Posted on February 12 2019
We just got the news that Chris Fleck, owner of Stillwater Anglers, has his sights set on new horizons and is looking put the keys to the shop, and possibly the outfitting side of the business as well, in the hands of the right new ownership. The opportunity to take the helm of a successful business that calls some of Montana’s most storied trout water home is rare. Chris has done a stellar job building a fly fishing community around Columbus and beyond. Don’t sleep on this one. Read Chris’ note below, and get in touch with him if you’re interested.
I am looking to sell my retail shop, Stillwater Anglers, located in Columbus, Montana, to the right person (or people). Briefly, we are a full service fly shop and outfitter that has been in business since 2011. While I am mainly interested in selling the retail portion of the business and retaining the outfitting side of things, I would be willing to entertain offers to sell the entire business as well to the right buyer. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our business, we are a 650 sq ft shop strategically located off of Interstate 90 in Columbus on the main thoroughfare headed up the Stillwater Valley. We are the only full service fly shop between Big Timber and Billings. We’ve built up a loyal local and regional customer base.
Upon retiring from the Marine Corps, I got into the guiding and outfitting business, and eventually expanded to include a retail shop. I’ve worked hard to build up the Stillwater Anglers brand and reputation over the years, and it has given me a great deal of joy and satisfaction to build a business from the ground up. The business has shown a steady upward trend in financial growth. While I intend to cut back, I will to continue to guide some of my regular clients as well as help out some of my outfitter friends. However, it’s now time for me to venture on to other things!
The business is not currently listed, as I want to get the word out to my industry friends and acquaintances first to allow an opportunity to sell the business to the right qualified buyer privately. Further information as well as financial details can be provided upon request to serious inquiries only. I can be contacted at the phone number or email address listed below.