Guide Biographies

Matt Lloyd
Owner and Head Guide

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The Jackson Hole fishing community long knew that Matt was one of the top guides around. His winning the “Top Guide” honor at the 2016 Jackson Hole One-Fly, beating out 60 of the top guides in the region, confirmed what locals already knew. Matt has run more trips over the past few years than most other guides. This is due to the fact that guests ask for him day after day after day. Matt’s combination of knowledge, enthusiasm, demeanor and skill make him one of the top guides anywhere. Matt has a master’s degree in Adventure Education, is an AMGA Certified Guide, has been a Senior NOLS Instructor, and has almost 20 years guiding in the mountains and rivers of Wyoming. Matt’s teaching skills, outdoor expertise, and fishing knowledge allow him to effectively guide beginners and experts alike.

Chase Putnam
Owner and Head Guide

Chase is a naturalist at heart. He grew up fishing and skiing in Colorado and has been fishing for trout his entire life.  Traveling the world with his kit in tow, he’s caught fish in some of the most beautiful and remote areas of wilderness you could hope to find yourself in. Having guided the waters surrounding Jackson Hole since 2009, Chase is respected as one of the top fisherman in the region. Nothing makes Chase happier than sharing the joy of fishing in a pristine environment, which is why he partnered with Matt to create WRA so many years ago. There are few with more knowledge and passion than Chase; he knows these rivers like the back of his hand and is keenly connected to the whereabouts and behaviors of fish here. A day on the water with Chase will not only be a fish-filled experience, but also a great time. Chase has a wicked sense of humor and will make sure you enjoy your day to the fullest, making memories that last a lifetime. When he’s not guiding fishing trips Chase enjoys fly-tying, saltwater fishing and spending time with his kids.

Derek Baser

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 Harris

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.”

Ian Hrycenko

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 Kalicki

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.