Great fly fishing guides are key to your success on rivers like the South Fork, Teton and Henry’s Fork.
If you’d like to learn how to fly fish, or you want to improve your skills and catch fish, look no further than the Idaho fishing guides at Teton Valley Lodge. You’ll find you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy the sport. And, after a day on the water, you will be itching to get to the river the next morning and do it again.
Our number one priority has always been quality fly fishing guides.
The best in the business, they are employed only by the lodge and are fully trained by our senior guide staff. At Teton Valley Lodge you will get a top quality fishing experience every time out.
The ultimate success of any fly fishing lodge is the quality of their guides and Teton Valley Lodge is committed to having the best guide staff anywhere.
As a testament to our fly fishing guides, Teton Valley Lodge enjoys a remarkable 75% customer return. Many of these customers have been fly fishing with us for decades. Why do they come back? They come back because of our fly fishing guides!
Reserve a date with an Idaho fishing guide at Teton Valley Lodge and have one of our experienced guides take you down one of our famous rivers and show you the time of your life.
We also have a great staff. They take care of everything that happens off the water. You can learn more about them on our staff page.
Your fly fishing guides
The most important thing to me in this world is my family. My wife Heather is the greatest. You will get to meet her here at Teton Valley Lodge. The lodge could not operate without her. We have four children: Gabrielle, Ethan, Olivia and Emma. They get to help out and work around the lodge. They are usually not too far away. We live just across the road from the lodge. We are so blessed to be able to do what we love. As a fourth generation owner of the lodge, I hope to pass it on to my son and keep the tradition alive. Find out more about Matt.
Brian Berry , Teton Valley Lodge owner, also grew up fishing and guiding all of our rivers and has spent a great deal of time fishing Montana and Idaho for trophy trout. Brian is an aggressive guide and will make sure you learn the hows and whys of fly-fishing.
Tom Fenger , Has been guiding at TVL for 30+ years. Tom is the head guide at the lodge and mentor for all the other guides. Tom is an expert steelheader and bird hunting guide. His trout fishing expertise makes him a legend in the area.
John Pehrson formerly Randy’s partner, has been guiding at the lodge since 1961. He returned in 2004 from a three year leave and is back to work guiding our guests and “murdering ‘em”! Everyone knows John and what a fun and productive day he guarantees.
Patrick Hogan , came back to the lodge after a couple of seasons off. He just could not stay away. His love of the river and of spending time with the guests brought him back. Pat is a veteran guide of over a decade and his enthusiasm is contagious to everyone around him.
Jay Myers is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana and has been with Teton Valley Lodge since 2007. Jay left the midwest in 1999 to become an elk hunting guide in Colorado, since then he has guided big game hunts in most of the west as well as hunting and fishing in Alaska. In the spring and fall he guides steelhead trips on the Salmon River in central Idaho and still guides the occasional hunter. When Jay is not on the river you can find him in the mountains hunting grouse with his wife Margaret and his dog Frankie. Jay spends his winter months in his taxidermy shop (Rivers Edge Wildlife Art) and ties flies for the upcoming season.
WC Paetz has passion, which gives an edge over most guides on the river. His intensity and drive to catch fish never goes unnoticed.
I grew up fly fishing the great state of Arkansas on the White and Norfork rivers. My desire to fish drew me to Montana where I met a future guide of the Lodge. Once I visited Teton Valley I knew this was the place to be. That was in 2008. I’ve been guiding at the Lodge ever since. A huge Kansas City Chiefs fan and of course a Razorback for life, I manage to get back to Arkansas every fall to call those hogs! I’ve fished all over but you just can’t beat the great rivers in and around Teton Valley.
Jeff Smith started his guiding career in 2008 including two years in Alaska guiding throughout the Bristol Bay drainage. Jeff comes from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and graduated from Lewis-Clark State where he played collegiate golf. Jeff came to TVL to guide in his home state and fish the epic rivers of Teton Valley. In the off-season he may be found chasing elk, sitting in a duck blind with his chocolate lab Shooter, shredding the mountain on his snowboard, or traveling to fish and explore new waters. Jeff is always refining his craft as a guide and will make sure you have a great day on the river.
Wood Palmer has guided at the lodge for over 20 years and is an aficionado in every sense of the word. Beyond his love for fly fishing, he is an avid steelhead fisherman, skier and bird hunter.
My name is Jim Rooks and I am a 5th generation native of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. My great-grandfather settled in Jackson in 1906 and our family has been fly fishing the Snake River and surrounding waters ever since. I have been a classroom teacher, vice principal, principal and athletic coach in public high schools for the past 20 years. My wife of 13 years, Ruth Moran, and I have a 3-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter. My passion for fly fishing and love of teaching blend perfectly in guiding for the Teton Valley Lodge.
Kirk Ward makes his home in Rexburg Idaho where he and his wife teach at BYU Idaho. He has fished the area for years and is an excellent guide and fisherman. Kirk always gets the fish.
Chris Nelson will be familiar to many of you who have been coming for years and years. Chris was a full time guide for many years and last year decided to come back on a part-time basis. If you are lucky enough to spend a day on the river with Chris you will never forget it.