Jonathan Heames is a co-owner and senior guide here at Big Sky Anglers. He has fished for as long as he can recall. He got his start in the fishing industry in 1994, under the mentorship of Bob Jacklin. Bob’s love for educating people in the sport gave Jonathan a framework for both learning and teaching. In time, Jonathan struck out on his own, founding Jonathan Heames Fly Fishing. 2016 marked his 23rd year of guiding in the area, and also his merger with Big Sky Anglers. Jonathan guides on the waters of Yellowstone National Park, the Madison, Gallatin, and Missouri Rivers, Hebgen Lake, Henry’s Lake, and the Henry’s Fork. Guiding beginners and experts alike, he does it all well, but especially enjoys presenting his clients with dry fly fishing, sight fishing (both surface and subsurface) and streamer fishing opportunities, encouraging all his customers to try new methods and fisheries. He is a student of fly fishing and loves not only learning more about the sport but also learning new ways to teach, and always has something for either the expert or beginner to add to their bag of tricks.
During the winter, Jonathan guides and manages a lodge with his wife, Sarah, in the Chilean Patagonia. They have worked down south since 2004 and have also worked on the Argentine side both near Junin de los Andes and further south out near Esquel. He loves to offer insight and be a resource to the traveling angler and has hosted a number of groups to international fishing destinations. Flyfishing has taken Jonathan all over the world, from Alaska to the American West, Florida, Arkansas, Mexico’s Baja and Caribbean side, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, New Zealand and Australia, but the trout of Yellowstone Country remain his favorite.
Jonathan is an Ambassador and Field Tester for Simms, a Hatch Reels Pro Staffer, and loves to tie flies out of both necessity and enjoyment. When not on the water, he enjoys spending time with Sarah and their two boys, Finn and Carson, passing on the tradition of living a full life in the outdoors.