Craig Mathews

Fly Fisher/Fly Tier/Guide/Author

Craig Mathews came to West Yellowstone, Montana in 1979 and became the town's police chief, his wife Jackie a police dispatcher. In 1980 they founded Blue Ribbon Flies employing handicapped fly tiers and tying flies wholesale for major retail outlets. In 1982 Craig retired from police work and Blue Ribbon Flies opened up their first full-line retail store.

Listen to Craig Mathews's Shows...

Yellowstone - Fly Fishing Paradise

Craig Mathews has fished Yellowstone National Park for over 30 years. Learn from Craig where, when and how to fish this incredibly beautiful and diverse fly fishing destination.

Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River

Craig Mathews has fished the Yellowstone River for over 30 years. Join us to hear Craig tell about the best strategies and tactics to use on this renowned river.

Since opeing their shop Craig has authored dozens of articles for major fly fishing publications on Yellowstone fly fishing, fishing bonefish and permit, fly patterns, and more. He has authored and co-author 6 important books on fly-fishing: Fly Patterns of Yellowstone (1986), Fishing Yellowstone Hatches (1992), The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide, (1997), Western Fly-Fishing Strategies, (1998), Fly Fishing the Madison River in 2001 and Volume 2 of Fly Patterns of Yellowstone in 2008.

Craig has also produced Telly Award winning dvd's like Fishing Yellowstone Hatches, Tying Yellowstone Fly Patterns, Bonefishing the Flats, and Fly Fishing the Madison.

He has developed several famous fly patterns like the Sparkle Dun, X-Caddis and Iris Caddis, Nature Stone Nymphs, Pops Bonefish Bitters, TDF Shrimp, Turneffe Crab, and many others.

NBC's Tom Brokaw says, "Craig Mathews is a master fly-fisher, and his knowledge of Yellowstone is matchless."
Craig and Jackie serve on boards of directors of The Montana Nature Conservancy, The Montana Trout Foundation, The Madison-Gallatin Wild Trout Foundation, 1% for the Planet, The Yellowstone Park Foundation, and Trout Unlimited's Stewardship Directors Council.

Craig and Jackie and their Blue Ribbon Flies have been awarded many conservation and environmental awards. These awards include The Nature Conservancy's coveted Business Conservation Award for their work in protecting and preserving wild trout habitat. In 1997 they were presented the most prestigious award given by national parks: The Protector of Yellowstone National Park Award. This seldom given honor was presented by Yellowstone National Park in recognition of their work to "preserve and protect Yellowstone for all future generations".

In 2000 The Greater Yellowstone Coalition presented them with their highest honor as "the business giving the most to preserve and protect the greater Yellowstone ecosystem for the future". In 2002 The State of Montana presented Craig and Jackie with a special award for their efforts "to preserve and protect, and keep open to the public over a mile of the Madison River…". And, in 2003 The Federation of Fly-Fishers presented Craig and Jackie and Blue Ribbon Flies with The Lee Wulff Award for their conservation and environmental work Trout Unlimited presented its conservation of the year award to the Mathews in 2007. And, in 2008 The Madison River Foundation presented them with its stewardship award for their on-going work to protect and preserve Montana's famous Madison River.

In 2001 Craig and Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia founded The 1% for the Planet Club that now has 1000 members, $30m to date. Member companies donate at least 1% of their gross sales to environmental and conservation causes; like an earth tax for doing business.

You can see, Craig and Jackie are committed to working hard to preserve and protect wild trout, wild trout habitat, and wild places for all future generations!

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