Marty "THE MONTAJUN" Authement
Marty was born and raised in southeast Louisiana and proudly
lives the Cajun lifestyle. Hunting and fishing since he could
walk, he’s fished these marshes for more than four decades.
graduating from high school, he spent eight years working at
various jobs, from the oilfield to carpentry to truck driving.
He then returned to school, earning a mass communications degree
from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana,
graduating with honors and was named to the university’s Hall
of Fame. He then worked for 10 years at his hometown newspaper,
where he started as a reporter and left as editor of the
after graduating college, through a mutual friend, he was
introduced to Ken Deats of Bozeman, Montana. A strong friendship
was quickly kindled, and it was on trips to Montana that he
learned the sport of fly fishing in some of the most productive
and storied blue-ribbon rivers in North America. He also carried
these skills to south Louisiana, where he now guides and
practices saltwater fly fishing.
friendship led to another, with the introduction of Joe Bruce of
Maryland, a world-class fly fisherman and author of several books
on fly fishing and fly tying. His fishing trips with the captain
in the marshes of southeast Louisiana have provided a wealth of
shared information, and forged a bond only enjoyed between
captain’s guiding career began about six years into his
newspaper career, starting Marsh Madness as a weekend venture.
When the time came to leave the newspaper business and become a
full-time guide, the decision was made to split time between his
two favorite places, Louisiana and Montana, drawing on a
lifetime of fishing experience in southeast Louisiana, and a
decade of time on the cold, clear waters of southwest Montana.
captain also notes that his venture into guiding in Montana
would not have been possible without the support of Pat McFall,
an outfitter from Ennis, Montana, who first guided the captain on
the Madison River and became a true and cherished friend.
Pat, who rowed his driftboat and guided until he was 81,
succumbed to cancer at 82. His ashes still flow
Pat, who rowed his driftboat and guided until he was 81, succumbed to cancer at 82. His ashes still flowin his beloved Madison River, and Capt. Marty still rows Pat's driftboat on the cherished waters.
Many thanks also go to Dan Delekta of Beartooth Lodge, whose friendship and support have been vital to the Captain's success. It was Pat McFall who introduced Capt. Marty to Dan. The introduction led to a bond beyond friendship; they are brothers in their profession and the passion that is flyfishing.
Capt. Marty would not be living his dream if it were not also for the love and support of his wife, Jennifer. She shares his love of Big Sky Country, where the couple eloped. They were married on Squaw Creek Bridge overlooking the Gallatin River.