Great Divide Outfitters | Divide, Montana
Meet The Team
We try to keep the same group of guides busy throughout the summer, and guests often rebook their guide year after year. The goal is simple: to form and share friendships with folks who explore and enjoy the places where healthy, wild fish live.
Owner | Outfitter
Craig grew up in Missoula, Montana where the rivers and mountains fascinated and captivated him from a very young age. After high school, Craig pursued a degree in Biology, and in 2007 he graduated from the University of Montana-Western in Dillon. Craig has been in and around the outfitting business most of his life. His father, who owned Streamside Anglers, brought Craig along on every trip. He was rowing a boat by age 6, running gear boats at 11, and guiding as soon as he turned 18. 2022 will be Craigs 22nd guide season.
Owner | Outfitter
Lias’ childhood was spent either on horseback or along the shores of Lake Erie. She moved to Dillon to attend the University of Montana -Western in 2005. While in school, Lia learned to love everything Montana has to offer, including fly fishing. Lia now spends her time guiding the river and teaching people how to horseback ride. She has also spent time working in backcountry elk hunting camps. Lia enjoys teaching beginner fly anglers and has recently begun to pursue sharing her passion for the outdoors with women who seek the peacefulness and camaraderie of fly-fishing.
Born and raised on a cattle ranch in Southwestern North Dakota, Al 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 30+ years. His favorite river is of course the Big Hole because of its unique nature. A day in the boat with Big Al is not to be missed. Al spends his winters on Andros Island, Bahamas where he enjoys trolling for big mutton snapper, and wading the flats for bonefish.
Originally from the flatlands of North Dakota, Travis grew up fishing lakes and small streams of the Red River Valley. After numerous ski trips to Montana, he knew that SW Montana was a special place. Since moving to Montana, fly fishing has become an absolute obsession and he wouldn’t have it any other way. From spending long days learning new stretches of river to tying dozens of flies on the vise, the smile on a client’s face is always worth it. When the rivers are empty and the fly shops are closing down, you will find him on horseback in the mountains tracking down big game with clients.
Born in Montana, Keith has grown up with a great appreciation for the outdoors. His passion for fly fishing has driven him to explore many of the great rivers throughout Montana. Keith is a patient teacher and loves to share his passion for fly fishing with others. As the season change, Keith will be making the most of what Montana has to offer. Hunting in the fall, snowboarding in the winter, and fishing twelve months of the year.
Ikaika is from Reno, Nevada. He carries his USCG Near Coastal Captains license and spends most of his time on the Missouri River with his Jet Boat or his raft exploring local freestone rivers. He has his undergraduate degree from Gonzaga University and his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Reno, Nevada. He lives for the outdoors and spends his summers as a determined fly-fishing guide in Western Montana doing what he loves. “When life is over, the only things you will regret are the things that you did not try!”
Gary grew up chasing trout in the high mountain streams of Idaho and the high desert of Eastern Oregon. He learned to stalk trout with a dry fly on the banks of Idaho’s famous spring creek, Silver Creek. To this day his favorite thing to do is hunt for big browns sipping dry flies. Gary moved to Montana in 2003 and attended The University of Montana Western, where he received a degree in Art and Art Education. He started guiding in Southwest Montana in 2005 at one of the oldest fishing lodges in the area and has earned a reputation for his patience and his knowledge of bugs and casting. In the off-season he is a special education teacher at a local high school where he is an advocate for all students. If you have the patience and you’re interested in throwing single dries to sipping browns and rainbows then Gary’s your man.
As a Montana Native, Jake was born and raised in Dillon, where his love for the outdoors began. Fishing, hiking, snowboarding, keeping, and hunting are just a few of his passions. He works at Maverick Mountain in the winter, teaching snowboarding. His love for teaching began there and grew as he started teaching others how to fly fish. He loves seeing people learn and love these hobbies, especially kids. He went to the University of Montana Western in Dillon, majoring in visual arts. When he is not playing in the mountains, he is painting the mountains.
'Do what you love, and you'll never work a day in your life!'
Shane H, KY
"Another excellent trip with the gang at GDO! There's no place better than being right at home with Craig, Lia& their team. At their core is the value: guide & serve your heart out - the great experience of a client comes first. If you don't enjoy your experience, there's a problem with you.”