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Snake River Angler fly fishing guides

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Boots Allen

WYOMING

Boots Allen is a third generation fishing guide whose family has significantly contributed to the development of the fly fishing industry in Wyoming since the 1920s. He began guiding for his father and uncle while still in high school and is in the middle of his 25th season of guiding on the waters of Wyoming and Idaho. Boots has penned a variety of articles for national fly fishing magazines, is the author of three books on fly fishing, co-produced conservation films for Jah Trout Productions, and has been a featured personality in regional and national television programs.

Among his numerous accomplishments are:

  • High Score Guide, Jackson Hole One-Fly, 2004, 2005, and 2008.
  • Second Place High Score Guide, Jackson Hole One-Fly, 2007.
  • Carmichael-Cohen Memorial Guide Award, 2007.
  • JH Bass on the Fly at Ririe Reservoir – 1st Place.

Boots is well known for his creative dry flies and streamers and has developed patterns for Umpqua Feather Merchants and the Orvis Company. His passion for fishing and guiding has taken him to some of the furthest reaches that a rod can take an individual. Guiding for 25 lb sea-run brown trout in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, is one thing. But he has also swung tube flies to 30 lb. steelhead in British Columbia, stalked 40 plus-inch taimen on the streams of Mongolia and Kazakhstan, skittered mouse patterns across Siberian streams in Russia for 30 inch lenok, and stripped bucktails in Costa Rica for giant rooster fish.

Boots Allen is licensed to guide on the streams and lakes of Idaho through The Lodge at Palisades Creek.

Lucas Donaldson
Lucas DonaldsonWYOMING
Lucas was born and raised in Kelly, Wyoming, in the shadow of the Tetons. He caught his first fish on the fly when he was about five, and has been hooked ever since. Extensive experience as a guide and knowledge of fishing, coupled with a professional and easy going attitude makes him the perfect guide for both experts seeking to improve their fly fishing, and beginners who are interested in spin fishing or the basics of fly fishing. Lucas’ passion has kept him guiding with Snake River Angler for fourteen years. Sometimes his fun loving and friendly dog, Mookie, joins Lucas on the river. He is an extremely accomplished fisherman with experiences throughout the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Due to his popularity his summer is almost always booked well in advance. If you would like to get out on the river with him please give us a call to book your trip before you arrive in Jackson Hole.

Josh Cohn
Josh CohnCOLORADO
Josh began fishing the Rockies as a child, but never imagined that he would spend so much time fishing as an adult. Brought up in Denver, Josh started fly fishing Colorado’s front range, and has since chased trout all around the intermountain west. Working as a guide since 2007, Josh specializes in teaching all levels of anglers, everyone can pick up plenty of knowledge from his broad knowledge. Having spent winters as a ski instructor, he is one of the best guides for children. Josh especially enjoys working with beginners, and emphasizes that fly-fishing should be fun. After all, who wants to learn something that isn’t fun! For those anglers looking to float a different river in the region, Josh might be the right guide. He greatly enjoys guiding on the Green River and is also licensed to guide on Idaho’s famous South Fork through the Lodge at Palisades Creek. Call SRA today to arrange Josh as your guide for a fly-fishing trip you’ll never forget.

Jim Reetz
Jim ReetzCOLORADO
Having grown up in the Rocky Mountains, fishing for trout has been second-nature to Jim since he was five. Jim grew up in Parker, Colorado and has explored the rivers of the Rockies throughout his life. Whenever possible, he joins month long camping trips in the Snowy Range in southern Wyoming and ensures that fishing is at the top of his priority list.  In addition to guiding in Jackson Hole, Jim has spent many seasons fishing and guiding the clear blue waters and flats of the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico. When he’s not fishing, Jim resides in Alabama, where he and his wife are raising their family; however, his love for fly-fishing in the Tetons, brings him back to Jackson each summer. He has been guiding the Snake, the Green, the South Fork, Yellowstone and many other regional waters for over 10 years. Jim was the high scoring guide of the 2006 Jackson Hole One Fly Competition and is also a recipient of the Carmichael-Cohen Memorial Guide Award. Jim’s expertise, patience, and out-going personality make each trip for his clients a memorable adventure.

Travis Taylor
Travis TaylorWYOMING
Being the son of an adamant fly fisherman, Travis began fishing as soon as he could hold a rod. He took to fly fishing quickly, as if it was second nature, and developed a true love for the sport. At the age of 16, Travis started shuttling for outfitters in the Jackson area. During this time he was able to meet some of the legends of fly fishing and absorb the knowledge they shared with the young aspiring angler. This helped him develop a vast knowledge base of the best fishing in the region. His guiding career began when he was 20 and regularly guides in Jackson Hole, Star Valley, and the Pinedale area; as well as the South Fork of the Snake River in Idaho. Travis spends his summers fishing and winters skiing with his beautiful daughter and son. In the fall and spring he can be found on the Salmon River in Idaho chasing Steelhead. He is excited and willing to share his knowledge just as others did when he was learning. He also shares the same passion as his father in regards to “finding the big fish.” Be sure to call SRA and book a trip with Travis. A guide who is passionate and also laid back on the river.

Scott Meissner
Scott MeissnerWYOMING
Scott has been fishing his whole life and grew up on the Snake River in Boise, Idaho. He has guided everything from kayaking, to whitewater, to scenic and fishing trips and his ability to read water is extraordinary. He uses the skills he has gained and applies them to finding the fish while keeping people safe on the river. With a background in education, Scott is able to break down the steps of fly fishing in order to help beginners with the mechanics of casting and can suggest small adjustments for more experienced anglers to improve their results. Scott has an amazing wealth of knowledge, covering countless rivers and streams in the area and enjoys fishing anywhere he can: including the Snake, Salt, and Green rivers, and Yellowstone National Park. Scott recently married the love of his life, Jenny, and welcomed their first child in January 2015.

Sam Allen
Sam AllenCOLORADO
A native of Golden, CO, Sam has been avidly fishing in the Rocky Mountain region since he was a young boy. Immediately after graduating from the University of Denver, Sam moved to Wyoming to pursue his passion for fly-fishing and the great outdoors. Over the past five years, he has been working for Snake River Angler, providing clients with a fun, laidback and informative experience. He enjoys working with individuals of all levels and ages, teaching the basics to beginners and fine-tuning the skills and knowledge of more experienced anglers. Call the shop to book Sam if you’re looking for a fun filled day of catching fish, while taking in the beautiful Wild, Wild West!

Bart Taylor
Bart TaylorWYOMING
Bart, aka Bartman, is a 4th Generation Star Valley, Wyoming resident. He was born with a fly fishing rod in his hand and has embraced the art of fishing. Some of his earliest memories are of fly fishing with his father and grandfather. He has also explored many rivers and streams in eastern Idaho. Bart started guiding fishing trips in 1980 taking clients by horseback up to mountain streams and lakes in the Hoback and Pinedale area. Then in 1984 he started guiding fly fishing trips with local guides and fly shops down the beautiful rivers in Wyoming and Idaho. In 1987 he began guiding in Jackson Hole taking trips all around the region. When the world championship was held in Jackson on the Snake River in 1997, Bart was the guide for not only the first place contestant but the second and third as well! In 2001, he was the High Point Guide for the Jackson Hole One Fly Tournament, and in 2010 Bart was awarded the Carmichael-Cohen Memorial Guide Award during the Jackson Hole One Fly Tournament due to his dedication, and contribution to fly fishing. Bart is a true representation of the best qualities in guiding. Bart is married to his beautiful wife Julie and has five grown sons. They all enjoy fishing, hunting, and many other outdoor activities together. Bartman is one of our most sought after guides, and booking in advance is your best bet if you would like to reserve a day with him.

Hunter Otterson
Hunter OttersonVIRGINIA
Hunter grew up in Richmond, Virginia.  When he was 15, he picked up a fly rod and his life changed forever.  Family trips to the Rockies inspired Hunter to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder.  During college, Hunter spent his free time fishing extensively throughout Colorado and Wyoming, where he honed his understanding of western rivers.  He moved to Jackson the day after graduation and began working for Snake River Angler shortly thereafter.  Hunter appreciates any day on the water, whether it’s chasing big cutthroat around the Snake, or floating the Upper Green green looking for brown trout. He enjoys working with beginners and advanced anglers to improve their abilities.  He is an expert fisherman in all techniques, but loves to seek out some of the biggest fish in the river with big streamers.  When he’s not guiding, Hunter is fishing, hunting, or skiing throughout the West. Hunter will work hard to put you on the best fish in the river.

Kyle Riley
Kyle RileyIDAHO
Kyle Riley is a native of Caldwell, Idaho. He found his passion for fishing at an early age on family fishing trips to nearby Redfish Lake, in the Sawtooth Mountains. Since then, Kyle has fished the Salmon River extensively has become well known on the Snake River since moving to Jackson Hole in 2009. Over the years Kyle has fished numerous rivers looking for trout, including the Owhyee, Selway, Clearwater and Roaring Fork rivers. Kyle is a water enthusiast and began guiding river trips in high school and was a member of Fly Fisher’s of Idaho throughout college where he studied geology. Kyle’s passion for fishing and knowledge of the Yellowstone ecosystem make him the perfect guide for your fly fishing adventure.

Dustin Kovac
Dustin KovacWYOMING
Dustin grew up chasing large mouth bass and alligator gar in the south. After spending an entire summer in the backcountry of the Wind River Range building the Continental Divide Trail, he dedicated himself to chasing the largest Golden trout in the world, high in the backcountry of the Winds. Dustin has logged 300 miles a year in the Winds for the last 8 years and feels he knows where that next world record Golden is. When he is not hiking or guiding the rivers of Jackson Hole, he’s floating the Green River catching gargantuan browns beneath undercut banks. In the springtime he guides on the Green in the famous Flaming Gorge in Utah. When the season slows down a bit here in the US he likes fishing exotic locales including Belize and New Zealand.

Cody Barber
Cody BarberOHIO
Cody is originally from Cleveland, OH and grew up voyaging to the great american west… specifically right here in Jackson, Wyoming. During several summers he was a camper at Teton Valley Ranch Camp, which brought him to the base of the Tetons and Gros Ventre Mountains. This experience led Cody to spend most of his younger years guiding pack trips and backpacking trips throughout the surrounding wilderness and national parks. During this time Cody developed his fishing skills and his passion for teaching. He has been with Snake River Angler for four years and loves to chat with anyone and everyone who swings in to say hi. When he is not on the water Cody loves to spend time with his pups, River and Colter, playing his guitar, and enjoying the mountain lifestyle.
Adair Dickerson
Adair DickersonGEORGIA
Adair is originally from Atlanta, GA and has been coming to Jackson Hole for many years. He has lived in the valley permanently for the past four. Adair knows the water in the area, and carries the equipment that will give people on his boat the best opportunity to catch fish. He is an expert in developing his own variations on many patterns, and ties most of his flies. At 3 years old, Adair started fishing for bass in GA, and honed his skills during trips to Wyoming and Montana. Several times throughout the year Adair guides international trips to remote places including the Bahamas and South America, where it’s easy to get captivated by the excitement of fly fishing. During the off season he enjoys skiing the mountains around the valley as well as ice fishing. If you’re lucky, you might run into him on a day off fishing the lakes of Yellowstone.

Jake Ragsdale
Jake RagsdaleVIRGINIA
Jake originally hails from Richmond, VA and spent numerous childhood summers in the west; including Montana, California and Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Alabama, Jake followed his passion for fishing and moved to Jackson, where he had already worked at Snake River Angler for several summers. He enjoys guiding the Snake with views of the Tetons, where big cutthroat aggressively hit dry flies. He prides himself on sharing his passion for fishing and the beauty of Jackson Hole with anyone floating in his boat. His saltwater experience is also extensive, with several trips to Belize, the Bahamas, and the Chesapeake Bay. When he can get away for a couple nights he enjoys spending time camping at unnamed locations on the South Fork of the Snake. Jake takes on a double role at Snake River Angler, guiding clients on the water, and taking the lead in the operations of our fly shops. When he’s not on the water you can find Jake mountain biking or duck hunting. Roll Tide…

Rip Lambert
Rip LambertGEORGIA
Born in McDonough, Georgia, Rip grew up fishing for largemouth, spotted, and shoal bass in the rivers and creeks in the region. He then moved to the Appalachian Mountains and started trout fishing where he became obsessed with the delicate art of fly fishing the Rhododendron Tunnels in north Georgia. Rip decided to move his passion west, while taking a break from being a heavy equipment operator in rock quarries. Rip has also spent several years training bird dogs and guiding duck hunts in South Carolina. He moved to Wyoming to experience the amazing hunting and fly fishing. He is also an avid whitewater paddler, and is always on the hunt for new areas to kayak. He graduated from Young Harris College with a degree in Outdoor Leadership. 

“Great crew. My guide Sam was great!! Highly recommend this outfit when in Jackson WY. Thanks guys”- Chad Martin

“Unreal experience!! Awesome guides!” – Nathaniel Frederik