My name is Carter Bates and it would be my pleasure to guide you in the wonderful state of Montana, as well as the sunny saltwater flats of the Florida Keys. I am passionate about everything outdoors, fly fishing, hunting and my dogs. I have 10+ years of experience in the Florida Keys saltwater fly fishing & commercial fishing , as well as many years river fishing here in Montana and around the United States.
We have excellent trout fishing on several blue ribbon rivers within an hour drive. The Bitterroot River is one of the best dry fly rivers anywhere. Most of our fishing is done from drift boats- this allows us to cover a tremendous amount of water each day.
Aside from fly fishing, I am an avid bird hunter. I currently have two English Setters, one is a well seasoned female, and the other is a young male in training. We hunt Montana, as well as Idaho for many Grouse species,Partridge, Pheasant and Chukar. Also duck & geese in the fall and winter months. These are not driven hunts, all of our upland hunts are walk-up hunts behind pointing dogs. The hunts require physical strength, determination and the willingness to hike for hours. There is no guarantee for success, instead they are about you and the dogs, enjoying the wilderness with the hopes of getting some good shots at a covey or two or three !!! Well worth the effort. I have a kennel at the house with six runs if you would be interested in bringing your own dog(s).
A combination of fishing & hunting is an option during the season that they overlap.
My wife is a wonderful Chef & Hostess. She graduated from Culinary School and has been in the industry for 10+ years. She enjoys many of the same passions as I, and is a wonderful artist in her spare time. As an option we have all-inclusive accommodations here at our home in Montana. Our home has beautiful views of the Bitterroot Mountains, and is just a quick drive from the River.
If you are interested in a fishing adventure down in the Florida Keys, my wife and I would love to coordinate a trip that fits your needs. Tarpon, Permit, Bonefish … whatever it is you're after, I will find the fish & set you up for a great shot … the rest is up to you! Please contact us to plan a trip to remember!
We would love to work for you this season or in the seasons to come. Please contact us for more details, prices & reservations. We would also love to answer your questions, so please do not hesitate to ask !!!
Cat & Carter