Jackson Hole Fly Fishing Guides
Our guides are focused on crafting your Jackson Hole fishing experience into the best part of your vacation while shaping your trip to your skills and desires
Book with us now and your guide will be professional, friendly, and highly knowledgeable. You’ll never feel out of place, uncomfortable, or underqualified on a trip with Grand Teton Fly Fishing. Our staff has about 200 years of combined guiding experience, and some have guided in Jackson Hole for more than 20 years!
Every guide takes trips regularly to ensure up-to-date knowledge of fishing hot spots, expert oarsmanship to get you down the river safely, and a high level of angling prowess to pass on to you, even if you’re a seasoned fisherman.
Bruce James- Office/Staff Manager
Bruce is an integral piece of our office operations. He has over 48 years experience in the valley and in our local guiding industry and still shows incredible patience and love for what he does each day… Talking fishing with our valued customers!
When not here in Jackson Hole managing the GTFF staff or walking the creeks and rivers of GTNP you will find Bruce in Florida or Texas spending his off season with family and harassing the local fish all winter.
Scott Smith (owner/partner and full-time guide)
Specialty: Guiding you to hunt with a fly rod using all your senses.
Scott Smith has been a Jackson Hole fishing guide since 1999 and considers the Snake River in Grand Teton National Park a national fly fishing treasure that every avid angler should experience. Scott was the Wyoming Top Point guide in the 2017 One Fly Event.
He enjoys instructing/guiding anglers of all skill levels and has a depth of knowledge and insight that comes naturally and is easy to grasp. His style combines the science of fly fishing, the art of the craft, and hunting. Scott became the managing owner of Grand Teton Fly Fishing (formerly Jack Dennis Fishing Trips) in 2012. His other passions are fly fishing photography, travel, skiing, mountain biking, and family time.
Mark Fuller(owner/partner and part-time guide)
Mark is another iconic, passionate member of our staff who currently resides full-time in Hood River, Oregon. He is a GTFF owner and has been busy over the past 8 years in the Pacific Northwest chasing steelhead, and working with Korkers, a specialty footwear manufacturer in the fly-fishing industry and now most recently joined the Hart-Montgomery Sales group. Prior to this, he spent 17 years in Jackson Hole where he met his wife Rachael, and had their two daughters. Mark will spend select time in Jackson each summer on the oars, so please inquire for specific availability.
Specialty: An adventurous nature and an infectious love for fly fishing.
Whether it’s fly fishing the wild and remote saltwater flats of Sudan, backpacking through the lush New Zealand wilderness in search of trophy brown trout, or walking the famous tributaries of the Snake River closer to home, Josh has an adventure waiting for you.
Over the past 10 years, Josh has traveled the globe to pursue his passion for fly fishing. In 2017 alone, Josh fished in Louisiana, Florida, Panama, Turks and Caicos, Mexico, Bahamas, Hawaii, Georgia, and Arizona. As well as guiding 100 + days on his beloved rivers around Jackson Hole. Whether you’re new to the sport or even a seasoned fly fisher, Josh’s wealth of knowledge and infectious love for the sport are his greatest attributes and go unmatched.
In 2015 Josh was the top guide for both Idaho and Wyoming guides in the Jackson Hole One Fly competition. Josh is also a well-published photographer and his photos and stories regularly end up in articles in top fly fishing publications. During the winter months Josh hosts anglers to the world’s most exciting fly fishing destinations. In the coming years, Josh has trips booked to French Polynesia, Tanzania, Bahamas, St. Brandon’s, New Zealand, and South America. You can follow Josh’s musings on his blog – www.joshgallivan.com.
Specialty: Diversified and low-key.
Chris started guiding fly fishing trips in Jackson Hole in 2001. For four years before that, he worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a river ranger on the Good News River in Alaska.
Specialty: Picks the right fly every time!
Ben has been with our staff since the early 2000. His style is laid back but with an infectious hunting instinct. He is an incredible tier and most of his guests get a chance to try his personal favorites if they swear to secrecy. Ben is also an avid wet fly guide quick to hone your skills subsurface if needed.
In the winters he enjoys snowboarding and traveling with his wife(Karen) and two sons(Lincoln and Ennis).
Specialty: Deep knowledge of the area and a fun guide to spend the day with.
Johnny has been with our staff since 2007 after guiding scenic trips in the Park. His love for fly fishing and a deep connection to the local rivers drew him to guide trips on a new level. His stories and local knowledge make him a very well rounded guide for any visiting angler.
Specialty: A year round professional guide, wine maker and world traveler.
Alex came to our staff in 2014 after finishing a few years on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. He was a quick learner of the local fisheries and his passion to be on the water was a great match for our staff. We typically use Alex in the peak season when his schedule is free from tending to his grapes back in Boise, ID. In the winter he has been an integral member of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski instructors/mtn. guides. He has spent many years in Argentina where he met his wife, Tete.
Specialty: A true local with an instinct to find Snake River trout.
Pat is a Jackson native who has been guiding our visiting anglers for nearly 15 years! He has a simple style that produces and is eager to teach our guests the way to chunky trout in the net. When not guiding he spends his free time being a dad with a little Wyoming hunting and fishing mixed in.
Specialty: A passion to hunt big fish even if it means catching nothing.
Brian is another true local on our staff that has seen many crazy things in the realm of fishing over his life. He splits his summers between Montana, where his family resides and here in Jackson where he loves guiding the Snake and all the surrounding drainages. Hook up with Brian before mid September because then he becomes a hunting mad man, lost in the hills of Montana.
Specialty: Enjoys turning guests onto the sport of fly fishing in one of the country’s most beautiful places.
Walt has been an avid participant the last 10 years in the Jackson Hole One Fly competition. He has also worked with the Wounded Warriors and Casting for the Cure projects. Walt’s calm demeanor and attention to detail make him a natural fly fishing teacher. In the winter he doubles as a part-time ski instructor at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and is a certified EMT/wilderness responder. In 2022, Walt will complete his training to be an instructor in the outdoor medical field and is GTFF’s safety officer.
Ryan “Bootsie” Huggins
South Woodstock, Vermont
Cooperstown, New York
Tim is new to our operation in 2023 but has a great knowledge of the outdoor industry from his years guiding with Wilderness Ventures in JH. We are excited to work with Tim, he has a undeniable attitude that warms the day, a great guy that loves to teach fly fishing and talk about skiing adventures in the Tetons.
When not guiding you will see Tim in our shop booking trips and helping out our visitors.
Trinity St. John
Trinity has been with us for a couple seasons. She is an amazing artist all around from lead vocals on 2-3 bands to working on sculptures and other creative projects. Her passion for fly fishing and floating the rivers of Jackson Hole are just as important as her other artful adventures. Trinity comes from many years of guiding in the whitewater and scenic realm, stoked to have her with us!
Ryan is fresh to us from the Cape in Massachusetts. A striper guide in more recent years but also years guiding trout in parts of Colorado. Ryan has a super fun attitude and we are excited to see how he tackles the Snake River and our Cutthroats.
Move to JH with his wife and kids to get back to the mountain lifestyle, can’t blame him!
Tom Montgomery- Seasonal
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
I started fly fishing as a schoolboy in England back in the mid to late 1960s – and it changed my life! Later, I went to Middlebury College in Vermont where I received a degree in English literature before finally launching my career as a guide. I’ve worked in Alaska, throughout the state of Montana, on the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, on Little Cayman in the British West Indies and here in Wyoming on our fabulous Snake River. In the off-season I organize and lead trout trips to New Zealand, Argentine Patagonia and the historic chalk streams of England’s southern counties. In addition, I’ve had a parallel career as an editorial and commercial photographer with an emphasis on travel and fly fishing. I’m thankful every day for this half-century love affair with a fly rod and a set of oars…and so far there’s no end in sight!