Steve Hoovler is a co-owner and senior guide here at Big Sky Anglers with over 25 years of local fishing and guiding experience. He grew up fishing in Pennsylvania and was introduced to Yellowstone Country by one of his high school teachers. What a deal! Our high school teachers introduced us to math homework and Charles Dickens. Steve attended Penn State University where he was a member of the Penn State FlyFishing Club, an organization which continues to, “provide all members of the University community with the opportunity to further their knowledge and enjoyment of the sport of fly fishing.”
Steve turned that love of sharing his passion for fly fishing into a career. During college Steve spent summers in West Yellowstone, MT working for Blue Ribbon Flies. After school, Steve moved to Montana full time, and went on to become a partner at Blue Ribbon, managing the shop for 7 years before moving on into new adventures. Before joining Big Sky Anglers in 2016, Steve worked as an outfitter in Montana and Yellowstone National Park, guiding on world-class waters like the Madison, Yellowstone, Missouri, and the back country of Yellowstone Park. When he wasn’t guiding in Yellowstone Country, Steve hosted fishing trips for small, private groups to international destinations like Argentina, Belize, and the Bahamas. Steve’s favorite fishing partner is his son, Jack, and despite being a really smart guy with generally good judgement, he loves rooting for his Philadelphia Phillies.
We are both lucky and proud to have Steve Hoovler as a part of the Big Sky Anglers team. He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge in affairs both flyfishing and business. You might recognize his name and personality from his written word on our weekly fishing reports and bug profiles.
In addition to all Steve has been doing with BSA domestically, for the past few years he has been traveling to Argentine Patagonia where he works with our friends at El Encuentro Flyfishing in a number of roles. His presence and work there has contributed to the further development and refinement of their fishing program and marketing efforts.