Our Montana River Guides

Nick Zanetos, Raft Guide, Carpenter 

Nick is our leader of our Montana river guides. Originally from the flatlands of Columbus, Ohio, but has called Missoula home for the past 5 years. After finishing up graduate school at the University of Montana this Spring, Nick is excited to start his 4th year guiding for Adventure Missoula. When not on the river, you can find him skiing or mountain biking around the mountains of western Montana.

Jared_fishingJared Forsythe, Fishing Guide, Biology Teacher, and Owner 

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. He is our #1 fish guide and fearless leader. He has been guiding for 15 years and is one of the best Montana River Guides in the Missoula and Coeur d’Alene areas.

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Sam Stockton, Fishing Guide

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.

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Natty Role, Fishing Guide, Science Teacher 

Natty grew up floating the multi-day rivers of central Idaho where he began his guiding career. Natty joined Adventure Missoula in 2005, guiding on the Clark Fork River in the summer while coaching kayaking in various foreign destinations in the winter. Natty is now a high school science teacher in Montana and spends more time with a fly rod than he does in a whitewater kayak. He returns every summer to guide for Adventure Missoula. He is one of the best Montana River Guides!

Andy SimonAndy Simon, Fishing Guide 

Andy was part of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, traveling to the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Pennsylvania during the summer to compete and learn fly fishing methods from the rest of the angling world. Andy got his start guiding in Alaska and has worked in Norton Sound and Bristol Bay, guiding on the Naknek River. Andy spends half the year in Missoula Montana guiding for trout and the other half on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington chasing steelhead. The dry fly fishing and healthy freestone rivers that define this region are why he calls Missoula home.

Sara Forsythe, Web/Media, Owner

Sara 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 Coeur d’Alene with her husband in the off season while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventure Missoula.

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 Wesley Harmon, Firefighter, Guide
Wesley grew up in Polson, Montucky.  He enjoys kayaking, bicycles, hunting and rafting.  He also drives a fire truck on wildfires saving trees, forest creatures and such.
 

DSC_0579Will Weyer, Fishing Guide and Raft Guide, Student
Will grew up near Bozeman, Montana and spent his childhood skiing Bridger Bowl, floating the Yellowstone River, and fishing small creeks near his home on top of the Bozeman Pass. He has since moved to Missoula, to pursue a double major at the University of Montana in Business Management and International Business. His interests include multi-day float trips, backcountry skiing, international travel, and quality coffee.

Joe Swartz, Raft Guide, Carpenter, Ski Instructor

Born and raised in Bozeman, MT, Joe has grown up “living the dream.” After moving up to Missoula to study at the University of Montana, he found himself feeling restrained and decided to pursue the seasonal lifestyle of rafting and skiing full time. This is his second year as a whitewater Montana river guide.

Sara Washburn, Outdoor Recreation Management and Customer Service, Raft Guide

Sarah was lucky enough to canoe the Boundary Waters in Canada, camp in the Blue Mountains of Virginia, and explore the lakes of Northern Maine in her younger years. Looking for her next big adventure, six years ago Sarah packed up her belongings and moved to the Pacific Northwest and immediately fell in love with its beauty. Since the move, Sarah hasn’t looked back, taking every opportunity to raft the wild rivers in the summer, ski the mountains in the winter, backpack every chance in between, and even pursue an education in outdoor recreation. 

Renny Schultz, Raft Guide, Native Montanan

Renny is lucky enough to be a Montana native born and raised in the Beartooth Mountains. As the sedentary lifestyle scares the daylight out of him, he frequently finds himself immersed in the usual Montanian activities like skiing, trail running, biking or climbing. While his goals include seeing new places, meeting good people and trying new things, his utmost priority is to have a good time along the way.