Our Guides

craig_with_fishCraig Jones was born and raised in Missoula, Montana. He started fishing at a young age under the guidance of his father, Mark, who owned Streamside Anglers. Craig rowed his first gear boat down the Smith River at age 11, and was running his own shuttle business at age 16. As soon as he turned 18, he had a guide license and has been making trips on the Blackfoot, Clark Fork, Rock Creek, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Missouri, Madison, Yellowstone, and Smith Rivers. Craig ended up in the Big Hole in 2001, and never left southwest Montana. He still loves the concentration of rivers around the Missoula area (he carries permits for the Blackfoot and Alberton Gorge), but the Big Hole is his true passion.


Born and raised on a cattle ranch in Southwestern North Dakota, Al Lefor is no green-horn. As the founder of Great Divide Outfitters, Al is one of the most experienced river guides in the area, and has been a licensed river guide for 25 years. His favorite river, is of course the Big Hole because of its unique nature. Whether you prefer to fish pools, riffles or rapids, there’s something for every fisherman on the Big Hole. From wild-flowered alpine meadows to canyons and cottonwood bottoms, it’s little wonder why Al loves the Big Hole river.


  1. Mark Cockrill

    AL: Is there much catching going on in your area of the Big Hole by wade fishers?

    If so, would you be willing to mark some “Xs” on the map of a fisher from Sheridan,


  2. Great to see Art with a big “yella belly” in his hand. Ben and I talk often of the fun we’ve had on the Big Hole with Art. He’s one heck of a guy!!!

  3. Nice guide pic buddy. You look older in that shot. Distinguished.

  4. My wife Vickie and I fished the Big Hole with Art and fell in love with it. Art created a special crawdad-like fly that Vickie thought would make great pair of earrings. The fly was named the “Vickie Special”.

  5. Thanks for posting my lost rod and reel. My phone number is 206 9498 8389..we must have had a bad connection on my cell, therefore the wrong number being listed.
    I much appreciate your posting.I will be back next year and will book a trip. I share some of your experiences..purse seining in Alaska being one. See you next summer, i hope to get lucky on the rod. Roger

  6. Howdy Craig!
    Wanted to thank you for all the instruction for Cindy. We have caught a few on the Madison. Now off to Yellowstone. Still looking for that picture of my big brown on our drift the other day. Thanks again, Mike & Cindy

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