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Fly Fishing Montana’s Big Horn River with Beau McFadyean

Most of us know that Montana is a state filled with water, which is filled with trout. And most of us are familiar with many of the rivers in Montana that are destinations of many fly fishers. But in the last few years, the southern California clubs have not had a presentation focusing on one of the best of those rivers – the Big Horn. However, after our February meeting, no one will be able to say that. We’re going to have a show that displays and informs us, with wonderful pictures and in great detail, the story about this truly magnificent fly fishing mecca. And, thanks to the recommendation of the Orange County club and its Program Director, Andy Frumento, we are going to welcome one of the best and most informative guides from this river, Beau McFadyean.

Being that his father Jim had been an outfitter in Montana since 1985, Beau began fly fishing at a very early age. Spending countless days with him on the water helped Beau develop not only the skills but also the passion for fly fishing. In 1998, at age 18, Beau started to guide on the Big Horn and, in 2001, he became a partner with his father in their business, Montana Adventures and Angling.

Beau graduated from Rocky Mountain College in 2003 with a B.A. in education, which comes in handy as he not only guides but teaches our sport for every skill level, from first timers to veteran anglers. He says that guiding and outfitting for the past 19 years has brought him in contact with many people from many different backgrounds. And Beau is sincere when he emphasizes that this aspect of his career is one of the favorite parts of his work. He is innately curious and enjoys hearing peoples’ stories and sharing in their excitement for fly fishing.

Beau has a few other talents in his arsenal of abilities. He has partnered with his wife, a physical therapist, in putting on excellent casting clinics that focus on biomechanical analysis of fly casting. He also supports a number of favorite charities by donating guided trips. Fly tying also takes up a good chunk of his time, as he personally ties most all of the flies he uses in his business.

No surprise that the Bighorn River has always been Beau’s “home water.” However, one of the things that he prides himself on is being able to guide many different waters that Montana has to offer. These waters include, the Missouri River, the Yellowstone River, various stillwaters, private ponds in central and southern Montana and all of the famous waterways that reside on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Beau is a true outdoorsman. He hunts birds, as well as, big game. Other activities he participates in include snowboarding, chasing cows on his family ranch, and spending time with his wife and three children.

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