Our Montana River Guides

View here the profiles of our Montana River Guides:

Adventure Missoula has some of the most knowledgeable Montana river guides in the area. Our staff come back every year for fishing and raft trips with our customers and we are a small family of outdoor enthusiasts that enjoy what we do working hard full time each season along with a lot of other things too that make us perfect and unique.

Jared Forsythe, Fishing Guide, Biology Teacher, Rafting Lead

Jared grew up in West Yellowstone Montana, exploring the many fishing holes, mountains, and rivers in his backyard. Attending the University of Montana provided him with yet another great backyard–Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains and the rivers of Northern Idaho. Jared graduated from the University of Montana in Environmental Science and currently teaches high school Biology, Wildlife, and Forestry. He is our #1 fish guide and fearless leader. He has been guiding since 2002 and is one of the best Montana River Guides in the Missoula and Coeur d’Alene areas.

Sam Stockton, Fishing Guide, Scratch Golfer

Sam moved to Missoula, MT from Castle Rock, CO in 2002 and decided he never wanted to leave. Sam floats hundreds of miles on the river each year in a quest for the fish of western Montana’s waters. Sam spends most of his free time outdoors whether it is on the Golf Course (Sam is a scratch golfer) or exploring the wilderness throughout western Montana’s mountains, rivers and streams. His passion is to hunt for fish and help people catch fish while enjoying one of the most beautiful places in the world.

Jake Putnam, Fishing Guide

Born in Missoula, Jake landed his first fish at age 2, on the Middle Fork of the Flathead—and was hooked forever. He grew up fishing the rivers of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming; he has been guiding on the Kenai in Alaska for years; and now earns his living primarily in western Montana, and Alaska, with frequent side trips to the Missouri and occasional custom trips in adjacent states and foreign countries. Jake is known for his easy sense of humor; for being a patient and encouraging teacher; his custom flies that he ties himself, and for rustling up epic lunches. With wife Ashley and son Evan, Jake makes his home near Alberton, near some reliable Clark Fork trout and pike honey holes. With parents and grandparents in Stevensville and Great Falls, Jake’s experience on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot, Clark Fork and Missouri pays off in perfect days for his clients. Jake enjoys sharing his love for swinging bugs and the beauty of Montana with locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a beginner, Jake will put you on the fish.

Tucker Smith, Fishing and Rafting Guide

Hey, my name is Tucker Smith and I was lucky enough to be born and raised in Montana. Since I was a kid I’ve always loved being outside whether it was riding my dirt bike or swimming in the river. Not much has changed so when I’m not guiding I’m usually hunting, fishing, or doing something else outdoors like snowmobiling. I still live in Superior, Montana with my dog skip!

Sara Forsythe, Web/Media, Operations, Art Teacher

If you call us or email us, you’ll most likely speak with Sara. She grew up in South Dakota and originally fished with a pole, bobber, and worm and sometimes still does. She is a member of United Women on the Fly in the Pacific NW. She is the Founder of the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) in Missoula and now works as a high school art teacher in Superior with her husband in the off season while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventure Missoula and general mom duties.

Heath Gunns, Fishing and Rafting Guide
Heath and his wife moved to Coeur d’ Alene Idaho in 2017 from the Seattle Metro area. We soon
discovered that we had found our piece of paradise and the American Dream. Heath is the Outreach
Manager for a small veteran centric nonprofit, providing outdoor recreation opportunities for
disabled/injured veteran and first responders. The nonprofit has me on the road 120 plus days a year,
facilitating and managing events in 15-20 states. When not chasing opportunities to share the outdoors
with veterans and first responders, you will find my wife and I exploring the rivers and back roads on the
Inland Northwest.

Jake McElroy Fishing and Rafting Guide, Teacher

Jake McElroy grew up in Missoula his entire life and now lives in Superior, where he is a teacher and coach. McElroy attended Montana Western and played football there for 5 years while working on a teaching degree. In his free time he loves to be around his wife and their two Golden retrievers Ruth and Maggie. Jake loves sports and has a blog called “Good Morning Montana” where he predicts Montana high school football games every Friday morning! He is a huge fan of the Oregon Ducks, Minnesota Vikings and Twins along with Missoula’s in-state rival the Bozeman Bobcats where Jake’s brother plays football. When he is not watching sports, Jake is fishing and hunting as much as possible.

Hi, my name is Bradley and I am a proud 3rd generation Montanan. I’ve always loved sports and adventure so I’ve spent most of my time exploring the mountains and streams of Montana and Maui. When I’m not outdoors you can catch me teaching elementary age students in my hometown of Superior. As an avid outdoorsman and traveler I’ve gained a great respect for our resources and wildlife and I look forward to passing it on. 

Andrew Forsythe, Saturday Cyr Recreation Area Lemonade Stand Owner, Fisherman, Kayaker

Andrew is seven and is the youngest of our crew. Seen around the shop on the weekends, he drives his truck down to the Clark Fork River put in to man his Saturday lemonade stand business among the weekend river rat Missoula and tourist traffic. Andrew collects rocks, loves math, skiis, and kayaks with his dad. He may be your first greeter upon your arrival at the river shop of our Montana River Guides.

Nick Zanetos, Carpenter, Raft Guide

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Nick has lived in Missoula for the last two years and this will be his third season guiding with Western Waters. When not on the river, Nick enjoys cruising on his mountain bike, skiing Snowbowl, and exploring the great state of Montana. In the off-season Nick works carpentry and is starting graduate school at the University of Montana in the Fall. Fair warning, if you bring up college football he won’t stop talking.

Chris Clairmont, Fishing and Raft Guide

My name is Chris Clairmont and I was born and raised in and around Ronan, MT, where I spent a great amount of time outdoors hunting and fishing on Flathead Lake and on mountain lakes in the Mission Mountain Wilderness Area. After graduating from high school, I was fortunate to attend college in Dillon, MT, where I began fly fishing (probably too much) after a couple friends of mine took me out, and I was hooked. After college, I began teaching at schools in western Montana, became a certified youth fly-fishing instructor and had opportunities to take kids fishing, personally spending a great deal of time fishing the Jocko and the Clark Fork Rivers. Education brought myself and my family, including our boat, to Superior where I’m excited to share our outdoor opportunities with the folks from Adventure Missoula!

Tyler Riccomini, Fishing and Rafting Guide

Tyler was born and raised in Pennsylvania and has been skiing, fishing and spending time in the outdoors for as long as he can remember. While studying remotely at Penn State, he has worked in ski shops and other seasonal roles in Colorado, Utah and now Montana since graduating from high school. He calls Salt Lake City his home during the winters, and spends most his time skiing, fishing, and mountain biking in the Wasatch mountains.