A “lifer” in fly fishing guide-speak is a client deemed addicted to the sport and one who is good for several bookings a season. If certain fishing clients are lifers, then Pat is a lifer in the fly fishing industry—and does not see that changing.
He grew up fishing the creeks of Gallatin Valley, skipping school to do so when the BWO’s or Mother’s Day caddis were thick. While in college in the Midwest, he laid out his path to a future in fly fishing studying fly fishing writers while taking long weekends to fish the Driftless area or spending school breaks at his folk’s winter residence on Sanibel Island, Florida.
Fast-forward over twenty years and he now owns a well-respected fly shop and guide service in Montana. From helping customers choose a Purple Haze or an X-Caddis or teaching them a blood knot to managing 25 guides on a corporate trip to analyzing margins for maximum profit to coordinating local river clean-ups, his two decades-plus of experience in the industry supports his passion for the fly fishing business, resource conservation, and angler recruitment.