Our Mission

Protecting resources, promoting industry, and working together for healthy fisheries across Montana.

How It All Began:

The history of FOAM

The Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana was formed in 1978 for the following purposes:

  • Represent members in licensing regulations, conservation concerns, and legislative issues.
  • Coordinate member services, insurance, and business opportunities.
  • Provide political unity, guide public relations, and promote the fishing industry.
  • Increase consumer service satisfaction and safety.
  • Advance outfitter and guide licensing qualifications.
  • Monitor fishing regulations.

FOAM’S Official

Mission Statement

To protect and preserve Montana’s fish, wildlife, and aquatic resources.

To promote and maintain Montana’s fishing outfitting industry.

To work with individuals, groups, and agencies in all matters of administration and regulation affecting fisheries and our fishing industry.

A Growing Demand

Since our foundation, we’ve grown to over 830 members and expanded our service offerings. As demand has increased, the fishing outfitting industry has grown significantly and more and more individuals want to become licensed guides and outfitters. We’re here as a resource to you.

Board of Directors

Michael A. Bias, Ph.D.

Executive Director

BranT Oswald

President
Director - Yellowstone Region

Mark Raisler

Vice President
Director - Missouri Region

Jason Fleury

Director - Gallatin Region

Tony Reinhardt

Director - Missoula

Chris Bradley

Director - Beaverhead and Big Hole Region

Jeremy Gilbertson

Director - Bighorn Region

Phil Sgamma

Director - Madison Region

Zach Scott

Guide-at-Large, West

Daniel Smith

Guide-at-Large, East

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Michael A. Bias, Ph.D.

Executive Director

As FOAM’s Executive Director, Mike brings with him an extensive background in conservation, which makes his advocacy with agencies, legislators, and the public especially valuable. A certified Montana outfitter and Idaho guide, Mike spends some of his time during the summers guiding out of Island Park, Idaho. He makes his home in Twin Bridges, MT.

In addition to his work with FOAM, Mike serves as the Principal Ecologist for EcoSystems, LLC, his own environmental consulting company. He is also currently the entomology instructor for the Western Rivers Guide School out of Victor, ID and was director and instructor at the Hyde Outfitter Guide School for nearly 10 years. His conservation work centers on stream restoration, enhancement, ecology, and aquatic entomology. He has published several papers in scientific journals and has authored over 30 scientific presentations on wetland restoration ecology, wildlife population and habitat ecology, and aquatic entomology.

Mike earned his Ph.D. in Wildland Resource Science from the University of California in 1994, specializing in population and habitat ecology. He also holds an MS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt University (1989) and a BS in Wildlife Science from Unity College in Maine (1984).

Brant Oswald

President
Director - Yellowstone Region

After receiving a BA and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Oregon in 1983, Brant worked as the director of the Orvis West Coast Fly Fishing Schools in San Francisco, then as school program and sales manager for Club Pacific, a fly fishing travel service. In 1987, he and his wife moved to Livingston, MT, where he worked for Yellowstone Angler until 2004. As a licensed Montana outfitter, Brant currently guides, teaches fly casting and fly fishing clinics, ties custom flies, and has worked as an adjunct instructor at Montana State University.

In addition to spending time on the water, Brant has contributed to a wide variety of print publications, including being featured as a columnist in both The Angler’s Journal and Wild Trout Journal. He has also been active with local conservation groups, serving on the board of directors and as the board president of the Joe Brooks Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Park County Environmental Council. From 1997 to 2003, he also served as conservation group representative for the Governor’s Upper Yellowstone River Task Force.

Brant has traveled to Alaska, Canada, Belize, the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Cuba, and Tierra del Fuego on fishing expeditions, and regularly visits New Zealand to fish. He also enjoys hunting, spending time with his black Labs, cooking, and photography.

Mark Raisler

Vice President
Director - Missouri Region

A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Montana State University, Mark Raisler has worked for SIMMS, Sage, and RIO, as well as an Adipose ambassador. In addition to his work with FOAM, he is the owner of Headhunters Fly Shop and a certified Montana outfitter and guide. Mark is also a founding member of the Upper Missouri Watershed Alliance (UMOWA), a board member for PHW Helena, and has served as Chair for the Craig Caddis Fest and Browns and Brews.

Mark loves to fish with both new clients and returning ones, and says that guiding has taught him the importance of patience. He is passionate about the outdoors, photography, and spending time with his wife.

Jason Fleury

Director - Gallatin Region

Jason Fleury started guiding in southwest Montana while attending college for a business degree at Montana Tech in 1995.  After finishing up with college and guiding in numerous areas throughout Montana, he settled in Bozeman on the banks of the Gallatin river and started TroutChasers Lodge with his soon-to-be wife, Julie.  Together with their two daughters Annalise and Isabelle, they have been hosting guests and guiding for the last 16 seasons. He has been on the FOAM board since 2017 and enjoys helping to represent outfitters in the many arenas in which FOAM supports our industry.

Tony Reinhardt

Director - Missoula

Tony Reinhardt has a BA from the University of Montana and is a 20-year guide and outfitter in Missoula, Montana, as well as a travel advisor for Wild On the Fly Adventure Travel. He has also been a keynote speaker for dozens of fly fishing clubs across the country. Tony participates annually in the Casting for Recovery “Cast One for Hope” fundraising event and also volunteers at the Missoula Food Bank.

An avid hunter, Tony enjoys Montana’s long hunting season and spending time with his family. He loves that his office is on Montana’s rivers and says that bringing people joy makes for a fulfilling career. He is passionate about the sheer beauty of Montana and the limitless opportunities provided by our public lands and waters.

Chris Bradley

Director - Beaverhead and Big Hole Region

Chris Bradley is a native Montanan who cut his teeth at an early age chasing trout all over this great state. As co-owner and outfitter of The StoneFly Fly Shop in Butte Montana, FOAM Director, and Scott Fly Rod prostaff, Chris’s number one goal is to ensure his clients have a memorable trip on our waters. From beginners to expert anglers, his demeanor and work ethic are a constant, and he’s one of the most easy-going guides you’ll find. When he’s not on the water, his nine-year-old twins, lovely wife, and classic motorcycle keep him busy.

Jeremy Gilbertson

Director - Bighorn Region

Jeremy Gilbertson lives in Billings with his wife and family, and operates mainly on the Bighorn and Lower Yellowstone Rivers.  He is entering his 20th season in the fishing business, and represents Region 7 as their director.  

Phil Sgamma

Director - Madison Region

Phil has been part of the guiding community in Southwest Montana for over 22 years, working for a classic smaller-sized outfitter during the fishing season and finding the yin to the yang ski patrolling at Bridger Bowl during the winter. As the owner and operator of a small property management company in Bozeman, Phil finds a way to stay busy year round. He is honored to work with such a great and dedicated Board of Directors at FOAM and enjoys his free time with his wife and kids.

Daniel Smith

Guide Director - East

Daniel Smith holds a BS in Marine Engineering Operations from Maine Maritime Academy and a MBA in Finance from Southern New Hampshire University. He spent fourteen years shipping all over the world. The last ten years as Chief Engineer, on both merchant and military vessels.

Fed up with a career that interrupted the fishing season and major hatches, Daniel retired from the Merchant Marines to become a fishing guide based out of Bozeman. When not guiding Daniel can be found fishing all over Montana or tropical destinations for permit and tarpon.

Zach Scott

Guide Director - West

Zach Scott moved to Missoula from Tulsa, Oklahoma to attend the University of Montana. While in school Zach worked in a Missoula Fly Shop and started guiding. Zach is now in his 7 year of guiding. Zach Has been an active member and supporter of FOAM through his guiding career. When not rowing, Zach enjoys upland and waterfowl hunting with is dog Leo.