Craig 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.