Our Montana Fly Fishing Guides
We pride ourselves in having the area's most professional, experienced Montana fly fishing guides. In an area that is as renowned for fly fishing as ours, exceptional fisherman are easy to find but great guides are a precious commodity. The Lodge owner and outfitter, Steve Gamble, has been in the guiding and outfitting business since 1984 and has worked with many guides. He has selected the best men and women in this area to be part of the Gallatin River Lodge team. We understand that a pleasant, knowledgeable, patient and enthusiastic fly fishing guide can make your Fly Fishing Trip truly unforgettable. Our Montana fly fishing guides are excellent instructors, are well trained in handling drift boats and rafts on our swift rivers and are enjoyable fishing companions. They also offer interesting insight into Montana's history and the outdoor environment.
Ryan T. Eisfeldt
Ryan was raised in the Midwest and started fishing with his father when he was old enough to hold a rod. During the summer they would travel up to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Canada as well as, down to Arkansas to fish the White and Norfork Rivers for Trout. Ryan attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and graduated with a degree in Environmental Science and Biology. After working in landscape ecology lab for a year after graduation Ryan relocated to Southwest Montana to work in and around Yellowstone National Park. Ryan has dedicated his summers to guiding and his winters to rare carnivore research. Ryan would love to take you down one of our productive local rivers in his drift boat, or walk and wade to get you hooked into a wild trout and let you know a little about the natural history of the area.
Tracy began guiding in 1981 in the American southwest, since then, guiding whitewater and fly fishing trips has been a passport to travel the world.
Running rivers from Mexico to Alaska, Mongolia to Kamchatka, Tracy claims Montana and Idaho as his home turf. Tracy and his wife Alice live in Three Forks, Montana where he can keep a close eye on his favorite trout streams.
Greg "Pete" Petersen
Pete was born and raised in Great Falls and is a fourth generation Montanan. He grew up flyfishing the Missouri River and the creeks of the Little Belt Mountains. He moved to Bozeman at 18 for college and never left. At 26 he met Lyn, another Gallatin River Lodge guide, and fell in love with her and flyfishing all over again. Pete fished as much as he could, learning the ins and outs of the area and enjoying the sport with his beautiful young bride. Turning his love of the sport into a guiding career Pete now spends his summers getting clients into the big Montana natives! When not teaching clients the art of flyfishing he and his wife are helping their two young daughters master the skill of catching trout.
Lynn Dawson Petersen
Lyn Petersen learned to flyfish at the age of 12 when her flyfishing parents took the family to a multiple day flyfishing school. Soon after completing the school, Lyn, unknowingly, started her journey into the flyfishing world. Lyn began her career in the flyfishing industry in 1988 where she took a job at one of the local flyshops in Sun Valley, Idaho. In the early 90's, Lyn moved to Bozeman, Montana and continued on with the shops and guiding in Bozeman and Livingston. In 1997 she began teaching her own flyfishing schools, many catering to women. After many successful seasons teaching, Lyn is now concentrating on one-on-one instructional days combined with guided fishing trips. Having married Greg (Pete) Petersen, another Gallatin River Lodge guide, in 2007, Lyn and Pete’s days off are spent teaching their two young daughters, Dawson and Holden, how to flyfish!
Eric Knoff grew up and learned to fish in Minnesota. In 1994, Eric moved to Bozeman in order to attend Montana State University and to explore the vast outdoor opportunities of southwest Montana. After attaining a degree in physical geography, Eric continued to follow his passion for climbing and fishing to the mountains and rivers around the world. After eight years of guiding for Exum Mountain guides in the Tetons , Eric has turned his focus to teaching the art fly fishing. Whether it is casting dry flies on the Gallatin or chasing big trout on the Yellowstone or Madison, Eric is committed to making sure your fishing trip will be fun, safe and memorable.
Graduated from Oneonta State College in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Science. Traveled West shortly after to peruse the field of fisheries work, and worked for Trout Unlimited, The US Forest Service and The US Geological Survey. Before too long I discovered I liked fishing too much and wanted to be able to share fly fishing in Montana with others. Along with guiding I have worked at a fly shop and I also tie flies commercially.