Picabo Angler Guides
Picabo Angler is proud to have one of the finest guide staffs in the state of Idaho. We employ a great group of experienced fly fishing guides who work together in order to bring you the perfect Sun Valley fly fishing experience. Our guides are well-versed instructors who intimately know our area and can both teach and put their guests in the best possible situations to successfully catch fish. Beginners and experts alike benefit from a guided trip with Picabo Angler. All of our fly fishing guides are patient, insightful and fun to be with.
Our guides are also passionate fishermen on their own time as well. Over the course of our winter and spring, when our local season slows, our guides have fished and/or hosted trips in Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Honduras, Mexico, Bhutan, Belize, Bahamas, Cuba, Canada, Florida, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, etc.
We are full-time guides, not part-time, and hope that our enthusiasm, local knowledge and teaching ability for fly fishing carries over to every day spent on the water with a Picabo Angler guest. The amount of time, measured in both years of experience and consecutive days on the water, gives us both the day-to-day pulse of our streams and a distinctive edge when it comes to deciding where to go and when to go on any given day. Our location, a mere couple hundred yards from Silver Creek, also plays a large part in keeping day-to-day events on the water in our back pockets.
Meet The Guides
Tink & Boone
O.k., so they aren’t really licensed guides in the state of Idaho, but every fly shop needs a shop dog! The Picabo Angler fly shop is no exception. Tink and Boone are Daughter and Father English Setters. They belong to our Outfitter John Huber and are often at the shop to say hello when they aren’t in the field. Idaho is a wonderful place to hunt birds. Avid fly anglers that hunt birds can find some great cast and blast opportunities in the Sun Valley area. An excellent Blue Grouse population can add a lot of excitement to a fall day! In any event, if you are swinging into the shop and feel a fur ball leaning on you while you pick out flies it’s probably just Boone saying hello!
Fly Shop Manager & Guide
Morgan Aguilar grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Georgian Court University with degrees in English and Education. Morgan spent two years traveling, and fishing everything possible, while visiting 30 national parks, and 34 states. The Wood River Valley is where that road trip ended in 2017, after being drawn to the waters and the mountains of central Idaho. Morgan enjoys the teaching aspect of fly fishing as well as continuing her education and learning more about the always evolving sport. Spending time exploring new waters, volunteering with local non-profits and outreach is how Morgan enjoys spending her time off.
Nick grew up in Santa Barbara, California and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in English/Creative Writing. He started his fly fishing career in Missoula, Montana in 1993 at the Grizzly Hackle and has been guiding full time in the Sun Valley area since 1997. Nick is one of the most sought after fly fishing guides in Sun Valley, Idaho and is often booked months in advance. Nick is also a photographer and his work has appeared in numerous publications including The FlyFish Journal, The Drake, Anglers Journal, Condé Nast Traveller, and others. To see his work, visit www.nickpricephotography.com He lives with his wife and two sons in Hailey, Idaho. Nick is Picabo Angler’s head guide.
Zac Mayhew grew up in the Wood River Valley and began fly fishing this area as a child. He began guiding immediately after college and has been guiding the Sun Valley area and beyond for well over a decade. His good humor and the constant laughs coupled with a lifetime of local knowledge places Zac among one of the Sun Valley areas most sought-after guides. He is a full time, year around guide and when the season slows, he loves to travel to fish both domestically and internationally.
Cody Catherall grew up in the Midwest, fly rod in hand. His passion struck at a young age and Cody was fishing tournaments and working in sports shops through middle school and high school. He moved West to attend college–he’s a graduate of the University of Oregon–and the Western rivers really did him in! From the trout waters of the West, Cody began pursuing species and places on the map with abandon. His drive to fish has made him comfortable in the fresh and saltwater environments, which has lead to Cody’s biggest passion; showing off his favorite Idaho waters. First time anglers and old pros will both find good humor, good will and great fishing with Cody as their guide.
Andrew started fly fishing the spring creeks and tailwaters of Southwest Virginia when he was a kid. He moved to Sun Valley in 2012 after graduating from Virginia Tech. He has been a guide for Picabo Angler for the last decade and is our lead oarsman. Andrew is an FFF Certified Casting Instructor. He excels on all of our area waters. Andrew is as comfortable showing the pros secret holes and hatches as he is teaching your entire family to cast on the lawn. He has a small family that includes two yellow labs, and if he’s not working with guests you can find he and his dogs out steelhead fishing or drifting a local river.
Christian Reid was born in Boise, Idaho and caught his first fish on a fly rod on the SF of the Boise river when he was 4. Michigan is where his passion for fly fishing really started even though his father was an avid fly fisherman his whole life. He moved from Michigan back to Idaho to pursue a career guiding on the rivers he grew up on. Christian is very laid back and really enjoys the teaching aspect of guiding, he is proficient in teaching all types of fly fishing but has a real passion for helping others target that fish of a lifetime. On his free time he is almost always fishing one of Idaho’s gorgeous rivers or tying flies for that next trip. Christian was featured in the winter issue of The Drake magazine.
Nathan Nelson is a product of the Great Northwest. With roots in the Puget Sound area and a childhood spent running around Idaho with a fly rod, Nathan has mastered the art of no pressure guiding. Many of you will recognize him as he has grown up behind the counter at Picabo Angler selling flies and quietly learning from the best spring creek guides in Idaho. Anglers never feel like they are on the clock with Nathan, as the fish will eat the fly in good time…but catching an amazing view of Mt Borah, seeing a massive hatch on Silver Creek or climbing into a steep desert canyon hold equal importance on his guide days.
Bryan was born and raised in the great fishing state of Oregon. He grew up in the small community of Hubbard and spent his childhood fishing and hunting in the Willamette Valley with friends and family. Bryan’s family was big into the outdoors and chose the wilds of Oregon to play and recreate. He mostly spent time targeting warm water species in local streams and ponds, but he also fished the coastal waters for native Salmon and Steelhead. He now resides in Bellevue, Idaho where he has become one of the state’s most sought after fly tiers by creating his own patterns that trout love! He spends his time on the amazing local waters, especially Silver Creek expanding his collection of fly patterns and guiding for Picabo Angler.
Brad grew up in Boise, Idaho spending his youth bass fishing local ponds along side his father. He began learning to fly fish for trout when he was 16 and he hasn’t looked back since. Bradley enjoys the adventure and challenges that come with fly fishing. He is passionate about meeting new people and finding a way to get that fish to the net. He is full of energy and laughter that anglers will find contagious. Brad is a great coach and really connects with kids, young adults and anyone willing to learn!
Joe is a product of the great fishing state of Florida, his family moved to Boise, Idaho in 2007. When he was about 12 years old, Joe found fly-fishing. The Boise River is responsible for his fly fishing addiction today. Attending the University of Montana allowed Joe to continue along this fishy path! While in school, his free time consisted of rowing rivers in his drift boat with friends. This also gave him the time to pursue another passion; practicing photography and videography. Joseph is a hardworking guide who has an energetic and outgoing personality. He is a passionate angler that puts in his time on the water so guests get the most from their day with him. He specifically likes the challenges fly fishing brings to the table, including all the little nuances of fishing flies. It is these details that teach patients to an angler and Joe will provide the guidance one needs to get to this quiet, confident place in the sport.
Picabo Angler Outfitter
John started Picabo Angler with the backing of the Purdy family in 2014 and has been fishing, guiding and outfitting in the Sun Valley area for over 30 years. He is the author of several books on fly fishing as well as freelance writing for Fly Fisherman Magazine, The Drake, Big Sky Journal, and others. He is an avid saltwater angler who has fished most corners of the Caribbean and extended his travels as far as Bhutan. He will occasionally host trips to some of the world’s most exotic fly-fishing destinations and is a good source of information for the adventurous angler and anyone headed to the flats. John is the Picabo Angler Outfitter.
Contact John Huber – firstname.lastname@example.org
Store & Grill Location
Winter: Daily 7:00am – 6:00pm
Summer: Daily 6:30am – 8:00pm
Winter: Daily 7:00am – 3:00pm
Summer: Daily 7:00am – 4:00pm