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, 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, Wildlife, and Forestry. He is our #1 fish guide and fearless leader. He has been guiding for 16 years 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.

Alexis Murphy, Raft Guide, Student

Alexis Murphy grew up on the South Hill of Spokane, Washington. In 2017, she moved to Missoula, Montana to attend college at the University of Montana and pursue a degree in Pharmacy. Alexis fell in love with all Missoula had to offer, including the beautiful Clark Fork River and downtown Missoula events, especially the Celtic festival. During the long Montana winters, she enjoys skiing at all the many great mountains around Missoula. Alexis has now been admitted into the PharmD program at the University of Montana where she will attend for the next four years. Her other Hobbies include Hot Yoga, Painting, and visiting Missoula’s nearby hot springs. 

Sara Forsythe, Web/Media, Owner, 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 Coeur d’Alene with her husband in the off season while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventure Missoula and general mom duties.

Jessica Raty, Rafting Guide Jess was born and raised in Montana, but spent the past year skiing and sometimes studying in Alberta, Canada. She is currently finishing two degrees in Resource Conservation and Political Science at the University of Montana. When she’s not splashing around in the Clark Fork, Jess can often be found running trail races and petting other people’s dogs besides being part of our Adventure Missoula and Montana river guide team.

Trevor Smith, Fishing and Rafting Guide, Hunter

After growing up in Missouri, Trevor moved to Missoula to pursue a degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana. Since earning his bachelor’s degree he’s worked on several wildlife research projects involving mountain goats, bighorn sheep, elk, deer, and moose. He’s also
previously worked in fisheries on the Clark Fork and Bitterroot rivers besides being one of our Montana river guides. When he’s not rafting or fishing with Adventure Missoula, he works as a hunting guide in Central Montana. His hobbies include fly fishing, hunting and anything outdoors.

Lukas Millward, Rafting Guide, Biology Student 

Lukas was born and raised in Pocatello, ID. Most of my time growing up was spent on some of Idaho’s best fisheries, such as the Salmon river, Henrys fork, and the south fork of the snake river. Once it came time for college Lukas moved to Missoula, MT because it had every outdoor activity he could ask for! Lukas is currently working on his major in biology at the University of Montana and hopes to later go to medical school and achieve his goal of becoming a doctor. Some of his hobbies besides guiding include backpacking, skiing, fishing and rafting on some of Montana’s great rivers and mountains.

Elika Zillis, Rafting Guide, Geophysics Student 

Elika was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana but now goes to Western Washington University in Bellingham where she is pursuing a degree in Geophysics. Elika is excited to be back on Montana’s uniquely beautiful rivers this summer. When she is not kayaking and rafting the river she also enjoys mountain biking, back country skiing, and competing in free ride skiing. We are proud to have Elika as one of our Montana river guides.

Kyler Tingey, Outdoor Rec Management/Office Staff, Rafting and Fishing Guide

Kyler was born in Salt Lake City, Utah but spent most of his formative years in Stuttgart, Germany. Upon moving back to Utah for college, Kyler developed a passion for all things outdoors, especially whitewater rafting/kayaking and backcountry skiing. He fell in love with Montana while driving through the state on a family vacation several years ago. Since then it has been his goal to live here. Kyler recently moved to Missoula with his wife, for her to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Montana. When not on the river, Kyler can be found wandering through mountains in search of ski lines or rock climbing at one of the many world-class crags in the state.   

Harry Bashaw, Raft Guide, Engineering Student

Born and raised in Coeur d’ Alene, ID, Harry has developed a passion for all things outdoors. Including but not limited to, skiing, hiking, climbing, skateboarding, fishing, and camping. His passion for the outdoors has led him to Colorado, Oregon, Montana, and Wyoming. Harry is currently pursuing his bachelors degree in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Idaho.

Elena Borges, Raft Guide, Wildlife Biology Student

Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Elena grew up fishing and rafting the Yellowstone and Bighorn rivers. Elena enjoys just about anything outdoors, including rock climbing, backpacking, and picking huckleberries. After a couple of years out of state she returned to Missoula this year and is now pursuing a degree in wildlife biology at the University of Montana. She’s very happy to be back in Montana and is excited to spend a summer riding the rapids on the Clark Fork River as one of our Montana river guides.

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

Andrew is six 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.

Sarah Duncan, Outdoor Rec Management, Customer Service

Sarah grew up on the outskirts of Seattle Washington and after spending her childhood vacationing in Montana she finally decided to move here for college in 2017 to study Parks, Tourism and Recreational Management at the University of Montana. During winter she enjoys teaching people how to ski at our local ski area as well as skiing as much as possible in her free time. After all the snow has melted you can usually find her by any river floating, fishing, or trying to keep her dog out of the water. 

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.