About Us

About Dave Brown Outfitters

At Dave Brown Outfitters, our “collection” of guides spans 2 countries, 2 U.S. states and 3 Canadian provinces.

Although the territory we cover is vast and ranges from the SW desert of Arizona, the Montana Front Range, the Canadian Rockies, and the Northern Great Plains, all our guides share a common goal:

To look after the best interests of our clients.

They are all friendly, knowledgeable hardworking individuals that we a proud to work with. Bottom line, whether your passion is Fly-Fishing or Wingshooting, the Guides of Orvis-endorsed Dave Brown Outfitters gets it done in many awesome locations. That’s not a boast. It’s a fact.

When you offer clients unsurpassed angling on dozens of rivers and streams in six major watersheds across one U.S. state and two Canadian provinces along with great Wingshooting opportunities in 2 US states and one Canadian province, you’d better darn well be able to back it up.

We can and we do – daily, all season long, trip after trip and client after client.

Those clients include U.S. Presidents, top Hollywood actors, countless professional athletes, the business elite and a glamorous supermodel. Equally important to use are the dozens of tradesmen, journeymen, public servants and daughters-next-door that we proudly guide each year.

You see, whether they’re running Wall Street companies or running the kids to the football field, these people all have something in common – a love of the great outdoors and the desire to fly fish for wild trout in wild places. That’s where we come in …

It should come as no surprise that Dave Brown Outfitters has the highest retention rate of any guide service in Western Canada.

We are all fly-tying, sunglass-wearing, drift boat-rowing, fly-fishing professionals.

Collectively we’ve fished or guided in dozens of countries on five continents, yet each summer we return to share that experience and breadth of knowledge with you. Our common goal is to provide you, the customer, with a Western Canadian fly fishing experience that you’ll talk about for years to come.

We’re willing to bet that we have the highest retention rate of clients in the region, too, the best endorsement of all. Our corporate endorsements are numerous and varied: DBO is the guide service of choice in Alberta and B.C. for such prestigious travel companies as Cabela’s, Frontiers,Best Wingshooting and Yellow Dog Fly Fishing Adventures.

We’re also the only full-time guide service of its kind in Western Canada. For us, this isn’t a “second direction” of another business used to supplement income. Outfitting is all we do and we do it year-round. No one knows the water like we do, and no one can offer you the same level of customer service, expertise and professionalism.

Meet Our Fly Fishing Team

Dave Brown – Patagonia, AZ

Dave served for 5 years as a Paratrooper in the Elite Canadian Airborne Regiment and 3 years in the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (of Afghanistan fame). His infantry leadership experience has carried over into the development of Dave Brown Outfitters. This is evident in his “hands on” approach to outfitting, his ability to lead and empower his team members, and his determination to always be on the “cutting edge” of developing new venues for his clients. The result is the largest outfitting operation of its kind in Western Canada.

Dave is a true “Trout Bum” He ventured into Fly-fishing and Fly-tying at age 13. Since then Dave has fly-fished on numerous rivers, streams, lakes and flats in 5 Canadian provinces, Arizona, California, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, New York State and in Cuba.

Dave began his Guiding Career in 1988 on The Bow River. Since then has been active in the Western Canadian fly fishing industry in a variety of capacities including: Fly shop manager, head guide, fly fishing instructor and, for the last 15 years, as a fly shop/guide service operator and full-time outfitter and lodge owner.Dave is a past-President of the Jumping Pound Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada and is the Vice President of the newly formed Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever.

Dave and his pursuits with a fly rod and double-gun have been profiled in leading publications such as Fly Fisherman Magazine, Fly Rod & Reel, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Field and Stream, Outdoor Canada, Shooting Sportsman, Pointing Dog Journal, the book Due North of Montana and many of John Geirach’s books and columns. Dave himself has contributed articles and photographs to Fly Fisherman Magazine, Frontiers Travel, The Oklahoman, and the book Angling in the Shadow of The Rockies.

Dave is a Federation of Fly Fisher’s (FFF) certified casting instructor and is on the Clackacraft Drift Boat advisory staff. Since immigrating to the United States Dave and his very patient wife Lisa call Patagonia, Arizona home; together they operate Dave Brown Outfitters L.L.C. – Dave’s Orvis-endorsed Arizona quail hunting guide service, and the booking agent for both the fly fishing and wing shooting Canadian operations. During his brief ‘off-season’, Dave can be found at numerous fly fishing shows, fly shops, and fly fishing clubs across North America presenting slide shows on fishing in the Canadian Rockies, or chasing upland birds behind his 12 pointing dogs and his yellow Lab.

Dave is a licensed B.C. angling guide, outfitter, a licensed Saskatchewan bird hunting outfitter, a licensed Arizona hunting guide , a licensed Montana fishing guide and holds a Mexican Outfitters License.