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

    Outfitting 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, British Columbia, 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. 

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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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