Sue LeComte

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Sue LeComte Shipping & Receiving

Chris Willich

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Chris WillichFly Fishing Department Accessories Buyer

Mike Murphy

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Mike MurphyMen’s DepartmentFly Fishing Department

Todd Van Bramer

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Todd Van Bramer Fly Fishing Guide Coordinator

John McLaughlin

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John McLaughlin Fly Fishing Buyer Fly Buyer

Joe McKinnon

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Joe McKinnon The Gun Guy Hunting Department

Susie Ring

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Susie RingWomen’s Buyer Jewelry Buyer

Terry Ring

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Julie Meissner

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JULIE MEISSNERCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORJulie Meissner is the product of a family who loved the outdoors. Born and bred in Central Oregon, her father was ski school director at Mt. Bachelor, her mother taught all kinds of outdoor classes and she was raised ski racing with he siblings. Summers were spent on Odell Lake where her family operated a boat ... Read More

Verlon Herndon

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VERLON HERNDONCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORVerlon Herndon grew up a long way away from here, both geographically and temperamentally, in the flatlands of Oklahoma. An article in National Geographic that featured a photograph of Stanley and the awesome Sawtooth Mountains redirected his focus and brought him to Idaho. Fishing is in Verlon’s DNA, as is fishing ingenuity. His first fishing memory ... Read More

Chris Willich

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CHRIS WILLICHChris Willich was drawn to Idaho by the fishing and quality of life. Originally from Mercer Island, Washington, Chris attended Montana State University in Bozeman. He also lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for about seven years before deciding to move to the mountains. Sun Valley was familiar territory to him as his father was formerly the city’s mayor. He learned ... Read More

Gene Steiner

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GENE STEINERCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORGene Steiner and his wife Sharon moved from northern California in 1965 to Pocatello, Idaho so that Gene could attend pharmacy school at Idaho State University. The young couple first came to Sun Valley to ski in the winter of 1964-65 and fell in love with the area, and with each other! During his first year ... Read More

Dave Spaulding

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DAVE SPAULDINGCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORDavid Spaulding is not the son of a fisherman, rather the nephew of one. His uncle gave him his first rod, a beautiful bamboo stick designed for catching Salmon. “He would take me fishing on opening day of trout season and I would use that long, stiff rod to catch little lake Rainbows,” he laughed. An ... Read More

Jim Sommercorn

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JIM SOMMERCORNCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORFor a guide who as a young boy remembers fishing with a cane pole using hot dogs as bait, Jim Sommercom has come a long way. But that early ingenuity served him well in later endeavors. As a biochemist, he researched the cause of Type 2 Diabetes in the Pima Indians of Arizona and enjoyed a ... Read More

Ed Northen

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ED NORTHENCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORAs the fifth of seven children, Ed Northen’s childhood was spent somewhat unattended; exploring the open spaces of his native Orange County and fishing in whatever water he could find. His first fishing memory is of a day spent in a rowboat on a lake, angling for trout. Stubby rods, level wind reels and worms were ... Read More

Mark Milkovich

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MARK MILKOVICHCERTIFIED MASTER CASTING INSTRUCTORThe Wild West runs through Mark Milkovich’s veins. Born and raised in Montana, he is the great-grandson of homesteaders. His great-grandmother had a mine prop business – cutting posts and beams for the local mine tunnels. She also had a bootleg distillery until the local law shut her down. Oh yes, she also had 11 children. ... Read More

Thatcher Marsted

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THATCHER MARSTEDCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORThatcher Marsted first fell in love with Idaho as a college student. A dream summer job river raft guiding on the Main Salmon River introduced the San Francisco native to the wonders of the Wilderness State. His first fishing memory is of casting a line in the Trinity Alps with a Royal Coachman. He said his ... Read More

Bob Knoebel

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BOB KNOEBELCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORBob Knoebel made the move to Sun Valley from Westport, Connecticut seven years ago. Back east, he was the program director for the town’s very successful YMCA and was also a swim coach. With the move west, Bob has written and has published 12 articles about fishing and hunting around the Rocky Mountains in Big Sky ... Read More

Bob Jost

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BOB JOSTCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORFor Bob Jost, the perfect ending to a day of fishing wild Cutthroat, Steelhead or Rainbows is camping on the edge of a wilderness river. Surrounded by the quiet of the canyon and the rush of the water, he drifts off to sleep knowing he will have the opportunity to do it all again the next ... Read More

Butch Harper

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BUTCH HARPERCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORButch Harper is an Idahoan through and through. Born in Rupert, he left for a bit to attend Western State College in Colorado, but returned in 1957 to work on the Sun Valley Ski Patrol. He began fishing as a boy and recalls riding with his father on one bike to the Snake River in search ... Read More

Ewald Grabher

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EWALD GRABHERLike the Sun Valley Resort, and the entire local Grabher clan, Ewald Grabher’s origins are in Austria. Relatives and fly-fishing brought him to Idaho. It was a trip on the Middle Fork some 30 years ago when he was a boy that precipitated Ewald’s love affair with the state and his decision to someday live here. His first fishing ... Read More

Jim Curran

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JIM CURRANCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORA Jersey boy, Jim Curran discovered Idaho while on a hunting and fishing excursion in 1965. Following studies at the US Naval Academy and the College of Marin, San Francisco State, Jim moved to Ketchum in 1977, which qualifies him as a lifelong local! His first fishing memory took place on the east coast, however. “After ... Read More

Matt Curci

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MATT CURCICERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORMatt Curci’s family has a long history in Sun Valley. Though a native of Santa Cruz and California’s Bay Area, he has always had close ties to this area as his grandmother moved here when the Resort opened more than 75 years ago. He did not learn to fish in our region’s storied waters, however. As ... Read More

Lance Cole

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LANCE COLELance Cole is Idaho born and bred. The Jerome native moved for a short time to Washington and Nevada where he taught skiing, but moved back to Boise because he really missed the fly fishing and skiing. The next natural step was to move to Sun Valley, the epicenter of both of this passions. “Here, I get to guide ... Read More

Jason Buck

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JASON BUCKCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTOROne of the most memorable guide days Jason Buck has had, as well as one of the most rewarding, was the day he fished with a guest who was visiting with the Higher Ground program. This wounded veteran was booked for four straight days of fishing. “What’s funny is we fished a total of two hours ... Read More

Brett Wilson

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BRETT WILSONBrett Wilson grew up on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. He graduated with an English degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he learned to cast a fly rod at Lake Superior Steelhead, and spent a lot of weekends chasing pike in the Boundary Waters Wilderness. He said, “I pretty much embody every Minnesota stereotype there is--I am a ... Read More

Ritchie Thurston

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RITCHIE THURSTONCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORThis local Idaho boy grew up outside of Boise in Meridian, attended the University of Idaho and moved to Ketchum two days after graduation. The area’s rivers, streams and mountains proved irresistible. In the 1970s, Ritchie’s parents used to take the kids and pack a 100-pound military grade inflatable raft all over the alpine lakes in ... Read More

Sean Sullivan

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SEAN SULLIVANCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORSean Sullivan hails from a big family. He grew up the son of a Navy man, so he and his five brothers and two sisters moved a lot and learned to adapt to many new environments. He came to Sun Valley to fish and to snowboard and plans to stay a long, long while. He is ... Read More

Brad Stansberry

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BRAD STANSBERRYAmong elementary-age children in Ketchum, Brad Stansberry is a rock star. This extremely popular fifth grade teacher at Hemingway Elementary is the son of two lifelong flight instructors. “I guess teaching runs in my veins,” he said. Brad came to Sun Valley from Newport Beach, California. In the 70s, his parents built a small vacation cabin here that he ... Read More

Brian Richter

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BRIAN RICHTERBrian Richter learned to tie flies a full year before he learned to fly-fish. He is not sure why that was, but he is certain it helped him better understand the water and the environment in which he would eventually find his calling. “Learning about bugs is an integral part of fishing.” A native of southern Idaho, Brian started ... Read More

Taite Pearson

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TAITE PEARSONTaite Pearson returned to his Idaho roots after spending what he said was “way too much time in the hustle of big cities.” He decided to stay here because the area is good for the soul. Taite’s first memories of fishing were on the South Platte in Colorado when he was 10 years old. That was the first time ... Read More

Mark Osmer

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MARK OSMERCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORMark Osmer is an enthusiastic University of Idaho Vandal and transplant to the Gem State from Diablo, California. There, he learned to fish for bluegill in Diablo Lake at the tender age of six. The world-class hunting and fishing brought him east to the mountains of the Wood River Valley. Since he began guiding, his most ... Read More

Jake Nelsen

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JAKE NELSENCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORJake Nelsen comes from good Norwegian stock, from a large family of farmers and fisherman. Born and raised in Edison, on Puget Sound in Washington State, his first fishing memory is of the sea-run Cutties that would creep into his local river each August. “I would walk and wade that as a kid, all day, every ... Read More

Kent Mueller

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KENT MUELLERCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORKent grew up in Olympia, Washington and learned to fish while catching small sea-run cutthroat in a local stream. His favorite fishing memory is of hooking the same five-pound brown trout twice in a ten-minute period. Sitting around a campfire under the stars with a cold beer and good friends after fishing is as good as ... Read More

Greg Loomis

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GREG LOOMISCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORGreg Loomis’ biggest fish tale is a big fish tale. He once landed a 20-pound Permit on a Pencil Popper. It’s true. He swears it. A fisherman since the age of nine, Greg came across his first Steelhead in a creek as narrow and shallow as Trail Creek. He caught that fish on a fly he ... Read More

Pat Lee

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PAT LEECERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORPat Lee hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but made his way west for college, attending Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. He is now a true westerner, addicted to deep powder, mountains, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, and most of all, fishing. Pat appreciates Sun Valley’s relative isolation as the people who come here really want to be here. ... Read More

Jess Kiesel

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JESS KIESELCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORJess is a fine example of the amazing young angling talent within Silver Creek’s guiding ranks. Jess grew up here in the Wood River Valley and has come to know our area waters as if they all were within casting distance of his backyard. Jess’ secret to successful fishing and guiding is his objectivity; despite his ... Read More

Todd Kaplan

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TODD KAPLANCertified Fly Casting InstructorTodd Kaplan has seen a good deal of the western United States and Mexico from the vantage point of the family van. He and his three brothers logged countless miles with their parents during epic summer road trips. Early memories also include fishing off the jetties near Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay for rock cod. ... Read More

Skooter Gardiner

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Skooter GardinerCertified Fly Casting InstructorWoodward Gardiner III, a.k.a “Skooter” was born in Sun Valley and has not missed a summer here in forty-plus years. Though life’s circuitous path took him to Ventura County, California and Asheville, North Carolina, it led back to the Wood River Valley, where he has now been a full-time resident for 20 years. With roots wide ... Read More

Carl Evenson

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Carl EvensonCarl Evenson hails from Boulder, Colorado and earned a degree in Fisheries/Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana at Missoula. He came to Idaho to guide wilderness survival courses and fell in love with the landscape, which is easy to do. Some of his earliest fishing memories are with his grandparents going after sunfish with a cane pole when ... Read More

Brett Drummond

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BRETT DRUMMONDCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORBrett Drummond is a true Idaho native, hailing from Hayden Lake. Like any good local boy, he loves dogs, camping and ending a day on the water with a “beer on the tailgate, talkin’ about hogs, kids, huntin’ and women.” He learned how to fish with his great-grandma, trolling for Bluebacks in Moscow Bay. Guiding Style: ... Read More

Pete Debaun

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PETER DEBAUNCertified Master Casting InstructorAs a child, when Peter DeBaun’s family said something to the effect of “come on, Peter, it’s not nuclear science,” they came from a place of authority. His uncle, Vannevar Bush, headed the Manhattan Project, working alongside the likes of Oppenheimer and Einstein. A brilliant engineer, inventor and scientist, Bush was initiator and administrator of the ... Read More

Mike Bordenkircher

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MIKE BORDENKIRCHERCertified Fly Casting InstructorThe combination of the mountains and rivers are what lured Mike Bordenkircher to Idaho from Oregon. Though he grew up on the Upper North Umpqua, fishing for trout on tied down caddis flies with his dad, he has become a convert to Idaho’s waters. A dry fly guy, he is particularly fond of what he calls ... Read More

Riley Berman

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RILEY BERMANCertified Fly Casting InstructorWhen asked what brought him to Idaho, Riley Berman replies, “I just never left!” Born and raised in Ketchum Idaho, he did leave to attend college and holds a degree in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. His entire family still lives in the Wood River Valley, and Riley spends his winters coaching ski ... Read More

Bret Bishop

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BRET BISHOPCERTIFIED FLY CASTING INSTRUCTORBret Bishop has a long list of credentials to support what he calls his “addiction” to fly-fishing. A member of Fly Fishing Team USA, and the 2006 Individual National Champion, Bret has represented our country in two World Championships. Currently retired from competition, he serves as a member of the Leadership Committee for the Federation of ... Read More

Amanda Bauman

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AMANDA BAUMANAmanda Bauman is a born and bred Idaho native. After leaving the Gem State to attend college in Montana, she was lured back to the Wood River Valley by the pull of family and a lifestyle she embraces. Amanda began to fish during her time away at school. “It was something I could do by myself in the evenings ... Read More