matson rogers

matson rogers

Emigrant, MT

No one is ever too old to learn something new!

Matson was born in Duluth, Minnesota and grew up in the Rockies of Colorado. A fateful phone call from a lifelong best friend in the spring of 1991 changed his life forever and Matson found himself living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, guiding anglers from all over the world on the Snake River. Fast forward 27 years, and Matson is still guiding on the rivers of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, albeit a few hundred miles north. The Yellowstone River and Paradise Valley, Montana are where Matson has chosen to work, raise a family, and enjoy life. Matson runs Angler’s West Fly Fishing Outfitters with the invaluable help of his wife and family, a fantastic guide crew, and the best fly shop staff one could ask for.


Duluth, MN

home waters

Brule River

current town

Emigrant, MT

current waters

Yellowstone River, Yellowstone Park, Paradise Valley Spring Creeks

local fly shop

My own! Angler's West Fly Fishing Outfitters

target species

I love both fresh and saltwater species

perfect setups

For most of my fishing in southwest Montana I have a couple “go-to” setups. For bigger rivers a 590-4 or 690-4 X with Spectrum LT 5/6 and RIO Grand WF floating line; Spring Creeks and small rivers: 390-4 MOD with Click 3/4/5 and the RIO Trout LT WF flyline.

career highlights

Working with so many quality people in or related to the fly fishing industry around the Greater Yellowstone region for the past 20 plus years. Keeping the doors open for yet another summer season.

conservation work

Trout Unlimited Business Member since a longtime mentor, Tim Linehan started the program; working to get our Montana Senators and Congressman to pass the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act that will preserve public lands immediately outside the northern edge of Yellowstone Park and prevent large scale gold mining operations from taking place; Member Upper Yellowstone Watershed Organization and acting adviser to the newly created Fishing for Conservation group.

philosophy on fly fishing

No one is ever too old to learn something new!

one tip to improve one's fishing

Look at the water closest to you before you wade to what appears as a sexy seamline out yonder. You might be surprised by what’s right at your feet.

perfect day

I have an affinity for fishing dry flies to rising fish. A late June, early July day on one of our Paradise Valley spring creeks with a solid PMD hatch starting midday and lasting through the afternoon is really hard to top. Selective fish that demand inspection, attention to detail, and a lot of humility…