guiding

Guide of the Quarter: Zac Mayhew

Guide of the Quarter: Zac Mayhew

Congratulations to Wood River Valley fishing and hunting guide Zac Mayhew, our Redside Guide of the Quarter! In this interview with Board of Directors member Brian Chaffin, Zac talks what he loves about guiding, how he sustains relationships, and his goals for his next decade of guiding.

“I mean, the crazy thing—and this is a weird one—is that in going on international fishing trips to places like Argentina, even with my clients, the best thing I get from that is the opportunity to be guided by other guides, learning from other fishing guides that do it for a living. So, I guess my aspiration is to learn from as many other guides as I can.”

Guide of the Quarter: Guy Robins

Guide of the Quarter: Guy Robins

“When you do have an opportunity for some down time, if you have to miss a trip, don't look at it as a bad thing. Take that time to reenergize yourself, get out in the wilderness by yourself, get together with your friends. Just do something different from what you've been doing for the whole summer.”

On the Edge of Things: Grief & Guiding

On the Edge of Things: Grief & Guiding

I wish there were easy answers and condolences but there aren't. I can’t tell you to stop going into these mountains and out to these rivers any more than I can tell you to stop breathing. How do we take care of a community that lives on the edge of things? What do we do when our livelihood is so often intimately connected to our sadness? How do we reconcile our loss with our own close calls?

Guide of the Month: Kurt Killgore, Killgore Adventures

Guide of the Month: Kurt Killgore, Killgore Adventures

I guess… I could name any story you want here. But what’s cool is that a lot of people tell me after their tour that it was the best day of their life. In my twenties, like I said, I’d say, “Yeah yeah, watch your step.” But now I think it’s pretty cool, it’s nice to give people that kind of experience. It’s amazing to me that it’s not a bigger deal. I get folks that have been to Glacier or Yellowstone and afterwards they can’t believe what they just did.

Guide of the Month: Dave Handy

Guide of the Month: Dave Handy

"There’s a local guy, Cliff Hansen, a rancher here, that was an old friend of my dad’s. He told me the other day, was telling me that my dad had told him, says ‘Hey, you ought to go down get one of these permits, they’re only $15. They’re gonna be worth somethin’ someday.’ And Cliff said that he told my dad there’s no way in heck anybody will ever pay you to take them down a river they could just go do it themselves."

Guide of the Month: Quincy Becker, Fly Fishing Guide

Guide of the Month: Quincy Becker, Fly Fishing Guide

The most amazing guiding experiences on the river, the ones that have brought tears to my eyes are people with disabilities and veterans. The hardship that they have overcome is humbling. If I could guide people with disabilities for the rest of my life I would in a second.

Packing for the Middle Fork

Packing for the Middle Fork

So I shake the bag again but nothing emerges. I know it’s here somewhere, likely under the clothing I’ve piled on the pad. But it isn’t. No sleeping bag. My personal warmth crisis has taken an ominous turn. The only sleeping bag in the tent is Skip’s. For now I use it like a shawl and drape it over myself. The warmth gives me an opportunity to think through my options. Embarrassment is becoming less important, and is being overshadowed by this new dilemma.

The Worst Beat Down: Guiding and Seasonal Affective Disorder

The Worst Beat Down: Guiding and Seasonal Affective Disorder

That dark winter in the blue camouflage room it was difficult to speak with friends or family that were expecting to see a happy, confident, strong me. That was the “me” that I knew and loved. I didn’t care much for this new sad impostor living in my skin, invading all of my thoughts. I wanted who I thought was the real me back. That Kyle wasn’t available and I wanted to deal with it alone. I came to realize, however, this was an unrealistic idea.

Guide of the Month: Sara Lundy, Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Guide of the Month: Sara Lundy, Sawtooth Mountain Guides

The wilderness experience is a core necessity for me so it's extremely satisfying to share that with others. It's really rewarding to help a first time camper set up a tent and witness them enjoy the simplest camp stove dinner like it's a 3-star michelin experience!