Tim, an Idaho native, has been honing his fly fishing skills on Idaho rivers, spring creeks, and still waters for over 30 years. This intimate knowledge of Idaho’s waters has served as a springboard for his fishing adventures throughout the world, fishing for many varieties of fresh and saltwater species. Tim has spent the past 20 years working in the fly fishing industry where his knowledge and expertise bring the elements needed to offer top quality customer service to everyone who visits The Idaho Angler. In addition to being an excellent fly tier, Tim is an FFI Certified Casting Instructor and an outstanding guide. In 2012, Tim became a shareholder in the company.
An Idaho native and Idaho State University graduate, Jim has spent his career in retail and joined The Idaho Angler staff after retiring from BSU. Jim is a lifelong outdoorsman and avid fisherman. His favorites are chasing rainbows on the South Fork of the Boise and casting to big browns on the Owyhee.
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Tom has lived in Boise since 1984. He claims to have started fishing before memory and has no consciousness of ever not fishing, and therefore, believes he was born a fisherman! Tom has a passion for pursuing fish with a flyrod – cold, warm and saltwater species. He is a non-discriminating fly fisher and divides his time between rivers, lakes, oceans and cold and warm water. His fresh water catch list includes just about anything that swims – the five Pacific salmon, numerous trout species, grayling, char, whitefish, bass, bluegill, northern pike, carp catfish, garfish, rock bass, suckers, and many others. Saltwater species include bonefish, permit, Giant, Golden, Blue, Yellow and Silver Trevally, Trigger fish, shark, Jacks Barracuda, Puffer fish, and more! Tom is the lead fresh warm water consultant in the shop. In addition to his trout expertise, he enjoys guiding for smallmouth bass on the Snake River in the summer months.
Erik dove deeply into the local fly fishing community over the past fifteen years, involving himself in local organizations and nonprofits that use fly fishing as a means to educate and heal. After becoming a stay-home-dad he shifted his focus to his kids, and can sometimes be spotted in the fly shop between teaching or guiding on the Boise River.
Erik loves teaching beginners the art of fly fishing, and often incorporates his knowledge of the very basics to advanced casting methods or tight-line/Euro-nymphing techniques, elegantly defined for any degree of angler.
Erik also specializes in underwater photography, loves foraging for mushrooms, and ties many of his own flies. He states, “Being able to balance my love for my family and my love for the outdoors helps me to be a better father. My happiness extends to my kids, allowing me to focus on what they love so that I can nourish their interests just as I have done so for myself.”
Dale is originally from Whitefish, Montana, has lived in Boise since the 80’s and has been in the fly fishing business since the early 90’s. He is an avid hunter and fisherman with a vast knowledge of the recreational opportunities in the surrounding areas. While Dale is a dry fly “purist”, he has expertise on all aspects of fly fishing, and he can help you with any questions and share his valuable insight.
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Born and raised in Northern California, Brady grew up fishing for trout and stripers with a fly rod. Brady started working for the Idaho Angler in March 2021 and provides customer service and is also an FFI Certified Casting Instructor.
Born and raised in Boise, Gordon is currently finishing up his senior year at Boise High School. Gordon is the founder and club president of the Boise High Fly Fishing Club, a high school club focused on teaching students the basics of fly fishing. He started working in the shop last summer, and can still be found providing customer service on weekends (if he’s not out fishing).
Born and raised 5 miles from the Deschutes River near Warm Springs, Oregon fly fishing has been around Saxton his entire life. He attended college in Ontario, Oregon spending every minute of free time on our Owyhee waters and the Boise River. Choosing every vacation destination around Saltwater growing up he decided after college to spent a chapter of his life in the Florida Keys being a fly shop employee widening his skill of Saltwater fishing. Since returning to the NorthWest he became a guide back on his home waters in Central Oregon, and now is a part of the Idaho Angler team.
Raised in Idaho, George returned after retiring from a 30 year career as a Dentist in Northern California. During his career he was very involved with Reel Recovery and now Idaho2fly as a “buddy guide”, helping men fighting cancer experience the peace and serenity that flyfishing offers as part of their healing. Fishing and a love for nature has been his passion since he was a child and whether hiking to high mountain lakes, fishing salt water flats or hunting big trout on the blue ribbon rivers of Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and North California, George has always enjoyed sharing flyfishing with others.
Originally from Northern California, a passion for the outdoors led Cooper here in 2021 to attend BSU. He’s been working at the shop since August of 2022. If Cooper is not in the shop, he can be found on our surrounding waters chasing trout and hunting waterfowl.
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Born and raised in Alabama, James has been fishing his entire life. After getting stationed at Mountain Home AFB he fell in love with the fly fishing lifestyle. After leaving the military, James moved to Alaska to cut his teeth as a guide. Now back in Idaho, he remains dedicated to fly fishing, conservation, and giving each and every client a guided experience that they will look back on fondly for life.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jared has fished with a fly rod extensively while chasing everything from small-stream trout to striped bass in the open surf. His passion is chasing Steelhead with a two-handed rod so he knows a thing or two about choosing the right Spey outfit. Jared has now been in Idaho for three years, playing football at the College of Idaho and now attending Boise State.