Our Bozeman Fly Shop Staff & Guide Team
Our Bozeman fly shop is best described as the “fish-head” shop as all of us spend most of our free time on the water, doing what we love to do. Most folks that come into our shop, or fish with one of our Bozeman fly fishing guides, walk away with the feeling that this is all really, really fun! There are a lot of choices in regards to fly shops in Southwest Montana, but a terrific selection and friendly service are what sets us apart from everyone else. We look forward to helping you have more fun fly fishing around Bozeman; either while fishing on your own or with one of our professional, Bozeman fly-fishing guides.
There are a lot of choices in regards to fly shops in Southwest Montana, but a terrific selection and friendly service are what sets us apart from everyone else. We look forward to helping you have more fun fly fishing around Bozeman; either while fishing on your own or with one of our professional, Bozeman fly-fishing guides.
Shop Staff & Guide Team
Toby Swank is the owner/outfitter (Lic #9603) of Fins & Feathers and has been fishing the waters of Southwest Montana since 1992. Fly fishing for trout is his true passion and he spends well over 200 days a year chasing fish around the world with clients, friends, and his family too. He grew up in Texas fishing for largemouth Bass and anything else that could be caught on a Zara Spook. Fly fishing has been a part of Toby's life for over 30 years and he enjoys teaching others just as much as fishing on his own. Guiding has been a life-long dream for Toby and he is grateful to be heading into his 20th season just as fresh as he felt on day one, back in 2000 on the Missouri River.
In addition to fishing, guiding, and exploring just about every nook and cranny of Montana fly fishing, he has also traveled extensively throughout the world. If there are fish that can be caught on the fly, chances are that he has either been there or is scheming his next sales pitch to his wife for just one more "hall pass." Some of his fly fishing travels include multiple trips to New Zealand, Belize (Turneffe & Ambergis), Cuba, Bahamas, Mexico (Chetmal, Ascension Bay, Ixtapa), Chile (West Coast), Argentina, Bolivia (Golden Dorado), Brazil (Rio Negro & Amazon), Honduras, the Gulf Coast, British Columbia, Alberta, Alaska, the Great Lakes states, and northern Georgia too. Hosted travel trips with Toby are always an adventure. His favorite fishing includes chasing Permit, fishing for Peacock Bass, and standing on the banks of the lower Madison River, hoping for one more rise on a quiet, winter day.
He graduated from Montana State University in 1995 with a BS in Biology and is married with 2 sons and 3 Golden Retrievers. At 49 years old, Toby is the most senior member of the Fins & Feathers fly fishing guide team and one of the most experienced fly fishing guides in Bozeman. Check out his photography website chronicling a life spent on the water and in the field.
Shop Staff & Guide Team
Xander grew up in the fly fishing Mecca of New Canaan, Connecticut. He has been fishing the rivers and lakes of Montana for the last fifteen years. He comes to Fins and Feathers after a brief fly-by at Colorado State University, where he studied a wee bit of business. Xander can be found in the shop and guiding on the river, where he has great enthusiasm for catching fish in whatever way the conditions demand, but especially on big streamers. He has travelled extensively to chase fish. Some of his favorite destinations are Mongolia, New Zealand, Bolivia, Belize, and the Seychelles. His brother Luke has caught a Striped Marlin.
Xander learned how to read rivers as the coxswain of the Berkshire Bears crew team, which finished fourth in the New England championships. He is a music afficionado and has a 64 hour play list on Spotify.
Shop Staff & Guide Team
Greg Cappis spent his childhood in the midwest, falling in love with fishing on his grandfather's boat. After college and a few years of writing for newspapers in large metropolitan areas, Greg moved to Montana to escape city life and enjoy the outdoors. Just about every day during winter you can find him ripping around one of our local ski resorts or touring the backcountry before retiring to his vise to tie flies in the evening.
As the weather starts to warm, he swaps his snowboards for fly rods, where he enjoys all aspects of fly fishing -- from lobbing streamers to technical dry fly fishing. He loves helping beginners improve their cast or learn new techniques, and while rowing a drift boat, he's been known to get overly excited every time someone hooks a trout.
Greg splits his time between our Bozeman fly shop and guiding anglers around Bozeman throughout the season. He is a patient instructor and a pasionate angler, we are fortunate to have Greg as part of our guide staff for the 2019 season.
Steven Rendle is one of tour core fly fishing guides, going into his eighth year of guiding around Bozeman. Steven is one of the co-managers of our Bozeman fly shop when he is not guiding and manages our fly tying department as well. Originally from South Carolina, he moved here in an attempt to pursue the mountain lifestyle only to be drawn to a life on the water. One of the "fishiest" fly fishing guides in Bozeman, he has a special talent for getting fish on just about any fly patterns and color you'll ever see. He's always working hard to be sure that his clients come back to our Bozeman fly shop stories of more, and bigger fish than the rest of us.
Teagan Jendro is a Montana native, growing up in Helena he developed his passion for fishing on the Missouri River. The MO turned him into a bit of a dry fly purist and he refuses to use an indicator from the time the first BWO hatches in the Spring until the last one hatches late in the Fall. He graduated from MSU with a degree in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management where his favorite class was, to no surprise, ichthyology. Teagan is constantly in search of challenging fishing opportunities and new waters. His favorite fish to target include big browns on small dries, carp, and redfish.
Teagan's additional passions include singing Karaoke at the Eagles, cooking brussel sprouts, and perfecting the "Stanky Legg".
As our Outreach Director, Teagan’s managerial responsibilities include running Fins and Feathers On The Fly (THE FLY FISH TRUCK) and various schools that we offer throughout the year. Reach out to Teagan via e-mail to learn more about our various fly-fishing education opportunities.
Nick Bacon came to us from Montana State University where he graduated with a degree in business marketing. He has tons of energy and is always excited to lend a helping hand. His enthusiasm for fly fishing steered him towards helping others enjoy the hobby. Assisting beginners learn to cast during our Fly-Fishing 101 classes and guiding people into fish are his favorite methods to get others excited about fly fishing. Some of Nick's favorite flies include the Cheese Micro Spawn Sack, Master Baetis, and Tan Squirmy Wormy. When he isn’t working in the shop, he can be found stalking the banks of our local trout streams in search of Mr. Hog Johnson, figure skating, or jamming to Avril Lavigne's latest album.
Ben moved to the Gallatin Valley over 15 ago from Connecticut and has been fishing the waters around Bozeman avidly ever since. Ben started with Fins & Feathers back in 2003 as a part-time fly shop employee and worked his way up as one of our lead fly fishing guides over the years. He loves early morning starts during the heat of summer and is always willing to look for big fish that want to eat a streamer on a guided trip. As a key member of the Fins & Feathers core staff of Bozeman fly-fishing guides, Ben has a well-established reputation among our clients as being very laid back and an expert angler. When he's not fishing around here, he's usually chasing some sort of mammal around the mountains with a bow or convincing his wife that they need to go someplace tropical for a few weeks. Ben is "that guy" you see at the boat ramp and always wonder what he's doing differently to catch so many fish.
Mike Lanzarini, originally from Missouri, started fly fishing in the Ozark Mountains cold, spring-fed rivers. He fell in love with the waters and fish of his home state but knew the vast opportunities the Rocky Mountains had to offer an angler. So Mike moved to Summit County CO and started his guiding career with the Orvis shop in Breckenridge. After a few very productive fishing trips to Montana, he knew right away this was the place for him. Mike and his wife moved to Bozeman in 2015 and he has been guiding on his absolute favorite trout streams ever since You can always expect big smiles and great days on the water with Mike. According to him, he has “A dream job in trout paradise”
Fins & Feathers is pleased to have Mike as one of our guides for the 2019 season out of our Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter.
Nicole originally hails from the north suburbs of Chicago, but attended high school near Aspen, Co, which is where her love of the mountains and fly fishing began. At the age of eighteen, Nicole moved to Bozeman to attend college. It was in Montana where she really started to hone her knowledge and skills as an angler. When it came time to put her degree to use and enter the “real-world,” naturally she decided to become a fishing guide. You will find Nicole to be a hard-working guide and patient instructor. She enjoys guiding people of all skill levels, from beginner to seasoned anglers. Nicole’s greatest source of pride comes from repeat clients. During the off-season, you can find Nicole exploring Montana with her dogs, and flocking south to warm water locations. Now entering her 11th season of guiding in southwest Montana, Nicole is proud to be a part of the Fins and Feathers gang.