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Swan Valley, ID
Jaason was born in Aberdeen, S.D. and traveled the world in his adolescence. Living in places like Scotland, Indiana, Chicago, and southern California. He made Swan Valley his permanent home in 1994. His career with the Lodge began the following year at the tender age of 18. Jaason has been a mentor and a leader since then and is currently the Lodge at Palisades Creek’s head guide. Jaason has achieved the top guide in the Jackson Hole One Fly for the Idaho section in 2003, as well as The Carmichael Award for outstanding performance as a guide in both Idaho and Wyoming through the Jackson Hole One Fly 2009.
Jaason’s favorite fly is called the “J-Slam”. A fly he designed to imitate the prolific golden stonefly on our beautiful river. One of his favorite times fishing is with his son, Traason. The look on his son’s face and the enthusiasm Traason expresses confirms, he is “a chip off the old block”. Jaason, his daughter Kambree and son Traason spend the off season enjoying this special place you have come to visit and they call “Home”.Jaason creates an incredible experience for our guests by matching their goals and abilities with the appropriate guides. He has a complete understanding of the various levels of fishing and the need to provide our guests with a memory of a lifetime. From beginners to family’s to the most experienced angler, he can discuss any special requirements or opportunities with you to make sure your stay with us exceeds your expectations!
Swan Valley, ID
Josh was born and raised right here in Idaho and was lucky enough to grow up hunting and fishing the region. Josh has been working here at The Lodge at Palisades Creek as a fly fishing guide since the summer of 2008. “I just love to be on the water, mostly fly fishing the south fork. You might find me ice fishing, wading the shallows of a local lake, casting to carp or floating the salmon river in search of steelhead. As long as I am on the water and there are fish involved I am a happy boy.”
Josh Jablow has been guiding the last 15 years and has spent the last 10 years fishing and guiding the waters of southeast Idaho such as the South Fork of the Snake, Henry’s Fork, and Teton River. He began his fly-fishing life in the waters of Eastern Arkansas, while living in Memphis, TN. He then took his passion out west. It was in Colorado where he went from fly fishing fanatic, to fly fishing fanatic and guide.
After 5 years in Breckenridge, Josh decided to call Idaho home. He moved up to Driggs, ID from Colorado, expanding his horizons in search of less people and more snow. Josh soon realized he had landed in one of the country’s best fisheries as well. His other interests include snowboarding, playing bass guitar, photography, and long walks on the beach :-). Josh’s patience and ability to teach others is what will make a great day on the river even better.
Idaho Falls, ID
Robert “Buck” Leonard grew up in Idaho and learned to fish on the South Fork as a child. While completing a degree in geology, Buck turned a passion for all things fly fishing into a career. Buck has now been a full time guide on the South Fork for over a decade. Buck also has guided steelhead in Idaho and has guided salt water anglers in the Caribbean.
Buck’s experience and demeanor makes him an excellent guide and teacher, both for the most experienced angler and the first timer looking for just the right introduction to the sport. Professionalism, personality and fish productivity combine to make Buck one of our most requested guides.
Swan Valley, ID
Cole was raised in Swan Valley, Idaho, and from his earliest memories recalls running through the hills and calling the South Fork of the Snake River his backyard, spending as much time as possible learning the water and fishing. Cole began working at The Lodge at Palisades Creek at the young age of 14; spending summers cutting the lawn and raking the Casting Pond. A deep local knowledge and enthusiasm distinguishes Cole’s approach.
Cole has achieved the top guide in the Jackson Hole One Fly for the Idaho section in 2007. In his free time you’ll find him tying flies for the use on South Fork, hunting, and snowboarding.
Chase enjoyed growing up in Flagstaff, it was the best place for an outdoorsman in the state. But coming out to Idaho was the best move he has ever made. You can fish and hunt throughout the whole year in your own backyard. There is always a season going on and of course the fishing never ends.
Being able to fish the South Fork everyday is not something that gets old. Chase started working at the lodge at the young age of 19 and he loves absolutely every minute of it. As your guide, Chase strives to show you just exactly what the South Fork has to offer, from big dries on the banks to small dries in the riffles and everything in between. Prepare to fall in love with Idaho and the South Fork and plan on coming back year after year.
Tanner was born and raised in Missoula, Montana fishing for Cuttys and Bows on the Bitterroot and the Blackfoot River. He started his career in fly fishing working in a fly shop and guiding at a young age in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He currently spends the winter months at his home in Coeur d’Alene but spends much of those months chasing steelhead on the Clearwater and Snake River. He has fished throughout the surrounding states but he always returns to Idaho. As a guide he strives to share his love of fly fishing and the beauty of the wilderness with you to make your trip memorable.
Swan Valley, Id.
Greg grew up in upstate NY, and moved west to Oregon in ’93. He picked up a fly rod there and became obsessed. Fly fishing has consumed a great deal of his time since then. He decided that fly fishing was pretty much all he wanted to do and followed that thought all over the country in search of fish. Trout, steel-head, saltwater, carp, he loves fishing, fish and the places they live. He moved to Swan Valley to become a guide on the South Fork, which he enjoys as much as fishing. Being able to share his passion for fly fishing and the outdoors with clients is a dream job for him. Don’t forget to mend!
Idaho Falls, Id.
Scott was born in Billings, MT and a few years later moved to and was learning to fly fish in the Black Hills of South Dakota. At the age of 12 he was packed up and moving to Idaho remembering the only thing he was worried about was “how was the fishing going to be in Idaho”? He has fished as often as possible since that day and loved every minute of it. Now guiding the waters he has learned to fish is the most rewarding part of it all.
Josh began fishing in the Rockies as a child, but no one could have imagined that he would spend so much time fishing as an adult. Born and raised in Denver, Josh started fly-fishing in Colorado’s front range, and has since chased trout all around the intermountain west. A Jackson Hole resident since 2003, Josh now pursues trout obsessively for eight months each year.
Working as a guide since 2007, Josh specializes in teaching (borrowing from his winter job as a ski instructor). Josh enjoys working with beginners, and emphasizes that fly-fishing should be fun. After all, who wants to learn something that isn’t fun!! Call TLAPC today to arrange Josh as your guide for a fly-fishing trip you’ll never forget.
“I told everyone here in Tallahassee that we caught 25-30 cutthroat and I missed at least twice that many more!! I rate this one of the best fishing experiences I’ve ever had. As a novice fly fisherman, I appreciated both the patience you demonstrated while working with me and educating me on how to fish “your water”, and the enormous effort you made all day to put me on the fish.” -Tom H.
Dan grew up on the banks of the Esopus creek in upstate NY near the Catskill mountains. He developed a love and passion for fishing as a child. He moved to Jackson, WY in 1984 and built a home in Victor, ID after a few years in Jackson. Dan has 30 years of experience fly fishing and guiding on our beautiful South Fork of the Snake River. Dan loves to help out when his schedule allows him to share his knowledge and experience with TLAPC clients on his favorite River. Dan’s favorite fly is the pink sparkle Dunn. There is nothing like dropping it in softly into a pocket swirl on a large bank, keeping it from getting sucked under with a high stick mend, and then sticking the hog, life defined within seconds.
Swan Valley, Id.
George was born and raised in Southern California. He grew up surfing, skating, and fishing saltwater out of Newport Beach California. When he was growing up he would take yearly trips to his Grandfather’s ranch in Swan Valley. He’s always been amazed by the wild beauty of the river and moved to Swan Valley when he was 19 to escape the rat race of living in Southern California. He fell in love with fly fishing the week after he moved and has been “hooked” ever since. He loves working in the fly shop almost as much as fishing and being on the water. He is very excited to be guiding on the South Fork as well as working in the shop.
Heath was born and raised in Iona, Id, just a short 25-mile drive from his favorite water in the country. From the early age of 3 he spent his summers exploring the South Fork of the Snake with his father and uncle, and as we have all experienced, from the first fish, he was “hooked”. At age 8 he was put behind the oars and has since spent every waking moment chasing fin on our famed river. With a background in coaching and a deep passion for his work, he is definitely a great match for any angler. From the novice to expert you, his passion for the South Fork and love of fly fishing will undoubtedly bring you back for more.
“As dreams go, I have been blessed to achieve mine. Every day on the water is rejuvenating and educating. Day in and day out this river puts a smile on my face, and gratitude in my heart. There is no better feeling than watching the look on a friend’s face as he lays into that first trout of the day, tip bent and reel singing. Be warned, this river has a way of making everything else in the world disappear, and for a moment, you truly feel like you’ve found heaven on earth.”
Steve makes his home just 30 minutes away from The Lodge at Palisades Creek in beautiful Victor, Idaho. His guiding career spans 19 years and dozens of rivers and lakes throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He sees himself as a Guide, Philospher, and Master Knot Untangling Technician.
When not fishing or guiding Steve enjoys backcountry skiing, drinking cheap red wine, and lying (don’t all fishing guides!)
When fishing with Steve don’t be surprised if he has you tie on a streamer. His favorite tactic is “Stripping Big Junk.”
Brandon was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho where he grew up fishing the Main Snake and local reservoirs. When he isn’t fishing you can find him working at Snake River Fly in Pocatello or enjoying family time and his cats. His favorite type of fishing is spot and stalk carp fishing on the section of the Portneuf that runs through “poky”.
Idaho Falls, ID
Cruz Quiroz was born and raised in Idaho falls. Fishing has always been his favorite things to do. He grew up using worms and spinners on Willow Creek. He moved to Yellowstone with his brother and sister-in-law for a summer and got hooked fishing the Madison River. He’s been guiding on the South Fork of Snake since 2014. His favorite section of the South Fork is #4. He likes fishing the big drop offs and slow flats. Nothing makes him happier than throwing a big Olive Sex Dungeon out of his drift boat. When he’s not fishing he loves spending time with his 4 year old Daughter, and in the blind waiting for ducks.
Matt grew up in Pocatello, Idaho fishing the Blackfoot, Snake, and Portneuf rivers. He loves chasing trophy trout and bass on the lower sections of the Snake River. Matt has spent a lot of time guiding anglers and managing a lodge in northern Saskatchewan for trophy pike. When he’s not guiding or fishing he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs. His favorite methods for fly fishing are floating big dry flies and stripping streamers. Matt is very passionate about teaching his clients how to be successful on the water.
Tad Phelps has been a licensed guide in Idaho for 25 years. He grew up in the Midwest, learning to fly-fish at the age of 8, beginning his life-long trout fishing addiction on the hallowed waters if Michigan’s Au Sable River. Tad moved to Idaho in 1989 to attend Boise State University, where he received his Master’s degree in raptor biology, and then his doctorate from Idaho State University, studying Brown and Rainbow Trout behavior at the world-renowned Silver Creek. He now lives in Pocatello, Idaho, where he teaches part-time at ISU, including fly-fishing classes, and guides on the main stem of the Snake River (amongst other locals). His many years teaching and guiding, make him well versed with novice fishers, although he also enjoys the teamwork aspects of fishing with more advanced anglers, especially spot and stalk, sight fishing. When not teaching and guiding, he is an avid saltwater fly-fisher, fishing for Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish in Florida for a month or two every year. He also loves the wilds of the Northern Rockies, camping, fishing, hunting, backpacking, and skiing with his wife, 2 daughters, and 2 dogs.
Chris was born in Sonoma Co. Ca. He spent a few summers in BC where he learned to fly fish with his grandparents. After college, he moved to the Tetons to pursue the powder-covered mountains and spend the rest of the year on the rivers of the Greater Yellowstone area. He has fished and guided all stretches of the South Fork for 10 years and is happy to float and fish them on his days off with his family. While happy to help others with all aspects of fly fishing,” Chrispy” can usually be found throwing streamers to trout or saltwater fish on his days off.