Chris Daniel joined the BSA team for the 2020 season, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board. A fixture of the West Yellowstone fly fishing community since 2006, Chris is not only a skilled, knowledgeable, and respected fishing guide, but also an exceptional fly caster, and a world-class nature and angling photographer. Chris will be both guiding and working at the fly shop, so be sure to stop in and say hi.
Chris grew up in central Pennsylvania learning the art of fly fishing on the small limestone mountain streams of the Keystone State. After school got out for the day, his mom would take Chris and his brother George out to one of the local creeks. It was there that he fell in love with the relaxed pace as well as the challenges of the sport.
Chris attributes his steep learning curve on the waters around West Yellowstone to the kind tutelage of some of the finest guides that row the Madison, but we can tell you confidently that his inherent fishiness and observant nature also had a lot to do with it. Chris is also a calculated and patient angler and guide, which is a trait that transitions perfectly into his passion for wildlife photography. He is not afraid to devote hours of preparation, travel, and work to get the shot at a big brown trout, whether it’s with a fly rod or his camera.
In the off season, Chris guides winter visitors to Yellowstone Park and the surrounding area via snowmobile, specializing in photography workshops, and travels near and far to fish, take photos, and add to his incredible collection of fun/crazy shirts. In recent years, his favorite destinations have been Argentina and Cuba, but he is always looking for suggestions. While in Argentina, Chris works out of Esquel with our good friends at El Encuentro FF capturing images and helping to promote their amazing business.