Meet The Guide Team

Missoula River Lodge Guide Profiles

In Memory of:

Missoula River Lodge guide Patch Godown.
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Patch Godown

Patch Godown grew up the youngest in a family of deer hunters and fisherman, so was schooled at an early age in the outdoors. His fisheries were the Delaware River, its tributaries, and the branches of the Raritan river. Montana fly fishing drew Patch to Montana MT in 1992. Patch spent years constantly fishing Western Montana before he found a home on A Classic Journey’s staff in 2011. Patch has a great combination of experience, enthusiasm, and work ethic. Although he is the newest member of our staff he immediately stood out as a highly requested guide and we look forward to many more seasons with him guiding our clients. To quote Patch – “Showing people a good time in a great place is truly living the dream. Fly fishing has connected me with some great people and started a lot of great friendships.”

Missoula River Lodge guide Curt McChesney.
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Curt McChesney

Curt is a Missoula native fly fishing guide that has spent a life time Fly fishing the Bitterroot River, Blackfoot River, Missouri River, Rock Creek and Clark Fork River. His previous career was as a Smokejumper and Fire Management officer for the Forest Service. His water knowledge runs deep as well as his life perspectives. Curt is known for a cool headed intensity, work ethic, and fun educated boat conversations. He is a multi-layered renaissance man that all ages and levels of guests enjoy.