Our Montana River Guides

Nick Z

NickZ - Western Waters

Nick Zanetos, Raft Guide, Carpenter 

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Nick has lived in Missoula for the last two years and this will be his second season guiding with Western Waters. When not on the river, Nick enjoys cruising on his mountain bike, skiing Snowbowl, and exploring the great state of Montana. In the off-season Nick works carpentry and is starting graduate school at the University of Montana in the Fall. Fair warning, if you bring up college football he won’t stop talking.

Danielle Maniere - Western Waters
Danielle Maniere, Raft Guide, Engineer
As an outdoor adventuress, Danielle grew up skiing in the mountains of central Idaho. After graduating from University, she travelled and worked around the world as an engineer and has now settled in Montana. She loves exploring the outdoors as an avid kayaker and climber.

Jared Forsythe, Fishing Guide, Biology Teacher, and Owner 

Jared grew up in West Yellowstone Montana, exploring the many fishing holes, mountains, and rivers in his backyard. Attending the University of Montana provided him with yet another great backyard–Montana’s Bitterroot Mountains and the rivers of Northern Idaho. Jared graduated from the University of Montana in Environmental Science and currently teaches high school Biology. He is our #1 fish guide and fearless leader. He has been guiding for 13 years and is one of the best Montana River Guides in the Missoula and Coeur d’Alene areas.


Natty Role, Fishing and Raft Guide, Science Teacher 

Natty grew up floating the multi-day rivers of central Idaho where he began his guiding career. Natty joined Western Waters in 2005, guiding on the Clark Fork River in the summer while coaching kayaking in various foreign destinations in the winter. Natty is now a high school science teacher in Montana and spends more time with a fly rod than he does in a whitewater kayak. He returns every summer to guide for Western Waters. He is one of the best Montana River Guides!

Andy SimonAndy Simon, Fishing Guide 

Andy has been fishing from age two, when his family moved to a house in Walla Walla with a spring fed pond in the back yard. From a young age, he fished for the bass and Kamloops trout that were stocked there. From his sophomore through senior year in high school he was part of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team, traveling to the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Pennsylvania during the summer to compete and learn fly fishing methods from the rest of the angling world. Andy got his start guiding in Alaska and has worked in Norton Sound and Bristol Bay, guiding on the Naknek River and other fly in only locations for seven summers during and after college. Now Andy spends half the year in Missoula Montana guiding for trout and the other half on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington chasing steelhead. He now spends each summer floating the Clark Fork, Rock Creek, the Bitterroot and the Blackfoot. The dry fly fishing and healthy freestone rivers that define this region are why he calls Missoula home.

ChrisChris Orwig, Fishing Guide For over a decade Chris Orwig has been guiding in Montana, showing anglers of all skill levels why he is passionate about about the great resources located in the western Montana region he and his wife Lori call home. Chris is incredibly knowledgeable and you’ll never forget a trip with him.



Sara Forsythe, Web/Media, Owner

Sara grew up in South Dakota and originally fished with a pole, bobber, and worm. She is a member of Spokane Women on the Fly. She is also the Founder of the Zootown Arts Community Center (ZACC) in Missoula and now works as a Fine Art teacher in Coeur d’Alene with her husband while running Coeur d’Alene Adventures and Adventures with Western Waters behind the scenes during the summer months.