Bob De Jong
In 1973 Bob graduated from Michigan State University with a degree
in Fisheries biology. Upon graduation, Bob left Michigan for Alaska
in 1974 where he went to work for the Alaska Department of Fish
and Game. Following a 22 year career with the state of Alaska
where he worked with the salmon and herring programs establishing
seasons based upon the best evidence possible (so we won't blame
Bob for any apparent decrease in salmon in Southeast Alaska)
Bob retired from the state and moved to Victor, Montana in 1996.
Having a hard time trying to decide if he wanted to spend the rest
of his life raising hunting dogs, or fishing, Bob made the only
choice possible. He decided to do both. This was a very fortunate
decision for us at Backdoor Outfitters. With a naturally gentle
disposition, the people who've fished with Bob find that he is able
to assist them in a manner that is both professional and relaxing.
A pleasant combination for those learning how to fly fish, as well
as those experienced in the sport!
With a reservoir of knowledge about the habits of fish, entomology,
and fishing in general, as well as being one of the better oarsmen
in the Valley, one could not find a better person to go down the
river with than Bob De Jong. We at Backdoor Outfitters are very
happy to have him as one of our guides, and are sure that you will
feel the same way after spending a day or two with him.
Kurt has fished western Montana rivers for more than 30 years,
and gladly shares this knowledge with the people who float with
him. Our nickname at Backdoor Outfitters for Kurt is 'versatile'...
since he caught his first Steelhead on a fly at age 14, was run
up a tree by a Montana moose at 16, and graduated with honors from
the University of Montana at the youthful age of 39.Though Kurt
has fly fished the waters from Costa Rica to the Northwest Territories,
he still believes the best all-around fly-fishing lies right here,
in western Montana!
With his journalism degree on the wall, and a fly rod in the gun
rack, Kurt now "guides by day and writes by night." He
recently completed an internship with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's
Bugle Magazine, where he spent six months writing and editing articles.
Still, Kurt's first love is to be on the water - rain, sleet or
shine. If you're looking for a guided fly-fishing experience on
western Montana rivers, we think Kurt will more than fulfill every
expectation you might have!
At twenty-three years
of age, Cody, is the youngest guide at Backdoor Outfitters. But
don’t let his age fool you.
Cody began fishing at the ripe old age of 2; caught his first silver
salmon… completely on his own… at the age of 4; won
a fishing derby in Kodiak, Alaska, at the age of 5; landed his first
18 inch brown… on a fly he tied… at the age of 11; and
started rowing his father and friends down Montana rivers at the
age of 13.
Cody left Montana at the age of 18, to get a degree in computer
networking and try a stint at working with the corporate world,
but returned in 06… deciding the rivers meant more to him
than office buildings.
Though Cody would be the first to admit he’s probably not
quite as experienced as some of our guides, what he lacks in experience,
he more than makes up for with enthusiasm. I know when I want someone
to go fishing with, I can’t think of anyone I’d rather
spend a day on the river with than my son, Cody Cook.
Owner... right after his wife, son, and chocolate lab...of Backdoor
Outfitters. John has turned an ongoing love affair with the outdoors
into his business. A graduate of Wildlife Biology from Central Washington
University, John spent ten years working for the Washington Dept.
of Fisheries before moving to Alaska and serving a stint with the
National Marine Fisheries Service. While in Alaska, John found time
to write as a field editor for ALASKA OUTDOORS MAGAZINE. A desire
to return to the family business called him back to Montana in 1994
when he opened BACKDOOR OUTFITTERS!
Under the tutelage of his father, John started flyfishing at the
age of eight. John has melded his educational background in aquatic
biology with forty years of fishing experiences into a unique learning
opportunity for his guests.
If you're looking to enjoy a day on the river while learning something
about the finer points of flyfishing, you couldn't find a better
companion than John. He'll go out of his way to make sure you have
the best trip possible.
You are cordially invited to come fish Western Montana's premier wild
trout rivers...the Bitterroot, Clark Fork, Blackfoot, and Big Hole Rivers...
with Backdoor Outfitters and find out what guides with over 100 years
of combined fly fishing experience can do for you! Click
here for booking information
To Book a Trip with us - Give us
a call (406) 381-4444
P.O. Box 522
Stevensville, Mt. 59870