Fly Fishing Guide Profile: TC

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Memorable days on the water come from memorable guides. On our team, there is none more memorable than the legendary, TC, Thomas Cleary. Our guide profile series continues with our Idaho Fly Fishing TC.  

The Man, The Myth, The Legend.

Those who’ve fished with TC once have made a friend for life. An alpaca farmer, powder skier, rad dad, and an epic story teller. A day on the river with this guide is filled with stories (many of which are true… we think). The most well known guy in the state of Idaho, and our very own local Teton Valley Guide of the Year.

TC guiding his daughter on to a nice rainbow


Years Guiding:

24 years


Stanely ID / Driggs, ID 

What brought you to Teton Valley?

Powder skiing / snowboarding.

Favorite Sports Team?

Seattle Seahawks and the Wazzu Cougs

Favorite go-to fly?

Chocolate Pink Ant

What’s a memorable fish story you want to share?

Catching steelhead on the John Day River in Oregon.   i think i caught 5 within 2 hours….on  a fly rod. It was sweet.

When you do get a day off, what is your favorite activity in Teton Valley?

Overnight camping trips on the South Fork with the family. 

Favorite meal served by the Lodge chefs?

Beef tenderloin and/or bacon wrapped lasagna.

What do you love about guiding?

Hanging out in cool places with cool people.

TC and his Bird Dog Gus on a Fall Pheasant Hunt
Favorite co-worker?

My dog Gus. In the fall we work hunting and cast & blast trips together.

Best tip for first time fly fishers?

Listen to the guide.

Best tip for first time fly fishers?

Don’t turn off your hearing aid.

In your opinion, what is the most scenic stretch you guide on?

They’re like kids, I love them all equally. 

Where around the globe have you fished and what has been your favorite place?

I’ve been to Alaska, and all over the Pacific Northwest, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. The Middle Fork of the Salmon River is my favorite.