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Joe Dilschneider

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Joe grew up and learned to fly fish on the warm waters of the midwest. College and his love of the outdoors took him to Boulder, Colorado, and the cold trout streams of the Rocky Mountain West. He began his guide career after graduation, working on the rivers and lakes of Colorado’s central mountains. After a brief hiatus into the “real” world, he landed in Ennis, Montana, on the Madison River, and 28 years later.. he’s still there!

Joe has been a professional fly fishing guide for 30 years and counting…. with 10 seasons guiding flats fishing in the Florida Keys. Many species and destinations are under his belt, but the bucket list keeps growing, and he keeps learning.

All these years as an avid fly fisherman and gearhead, have contributed to his current position as Owner/Outfitter at Trout Stalkers (@troutstalkers) and the Madison River Fishing Company (@madisonriverfc) in Ennis, Montana.

What are a few pieces of gear you never leave home without?

“The Simms Rod Vault is an invaluable piece of fly fishing travel gear. It fits in overhead bins so I use it as my singular carry-on, and have never been denied on any airline. Not only can it hold 10 rods and reels, but it can also accommodate some terminal tackle, my travel documents, and other essentials like: a book, headphones, sunglasses, iPad, phone charger, and more.

More recently, I have been carrying a Garmin InReach Mini with me on my “off the grid” trips. It’s a cool device that provides great peace of mind, and a way to communicate with my family (or anyone) back home if necessary. It also has lots of other cool functionality.”

Why Fly Fishing Destination Travel?

“Destination fly fishing tests my skills on species not found in Montana.  It also opens my eyes to different environments and cultures through the travel to get there.  Guides that I’ve fished with over the years have become friends as well as valuable resources in learning more about their country.”  

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