About

Scott Willumsen and On the Clearwater

Scott Willemsen - On the Clearwater Fishing Guide

Fishing is never far from my thoughts. If I’m not guiding, I am out fishing on my own, planning a fishing trip, or working on fishing gear. I never tire of fish, the scenery of the Northern Rockies, or our local wildlife. I am lucky to live and work in one of the most beautiful places in the world and spend time with many diverse and interesting people.

As a Missoula native, I have explored and fished the local waters for over 35 years. My guiding career began at 22 in Alaska, leading day-long expeditions in the Bristol Bay area and in the Katmai National Park. My clients fished for trout, all five species of salmon, arctic char, and grayling. I also worked as a guide in Idaho for several years, leading expeditions for steelhead and salmon fishing on the Clearwater River.

I love the Alaskan wilderness, but my true love is fly fishing on the rivers of Western Montana. Since returning home, I have guided clients throughout Western Montana and on the Clearwater River in Idaho. I enjoy working with clients of all backgrounds and levels of fishing experience.

On the Clearwater is a licensed outfitter in Montana and on the Clearwater River in Idaho. We do most of our fishing from rafts and drift boats. However, I also hold a Coast Guard Captain’s License to use power boats in my guiding activities. Using a jet boat is integral to accessing the Land of the Giants on the Missouri River, and the lower Clark Fork River.

The core of our business is classic Montana fly fishing. However, there are many opportunities, particularly on the lower Clark Fork river, to use conventional tackle.

Lithia Toyota of Missoula and Inland Northwest Toyota Dealers

On the Clearwater Fishing Guide - Sponsor Toyota Truck

We are sponsored by the Inland Northwest Toyota Dealers Association, as a result of our long standing relationships within the Missoula community. Our boats and guests are transported with trucks sponsored by Lithia Toyota and maintained by their skilled service providers. We are proud to recommend Lithia Toyota and Northwestern Toyota Dealers for your vehicle and maintenance needs.

North 40 Fly Shop

We recently allied with North 40 Outfitters, a hunting and fishing equipment retailer selling products in six locations across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. We are considered North 40 Outfitter’s preferred outfitter for guided fishing trips in Western Montana and for steelhead fishing on the Clearwater River in Idaho. We highly recommend their stores for all your fishing and adventure equipment needs.