The Delektable Crew

Dan Delekta
Dan DelektaDan started fishing when he was 2, encouraged by his Dad, who owned and operated sporting goods stores in upstate New York. He grew up fishing in and around the Adirondack Mountains, and his passion for trout and steelhead fly fishing eventually led him far from New York –to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. At 22, he moved to West Yellowstone, Montana.

Dan began tying flies when he was 10. He has since designed more than 1,000 patterns that are the trademark Delektable™ collection, and his passion for fly tying and design remains as strong as ever. He is constantly thinking about, designing, tying and field testing new designs on the legendary Madison River, just outside his door and other rivers he fishes and the ocean. His innovative patterns use both traditional and new age materials. Dan’s creativity is also the catalyst for his rod building, which he started in 1975. He is now a master builder of custom graphite, fiberglass and bamboo rods, which make up his exclusive line of Beartooth Fly Rods. He started Beartooth Flyfishing in 1982, which also offers his Made in Montana braided leaders and hand-tied leaders.

Dan has guided on Montana’s trophy rivers for over 40 years. He built the Beartooth Flyfishing Lodge in 1989, with the help of friends. He greatly values the friendships he has built over the years. His love of the mountains, the solitude and the peace of the Madison Valley is exceeded only by his love and appreciation of all the people he has embraced as his friends and extended family. Dan’s passion for fly fishing remains strong by all the challenges and rewards it offers. He looks forward to continuing to create and innovate, to being in touch with nature, and to continue bringing the joys and deeper knowledge of fly fishing to more fellow lovers of the sport.

Dan can be reached by email: dan@beartoothflyfishing.com.

Nancy Alston Delekta
Nancy DelektaNancy started fishing as a child on the Brandywine River in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she grew up. She also fished the saltwaters of Long Beach Island in New Jersey. Nancy began her love of fly fishing in the late ’70s, while living in Vermont and New Hampshire. She later moved to Massachusetts, and continued traveling to fish in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and the Gaspe Penninsula. Nancy was the only woman in a group of weekly fly tiers traveling to different states in the west and east to fly fish. During the early 80’s, Nancy grew to know and love fly fishing in Montana. After the loss of her dad, she began to look for job opportunities in Montana, where she could pursue her loves of fly fishing and skiing. In 1999 she became CFO of H.S. Trask, a shoe company based in Bozeman. She rapidly became involved with fly fishing in the area and was soon named president of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited and Treasurer of the Whirling Disease Foundation. Nancy continues to help with these organizations when time allows.

During her time in Bozeman, she met Dan and they began fishing together; a partnership that quickly blossomed. They also recognized they approached fly fishing in the same way and always “fished hard.” The couple wed in a very special ceremony on the Madison River, as their vows were carried out on the banks of the Beartooth property at what is now known as Wedding Rock.

Nancy’s business acumen and long business experience has been an enormous benefit for Beartooth Flyfishing. Nancy loves retail; she grew up in retail. Her father owned a chain of retail stores where she began working when she was 12. Nancy loves the interaction with the people who come to the Beartooth Fly Shop, because they are happy, many are on vacation, and they are pursuing the sport they love. She continues working hard on expanding the retail activities of Beartooth Flyfishing, including the online store, all while trying to find more time to get out on the water and fish.

Nancy can be reached by email: nancy@beartoothflyfishing.com.

John “Grandpa” Delekta
John "Grandpa" DelektaDan’s father, John “Grandpa” Delekta, began fishing when he was around 6. His interest in the outdoors led him to spend almost 40 years in the sporting goods business in upstate New York. During his early adulthood he was a spin fisherman, but later transitioned into fly fishing. Grandpa retired in 1990, the same year that Dan opened the Beartooth Flyfishing Lodge. Also in 1990, Grandpa began spending every summer at the Lodge, and had since become a full-time Montana resident. Along with fishing the Madison River, he also remained busy doing most of the packaging for the Beartooth product line. Even in his 80’s, John "Grandpa" DelektaGrandpa worked almost every day, and was an invaluable member of the Beartooth team. He was noted for his merchandising acumen and the well known fly “six-packs” he created and helped maintain for the shop.

Grandpa really loved the time he spent fishing with his son and Nancy. He had also been with Dan and Nancy to the Rogue River in Oregon for steelhead fishing and to Andros Island in the Bahamas for great saltwater fishing. It’s remarkable to consider that Grandpa and his son fished together for almost 50 years; a unique accomplishment in this day and age. Grandpa is now part of our loving family and fishing memories and will be missed. When we sit on the porch in his chair where he sat with Tippet by his side, we will be thinking of Grandpa.

Marty “The Montajun” Authement

Marty TroutMarty was born and raised in southeast Louisiana and proudly lives the Cajun
lifestyle, fishing and hunting since childhood. He earned a mass communications degree, then worked for 10 years at his hometown newspaper, where he started as a reporter and left as editor of the Lifestyles Department.

 

Marty RedfishHe was introduced to fly fishing in the early ’80s during a trip to Montana, then carried these skills to Louisiana. When the time came to leave the newspaper, he become a full-time guide, and split his time between his two favorite places – pursuing trout in Montana, and chasing world-class redfish in the saltwater marshes of Louisiana. In addition to contacting Marty at Beartooth Flyfishing, you can also reach him at (985) 688-4495, by email at captmarty@marshmadness.net, or on his website at www.marshmadness.net.

 

 

Jennifer “Jenn” Durham Reints

jennsbiopicJenn grew up mainly in the Madison Valley and started working for Beartooth in 2005. She helps in many facets of the daily business of Beartooth Flyfishing and also assists with the management of the guest lodge. Jennifer is an avid hunter, stalking deer, elk and antelope, an activity she has enjoyed with her father since childhood. Jennifer enjoys fly fishing and, like the rest of us, is always looking for more opportunities to get out on the water.

Jenn is also a practicing taxidermist, a passion since she first discovered her dad’s deer heads on the wall. An wildlife enthusiast, she has pursued this as a career for most of her life, always learning how to work with as many species as possible in order to prepare herself for this career. She opened up her business to the public after building a new shop in 2008.

For more info on her Taxidermy work contact her directly at 406-682-3357 or 701-928-0453. Her website is www.willowgrovetaxidermy.freehosting.net where you will find photos of current work she has done and a price list and policy page is also there.   There are few specimens she won’t accept, so consider Jenn at Willow Grove Taxidermy for your next piece of wildlife art to capture that lasting memory.

Ryan Ongley

Ryan was born and raised in Bountiful, UT. He fell in love with the outdoors through annual trips with his family travelling throughout Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. And the surrounding areas of SW Montana and Wyoming. At 12 years old the family moved to the small mill town of Camas, WA. Throughout junior high and high school Ryan fell into a lifelong love affair with flyfishing. Still taking annual trips to the Madison River and Yellowstone, Ryan began honing his skills on all the waters of SW Montana and the Greater Yellowstone area. While in school in Washington he had the chance to chase Steelhead and Salmon on rivers such as the Washougal, Kalama, East Fork of the Lewis, just to name a few.

At 21 Ryan took a job at Beartooth Flyfishing as Dan’s first shop employee through the summer of 1992. During that time he learned so much from his new mentor Dan Delekta. The friendship has grown and grown throughout the years. For 13 years Ryan helped manage a successful woodstove, bbq, and hearth products dealership with his brother Scott. But Montana continued to call and he then moved permanently to Montana in the fall of 2006. Ryan spent 14 years in Bozeman as a member of the management team at the Sportsman’s Warehouse store in town. Running the fishing department, then the Camping and Optics departments. Now in the spring of 2021 life has come full circle and Dan and Nancy have asked him to return to help them with this amazing business.

Ryan loves all aspects of flyfishing. Dries, nymphs, streamers, soft hackles. With the growing popularity of Trout Spey over the last few years Ryan has made that one of his newest addictions. Fishing for fall runners out of Hebgen on the Madison in YNP in the fall is one of his most favorite passions. It’s an experience that every angler should have a chance to do at least once in their lifetime. When not working at the shop you’ll find Ryan and his Black Lab Addie wading or floating the Madison, Big Hole, Beaverhead, Ruby, Gallatin, or Yellowstone Rivers.

Ryan sincerely looks forward to meeting all the regular customers and new ones at Beartooth Flyfishing. His commitment to everyone is to provide the best customer service possible and create new friendships and adventures that will last a lifetime. Tight Lines everyone!

Kevin Mueller

Kevin is what happens when two Montana Madison River trout loving Fly Fishoholics come together to have an offspring. Born in the one of the cities of Southern California and brought to Montana to spend all summer vacations. It was only a matter of time before someone taught him how to fish. At the age 11 he wondered what the hell his mother could be doing at the river every night for 6 weeks from the hours of 6:30 pm till dark. He adventured down and found a community of fisherman and one man brave enough to help him send his first cast. Kevin went down the next day and caught his first trout and from that day forward the trout bite was on his mind and in his heart pumping adrenaline. Since that day Kevin has fished the Madison River religiously with his mother as a mentor in the early years. You can still find him most nights in the summer on his stomping grounds near three dollar bridge.

He went to college and found out that this was not the path for him at this time. Then he went to automotive school as anything with an engine or motor was part of the motor head passion. He soon graduated and began working on BMW’s till Porsche School took him in.  He graduated from Porsche School and worked on them till he realized he wouldn’t ever have time or the physical shape for his truest passion trout. So he left to find a path closer to his true home Montana trout.