The idea to create my own business came from the desire to work for myself and to pursue something that I am passionate about which is fly fishing. Fly fishing is sometimes seen as a rich man's sport but is accessible to all and is a great way to get into nature, relax and focus yourself on the pursuit of wary and challenging fish no matter where one lives. In this sport I am always learning and seeing different ways to challenge myself.
As the name implies I started by building custom fly fishing rods. The "Operator" fly rod displays the top three ribbons that a veteran has earned during his/her service and also features an intricate wrap similar to that of a paddle that a Recon or Raider is presented with while changing units or retiring. I have built these rods for both active duty and discharged/retired guys and have even built a few as gifts. This year I moved into the fishing guiding market in southwest Montana taking people on day drips down the famed Madison River and catching fish.
Next year I will be sponsoring a wounded warrior fishing trip in which four active duty special operations warriors will come to Bozeman and do three days of fishing and sightseeing. I plan on expanding my production to be able to produce more "Operator" rods next year as well to be able to keep up with demand.
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