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Michael Stack

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I grew up hunting and fly fishing in Connecticut. As a youth, I spent lots of time in the woods with my grandfather Harry, an avid outdoorsman and CT State Park constable. I followed my love of the outdoors and fishing; in 1995 I packed my bags for Alaska where I guided my rookie season in Katmai Nat’l Park. The following spring, opportunity and Montana found me. Since then, I have guided here in Southwestern Montana, putting down roots and establishing FishTales Outfitting. I live, fish and guide year round. I’m intimate with these waters and relish the opportunity get on the water with you.

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    As seen on Google+ 5 out of 5 stars “In March of 2013, I floated the Big Hole River on two seperate occasions with Mike Stack of FishTales Outfitting. Both trips were excellent! Mike is a very experienced guide. He reads a river and positions the boat for success after success. Mike is patient, attentive, and calm. He even takes the time to make personalized videos of the adventure for his clients…super cool with underwater releases! If you want to catch respectable fish (20″ trout or larger)

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    As seen on Google+ 5 out of 5 stars “My dad and I have been fly-fishing for 15 years and we still fish with Mike everytime we are in Montana. He is a cool guy, an amazing guide, and a great teacher. We have fished with him on the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole and the Beaverhead and had tremendous success everytime. He will work hard all day to make sure your fly floats through every hole in the river. He will even row back UPSTREAM to let you float through the good holes again. Awesome

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    A seen on Google+ 5 out of 5 stars “We had a great day on the Big Hole fishing with Mike Stack. He knows the river super well and we had a fun time catching healthy browns. Great fishing for April. Mike is a good outfitter & guide and runs a good show. Enjoy!”

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    A seen on Google+ 5 out of 5 stars Recently had the good fortune to fish with guide Michael Stack of FishTales. This guy really knows his stuff. He worked hard and put us on fish all day. He knew every nook and cranny on the Madison. Caught plenty of fish and got some great close-up shots. Michael is very knowledgable, friendly and patient (even when you put a fly in his hat on your back cast!) He is one of the best guides I’ve ever fished with – highly recommended.

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    A seen on Google+ FishTales Outfitting LLC 50 Duncan District Road, Sheridan, MT 59749 5 out of 5 stars “Great Guide – Great Fishing – None Better” My cousin and I visited Montana last summer and I can’t say enough about Mike Stack and FishTales Outfitting. He was easy to contact and went well beyond just accommodating us when booking our trip. On the various rivers he was very friendly and knowledgeable. He put us on fish after fish… Above all we had a lot of fun. Mike is the best guide I have ever fished with and I can’t wait to go back.

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    As seen on Trip Advisor “FishTales – If you want to catch fish!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013 So far this year, I have floated the Big Hole River on two seperate occasions with Mike Stack of FishTales Outfitting. Both trips were excellent! Mike is a very experienced guide. He reads a river and positions the boat for success after success. Mike is patient, attentive, and calm. He even takes the time to make personalized videos of the adventure for his clients…super cool with underwater releases! If you want to catch respectable fish (20″ trout or larger) and have a great day on the river with an experienced guide….FishTales Outfitting!

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    A seen on TripAdvisor “What a day” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 A year ago, Mike Stack was recommended to me. My wife and I were planning our first trip to Montana, and I sorely wanted her to connect with some fish. This was only my second opportunity to engage a guide, but it really paid off. Mike is a gentleman and proved a tremendous host. I think the fact that he enjoyed his work that day put my wife at ease. We were on fish all day long. I left a couple of “must have been xx” fish after some long battles. Mike is the sort of guy you wish you knew well enough to expect a call; Hey lets go fishin. Best wishes Mike.

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    As seen on TripAdvisor “Best fishing guide in Montana!!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 My dad and I have been fly-fishing for 15 years and we still fish with Mike everytime we are in Montana. He is a cool guy, an amazing guide, and a great teacher. We have fished with him on the Madison, Jefferson, Big Hole and the Beaverhead and had tremendous success everytime. He will work hard all day to make sure your fly floats through every hole in the river. He will even row back UPSTREAM to let you float through the good holes again. Awesome dude to fish with whether you’re an expert or a beginner. Hope to fish with him again soon!

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    As seen on TripAdvisor “Fishtales Mon!” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 I booked Fishtales guide Mike Stack for a trip in April on the Big Hole and it was incredible. I had my mom with me, a first time Fly-Fisher, and she caught a bunch of trout. After the trip she told me she wanted to book Mike for two more days next time we were in Montana. Mike was extremely patient and very helpful in teaching my mom how to cast, set the hook and fight the fish. Meanwhile, I was in the back of the boat streamer fishing, and Mike never missed a single run or hole, putting me on fish continuously while at the same time he was teaching my mom. I was more than impressed with his rowing skills, fishing knowledge, and knowledge on all the local rivers. I learned so much that I had no problem finding fish on the other local rivers by myself after the trip. If you are ever planning on fishing the Madison, Big Hole, Beaverhead, or Jefferson Rivers book Fishtales guide Mick Stack if want to catch fish. I can’t wait to go back with my mom and fish with Mike.

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    A seen on TripAdvisor “Fishtales” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013 I booked Fishtales guide Mike Stack for a trip in April on the Big Hole and it was incredible. I had my mom with me, a first time Fly-Fisher, and she caught a bunch of trout. After the trip she told me she wanted to book Mike for two more days next time we were in Montana. Mike was extremely patient and very helpful in teaching my mom how to cast, set the hook and fight the fish. Meanwhile, I was in the back of the boat streamer fishing, and Mike never missed a single run or hole, putting me on fish continuously while at the same time he was teaching my mom. I was more than impressed with his rowing skills, fishing knowledge, and knowledge on all the local rivers. I learned so much that I had no problem finding fish on the other local rivers by myself after the trip. If you are ever planning on fishing the Madison, Big Hole, Beaverhead, or Jefferson Rivers book Fishtales guide Mick Stack if want to catch fish. I can’t wait to go back with my mom and fish with Mike.

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    A seen on TripAdvisor ““Fantastic guiding.” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile Fished the Madison yesterday with guide Michael Stack. The wind was howlin’, but the fishing was excellent. Michael seemed to know every hole and run that held fish. I’ve fished with many guides over the years, and this guy is one of the best – friendly and extremely knowledgable. A+

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    As seen on TripAdvisor ““Bruisers on the Beaverhead Beware” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 My partner and I fished with Mike on the Beaverhead on July 25, 2013. We were provided a very full day on a river that is heavily fished. Despite heavy river traffic, Mike structured our day in such a way that we actually contended with very few others. We actually had relative solitude on crowded waters–no small accomplishment. The trip went off as planned with no unpleasant surprises like, “Oh there will be a charge of $35 for flies.” NONE of that. Michael proved to be personable, extremely competent, and utterly professional. Most importantly, he had us on fish ALL day. We landed 25+ fish that day and several were 20″ or better. When I return to the Beaverhead I will book Mike without hesitation. Thanks for a great day!

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    A seen on TripAdvisor ““Great guide” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013 Michael Stack was professional, friendly, and had a terrific level of expertise. The day was agreat experience in all respects. I will return to fish with FishTales Outfitting

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    A seen on TripAdvisor ““Great day on the Madison” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 Mike and another of his guides took us on a family trip on the Madison River in late July. The trip was my wife and I and our daughter and son ages 12 and 11 with two and a guide in each boat. We’ve been on a few guided fly fishing trips over the years and Mike is one of the best guides we’ve been with. He knew the river well. Most of all, he really taught our kids how to fly fish the right way. He was patient with the kids and really worked hard to get us into position to catch fish. We all caught lots of fish on a fly or nymph. His equipment and flies are top notch. The lunch by the river was fantastic too! We will definitely be returning to fish with Mike in the future.

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    A seen on TripAdvisor ““Fantastic Fishing experience” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014 This March will be my third early spring in a row fishing with Mike. I couldn’t imagine a more enjoyable experience. From the peaceful, beautiful conditions you fish in, to the excitement of fish after fish that Mike puts you on, every moment is amazing. Mike is very patient and mixes wading and drift fishing nicely. The best part is that Mike gets as excited as I do when I hook a fish. “The tug is the drug” – Mike Stack I will keep coming back to Mike at least every year.

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    As seen on TripAdvisor ” “Epic fishing with Mike on Big Hole, great guiding, lots of fish plus one big one.” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014 via mobile Beautiful area, very professional guiding service , can’t go wrong , fun times ( FishTales Outfitting ) .

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    As seen on TripAdvisor ” “FANTASTIC” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile Mike is very knowledgable and was very patient with me since it was only my 2nd time fishing!! He was prompt, helpful and encouraging. And the lunch was fantastic!!

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