Occupation: Guide, Philosopher, Knots
Hometown: Victor, ID (Home of the “Spud Drive In”)
Years Guiding: Not sure
Rivers Guided: Colorado, Blue, South Platte, Snake, Green, Henry’s Fork, Yellowstone National Park, Madison, Big Hole, Jefferson
Favorite Method of Delivery: “STRIPPIN’ JUNK!”
Favorite Fly: Toss up between “The Butt Monkey” and “The Prince Albert”
Favorite River: Whatever’s fishin’
Flyfishing Hero: My dad
Secret spot: Quake Lake out by the dead tree!
Other “Favorites:” Backcountry Skiing, Spey Casting for “Steelies,” Drinking cheap red wine, Lying (come on i’m a guide!), my dog “Io”
John McClure picked up his first fly rod at the age of 12, and has had a difficult time putting it down ever since. He began working at The Slide Inn during the Summer of 2003 while attending The University of Vermont, and started his guiding career in 2005. You can find him working in the fly shop on his days off, where he has been a familiar face behind the counter for ten years now, or out wetting a line in the Madison after work. John has become a favorite for some of our customers due to his ease in working with anglers of all abilities and skill levels, and his general knowledge of area waters. Those that know him well believe he should seek professional help for his on-going streamer addiction, but the truth is that he lives for passing on that enthusiasm and getting his clients into some of the larger browns and rainbows that inhabit the local rivers. John lives at The Slide Inn during the Winter months, and manages the fly shop when he is off the water.
Charlie Gordon grew up in Nelson County, Virginia where he began fly fishing at the age of 12 on some of the local farm ponds. While attending college in Gunnison, Colorado he began working at a fly shop and started guiding on the East, Taylor, and Gunnison Rivers. Charlie is known for his enthusiasm and good humor on the river, and has become a welcome addition to the guide staff here at the Slide Inn. As you might have guessed, he is yet another streamer junkie working for Kelly and loves heading out to the river in search of “the one.” Charlie spends his winters in Keene, Virginia where he operates his own guiding business on the James River in search of trophy Musky.
I started guiding in Central PA in the 80s while attending Penn State University. After 4 years as a Naval Flight Officer I chose this way of life!
A professional guide should always be a teacher first—You are dropping some serious cash on a guide trip, and I feel it is my responsibility to teach you some new skills, and make sure you have fun!
Sinking lines and 4” hunks of bunny fur turn me on… Or we could throw dry flies all day. You will see me throwing dries all summer long on the Madison and Big Hole……unless it’s cold and cloudy!
Guiding should never be a 9 to 5 gig. I want to be on the water when the fish are eating. That means we might fish until dark. Oh yeah, I am usually awake at 5 am looking for something to do – lets go fishing!
Claim to Fame: I once ran a 7 minute beer mile.
A native of Boyne City, Michigan, Scotty packed up in 2004 and headed to Southwest Montana to find a place where he could ski and fly fish.
As a guide, he has spent countless days on the Madison, Gallatin, Henry’s Fork, and the waters of Yellowstone National Park sharing his passion for fly fishing with his clients. Scotty works with anglers of varying skill levels and lives for helping beginners land their first trout. On his days off, you will find him pulling big streamers with his friends in a never-ending quest to land a fish of a lifetime while taking in the beautiful Montana landscape. In the off-season, Scotty lives in Big Sky, Montana where he works as a ski instructor for the Yellowstone Club and still manages to spend a couple days a week stalking the wintering browns and rainbows of the Madison and Gallatin Rivers.