MEET THE TEAM
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Sean grew up here in the Yaak valley and went to the Yaak one room school house through grade 8. He then attended Troy High School before graduating from Montana State University. Sean has been a Linehan Outfitting guide since the minute he turned eighteen years old and he’s never looked back. Nobody knows the lay of the land around here better than he does. He’s a natural and this business is literally in his blood due to the fact that his folks owned and operated McAfee Outfitting and Lodge for most of his young life. Sean is a people person, very kind, intuitive beyond belief regarding the habits of fish and game, and one of the finest outdoorsmen you’ll ever meet. You’ll notice his smile and professional demeanor immediately upon meeting him.
Steve is an extraordinarily gifted instructor and has been in that role for most of his adult life. He splits his time between Sandpoint, Idaho with the powder of Schweitzer Mountain Resort in the winter, and Libby, Montana and the running water of the Kootenai in the summer. As comfortable and skilled on skis as he is with a fly rod, Steve will make you a better angler. He’s patient, soft spoken, encouraging and will not let the day get away without you catching at least a few fish on a dry fly.
Jeff lives in Livingston, Montana, and runs with us in the spring on the Bitterroot and Missouri Rivers. He's a patient instructor, super fishy, and guides across much of the state during his season. Jeff is a consummate professional, super chill, consistently upbeat, and always organized. He's well equipped to roll with whatever the days brings and will make you a better angler by the end of the day. When Jeff isn't fishing, he's hunting. When he's not hunting, he's fishing.
Sam is one of the greatest instructors you’ll ever meet. He's calm, cool and collected. During the off season he is a personal trainer and an extraordinarily gifted coach and instructor. His organized fly boxes are a thing of beauty and his desire to see people improve and succeed is inherent. If he’s not on the water, he’s hunched over the vice tying flies for his next trip. Sam is a strong oarsman and loves nothing more than being on the water.
Monti has been fly fishing most of his life and has been guiding for 20 years. His favorite part of the job is seeing people, especially young people, catch their first fish on a fly rod. He is a gifted teacher, his laugh and enthusiasm are infectious, and he is always optimistic in his daily efforts to get into fish. Monti loves dry fly fishing with big bugs and will throw at any species including pike and bass.
Johnny shows up every day ready for an adventure and is long time Kootenai River guide. He’s especially unassuming, full of energy and enthusiasm and ultimately one of the fishiest guides in the industry. No doubt, Johnny will figure it out and get you into fish. He relies on knowledge gained from trial and error, many hours on the water, and natural instinct. He is kind and a wonderful companion.
Lucas Jones was born in Troy and started fly fishing the Kootenai River when he was 10 years old. By the ripe old age of 14 he was tying fully dressed salmon flies and to say he's an obsessive and outstanding tier is an understatement. His smile and enthusiasm are infectious and he's happy to be on the Kootenai is his driftboat or hiking up a small stream in search of native cutthroats. Lucas is also an avid waterfowl hunter gets just as excited when he sees ducks as he does when his guests catch fish.
Jonny Cielak was born and raised on the banks of the Kootenai River and fly fishing and oaring a drift boat since he was about 12 years old. The first thing you'll notice about him is his laid back style. Jonny's experience is already varied and when he's not guiding, he's fishing. He spends his days off seeking knowledge about the river, and checking out new waters to show guests. If you can't find him on the river try the golf course. He's pretty good at that too.
Seth Moore lives locally here in the Yaak Valley and is noted for being calm and collected and one of the most patient people on the planet. He is extremely organized, put together, and has a game plan in place before he even wakes up in the morning. He is outstanding in the woods and on the water, loves teaching and sharing knowledge about hunting and fly fishing, and first and foremost is a terrific and fun companion.
Luke is one of most woods savvy guides you'll ever meet. He's comfortable in all conditions, patience and steady under all circumstances, and eager to teach and offer insight during your entire hunt. Luke's smile is infectious and he is passionate about guiding. He lives here in Yaak with his family and when he's not working, he's in the woods scouting or covering ground increasing his knowledge.
Tom Ukena is the Linehan Outfitting chief fly tying officer. He started fly fishing twenty five years ago. Shortly after that he made the leap to tying flies and has never looked back. He fishes a dry fly as well as anyone, supplies Linehan Outfitting with tons of patterns from across the spectrum and is passionate about learning new techniques every time he sits down at his desk. He's responsible for some unique patterns most notably the Kootenai Hellboy Hopper.
Gerry, or G, is the official Linehan Outfitting mascot. He's been supporting us with his presence so often, and for so many years, there are times we think he might actually have moved in. He fishes, he hunts, and he's very good at both. If you happen to see him at a boat ramp while we're rigging up introduce yourself. He'll share whatever flies are catching fish.