An Idaho Native

on falling in love

“I remember vividly the first fish I caught on a dry fly on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. It was that calm summer evening that I fell in love with fishing.”

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the universe.

Amanda Bauman is a born and bred Idaho native. After leaving the Gem State to attend college in Montana, she was lured back to the Wood River Valley by the pull of family and a lifestyle she embraces. Amanda began to fish during her time away at school. “It was something I could do by myself in the evenings while firefighting,” she explained. “Being somewhat self taught I remember vividly the first fish I caught on a dry fly on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. It was that calm summer evening that I fell in love with fishing.” For her, the perfect end to a day on the river is getting back for an evening mountain bike ride in the valley followed by a meal shared with people she loves.

Guiding Style

Combination. Amanda is someone who likes to teach and can sometimes get lost in showing all the intricacies of fly fishing. She considers it a delicate dance to ensure the guest ends the day with new knowledge and understanding while ensuring they had fun and their expectations for the trip were exceeded.

Fun Facts about Amanda

  • When not fishing, she loves to garden, cook, and share her passions with others.
  • Amanda really dislikes the feel of velvet or any fabrics with two textures!
  • Her favorite guiding trip was teaching a young girl to fish. “I was constantly amazed by her ability to soak up the knowledge I provided while reminding me of the brilliance that a young imagination can bestow,” she said.
  • Her favorite hatches are the spring and fall baetis because they seem to mark the changing of the seasons, bringing new life in the spring and an inviting breath of cold air in the winter.
What folks say about fishing with Amanda

I wanted to take a minute and let you know how great our trip was with Amanda. My son Angus and I truly enjoyed the day. Amanda has to be one of the finest guides I have experienced. The interest and care she took in educating us on Silver Creek was amazing. We really appreciated the opportunity to be on the water with her.

Thank you for a great day. We will look forward to the next time.

Dobbs Ackermann

First time ever fly fishing and I caught more than my husband and bigger fish than my husband....pretty much was a perfect day.

anonymous

From the beginning to the end of the day Amanda was great to work with and very attentive to us. We had various skill levels and she managed all of us well. She was very engaging and by the end of the day we all felt that we learned quite a bit.

John

Everyone was excellent that we worked with, our guide Amanda was great!

Anonymous

Our goal was to learn more about fly fishing, enjoy the day and catch some fish. We succeeded on all fronts. For me the highlight was the first fish and the largest fish, for my wife it was working with a guide who was interested in teaching, mindful of her concerns on the footing and attentive. Overall we had a great time.

John again