Owner and Head Guide
Owner and Head Guide
Hailing from the sticks of Central Pennsylvania, Derek started fishing the waters in and around Happy Valley before he can even remember. He graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University’s hospitality program in 2017 and moved to Jackson less than a week later. His affinity for the water naturally led him straight to a career as a fishing guide, with winters spent skiing and instructing throughout the Tetons. His passion for propagating knowledge and skill make him an excellent choice for any angler. Whether it’s a 20-something-inch brown or just another white fish, the stoke level and professionalism on his boat always abounds!
Jay started his fly fishing journey at age 10 hunting brookies and landlocked salmon on the fabled rivers of Northern Maine. Thirty-five years later, he has fished throughout the world in both fresh and saltwater, but his first love is still trout – Big Trout. He has guided across the country from Maine to Alaska and brings a diverse set of skills, tricks, and techniques for motivating stubborn fish. He is equally comfortable with guiding hardcore experts for trophy fish or making it fun/easy for first timers to learn the sport. “I’m blessed to be guiding right here in some of the best trout fishing anywhere in the world,” Jay says. “It’s all about bent rods and big smiles.”
Some guides were raised on the river, and Ian happened to spend his early years in and around three rivers: the Ohio, Monongahela, and Allegheny. If you guessed Ian is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you would be correct! Hailing from the outskirts of the Steel City, Ian received a fly rod as a gift at age 12 and proceeded to chase bass on the fly at the pond in his local wildlife refuge and the rivers that were walking distance from his grade school. As he matured in age and refined his pursuit, Ian discovered an affinity for chasing elusive wild trout throughout the Appalachians and Great Lakes. Ian spent much time honing his skillset on the fabled limestone spring creeks across Pennsylvania’s vast landscape and learned the hatches from Green Drakes to Yellow Sallys and BWOs. This was the beginning of a journey that spanned the Appalachians, ultimately leading him westward to the state of Wyoming, where he turned his passion into way of life as a steward of the high mountain west river systems. Beginning his river career as a whitewater oarsman guiding the rivers of Wyoming, Ian realized that some secrets are meant to be shared and he manifests this belief in working to pass on these skills and perspectives. Some people call fishing a hobby, sport, pastime, or even religion. Ian strives to break down the science of the river ecosystem and help clients discover the art of the pursuit of trout in the beautiful places they live.
Randy has been fishing his entire life and grew up in northern Indiana fishing the St. Joseph River, Lake Michigan’s coho/chinook salmon runs, and chasing bass and pike in the area’s many lakes. His first memory of catching a big fish was sitting on his grandfather’s pier with an ice fishing pole and a 12-inch blue channel cat swallowed his worm. He knew right then that fish hooked him more than he hooked them. He moved to Colorado 20 years ago and started fly fishing 18 years ago. He has been guiding people for the last 15 years on overnight backcountry trips all over the Rocky Mountains. He still gets the same thrill seeing clients catch their first fish as if it was his own. He transitioned to drift boat guiding in 2019 and lives in Victor, Idaho or wherever the water takes him.