I’m laying down in bed thinking back on the summer I just had. With snow on the ground and the weather changing its hard to believe winter is upon us.
I had some amazing people as clients this year. Some people that I probably would of never met without this great hobby.
I by no means know the meaning of life but I believe it has to do something with loving people and relationships. It’s amazing when you get to read testimonials from people that you have been able to spend life with. If I am ever having a bad day or feel discouraged I re read these and realize I’m doing what my heart is passionate about and that everything will be fine.
Here are some of them that keep my spirits high:
on September 25, 2013 at 12:28 pm
As someone who has returned to fishing only recently, I can tell you that fishing with and being guided by Matt was an exhilarating and very educational experience. His passion for combining fishing and guiding is apparent. Not only is his knowledge of the rivers in Montana impeccable, he freely shares that knowledge and you’ll be better equipped for future fishing expeditions because of it.
Just as important, no description of Matt is complete without mention of his demeanor. He makes your needs his needs. He is utterly unselfish and his focus is entirely on you and your day on the river – making sure you have the best experience possible on the river and using every bit of his knowledge to make your day as successful as possible.
Matt gets my highest recommendation if you want the best experience and best chance of success.
on September 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm
Some guides will put you on fish. Some are willing to do a little teaching with a client. It is a rare guide who has a PASSION for teaching, the patience to teach and teach well, and a level of knowledge that allows him to give every client something new to take away (in addition to a great day of fishing!) Matt is such a guide.
Always positive, always helpful, Matt is excited about the biggest and smallest events of the day. A big rainbow or a whitefish … a small brown, or an osprey flying overheard. He’s on the river because he loves it and it’s contagious!
Windy? He rows harder to maintain the drift and helps the client adjust to the conditions … no complaints, just the same cheerful countenance! Loose a fish? Catch a line in a tree during your back cast? Miss a strike because you pause to watch the beautiful scenery or the bear wandering the river’s edge? (Experience speaking here … sigh!) No worries! No guilt!
Watch Matt and listen to him on the ramp as he puts the boat in the water or takes it out and you’ll soon discover that he’s never met a stranger. And I will be surprised if you don’t end the day feeling like you’ve gone fishing with a good friend … and you;ll want to do it all again!
on September 26, 2013 at 12:41 pm
Fly fishing is one of those activities that are suppose to be relaxing, soothing, tranquil and all those other fancy words. But to be honest, for me, most of the time I’m not using or even thinking about those fancy words, my words are a bit more… choice. Lets face it we have all been in that moment where nothing goes right, that moment you look at your knotted up line with your eyes that are about to pop out of your red face, you ask yourself how the hell did that happen and you debate on tossing your fly rod into the river. this is where my good friend Matt comes in, Matt is the happy pill to my river insanity. Fly fishing with Matt is more than just a guided trip, it is a very effective crash course on how to catch big fish and a lot of them. Matt has been there for me since day one of fly fishing, i consider fly fishing to be my church, so I guess that makes Matt my pastor. The passion and drive that he puts into fishing with friends (clients) is contagious, his classic quote ” you have to believe to achieve” really works! when you do find yourself in those doubtful moments Matt is there to pull you out of it. Being positive, persist, and understanding are traits not a lot of us have, and to find someone with all those is rare. So if you want a fishing guide, go find one. if you want a memory to last a lifetime with someone you can consider a friend, get a hold of Matt.
on September 26, 2013 at 5:44 pm
In general I have high expectations. Think about it, if you are going to be “Montana” Matt, you better bring it. He delivered.
I was blown away by his willingness to teach me when I needed to be taught, sit quietly when the moment needed it, and drop a few quality well-played jokes when the time was right.
I never got tired of hearing “fish on” over and over.
Most importantly when most guides were leaving the river for the day, it seemed as though that inspired Matt to stay around that much longer, not just because of the fun we were having, but because of the fun HE was having. Dude has got passion.
on September 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm
I just spent four days on the Big Horn River with Matt. I am not sure I can convey how much fun I had in just four days. It was much more than I expected. I think the only one who had more fun than I did was Matt himself. He knows that river so well, we rarely fished in the same spot more than once and consistently caught fish each day all day.
Not only is Matt the best fly fishing guide with whom I have ever fished, he may be the nicest guy I have ever met. That river might as well have been his neighborhood because he waved and talked to every other person on the river each day. He always had a friendly word and a smile for everyone we came across. There is no doubt he is truly at home on the river.
I usually come away as a better fly fisherman after spending time with a guide, but I can honestly say I came away as a better man after having spent four days with Matt. His love of fishing is only surpassed by his love of God, family, and fellow man. I can’t imagine fishing in Montana with any one other than Matt. I can’t wait to do it again next Spring!
If you have ever spent a day on the water with me and would like to write a testimonial about our day I would love that :). Your encouragement really helps my passion and I thank you for that.
In conclusion remember to love people and cherish relationships. Be careful with your tongue and your words cause you have the power to make or break someone’s day.
Here’s a little joke that I thought you might really enjoy that might put some insight in the meaning of life :):
An American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked.
Inside the small boat were several large yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.
The Mexican replied, “Only a little while.”
The American then asked, “Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more fish?”
The Mexican said, “With this I have more than enough to support my family’s needs.”
The American then asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”
The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”
The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing; and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor; eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles and eventually New York where you will run your ever-expanding enterprise.”
The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this all take?”
To which the American replied, “15 to 20 years.”
“But what then?” asked the Mexican.
The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”
The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos.”