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Karl Jones grew up fishing the waters of Oregon and Southern Washington with his Outfitter dad. He started guiding at the age of 15 on the Deschutes and other Central Oregon streams. When he moved to Montana at the age of 18 to go to school at the University of Montana something clicked and Karl knew he had found a home. He continued to guide in Oregon all through college but after graduating with a degree in Forestry he decided to move on to new and different waters. After guiding in Idaho and Oregon for Trout, Steelhead and Salmon he decided to move back to Missoula where he felt most at home and build a business. Karl has at one time or another guided on most of the famous rivers in Montana, Idaho and Oregon as well as in Patagonia, Chile but it was the fish of Western Montana that always drew him back. After his dads retirement from guiding a couple of years ago Karl assumed the Sheerwater Guide Service title and resettled it on his favorite rivers, those of Western Montana. As a second generation outfitter Karl has been around the business of taking people fishing his whole life and knows what it takes to create an exciting enjoyable experience for the customers day after day - year after year. A day on the water with Sheerwater Guide Service is truly an unforgettable experience.


I have fished with Karl for more than seven years, on trips of seven days to a few hours. Karl is a perfect guide; he is friendly, extremely knowledgeable and always seems to have the knack for finding fish, even on those “tough” days. Karl has intimate knowledge of virtually every western stream or river I have heard of, offers terrific advice and tips when asked, and is more of a friend to fish with rather than a fishing guide. If you love to fly fish, and want to experience a day with a real pro, call Karl.
John L. Harris
Tampa, FL
Karl Jones is a pleasure to fish with. Over the last 10 years I have had the good fortune to fish many well-known trout waters in the Western United States. Nothing beats spending a day in Montana, fishing with Karl in his handmade wood drift boat. His fishing knowledge, tactics and rowing skills are unequalled. Always pleasant, he has been equally adept at teaching new tricks to experienced fisherman such as myself and novice friends of mine, just learning to fly fish.
Glenn Izmirian, MD
Huntington Beach, CA
“Thank You Karl Jones and Sheerwater Guide Service. I’ve never caught so many big fish. I’m already planning my next trip”
Dave MacLeod
Valencia, CA
Big Bully
Bull trout - a real pig
wild trout
hey, we caught one
Blackfoot serenity
Custom Drift Boats
proud new owner
scenic Montana
curious young elk

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