Welcome to Guide House: Montauk

  • Editor's note: Guide House: Montauk can be seen through June each Saltwater Sunday on ESPN2 at 10:30 a.m. ET. For complete weekly episode descriptions,
    see the Guide House: Montauk show page.

    Now for something completely different in fishing shows.

    Guide House: Montauk is a reality show that chronicles the fiercely competitive and socially complicated fall fishing run of striped bass out of Montauk, N.Y.

    Debuting this Sunday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. ET on ESPN2 television, the program examines the relationship of flyfishing guides as they do battle on the water and in attracting clients.

    "Guide House: Montauk is a full-tilt, high-octane, saltwater fishing show featuring five world-class guides and the pressures they face to impress their high-profile clientele," said Daniel Bowen, ESPN Outdoors senior coordinating producer.

    About Guide House: Montauk

    Guide House: Montauk is a half-hour weekly series featuring five flyfishing guides living together in a house during Montauk's legendary fall run of striped bass. The show features the guides, their clients and their fish for six weeks of intense fishing, competition and who knows what else.

    The top flyfishing guides are booked a year in advance for the fall run and fish hard seven days a week. The competition for clients is fierce and the competition for the fish is even fiercer.

    Oftentimes there can be 20 boats after the same pod of fish. And this time of year the fish are in so tight to the beach that flyanglers often have to contend with the shoulder-to-shoulder surf-fishing crowd and the dangerous ocean swell.

    To the guides, the fall run signifies the end of the fishing season, an opportunity to catch a lot of fish and a final chance to do battle with the other guides.

    Through all this the guides maintain a professional courtesy with each other; but with clients paying top dollar to fish the run, a good guide will do whatever it takes to make sure they get to the fish first.

    With each guide comes a huge ego and the tension is thick. But the guides do share a common bond and purpose and are always (well sometimes) happy to share locations, techniques, fishing gear and even a good recipe for striped bass.

    "This show is about hardcore fishing and the people obsessed with it," said executive producer Jason Puris. "The pressure on these fishing guides to perform is intense and, oftentimes, their egos get in the way. We let that drama play out on the screen."

    Guide House: Montauk brings together the world's best guides in one of the world's best fisheries for six weeks of action both on and off the water.

    Meet the guides

    Paul Dixon, 53

    A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Dixon became an angler at age 3, when his mother handed him his first fishing rod. At 16, he began flyfishing during a summer job at a fishing lodge on Henry's Lake in Idaho, honing his skills on the legendary Henry's Fork and Madison River waterways. Returning to southern California in 1973, Dixon continued fishing while majoring in business at the University of California, Irvine.

    In the mid 1980s, Dixon moved to the East Coast and fished for striped bass and bluefish in the waters off Long Island. He ran the flyfishing department of The Orvis Co. for five years in New York, and began one of the company's first saltwater flyfishing schools. In 1994, Paul opened Dixon's Sporting Life in East Hampton, while developing his charter company.

    Dixon has been featured on ESPN's fishing shows The Walker's Cay Chronicles and Spanish Fly, NBC News, Barbara Kopple's ABC mini-series The Hamptons, The New York Times, Outdoor Life, The Miami Herald, New York magazine and Newsday.

    Amanda Switzer, 36

    Though she originally went to school to become a landscape architect, Amanda Switzer ultimately became a fishing guide after working for one year — and one year too long — in an office.

    Unhappy with the ho-hum buzz of everyday work, Switzer thanked her boss for not firing her, politely quit, bought a flats boat and started a flyfishing-guide business in her home waters of eastern Long Island.

    Living and working around outdoors enthusiasts, Switzer developed an organic and intimate love for fishing. More than 25 years later, she is incorrigible.

    Guiding is one of the many ways Switzer stays in touch with the ocean. In her time as an angler and guide, Switzer has traveled the world looking for new fishing and life experiences. She helps host the Urban Anglers Seychelles trip, leading groups of anglers around the undeveloped flats in the Indian Ocean.

    Brendan McCarthy, 37

    Brendan McCarthy is a New York City-based saltwater flyfishing guide. Born and raised in New England, he started fishing from the beaches of Truro, Mass., during camping trips with his family.

    It wasn't until he moved to New York City in 1990 that he began flyfishing and was completely hooked after catching his first false albacore from the Breezy Point jetty in Jamaica Bay.

    McCarthy guides in Jamaica Bay in the spring and late fall, the Hamptons through the summer and Montauk during the fall run.

    He has been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and New York magazine. McCarthy had his first feature article published in Fly Fisherman magazine this past August and is co-creator of Guide House: Montauk.

    Matthew Miller, 50

    After leaving a traditional English private-boarding school, Miller rejected the idea of continuing his education at a university and traveled the world instead. He visited Africa and Asia, following the footsteps of the many travelers and explorers whose books he had read so avidly.

    His many adventures included being the first European to be seen in 50 years in a remote part of Ethiopia to spending time with wondering nomads in Afghanistan prior to the Russian invasion.

    Miller's wide range of careers include time spent in the music business in London during the punk rock boom of the 1970s and as a successful interior designer in Europe and America, creating clubs, restaurants and commercial spaces.

    A wish for a lifestyle change brought him to Sag Harbor and the East end of Long Island, where he turned a lifelong passion for fishing into yet another career. Miller has fished all over the world for numerous species.

    Bryan Goulart, 33

    Bryan Goulart started fishing with his father in Rhode Island when he was 4 years old and has been hooked ever since.

    While living in New York City — working as a photographer during the day and a bartender at night — Goulart decided he wanted to make fishing a bigger part of his life. He bought a boat and started plying the waters around New York City.

    He fished from the Hudson River to Montauk Point, taregting striped bass, bluefish and false albacore by fly. Slowly, Goulart's passion became his career, and he started a full-time guiding business.

    As a guide, Goulart takes pleasure in showing clients the fisheries around New York City and the eastern end of Long Island.

    When he is not guiding, Goulart travels the world as a photographer for various magazines.