OK, this is an old Jackson name, but a new business with Mr. Dennis selling the name to a group of guides and a wonderful outfitter-in-charge, Bruce James. I've fished all over the world, on three continents and for species in fresh and saltwater. Finding great guides is not so easy.
Finding a great name is, but still, you need to know the lingo when it comes to booking fly-fishing holidays. Better yet, you need to listen to the advice of the locals and change your river plans based on what the guides advise du jour.
That said, we were guided on 6 of an eight day fishing trip; the non-guided days the guides willingly lending advice on where to go. I have been flyfishing for 40 years, and our guides were
younger than that. But they knew the rivers and their hot spots like the back of their hands. Of course, they knew how to entice cutthroat trout which can be surprisingly gullible or not, depending on conditions. They are opportunistic feeders and the only game in town on the uber-beautiful Snake. These guides, Dave, Ed, Chris knew all too well how to switch things up to bring the cutts rising to dries. In addition, they knew how to tutor the other two in our party who were not as expert in presentation. In short, everyone caught fish and had a blast floating over 50 miles of river on four days.
If I canvince my fishing buddies, we'll go back next year when hopefully the riversheds will have a bit more water in them.
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