Testimonials

Hans S. and Bill C.

J. D. Bingman is serious about catching fish. So much so that he did not want to stop catching rainbows in the Madison with 22 degree temperature, 30 something degree water to stand in, and about 8 inches of snow while we fished. They would not stop biting, so we stayed another 1 1/2 hours beyond his obligation to us. We landed over 35 rainbows in January. J. D. is very attentive and helpful, and we did catch fish.

Hans S. and Bill C. JANUARY 2016
Vanessa C.

We did a winter half day fly fishing outing with JD today and had the most incredible time. Favorite experience in Big Sky. We seriously caught too many fish to count. JD made sure we had the right gear and wouldn’t be too cold. He did just the right amount of guiding. He took great photos for us. We were thrilled with the experience. You won’t regret it – very memorable!

Vanessa C.FEBRUARY 2016
Ava B.

I had a 6 and 10 year old with me and the most awesome JD was so patient with us all. The kids haven’t stopped talking about their “big fish” since we got in the car. An amazing day and a big thanks to JD!!

Ava B.FEBRUARY 2016
Katie & Matty

JD took us out today and we had a fantastic time! He scheduled us last minute and put us right on the fish. We caught 20 together (2 of us) and he was a very attentive and knowledgable guide. Will use him again and recommend him to friends. It was such a fun day!

Katie & MattyFEBRUARY 2016
Linda Orlando

My son and I decided to spend a day fly fishing in Feb as the snow wasn’t so great that day. I have never fly fished and basically he hadn’t either. JD was the best! He was entertaining, patient and taught us how to fly fish! I can’t recommend this trip enough. They are located right on gallatin about 20 min from BiG SKY village. Dress warm if you aren’t used to Montana weather. You spend the entire time fishing and we caught loads of trout. This isn’t a trip where the guide is catching them. He teaches you and then you catch. He makes his own flies and the hooks are NOT barb so they don’t hurt the fish. Remember in Montana everything is catch and release.

Linda OrlandoMARCH 2016
Sshick1, Indianapolis, IN

This was my third outing with Wild Trout Outfitters and the best yet. Booking was seamless as usual. My guide, Matt, was fantastic and led me to some great fishing holes on the Madison River. I caught the largest trout I’ve ever seen, and lots of them. I actually lost count there were so many! We had a moose and her two calves eating willows across the river from us and a bald eagle flew overhead. The equipment was first rate, lunch was excellent(Homemade scotcharoos for desert), the instruction was invaluable. I will definitely be back!

Sshick1, Indianapolis, INOCTOBER 2015
MovingWater, Highland Park, Illinois

The best guide service in SW Montana. JD and his team of experienced guides know the waters of SW MT better than any guide service in the area. Have fished with them for many years and the experienced just keep improving. Caught more fish than I thought possible and had an unforgettable few days.

MovingWater, Highland Park, IllinoisOCTOBER 2015
Raoul1716, Gadsden, Alabama

Another blockbuster trip with Wild Trout Outfitters! J.D. Bingman ( owner) has set me, my family and friends up with one or two trips a year for the last 7 years and I just did a fall trip and knocked ‘em out again! WildTrout outfitters guides consistently put us on fish year after year and we love it and always have a great time! Whether you are a beginner, an expert, or anywhere in between, I highly recommend Wild Trout Outfitters!

Raoul1716, Gadsden, AlabamaOCTOBER 2015
Stephen B., Hockessin, Delaware

Matt, our guide from Wild Trout Outfitters put us on large rainbows and browns in Yellowstone Park and nearby campgrounds. He rigged our rods, he led us to great spots, and coached us on the techniques that we needed to hook and land these torpedo trout 18-20 inches. The packed lunches were superb with great sandwiches, chips, homemade salads, fruits, and homemade cakes. Matt provided all of the transportation and took beautiful photos with his camera and ours. Fabulous fishing experience. Baxtor (the fly shop dog) provides the friendly greeting for all of the customers. Can’t wait until next year. Great Fly Shop! Great Guide Service!

Stephen B., Hockessin, DelawareSEPTEMBER 2015
Dale Smith

While this was my first fly fishing trip for trout, I’ve been on many other trips with guides. Nick Lawton is simply the best guide ever. He has a great positive attitude and amazing fly fishing skills! Nick taught me the basics of fly fishing and then helped me perfect my technique. I was traveling with an experienced fly fisherman and Nick also helped him improve his technique. Some guides are all about making sure you catch a fish – even if they do all the work for you. That’s not for me. I want to learn how to fish. Nick ensures you catch fish – but he teaches you how to do it! My two days with Nick were perfect and I’d highly recommend him for both novices and experienced fishermen! Check out this rainbow trout that I caught with Nick. What a great time. I’ll be fishing with Nick again soon.

Dale SmithMAY 2015
Tom H, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Had an awesome time fishing! We had to change our trip from two people in the morning to seven people in the afternoon and they were able to accommodate us! Everyone caught fish including our 12 and 13 year olds!

Tom H, Fort Lauderdale, FLSEPTEMBER 2015
Jon J, Calgary, Canada

J.D. went well out of his way to rearrange the schedule of his guide’s with one day’s notice so that my son and I could both learn a bit about fly fishing (1st time for both of us) and also to catch some fish! Our guide (Nick) was exceptional. After going over some of the basics we started fishing and it really was a day to remember for both of us. I think it took all of 10 minutes to land the first fish and we continued to have strikes (and even land quite a few) all day. Even the lunch provided was great. I would recommend these folks to anyone, whether you are a beginner or an old hand at it. These folks know their stuff and the service is unparalleled.

Jon J, Calgary, CanadaAUGUST 2015
Lovetotravel1211 (Trip Advisor), Manhattan, KS

Fished the afternoon with our guide Blane. Awesome day, awesome River, awesome guide, landed some beautiful rainbow trout! Would definitely recommend this guide service and big sky Montana!!

Lovetotravel1211 (Trip Advisor), Manhattan, KSAUGUST 2015
Matt, Minneapolis, Minnesota

J.D. and crew at Wild Trout Outfitters-

I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful time I had fishing with you out in Montana. I truly enjoyed ever minute and appreciate you letting me bum around the shop each night with some beers, dice and conversation. The fishing on the Gallatin and Madison rivers EXCEEDED my expectations, but the knowledge I gained from you about so many aspects of fly fishing was INVALUABLE and I greatly appreciate it! I’m already scheming for my next excuse to come out and fish with you again!

Thanks again for the professional expertise, guidance and wonderful fishing during my time out in Big Sky. Hope to talk and fish with you again soon-

Matt, Minneapolis, MinnesotaMARCH 2015

The owner was there form the start making sure everything was taken care of. Him and the guide were so helpful and had a great deal of knowledge about flyfishing. We took a float trip and this is something i will never forget.

Samantha ENOVEMBER 2014

J.D.,

We cannot thank you enough for making our fly fishing experience far beyond anything we could’ve asked for. Our guide, Dave, was so knowledgeable of all things fly fishing. The amount of forethought he put into everything he did, really showed how passionate he is about the sport of fly fishing. He had us on the trout in no time. And several BIG ones at that! We would not have caught even a fraction of the fish we did, if it were not for Dave. To top it all off, your wife, Beth’s, peanut butter brownies were to die for!

We loved chatting with you and getting to hear about your pup, Baxter, and how he came into this world. Brian and I especially enjoyed seeing all the flies you carry when you go fly fishing. The fact that you are able to fit that many flies in your own, single fishing vest, in and of itself, is no small feat.

We hope we can visit you and Baxter again and go out for another amazing day of fly fishing with Dave. We wouldn’t go on a guided trip with anyone else!

All the very best,

Brian and Jennifer Chrzanowski / West Palm Beach, FL September 21,2013

Brian and Jennifer Chrzanowski, West Palm Beach, FLSEPTEMBER 2013

J.D., Bob Norton and I had a great trip on the Gallitan today thanks to your hospitality and Wild Trout Outfitters guide Matt Ruuhela’s expert assistance . We caught lots of fish including this nice brown ! Thanks again for a wonderful time and I look forward to my return.

John P. Gallagher Jr. JULY 2013
Thomas Johnston

J.D., We always have a great time fishing together and our half-day trip on the Gallatin yesterday was perfect. Great fishing, great fun, great weather and most of all lots of trout in the net without a single whitefish. After having fished many rivers and lakes in south west Montana for more than a decade I can honestly say that your valuable casting tips, easy going style and unmatched local knowledge make a trip with Wild Trout Outfitters the top fishing experience in Big Sky County.

Thomas JohnstonAPRIL 2013
Julio Martinez

JD, Thanks for a fantastic afternoon fishing trip today on the Gallatin. Thanks to your invaluable expertise and guidance, I hit the trout trifecta today by catching three species of trout – Rainbow, Brown and the rare Cutthroat. By the end of the trip, I had tallied twenty-five trout in the net, without a single white fish. I certainly made the right decision in going fishing with you on this warm afternoon, instead of attempting to ski through the slush on the mountain.

Julio MartinezMARCH 2013
Donna Bourdon

Hi JD, Beverly and I had a great time fishing with you in minus 1 degree Montana weather! I never dreamed I would stand in a sub zero stream all day. We were fortified by your skill, your sense of humor and your ”little buddy”! Your guiding skills are a close second only to “little buddy”. Tell all your fair weather fisherman who cancelled today that they were out-fished by a couple of southern belles! No whiners allowed.

Donna BourdonMARCH 2013
Cary Bynum

We just got off the river with J.D. and Dave and what a day. No one in our group had any real experience fly fishing but it didn’t matter. J.D. and Dave started at the beginning with us and had us catching trout in no time. We caught so many that our arms grew tired. My son, who’s 18, wanted to catch his age in fish and J.D. made it his personal mission to make that happen. Whether you’re a seasoned fly fisherman or a newbie like us, these are your guys. They are professional, personable, great sense of humor, and you’ll feel like your all old friends by the end of the day. I can tell you this is one of the greatest things we’ve done as a family and we can’t wait to do it again. One last thing: make sure you meet Baxter; he’s the four legged guide who runs the place. Get J.D. and Baxter to give you the full show.

Cary BynumMARCH 2013