John McKinnie is a State of Montana Fishing Outfitter, #20844, a Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor and is an Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide. Since becoming a guide in 2011 I have enjoyed teaching beginners about the sport of fly-fishing and take pride in showing advanced anglers why Montana is so special.
McKinnie Fly Fishing Outfitters of Montana is based in Philipsburg, Montana. I am lucky to have Rock Creek and Georgetown Lake in my backyard. From Philipsburg I can easily access the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers; all Blue Ribbon Trout Streams that hold at least 2,000 fish per mile. Philipsburg is a historic mining town and offers unique activities for the entire family. From their you are centered between Yellowstone or Glacier National Parks. Philipsburg also offers a range of lodging and dining options.
I also provide fly-fishing adventures on the world famous streams surrounding the Bozeman area. From their, fishing on the Madison, Yellowstone and Missouri Rivers are easily accessible.
McKinnie Fly Fishing offers Float Trips or Wading Trips, and are passionate about teaching anglers of all ages and abilities!
I was born with a fishing pole in my hand. My Dad loves to tell everyone, “John was two months old on his first fishing trip!” As a kid growing up in Glenwood Springs, Colorado I spent almost every weekend sitting on the banks of our favorite lake ,or river, ‘slayin the trout’ using lures, worms and powerbait. Once I turned 12 my Dad, and some of his buddies, introduced me to the sport of fly-fishing. I was fortunate to learn the basics on Colorado’s famous Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers, but I endured a slow start with the fly rod
. Finally, I started to get the hang of it and fly-fishing eventually became my passion. I love the sport because of the beautiful places it takes you, for the quality time in the outdoors and because of the amazing people I have spent time with on the water.
Throughout my 20’s, fly-fishing was only a hobby while I was working in the Health & Fitness Club industry in Fort Collins, Colorado. While in Fort Collins, I improved my skills and knowledge through outings on the Green River, North Platte River, Arkansas River, Frying Pan River, Gunnison River and the many lakes of the North Park area. When I hit my 30th birthday I made the decision to turn my hobby, and passion, into a career and headed north to Montana. Since moving to big sky country in 2011 I have been ‘living the dream’ while fishing some of the most famous rivers in the world and learning how to be a professional Fishing Guide. Becoming a guide has developed a passion for teaching and an appreciation of introducing people to the beauty and serenity of Montana.
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