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 Lloyd 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

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Chase has been guiding the waters surrounding Jackson Hole since 2009 and is respected as one of the top fishermen in the region. Originally from Colorado, Chase has been “chasing” trout his whole life. There are few out there with more knowledge and passion than Chase Putnam. A day with Chase is sure to be a fish filled learning experience for beginners and experts alike.

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!

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.