Honesty * Integrity * Respect
AJ started fishing with his grandfather at age 4. He studied fisheries biology at the University of Montana, commercial fished in Alaska to pay for his education and continued fishing in Alaska for many years.
He turned his love for fishing into his profession and has been guiding on Montana rivers for over 30 years.
AJ is obsessed with fishing – a passion he loves to share!
what's different about us:
We fish every month of the year, whether you come in winter- spring to ski or summer-fall to vacation we will get you on the water!
We put you on the water at the right time of day with the proper equipment to give you the best chance of success.
First and foremost a guided fishing trip on the river is about having an awesome day. The scenic rivers that we guide on make that kind of day possible. Our guides work tirelessly to make your day of fishing great. They are respectful, honest, good listeners, and wonderful teachers. Our guides can accommodate all skill levels from someone who has never fished to an expert angler. All the guides with A.J. Coulter outfitting are fantastic. They are passionate about guiding. Our guides have at least 10 years of local experience, some have been guiding local waters for 20+ years. We love to share our passion for the outdoors and fishing. Come fish with us and let us guide you to that passion.
what people say:
He is a master at subtly creating a foundation of skills for the fly fishing novice, establishing a set of skills and building upon those during a trip, so you walk out of the boat a better angler than you went in. Having fished with him, he is always pushing our group to master new skills, all in the service of fishing Montana’s great waterways. Twenty-plus years and I never think of sourcing another guide – he is that good.
We have been using AJ for an annual trip for the past 22 years and cannot recommend him highly enough. He is a consummate professional guide, focused on the experience of the guest and improving skills as you develop. If you have ever had a guide mail it in, rushing you down the river so they can get on with their day, you will appreciate the joy AJ gets out of sharing that passion for fishing and taking his time as you fish the river.
We have been fishing with AJ for the last 18 years in Montana. He has been our guide on the Flat Head, Clark Fork and the Missouri rivers and always finds fish. He is a teacher, patient, attentive, knows the rivers and knows which of his flies will attract fish. He constantly changes flies to insure that happens. He is attentive with newer anglers to insure a confident throw. We understand it’s a catch and release but that’s the way to maintain inventory in the rivers for future fly fishing. Fish on!!!
I met AJ on the Big MO on a multi boat, multi guide, multi day trip in October-2014. Fishing the Big MO is a lot of work…..I find stripping streamers blind to fish all day to be a lot of work! AJ is fisherman. He works very hard to get his clients on fish. AJs equipment is excellent – and the flies are perfect. Expect to get your balls a little busted if you miss a riser (as you should)!
A.J. Coulter is skilled, dedicated and determined to put you on fish, big fish. He knows Montana’s waters like no one else, he always delivers. Best Guide in Montana.
guided float trips
Your guide will pick you up and drop you off at a convenient location. Your guide will have everything you need for a full day (6-9 hours) or half day (3-5 hours). Lunches and drinks are prepared on full days, snacks and drinks are on board for half day trips. Local knowledge, expertise, clean boats, rods, flies, etc, are all provided. Step aboard with your Montana Fishing License and get ready for an awesome day.
WHERE WE FISH
EPIC once in a lifetime adventure fishing trip!
I will pick you up at a predetermined location – airport, hotel, etc. – in Kalispell, Missoula, or Great Falls. We will fish in the area where the fishing, during that time period, is the best. Most spots will be walk and wade where there is little or no fishing pressure (tiny water with uneducated big fish). Some waters will require hiking. I will have a backpack with lunches and beer. If intrigued please call and we can discuss these places – The Last Best Places!
Our home river, the Flathead, is close to Kalipsell, Columbia Falls and Whitefish and runs adjacent to Glacier National Park. Crystal clear water, multicolor river rock, feisty native cutthroat, colorful rainbows and trophy bull trout are just a few of the reasons to fish the Flathead.
To our South, close to the village of Bigfork, is the remote and intimate Swan River. The Swan flows through a narrow forested valley with towering peaks on each side. Big rainbows reside in the Swan and there is an excellent chance you will not see another fisherperson while floating the Swan.
clark fork river
To our west, between Missoula nad Spokane, Washington, is the majestic Clark-Fork of the Columbia. The majestic Clark-Fork is lined with big gorgeous ponderosa pines, douglas firs, spruce and cedars giving it a truly “Northwest” feel. This wide freestone has great hatches of big insects bringing the cutthroats, rainbows, and browns to the surface with reckless abandon.
To our east if you are traveling from Great Falls or Helena is the mighty “Mo”. The Missouri river flows through country with rust colored rock outcroppings, sparsely treed rolling hills, and massive boulders giving it a John Wayne, Clint Eastwood western movie feel The Missouri is a trailwater fishery with blanketing insect hatches. The “Mo’s “ mixture of 5,000 rainbows and browns per river mile will keep both novice and seasoned fisherperson busy with the possibility of a truely big fish.
our latest trips
Montana License #5939
phone or text: 406-250-1237
Please feel free to call A.J. with any questions.
Early or late in the day mountain standard time please. I am usually on the river during the bulk of the day.
Please include your name, phone number, and the trip and date you have reserved. Thank you.
Full day Flathead $550
Half Day Flathead $400
Full day Swan, Clark Fork, and Missouri $600
When fishing the Clark Fork or Missouri you may need to provide your own transportation.
We provide all the equipment you will need. You are welcome to use your own gear if you prefer.
All our guides have excellent equipment, clean boats and more flies, tippets, leaders, lures, etc. than many shops.
Personal things to bring:
Hat, sunglasses, sandals, warm layers, raincoat, and please obtain a Montana fishing license. License: Buy/Apply
Licenses can be purchased online at the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks online licensing site.
You can also buy a license locally at sporting good businesses around the state.