| I'm Joe S. Moore,
owner and operator of Big Sky Anglers (Montana Outfitter #8939). I grew
up in the small mid-western town of Quincy, IL, along the banks of the Mississippi
River. At age six, while on vacation in Yellowstone National Park, my father
began to teach me about the art of fly fishing. Dad learned to fly fish
as a boy and then honed his skills in the mid 1960's in northern Utah and
Montana while studying for his undergraduate and Masters Degree in Education.
After chasing bass, bluegill, channel catfish and trout around in float tubes for 10 years, Dad thought it was time to take me "out West" to learn about what it takes to get a drag-free drift with a fly.
In the summer of 1992 we took another trip to Montana and Yellowstone. We spent the better part of three weeks traveling the state, living in a pop-up camper and fishing from dawn to well after dusk. The seed was planted! During my college years, I began my career working for Montana River Outfitters in Wolf Creek, MT. Three seasons later I moved to West Yellowstone to work for Madison River Outfitters. Now I've gone out on my own.
I've been working in the fly fishing business for the last 13 years and guiding clients on the Madison, Gallatin, Missouri, Yellowstone and all the waters of Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years. Both Ross Reels and R.L. Winston Fly Rods have asked me to join their Professional Staff of anglers. Montana Fly Company sells a few of the patterns that I have designed for various river throughout Montana.
Big Sky Anglers is a lifelong dream that I've worked hard to realize. There are many fly fishermen who call themselves guides or outfitters, but I truly believe that the experience Big Sky Anglers has to offer is unique and rewarding to both the angler and the guide.
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