James Whitescarver

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James Whitescarver is the Outfitter/Owner for Montana Rivers and Ridges Outfitter. He was born and raised in Washington State where he grew up hunting and fishing under the guidance of his father. James’ passion for the outdoors started at a young age and grew with each advancing year. He attended Central Washington University, where the hunting and fishing surrounding the Kittitas Valley made it hard to go to class. In 2002 James began spending his summers guiding fishing in the remote wilderness of Alaska on the Chosen River.

In 2005, after graduating from college, James moved to Montana to further his career as a hunting and fishing guide. James has had the opportunity to build on his knowledge of big game animals while guiding hunts in the remote Selway Wilderness, the Plains of Montana, and the Bitterroot Valley. During the spring and summer months he was able to expand his knowledge of wild trout while guiding on the Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River, Clark Fork River, Rock Creek, and Missouri River.

With a wife and young son, who also enjoy hunting, fishing, and all that the outdoors of Montana have to offer, there are very few days throughout the year that James is not either on the river, or ridge, soaking up all that mother nature has to offer.


Brooks Jessen

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Brooks Jessen, an Ennis, MT native, was indoctrinated to be a hunter and fisherman at around the age of 5 by his father. Some of his earliest memories include catching trout in mountain lakes, fishing the Madison River, helping is dad drag a big mule deer buck back to their Jeep, and trying to hold up the rack of a 6x6 bull elk. After attending the U of M in Missoula and studying wildlife biology and geology he decided, with 400 miles of trout infested rivers and bugling bull elk, Missoula was a tough place to leave. In 2001 Brooks started guiding professionally and now works as an independent fly fishing guide rowing his raft or drift boat on the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Rock Creek, and Missouri Rivers in Western Montana.

Brooks, along with his wife, have two teenage children. He enjoys spending his free time with his family hunting, fishing, and enjoying the natural beauty of Montana.


Jed Fitzpatrick

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Originally from Kansas, Jed Fitzpatrick moved to Montana in the summer of 1998 after graduating from Kansas State University with a degree in Biology. Guiding fishermen in the Yellowstone region and eventually spending the next four years guiding in Wise River on the banks of the famous Big Hole River, he began hunting the local mountains for elk, mulies, and whitetail during the long off season. 18 Montana guide seasons later, Jed is now a full time fishing outfitter and runs a local fly fishing guiding business, as well as guiding hunts on Montana public lands for other outfitters. In the past Jed has guided hunts for mule deer, elk, and antelope in eastern Montana for Montana Professional Hunters, LTD, working out of Colstrip, as well as strictly public land hunts for high country elk in the Bitterroot Valley.


Mike Thorson

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Mike has lived in the Bitterroot Valley for thirty years. His family moved here from Jackson Hole, Wyoming when he was a boy. His father put a fly rod in his hands at the age of four where he was catching trout on a dry fly in the beaver ponds near his home in Wyoming. Mike has been hooked on fly fishing ever since. His father saw how much he enjoyed the outdoors and continued his outdoor education in the Bitterroot Valley. He taught Mike how to hunt elk in the mountains and mule deer in the high country. In the pine flats and brushy creek bottoms he learned to hunt whitetail deer. Mike took an interest in black bears at a young age and learned where and when to look for them to consistently produce spring and fall black bears in the Bitterroot Valley. When Mike is not working, you will find him with his family teaching his two sons how to enjoy all that Western Montana has to offer. Mike’s love for the mountains and rivers of Western Montana shows in both his work and play.