Recent Reviews

★★★★★
This was my second trip with Ken and the first was excellent... but he still managed to provide us with another fantastic day. I had a novice fly fisherman with me but Ken put us on lots of brown trout, some rainbows and a rare Tiger trout. He is a great guide and I will use him again and highly recommend Ken to anyone of any level who wants to fish in Denver area.

Simon S. with Ken Robak of Littleton, Colorado

★★★★★
Had a great trip on the Missouri River drift boat fishing with Shelly. Extreamly knowledgable & helpful for a couple of first time fly fishermen. Caught my first Rainbow off of a fly rod. Highly recommend for the beginner or veteran fisherman.

Bob F. with Nate Stevane of Craig, Montana

★★★★★
One of the things I wanted to be dang sure I did while I was there was fish the Yellowstone in a drift boat, and was lucky enough to get it done. With lots of fishing travel under my belt you never know how it will go and in this case the plan came together and it was a good day to be alive. The Boss and I met our guide Nathan at the ramp at 8:00 and it was not long before we were on the water. The Boss and I are really fly fishing neophytes with lots to learn and Nathan was a perfect guide and teacher for our day on the water. He has fished those rivers for 35 years, was patient, technically proficient, and just an overall good guy to spend the day with. As I noticed in the park there were lots of grasshoppers and it turned out to be our plan for the day. In my case catching any particular fish on topwater is the bomb, and we spent most of the day fishing larger hoppers with a smaller floating “something or other” on a dropper around 8″ behind. And it was so interesting to see the fish react. A few smashed it, (At least for a trout.) most barely slurped it under, and others could not resist rolling on it, or just taking a look. It took me a bit to get the hang of setting the hook like you need to and after a while I managed to toss a couple of small rainbows completely over the boat. It really was a new way to fish for us and it took a while to get the hang of it but I intend to put those lessons to work in Colorado when I head there this fall. Since this was our 5 or 6th run at it the Boss commented that each place and method was different, it is all part of the learning process. I probably went about 10 for 20 with one whitefish, the Boss struggled. So late in the day Nathan put us on a nymph rig with an indicator. (Or as we regular folks call it, a bobber.) He wanted to be sure the Boss caught a fish and she finally boated a rainbow and a native whitefish. But the Boss was happy just sitting in the back and enjoying the day and the view, but I give her credit, she kept casting like a trooper. He was so patient as we tangled, crossed, casted like the rookies we are, and he just continued to act like the professional he is. (Except we all laughed like crazy when at one point when we were thrashing multiple messes he said; “Stop casting!”) Of course I told him I would trash him here so let me do it now – One of the best guides to spend the day with I have had the pleasure to fish with. So take that homie. From the Great Barrier reef, Belize, Colorado we have fished with our share and today was one of the best all around experiences we have ever had. The fishing was not fast by any means, but the bite was consistent. I was not surprised by the number of refusals with the traffic and it being late in the season. Nathan made several fly changes during the day until we finished the day with the nymph rig and put the last couple in the boat. He worked hard to put me on a little bigger fish and his efforts were appreciated. Probably if I would have bullshitted less and fished harder I might have boated one of the better fish I missed, but I could have cared less as numbers were not the reason for the day. Being a Saturday there was quite a bit of traffic, but it is a big river, and when compared to Froggie’s on the weekend no big deal. Of course we had a few incidents where both guides and the public cut us off, or were just plain were clueless. (Sound familiar you coastal boys?) As you know one of my rules to live by on our busy waterways – Be nice, be the bigger man, and just because you have the right of way let them go. Nathan naturally lives and practices that making our day on the water pleasant and fun and he is a credit to the profession. I can be pretty hard on guides. It really was comfortable fishing from the drift boat. The Boss loved the safe manner he operated and being able to stand up and cast from the leaning post, or whatever it is called. I learned a lot about the drift boat and how it preforms on the water. As we accelerate our search for our place in the mountains Montana has made the list. Of all the places I have fished Montana gets an A+ for the access available to the public. (So thanks Nathan for offering to be my new best friend and take me fishing all the time if we end up in the area. At least I thought I heard him say that!) And a big thanks to Jonathan of Captain Experiences, https://captainexperiences.com/ , for booking and following up on our trip. The home of Damn Good Fishing Guides, this site has guides all over the country and they lived up to their name when they hooked us up with Nathan. Nathan guides out of Bozeman, Montana, fishing the Yellowstone, Madison, and a couple of other great Montana rivers. Nate, the owner, kept us informed with a full written itinerary, with constant follow up both before and after the trip. It was a professional job all the way around. So if you are looking for a guide anywhere, or wanting to fish the Yellowstone area, give Jonathan a call and he will put you with the best. Overall a first class trip. So when it is all said and done it was a great way to spend a day along with our park expedition. And here is a taste of what is next, as soon as I organize all of the park stuff. We saw almost everything we wanted to this trip and were so fortunate to see the wolves everyday along with enough wildlife to keep us happy. (For a while!) And to Nathan, I have added the Madison to my bucket list. Thanks for reading my stuff.

Doug C. with Nate Stevane of Yellowstone River, Montana

★★★★★
We had a fantastic day, caught four species of trout and I learned a lot from Ken. Will fish with him again for aure!

Simon S. with Ken Robak of Littleton, Colorado

★★★★★
Had a really great time fishing the Yellowstone, Upper Madison on drift boats. Caught nice browns and rainbows. Wades the Gallatin and caught nice fish on dry flies. Our guide was Matt and he was great to work with not to mention he’s a trained chef so the lunches were fantastic. Highly recommend these trips. The booking process was simple and effective thanks to Captain Experiences.

Jay W. with Ennion Williams of Gallatin Gateway, Montana

★★★★★
Drifted the Yellowstone and Upper Madison this week. Awesome trips, experienced and thoughtful guide, dry fly and nymph fishing. Hoppers and ants on top, small droppers trailing. In addition to great fishing, the lunches were excellent, as our guide is also as professional chef! Captain bookings and system worked perfectly. Very happy customer.

Jay W. with Ennion Williams of Gallatin Gateway, Montana

Everything You Need to Know About Brown Trout Fishing

What is a Brown Trout?

The brown trout (Salmo trutta) is a diverse species of salmonid native to Europe and Asia, that has been introduced globally and flourished in all other continents except Antarctica. Morphs of the species have expanded across multiple ecosystems including rivers, lakes, and oceans, some even migrating between them. Lake trout, for example, are potamodromous, meaning they migrate from lakes to rivers or streams to spawn, whereas sea trout are anadromous, meaning they will migrate from oceans to freshwater.

Due to the multiple morphs and environments inhabited by brown trout, their appearance will vary. Freshwater brown trout will range from coloring that is so silvery and lightly spotted, that they will be mistaken for rainbow trout, to the well-known brassy brown spotted top, that fades into a creamy white belly. There are also regional variants, such as the Loch Leven trout, found in Scotland, which can be identified by their larger fins, slimmer body, and heavy black spotting.

Although they have a large footing worldwide, brown trout are much less plentiful than their cousins, the rainbow trout, though they do tend to live in the same cooler waters. Brown trout are also much tougher to catch than rainbow, making them a worthy prize to even the most skilled anglers. These exceptional game properties were actually the driver to introduce them into so many environments across the world.

How big do Brown Trout get?

Brown trout are a medium-sized fish that vary greatly in size according to their environment. In some rare cases they can grow to over 40 pounds and 20 inches long. However in smaller rivers, they can weigh less than 2.2 pounds. An average brown trout is around 2 to 10 pounds, and between 12 and 14 inches long.

What's the biggest Brown Trout ever caught?

In 2013, the world record brown trout was caught in New Zealand. The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) recognizes Otwin Kandolf as the record holder after he landed a 42-pound, 1-ounce behemoth on a rod and reel.

Previously, the record was held by an Arkansas man, who in May of 1992 caught a 40 pounder out of the Little Red River, a tributary of the White River.

Where is the best place to catch Brown Trout?

Although brown trout can be found worldwide, from the oceans, to the Great Lakes, they are most commonly found in streams and rivers. Some of the best streams to rope your personal record fish are in Colorado, Montana, and Ontario, among other places. They are also strong in numbers in places they have been introduced to such as New Zealand and Argentina.

When should I catch Brown Trout?

Brown trout are a finicky fish who are difficult to catch. Once you’ve found them in one location, you will not see them there again! The best time to target them is early in the morning or right at dusk, when you can fish shadows of overhanging structures.

Brown trout can be caught year round, though the time of year will affect the areas of best fishing. In the summer, be sure to fish the deep holes at the base of rapids to avoid currents. Fall should be spent casting from a bar by a feeder creep where the browns will be migrating for their spawn. Finally, in the winter you’ll need to follow the water flow to where they can be found in oxygen-rich dam trails.

How do you catch Brown Trout?

As early as 1496, anglers have been tested by the challenges of brown trout, who were mentioned in literature at the time as a “right dainty fish.” They can be caught on light spinning tackle, with spoons, spinners, plugs, and jerkbaits when using careful casting. These lures should be the color of the local forage, what the browns will typically be feeding on. This can include common insects, frogs, and mice, as well as patterns of baby trout that the fish will predate. Live bait is also a possibility, with nightcrawlers being the best option.

Fly fishing is the most popular choice of anglers targeting brown trout. There are two recommended tactics for big browns on the fly. One would be to sight fish from the bank using small nymphs. The other is to cast large articulated flies, like streamers.

In rivers, brown trout will hide out near structures or holes where they have easy access to prey going by. Lakes and oceans can be a bit trickier as they will spread out to feed, but the time of year and local knowledge will give you some clues where to start.

Are Brown Trout good to eat? What are the best Brown Trout recipes?

Browns are typically caught and released, but if kept they are delicious to eat. They are the only truly wild freshwater fish available to most consumers, as most salmon are farmed, and farmed trout are typically rainbows. This makes them quite a delicacy, free range, and organic. As carnivores, they have a meaty flesh rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, with a strong fishy flavor.

Typically the smaller the fish, less than two pounds, are the best for eating. It is recommended to soak the filets in milk overnight to pull some of the oil and overly-fishy taste from the flesh. They can then be cooked in a multitude of ways. The most traditional is to grill them over a fire, flayed, after lightly seasoning them with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.