Great Fishermen vs. Great Fishing Guides
It would be easy for us to say that fishing
is a passion for us here at Jackson Hole
Anglers. And while it is true that fishing is a passion
for us, what sets us apart from other outfitters in the area
is our true love: Guiding. You might ask what's the
difference between being a great fisherman and being a great
guide. The difference is huge. Our guides are
great fishermen. They all know the intricacies of trout
habitat, diets, and behavior. They understand river
ecology and hydrology. They are expert fly casters, and
extremely knowledgeable in entomology and the flies that
imitate the bugs. All of that and more goes into being a
great fisherman. What sets us apart is our love for
A guide is a person who takes an individuals
raw ability and molds it into skill. A guide takes you
farther and teaches you more than you are able to do on your
own. A guide will pay constant attention to the safety,
comfort, and enjoyment of your day. We love to do this.
We love teaching people new things, showing them a different
way. Whether it is showing a person who has never fished
before how to cast a fly rod, or showing a seasoned angler a
more efficient way to mend their line. We get a kick out
of it all.
Spending a day on the river with one of our
guides is a great experience. They will show you where
the fish are and what fly or lure to use, of course. But
they will show you so much more as well. They will talk
about the mountains, the eagles, the history of the area.
They can explain the big picture of how the health of the
mountain environment parlays into great fishing. They
will listen to your wishes and make your day into what you
want it to be. A guide is a person who is not tied to
his or her own agenda, but a person whose purpose is to give
you the best experience possible. Whatever that may be.
Catch & Release
People often ask us if they can keep the
fish they catch. Typically folks are used to going down
to their local stream, catching a few trout, bringing them
home and frying them up for dinner. This is a great
tradition. One that has been going on for millennia.
In recent years, our population has grown to a point where our
natural resources are not capable of sustaining our desires.
Many rivers have been over-fished and polluted to a point
where they no longer hold wild trout. These rivers are
now stocked with trout that are subsequently harvested by
Fortunately, that is not the case here in
the Jackson Hole area. Because of the forward thinking
of our local fishermen and state game and fish department, our
rivers sustain a healthy population of wild trout! We do
not have to stock our rivers around here to provide great
fishing. One of the ways we maintain healthy natural
trout populations is by practicing catch and release.
There is a lot of fishing pressure on the Snake and Green
Rivers and their tributaries. Guided fishing trips
account for a large percentage of this pressure. If
every guided trip allowed their guests to keep just one fish,
our wild trout population would be depleted in no time.
Because of this, all of our trips practice
catch & release. We ask that you enjoy your experience
to the fullest. Marvel at the fantastic scenery, gaze at
the Bald Eagles, learn new skills, catch lots of fish, take
lots of pictures. Please leave this wonderful river the
same or better than you found it.