Our Bios

  • Dan Shepherd

    Master River Guide / Managing Partner

    Dan Shepherd has been fly fishing since the late 1960's . He was taught by the Earl and Verlene Rose family out of North Ogden, Utah. Their sons, Mark and Brett, invited Dan on camping and hunting trips and introduced him to fly fishing. During college and his early professional teaching and insurance career, he fished often. He  started rowing a driftboat more than 22 years ago. He credits Terry Cochran, a savvy fly fisherman from Idaho Falls, with teaching him to row a driftboat. Dan has lived and fished in Utah, Idaho and Montana. He has also fished for trout in South America, Russia and Alaska. Recently he has also become addicted to saltwater fly fishing. Dan loves to serve customers in the fly shop. He has made the Grizzly Hackle known as a friendly place that will respect all customers, no matter their skill level, and help you find the gear you need. He also enjoys guiding clients a few days a week.


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    Brendan Bannigan

    Retail Manager

    Loves fishing big streamers for big fish.  However, he never catches anything big!

  • Ben Pepe

    Online Retail Manager


    Originally from Florida, Ben has spent the last fifteen years visiting Montana on a regular basis and has fished most of its great rivers.  He has also fished Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wyoming, and of course, Florida.  Growing up chasing Bass and Snook, Ben came out to Montana at the age of 10 for a guided trip with Grizzly Hackle. Since that day he could not wait to move to Montana and live the dream. Having worked for two outfitters in Florida, Ben joined the Hackle in 2011 after graduating from Ohio Wesleyan. When he is not out chasing trout, Ben manages the Online Store and Gear Upgrade program.

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    Sam Amses

    Retail Sales

    Bio Coming soon

  • Matt Bryn

    Guide/Retail Sales

    From Missoula MT, Matt loves to fish and hunt as much as he can.  He spent the past 14 years in Dillon getting 2 college degrees and guiding on the rivers in S.W Montana.  Matt is happy to be back home, he's getting married in August, and he's now consumed with Pike fishing!

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    Rick Marcum

    Outfitting Manager

    Rick grew up fishing farm ponds in Kentucky for Bass and Bluegill.  When he moved to Chicago at age 9 his love for fishing continued as he fished subdivision ponds, golf course ponds and the rivers of the suburbs.  An addiction to fishing is an understatement and only grew worse when he went to college in Southwest Missouri.  His roommate ended up being a fishing guide from Libby, MT and he was introduced into the world of fly fishing.  Fly fishing took over and Rick found anyway he could to get out and fish.  He spent summers in college fly fishing in Montana and gaining his knowledge of the trout and rivers.  Rick has fished all over the United States and is a streamer fishing addict.  He moved from Chicago to Missoula to feed his fly fishing addiction.  Rick makes sure that our outfitting program runs smoothly and everyone has a great day on the water!