Our guides love what they do. We eat, sleep, and breathe fly-fishing; we love sharing our passion of this place with our clients. At YRO, we strongly emphasize education and conservation. Come fish with us here in Montana and Yellowstone!
Brogan Ballard- MT outfitter #31507
Brogan has been a fly-fishing guide in the Greater Yellowstone Area for almost 10 years. He was born and raised in Denver on the numerous tail waters and creeks of the Colorado Rocky mountains. He made it to Montana to attend college at the University of Montana in Missoula (Go Griz!). When he wasn't fishing, Brogan studied psychology and English literature as an under graduate. He is also a proud member of the 2007 GRIZ lacrosse national championship team. After guiding for a few years, Brogan went back to Missoula and earned his Master of Education in Curriculum and instruction. Putting down roots in Livingston, MT, Brogan's "off-season" job as a grades 3-5 Special Education teacher keeps him warm in the winter. Brogan is a fun-loving, knowledgeable guide and educator.
Buddy Holcombe- MT guide # 23913
Buddy is another fellow University of Montana graduate. As a GRIZ, he studied Environmental Studies and Psychology when he wasn't testing hand-tied flies on the Blackfoot and Clark-fork Rivers. Buddy is a hard-working, calm guide who loves having a good time and will do anything to put his clients on fish. For the past seven years, Buddy spent his off season supporting science projects as a communications specialist in Antarctica. Wanting to be in Montana year around, Buddy now calls Livingston, MT home. Buddy is an expert guide with anglers of all ability levels. If he is not guiding or fishing on his own, you will probably find Buddy in his wood working shop creating his next piece.
Jordon Hirsch- MT Guide #33929
Jordan has called Gardiner, MT home for the past decade, but he originally started fly-fishing the northeastern waters around ORchard PArk, NY (Go Bills!). He likes Dogs, Italian food, big mountains, long rivers, good friends, hard work, oh… and fishing. On the other hand, his dislikes tend to be Mild winters, ticks, sleeping in, bad chicken wings, and of course when the Buffalo Bills lose (which is often.) When Jordan is not guiding or fishing on his own, you can find him ripping up and down steep, avalanche filled, back country mountains on his skis and snowmobile. He does not answer his phone nor respond to text messages during the winter months. Jordan’s knowledge of fishing in Montana and Yellowstone National PArk is immense. A day fishing with Jordan includes adventure, education, laughs, and always a few good jokes.
Don McCue- MT Guide #10750
Don was born and raised on the famous trout streams of Southern Pennsylvania and has been guiding in Montana since 2002. Don is an absolute trout fanatic with an endless amount of knowledge. His personality and extreme work ethic make one of the best guides on the river. Don has spent many seasons working on the Big Horn River in Fort Smith, Montana- but the Yellowstone, Madison and Yellowstone National Park are definitely his home waters. If you are up for a hike, Don will take you back to some fantastic places in Yellowstone National Park! When Don is not floating the River or tying flies for the river, he is often examining the river from the bird’s eye view of his Hang glider. A day spent is Don’s boat is definitely one for the books.
Max Yzaguirre- MT guide/Outfitter # 31488
MAx is a native of Texas; however, he calls Bozeman, Montana home. MAx is very patient and has intimate knowledge of all the major rivers western Montana has to offer. Max spends most of April, May and June up on the Missouri River, and he comes back to Yellowstone country during our prime-time months. He is an avid fly-tyer who cranks out hundreds of bugs throughout the winter months when he is not ski instructing at the Yellowstone club. Max has an easy-going personality, but he will raise his voice if your hook-set is too slow. When he isn't fishing or skiing, Max likes to throw the tennis ball for his Springer Spaniel, Bessie.
Tyler Stephens- Montana guide/outfitter #27087
Tyler started fishing on the rivers and lakes of Michigan when he was a little kid. After spending a few summers in Gardiner, MT, Tyler fell in love with Montana and now calls Livingston home. Tyler has a contagious laugh and brings an enormous amount of experience to the water. He guides fisherman April-August, then hangs up his rods for Bows and Rifles to chase trophy Bulls through the Montana Mountains. An English teacher by trade, Tyler works great with anglers of all ability levels. If you want to spend a day learning from a true outdoorsman, Tyler is your guy. When he is not guiding fisherman or hunters, you can almost always bet Tyler is out in the woods trapping predators or searching for his next Elk Shed.
Zach Petrich- MT Guide # 15570
Zach was born and raised in PAradise Valley, Montana and has been fishing Yellowstone National PArk, The Yellowstone RIver, and our local spring creeks since he was a little guy. Zach’s knowledge of Western Montana’s waterways is second to none, and he loves telling stories about growing up here. Zach is an avid fl-tier. His specialized bugs come in handy on the Spring Creeks’ finicky trout. A day on the water with Zach will be filled with laughs, tons of knowledge and instruction, and will be a day you won’t forget.
LAdy Ballard- REsident boat dog
LAdy has literally been warming the top of the the boat cooler her entire life. Although she was born on a ranch in Great falls, MT, she calls livingston home. LAdy loves float trips as she enjoys watching the action from her perch on the cooler. She is a quiet boat companion, and loves the OCCASIONAL pet between her ears when anglers take a quick break to admire the views of the River CORRIDOR. lady comes on almost all "repeat client" float trips. If you would like lady to accompany your float trip, let us know! unfortunately, lady is not welcome in yellowstone national park BECAUSE her DISTANT cousins (the wolves) have already laid claim to being "king k9" of that landscape.