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First of all, we love our job.

Secondly, I have confidence in each and every one of my staff guides to get the job done, and then some.

We love the outdoors, and we love sharing Montana and it's timeless rivers to others. If you've never come to the Big Sky Country, you're missing something. Classic Journey Outfitters takes your Montana fly fishing vacation time very seriously and our number one goal is a satisfied Montana Fly Fishing Smile at the end of the day. It can come from a single trout up on rhythm on the Bitterroot River that you and your fly fishing guide quietly stalk.

It has also appeared on faces from a quick shot with a bright orange size four stimulator into a churning back eddy on the Blackfoot River and watch as a native cutthroat trout comes from six feet down to inhale the fly, or massive pods of trout up on piles of tricos that fell in the late morning on the Missouri River. Montana Fly Fishing Smiles can come from the late fall colors of the Clark Fork River and Mahoganies and Blue Wing Olives filling the riffles and back eddies.

But most likely your Montana smile will be rooted in the quiet time spent on our waters and amidst our mountains with your angling companions. Long after you've made a Montana Fly Fishing Trip with Joe Cummings and the guides of Classic Journey Outfitters, that Montana Smile will appear, as you think back warmly to that special day on THAT river in Montana. Once you get it, it just never leaves.

See you on the river.


Owner Joe Cummings

Classic Journey Owner Joe Cummings is a 4th generation Montana native that spent has spent his life either working on the Stevensville family ranch or with his feet wet in Western Montana waters.  After Joe spent 5 seasons playing professional football, he came back to Missoula and opened up his own outfitting business. Joe is a graduate of the University of Wyoming.

If there is a sneaky spot, private access, a run that only shows up every 5 years, Joe knows about it.

He has spent decades of seeing our area in every condition. From stalking the giants of the Bitterroot, to the massive pods of the Missouri and Clark Fork, Joe loves to feed dry flies to rising fish.  He is friendly and patient, and relishes the drama that comes from hunting wild trophy fish. Joe just might be one of the busiest guides in western Montana, so please let us know early if you would like to have him as your Montana fly fishing guide.

Montana-Fly-Fishing Guide Brooks JessenBrooks Jessen

Brooks is a Montana native that has hooked fish in pretty much every drop of water in Montana. He found guiding his home in Missoula 10 years ago and we're very lucky to keep him on our staff.  An angler's an angler; Brooks will do absolutely whatever it takes to find fish. He is our resident Blackfoot River expert, but works all of our water exceptionally well. We thought after Brooks won both guide competitions in Missoula back in 2005, he would get a little bit of ego, but he's still the same happy and humble, hard working, professional guide that our clients request on a regular basis.Brooks is also an avid bird hunter, and just generally loves to be outdoors all the time.


Classic-Journey-Guide-Blake-GallagherBlake Gallagher

Born and raised in the greater Seattle area, Blake began fly fishing at an early age on many western streams and reservoirs. He attended the University of Montana and continued fly fishing daily and often showed up to class in his waders. His passion for the sport led him into full time guiding and he has never looked back. Blake quickly established himself as one of the most innovative and hard working guides on our staff. He is an exceptional boatman and works well with all levels of anglers. Blake has been guiding for the past five years and is a seasoned guide on both hemispheres, working the waters of Chile in the winter months and the technical dry fly waters of Missoula Montana in the summer. Blake loves to chase water and whether that means launching his Clackacraft drift boat off river banks to gain access to untouched water or exploring hidden lakes laden with fish, he will strives to find water rich in solitude. Blake’s primary goal is to get anglers of any skill level into fish, and will do whatever it takes to achieve this. His patient teaching style and enthusiasm for the sport keeps clients wanting to come back and fish with him. Blake is highly requested by his clients, so if a trip with him is on your radar please try to book early.


Ryan Geiges

Ryan is a veteran guide that has guided across the US and South America.  He was the head guide for the Delaware River Club on the Delaware River in New York for seven seasons.  During that stint he also ran the successful Al Caucci Fly Fishing schools.  Before he made Missoula his permanent home he guided in South America.  An exceptional teacher as well as fine angler, Ryan is well rounded and thoroughly versed in the fly fishing game.  He is our most meticulous fly tier and an outstanding stream entomologist, so when he ties on a fly, its worth a second look. If you are into pushing dry flies only and having a fun time on the water, then Ryan's guiding style is just the ticket.


Montana Fly Fishing Guide James WhitescarverJames Whitescarver

Grew up in the state of Washington where he began his career in hunting and fishing as a young boy. His college days were spent at Central Washington University, where the Yakima River rainbow fishing and superb bird and big game hunting made it hard to find time to go to class. While in college, James started guiding for fishing on the Chosen River in Alaska. In the four summers of guiding on one of the top rivers in the world, James’ knowledge and love for fishing grew with each cast. After graduating from college, James moved to Montana to further his career in fishing and hunting.  He has been a top hand on the river and in the field which comes from his his patience and work ethic.


Evan Phillippe

Evan grew up fly fishing 'back East,' cutting his teeth on the limestone spring creeks and mountain brook trout streams of the Appalachians. When he was twelve his dad made the mistake of taking him fishing in Montana, leading to an immediate change in priorities and an eventual move West following high school. Evan began guiding fly fishing during a five year ramble around Colorado and has also guided in southern Chile. By 2003 the pull of the Big Sky proved too much and Evan moved to Missoula to immerse himself full time in the freestone rivers of western Montana. Evan is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Journalism and hopes to one day be able to add “freelance journalist” to his resume with a straight face. In the off season he spends his time swinging Spey flies, chasing birds and dreaming of the next tropical flat.


Patch Godown

Patch Godown grew up the youngest in a family of deer hunters and fisherman, so was schooled at an early age in the outdoors. His fisheries were the Delaware River, its tributaries, and the branches of the Raritan river. Montana fly fishing drew Patch to Montana MT in 1992. Patch spent years constantly fishing Western Montana before he found a home on A Classic Journey’s staff in 2011. Patch has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and work ethic. Although he is the newest member of our staff he immediately stood out as a highly requested guide and we look forward to many more seasons with him guiding our clients. To quote Patch – “Showing people a good time in a great place is truly living the dream. Fly fishing has connected me with some great people and started a lot of great friendships.”

Classic Journey Outfitters of Missoula, Montana offers professional, licensed Montana fly fishing guide services for Montana Trout Fishing on the Bitterroot River, Clark Fork River, Missouri River, Blackfoot River, and Rock Creek. We are one of only three oufitters permitted for floating the legendary Rock Creek waters. Our greatest asset is our experience on these famed western Montana rivers, and our mission and desire is to put the people we take to the river on as many Montana trout as we can.

NEW Daily Guided Missoula Fly Fishing Trips

You can't say we aren't listening Bob. Planning on passing through Missoula? Got an extra day with nothing to do? From our "YOU ASKED FOR IT department", and by popular demand, we've added a new simple effective way to get out on the river for some great Montana fly fishing. Just call the day before, and in most cases, we'll get you out fly fishing with one of the Classic Journey guides the very next day. Your daily float trip includes a streamside lunch, flies and all terminal tackle. Our standard daily float trip for up to 2 anglers applies All you have to do is show up and fish! .A Montana Fly Fishing License is required. Call (877) 327-7878 and enjoy some Missoula fly fishing with us.

Classic Journey Outfitters Months of Operations

Our months of guiding operation here in Missoula are March through the end of October. Call us toll free at 1-877-327-7878 to inquire about a date that you have in mind. If you have questions about the fishing, gear or whatever, give Classic Journey Outfitters a call. You can also email Joe Cummings here.

We've got the flies, we've got the rods and reels, but most importantly, we've got the right attitude about what we do, and we know where the trout are!


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