Matt Klara joined the Big Sky Anglers team in 2016 when Justin dragged him into the fray to help with social media and website stuff. With each passing year, his role with us has grown from behind the scenes, to one of the faces of our business. Aside from being a great friend for 20 years, Matt is formally the BSA Social Media Manager as well as an advisor, writer, instructor, computer nerd, and part time fishing guide.
Matt is originally from Rome, New York. He was introduced to fly fishing by his parents at a very young age and began his fishing life on the Madison River in the early 1980s. He spent the summers of his youth living in an RV with his folks at Campfire Lodge, between Hebgen and Quake Lake. The fishing bug bit Matt hard, and he continued the family tradition through his late teens and early 20s – living in campgrounds, fishing, and eventually working at fly shops and guiding throughout southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park.
These days, Matt lives in Helena with his wife and son, but still makes frequent trips to West Yellowstone throughout the year for fun, shop events, and to lead Trout Spey guide trips in the Park. He is our go-to source for technical information regarding all things Spey, a reliable source for Missouri River fishing reports, and one of our in-house stillwater fishing fans. His travels and broad experience on the water make him a great resource for saltwater flats, inshore, and bluewater fishing, as well as west coast steelhead and salmon.
Matt is a lover of angling travel and variety, and in 2015 he achieved his long-time goal of landing 100 species of fish on flies. The next day he upgraded the goal to 200. 🙂 In an era of overused clichés, he is truly an observant and innovative fly tier, and an all-around angler who is proficient with conventional tackle as well as the fly. A passionate student of angling history as well as aquatic and riparian ecosystems, Matt also holds an engineering job specializing in stream restoration and is a contributor on www.sexyloops.com and other fishing related blogs.
If you ever have questions for Matt, he can be reach via email at firstname.lastname@example.org