Telly was a dedicated Middle Fork of the Salmon guide, a legendary interpreter of the wilderness, and a compassionate friend to all.

Telly Evans

The Redside Foundation was created (2010) in loving memory of longtime Idaho River Guide Telly Evans (1974-2010). Telly was a dedicated Middle Fork of the Salmon guide, a legendary interpreter of the wilderness, and a compassionate friend to all. Sadly, behind his generous smile and unyielding passion, Telly hid a pain that would eventually steal him from the river and friends he loved. The Redside Foundation strives to foster his spirit in others by protecting the health and well-being of his guiding family.

The Redside Foundation was inspired by Telly’s love of life and the work of the Whale Foundation in northern Arizona. The Whale Foundation serves the health and well-being of the Grand Canyon River Guiding Community and provides a model that the Redside Foundation will extend to all guides in Idaho. The Whale Foundation was inspired by the life of Curtis “Whale” Hansen, a long-time Colorado River Guide and native of Hazelton, Idaho. The legends of Whale and the stories of Telly are remarkably similar – the sudden, tragic loss of valued friend and community member without sign or warning.

Why the name?

There are three distinct reasons we chose the name “Redside” for this Foundation:  1) Redside is an infamous rapid on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River – one of Telly’s favorites despite the nervousness it generates, 2) Redside conjures up images of the majestic native sockeye salmon on its life fulfilling journey to the heart of central Idaho, and 3) no one will ever forget Telly’s enormous red beard and token chops.

Telly Evan's Memorial Bench in Stanley, ID