and work in the Driftless!
Meeting times for trips can be fit into an anglers schedule, call ahead for info. Typically, during the Early Season, we meet at the shop at 8 or 9 AM as fishing is better as the water warms. During the Regular season we meet at the shop at 7:00 AM when the water is cooler. In the heat of the summer we may split the day fishing early and late (5-9). All trips include flies, leaders and tippet, and full day trips include a lunch.
Trip prices also include rod/reel/hip waders if necessary.
Three days (72 hours) advance is required for booking - no deposit required - only a credit card to hold the day. Cancellations are accepted up until 48 hours before the trip. After that, 50% the cost of the trip will be charged. No shows are charged full trip price.
With a deep understanding of the local fisheries, and a laid back and fun style of guiding, a trip with Geri is a memorable one! Geri enjoys introducing women to the sport, and is an ambassador for all things women's fly fishing.
Nick is one of our most knowledgeable and 'fishy' guides! Patient and an excellent instructor.
Peter has been guiding for the Driftless Angler since it opened it's doors! Be prepared for a steady flow of instruction and information throughout the day as Pete is one of the most knowledgeable guides in the Driftless!
Matt grew up just up the road from the shop in Westby, and has been fly fishing the Driftless since he was 10 years old. After high school, he ventured off to the explore the country, fishing extensively in Arkansas, Montana, Wyoming, and Oregon, among other places. He attended the Sweetwater Guide school in 2013 and began guiding out in Wyoming right after. Even while guiding out west, Matt always found his way home to fish the Driftless as often as possible. After being away for over 20 years, Matt moved back to the area in 2018 and began guiding for the shop full time in 2019. When not fishing or guiding, he enjoys camping, hiking, and collecting antique fishing lures.
A native of Westby Wisconsin, Jake splits his time between guiding and managing the fly shop. He is knowledgeable in all aspects of fly fishing the Driftless Region having grown up locally with a fly rod in his hands. On the water Jake likes teaching simple and effective techniques providing you the skills needed to be successful on your own! An avid collector of vintage and antique fishing tackle, Jake has an excellent knowledge of the history and evolution of the sport.
Robbie was raised in the Driftless and grew up fishing at his family's cabin which, conveniently, has a trout stream running by. Having fished all over the western united states, he is happiest chasing trout on our local waters. Very enthusiastic and happy to share his love and knowledge of the area.
Driftless Angler tight line/euro/contact nymphing specialist.