John Gospodarek


John's life long fly fishing adventure began in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Fishing with his Dad, sometimes from his shoulders in the deep spots and his mentors from the North Conway, Saco River chapter of TU. After he finished his schooling, John moved to Vermont . It was there that he began his guiding. In 1984 he fished the Madison for the first time. That day led to a life long love affair. John and his wife Lanie relocated to West Yellowstone full time in 1990. In that time he has done thousands of guide trips on the Madison and the surrounding rivers and lakes of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. In the late 1990s John caught the salt water bug and spent the next 12 springs chasing, and catching, giant Tarpon. A distraction to be sure, but oh what a distraction! John came to guide for Blue Ribbon Flies full time in 2015. John lives on Horse Butte with with his wife Lanie and four kids. When John is not guiding he can be found hunting, playing in a blues band, a member of the local school board and cheering for his Red Sox. And of course fishing!

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