Mike Rheam, Owner/Guide
Childhood Water: Rivers and streams of Central PA
Mike has been a resident of Jackson Hole for over 20 years. He began guiding whitewater rafts down the Snake River Canyon in 1989. Since then his focus has been on fly fishing. An active board member of the Snake River Fund, Mike is dedicated to the preservation of the Snake River for future generations. Having worked for some of the best outfitters in the area, Mike developed Grand Fishing Adventures with the highest angling and eco standards in mind. He has maintained those standards for over fifteen years growing GFA into a sought-after fly fishing guide service, school and shop. During the winter, Mike is an avalanche forecaster for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and the Bridger Teton Avalanche Center. When time allows, Mike guides heli-skiing and fishing trips for the Tordrillo Mountain Lodge in Alaska.
Childhood Water: Rivers of Oregon
After coming to Jackson Hole in 1998, Mitch has continued on a path he discovered while growing up in Oregon. Learning to ski at 5 years old and experiencing the Deschutes river from a Mckenzie dory, a few years later, has made him who he is today. Also, with a degree in geography and his whitewater experience, Mitch is well prepared for the rivers of the Yellowstone region. Although his obsession with skiing powder and tuning skis, keeps him busy during the winter months, it’s the fishing season that Mitch really lives for. “So many rivers, so little time”, may be his biggest frustration. However, sharing the river with his guests and seeing their amazement when a big orange cutty comes to the fly, is his greatest reward. Mitch really seems to enjoy helping others catch fish as much as fishing himself.
Childhood Waters: Snake River, Green River, Salt River and all other streams and lakes in Wyoming
Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Andrew always loved being on the water. His passion for fishing began when he was very young and his father would take him fishing all over the local waters he guides today. Guiding for Grand Fishing was supposed to be a great summer job while attending the University Of Wyoming. Upon graduation from college in 2007, he moved to Vermont for a winter to coach ski racing. After one great winter in New England he accepted the reality that guiding was going to be his career and Jackson Hole was going to be his home. Although Andrew loves guiding all regional rivers, his favorite is the Snake River right in the heart of Jackson Hole. For an incredibly scenic day of fishing he loves guiding in Grand Teton National Park on the Moose to Wilson section. For a slightly more exciting and up-tempo fishing experience let him take you to the Snake River Canyon where you not only float down the white water in a fishing boat but also get to enjoy some of the best cutthroat fishing on earth. When not fishing Andrew lives the typical guide dream: hunting in the fall, skiing in the winter, and getting to travel and fish in secret places in the spring with his chocolate lab, Hoback.
Jean (Williams) Bruun
Childhood Waters: The Colorado, The Blue, South Platte, Arkansas, back country streams throughout the West
Jean simply loves to guide and loves to fish. She logged fourteen years of guiding in Colorado and guided one season in Alaska on the Goodnews River, where she was chosen as the guide for an ESPN presentation of “Fly Fishing America”. Since moving to Jackson in 2005 she has been guiding and teaching fishing for Grand Fishing Adventures. She is actively involved with local environmental groups including the Snake River Fund and Trout Unlimited. As a Retreat Leader, she volunteers for Casting for Recovery, which provides retreats for women survivors of breast cancer. She is happily married to writer, and angler extra-ordinaire, Paul Bruun. Every day on the water is a gift! Come share a great day with Jean this season.
Clay Moorhead, Guide
Childhood Waters: Waters of Eastern Pennsylvania
Clay first visited Jackson Hole in 1996 after his parents purchased a home in the valley, and he immediately fell in love with all the amazing skiing and fishing opportunities this area has to offer. While he finished his education and started a career elsewhere, Clay spent as much time as possible in Jackson skiing in the winter and fishing in the summer. After receiving a B.A. from Middlebury College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University, Clay spent two years working in New York City all the while wishing he was back in Jackson. By the summer of 2007, Clay had finally had enough of New York so he pulled the trigger and moved out west. This was the best decision he ever made. Clay now cherishes every day he gets to spend on the river, whether fishing for fun or putting his clients on trophy trout. In 2012, Clay also joined the board of the Snake River Fund in order to fulfill his commitment to preserving the Snake River Watershed so that others can enjoy the same experiences he has so treasured.
Childhood Waters: Lakes of North Dakota Thad Stavn, Fly Fishing Guide
Thad grew up in Minot, North Dakota fishing the Missouri River. He fled the coop and headed to the Tetons, chasing mountains and snow. He has lived here since 1996 but began his guiding career on the Selway and the Middle Fork of the Salmon running white water and fly fishing trips. After many summers in Idaho running multi day trips, Thad settled into the scenic floats of the Snake. Running many rivers throughout the West, Thad’s favorite is Moose to Wilson, for its scenic beauty and big Cutthroat potential.
Childhood Waters: Snake River and other Teton streams
Josh Daigle moved from New Hampshire to Jackson Hole when he was 16-years-old. He fell in love with the Tetons and began his obsession with fishing at a young age. Josh fished for fun for many years but then realized the potential in fly fish guiding. Josh guides the same waters he grew up fishing and knows many of the secret Cutthroat homes on the Snake River, Green, Salt and South Fork. When Josh is not fishing he works for the Jackson Hole Ski Club as the race crew director and has his own custom woodworking business.
Childhood Waters: Sloughs and Bayous of South Louisiana and Gulf of Mexico
Trip moved to Jackson Hole in 1996 after six years on the Middle Fork of the Salmon honing his white water skills. He learned to fly fish at age ten being taught by his grandmother. Fly fishing both fresh and salt waters extensively in pursuit of his next adventure, fishing has taken him to waters all over the world- Africa, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Republic of Kiribati and coastal and inland US Waters. Living in Mexico four months of the year where he owns and runs Baja By Design, LLC. Trip guides people for tropical inshore and offshore species using conventional light tackle and fly techniques in Southern Baja California and the Sea of Cortez. His passion for teaching continues to fuel his desire to meet new people and discover new places. When asked by his clients “What is your favorite fish to catch?” without hesitation he replies, “The next one.” Trip teaches skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in the winters. When not working as a guide or instructor Trip spends his time skiing, fishing, and floating with his wife and two sons.
Childhood Waters: Rivers and Lakes of Utah and Arizona
Andy has lived in Jackson for more than 20 years. He came to the valley to work as a firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service. He has worked as a guide for the majority of that time guiding horseback trips and winter snowmobile trips through Yellowstone National Park and the Bridger Teton National Forest. He fishes the same water that he guides on and will often travel to Montana and Idaho to explore those rivers as well. Andy loves guiding and enjoys the friendships and memories that are created on the river
Childhood Waters: Rivers and streams in the Ozarks of Missouri
Ryan loves teaching people how to fly fish and has been a guide in the area for 16 years. He has also been a guide in Idaho and Chile. He grew up on a farm in Missouri where fishing was his childhood passion. Ryan started fly fishing when he was eight-years-old and remembers when a gentleman on an Ozark stream helped him catch his first trout on a fly rod. Now he gets more of a thrill helping someone else catch a fish then catching one himself. When he is not guiding Ryan enjoys being a dad, gardening, painting, and being in the outdoors.
Childhood Waters: Rivers and streams of southwestern Virginia
John has been a passionate angler since he was six-years-old. His dad taught him fly fishing at eight and he has never looked back. After graduating from college, he moved to the Czech Republic for three years where he honed his skills even further. He has been guiding fly fishing for the last ten years from Maryland to Jackson Hole. Even in the winter you will see him stalking pods of trout on the Snake while snowshoeing along its banks.
Rhys Brown: Guide
Childhood Waters: Small streams, tail waters and big rivers of Colorado
Rhys grew up in the Bay Area and fished the high country lakes and rivers around Lake Tahoe. He spent ten years learning and teaching friends and family how to catch fish in different types of water while trying different techniques. Now he enjoys spreading his “fishy” knowledge to both first-timers and experienced fishermen alike. He makes a point of being safe and having fun first and catching fish is a bonus. Off seasons he enjoys exploring new waters and trying his hand or “two” hands at spey casting for steelhead.
John Henry Schmitt
Childhood Waters: Lakes, Ponds, and Streams of Southern Illinois and Missouri
After growing up fishing farm ponds in Southern Illinois, John Henry got his start on the Snake River at the age of sixteen. In the evenings after working his summer job, John Henry would head to the river and teach himself to fly fish. The next summer he learned to row when his uncle, a Jackson resident, bought a drift boat and the rest is history. John Henry spent each summer through the remainder of high school and college working, hiking, and fishing Jackson Hole. He eventually settled in the valley full time in 2004 (with the exception of a few stints living and working in Alaska, Hawaii, and the South Pacific). In the winter, John Henry is an avid skier and serves as a manager for a hotel ski shop. In his free time he travels as much as time and money permit. John Henry’s favorite part about guiding is seeing the excitement in his clients’ faces the first time they hook into a beautiful Snake River Cutthroat.
Childhood Waters: Western Rivers
Mike was born in Oregon but has been fishing the western rivers his whole life. He is passionate about being on the river. On his childhood waters, he dipped his oars for the first time on the lower Deschutes, pursuing Redside Trout and Summer Steelhead. His passion for fishing is evenly matched with his dedication to guiding. Mike ensures that each day on the water is tailored to his clients. Mike moved to Colorado in 1998 and began to learn the famous rivers of the West, the Roaring Fork and Colorado, South Platte, Blue, and many others. In 2004 he began guiding for Front Range Anglers in Boulder, CO., learning the skills to teach effective fly casting. Recently he has spent winters in Washington and Oregon teaching the spey cast and catching Wild Steelhead on the fly. With a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Mike brings a solid background of stream ecology knowledge and practical application to his guiding.
Will Mook is a fly fishing guide who hails from the state of Maine. His passion for fly fishing began over 15 years ago, targeting native Maine brook trout, landlocked salmon, and striped bass. He attended St. Lawrence University where he studied Conservation Biology and Geology. In college, he furthered his love for angling by focusing his studies on fisheries biology and river ecology. Now, living in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Will spends the warm months searching for big trout in rivers throughout Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. In the winter, Will guides snowmobile trips for Togwotee Snowmobile Adventures in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding national forest.
Childhood waters: Farmington River, Connecticut
Matt spent his teen years and early 20s climbing cliffs in Connecticut and New York, and teaching skiing in Vermont and Colorado. In 1995, Matt moved to the Tetons to work as a ski instructor at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and continues to ski and teach about 100 days a year. Matt’s first summer in the valley sparked his passion to boat and fish on the Snake River, and he has been working as a fishing guide since 2004. Matt spends his free time fishing in western rivers, creeks and streams, as well as rowing white water for fun and fishing.
Knox Van Zandt
Childhood waters: Rivers of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee
Knox grew up in Tennessee fishing, kayaking, and running rivers and streams around Smoke Mountain National Park. He moved to Jackson Hole in 2002 to ski and snowboard in the winters, but would leave doing the summers to fish and run rivers all over the country. After many summers of traveling, working and fishing on different rivers, Knox has settled in the Tetons, where he now lives year round, and loves fishing on his home waters of the Snake, the Teton and other area rivers. When he is not on the river, Knox enjoys being in the outdoors, working on his house and playing in his garden.