Justin was born in South Dakota and began fishing as a boy in the Beartooth Mountains near Nye, Montana. He admits to being born into the right family. He says "My grandparents lived right on the Stillwater River and so I had it all to myself, it was our family river." He was five when he took his first backpacking trip with his father to the lakes on the Beartooth Plateau and started fishing the high lakes and streams in the area. He continued his education both in the classroom and outdoors at St. Mary's University in Winona, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor's degree. He then went on to get a commercial pilots license in Phoenix, AZ.
After a few years away, life and family began to call him back home. He returned to Montana, splitting his time working on the family farm in South Dakota, building fly-tying bobbins and guiding. Justin now lives in Bozeman and owns the small manufacturing business, RITE BOBBIN-a tool for tying flies. No matter if he is farming, manufacturing or guiding, he always tries to remain upbeat, positive and patient. Justin is a full-time guide in the area and knows the territory well. He implores a wide range of techniques and tricks he has gathered over many years of fly fishing. Justin has a genuine interest in meeting new people and sharing his history and expertise with his clients. Maybe above all, he loves a good laugh!