BobKnoebel-Silver Creek Guide -2021

Certified Casting Instructor

Three’s number

“I believe three things need to occur on a guide trip to create memories that last a lifetime. 1. Have fun 2. Learn something new 3. Catch a fish! I work very hard to make sure these goals are met by day’s end.”

The people of the Wood River Valley

are what make Idaho a special place.

Bob Knoebel made the move to Sun Valley from Westport, Connecticut and has been guiding in the Wood River Valley ever since. Back east, he was the program director for the town’s very successful YMCA and was also a swim coach. With the move west, Bob has written and has published 12 articles about fishing and hunting around the Rocky Mountains in Big Sky Journal.

Though his first fishing memory is of catching catfish on his grandfather’s farm in Indiana, golden trout interest him most. He has landed these beautiful fish in California, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Bob’s favorite fly is the zebra midge because, like its namesake, it can change its stripes and works well in a variety of conditions.

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Fun Facts about Bob

  • A 35 year Boy Scout volunteer, Bob also serves on the board of directors of Trout Unlimited, I Have a Dream Idaho and Warrior Lacrosse.  He is also known for helping first generation Latino students with the college application process.
  • When he’s not fishing, you can find Bob on Baldy or in his garden.
  • He holds a B.S. degree in psychology from Denison University.
  • Bob loves to take his godson  Enrique fishing.
What folks say about fishing with Bob

What a fun guide.

Linda Weibel

Bob was fantastic!

Allison Stoloff

Bob was a wealth of knowledge. He progressed my angler abilities, and we caught a ton of fish.


Bob was an absolute perfect fit for our first fly fishing adventure. He was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. We will definitely be back next year to introduce the kids to Bob. His personality and experience will be a perfect fit for our girls to learn how to fly fish as well and we couldn't think of a more beautiful location.

Dave Gales

We went out with Bob knobel. He was perfect for us - patient with me and great with my wife. We caught fish and learned. I will book Bob again.

John Williams

Bob was probably the best guide I have ever fished with - knew where the fish were - great coaching on cross current casts and mends with the dry fly — as well as getting the perfect drift with the nymphs. Terrific all around experience with Bob and Silver Creek Outfitters.


Guide Bob Knoebel did a fine job and got us into nice fish promptly. High recommendation. Hard to beat Big Wood on a sunny fall day!


Thanks, Bob. You did a WONDERFUL job as usual. Thank you very much. Kids had a great time! You’re the very best!!!!!

Paul Dali

[My grandkids] had a great time and are out again on Friday.

Charlie Foley

Bob made learning to fish non-intimidating and fun. I will definitely come back!

Maude Frye

Bob was awesome. My 18 year old son and I had the best time on the river. We learned a lot from Bob and will ask for him specifically next time we come out. You have a great operation. We rented waders, boots and rods, and that went really smoothly. We had Bob grab 3 sandwiches and drinks for all of us and the shore lunch break was a great time to relax and chat Bob.

Mike Adelman

We actually caught more fish than I was expecting with the high & fast water. We found a honey hole near the end which produced some big fish and that was very exciting. Thanks for a great time!

more from Mike Adelman

Bob is wonderful. He understands how to adapt to all different ages and abilities and make the experience so fun and safe for everyone. Everyone is best of class and focused on taking care of the client.


Wonderful experience. Bob was helping my young son, Christian, and he was exceptional. Very patient and saw that my son caught a fish and netted him by himself. A priceless video and what excitement.

Edward Barber