A great teacher, Brad will teach you the whole troutorial

“I enjoy sharing my knowledge of the rivers and surrounding areas, while teaching people that great days fishing are about the whole process, not just the catching of the fish.”

“There is no greater fan of fly fishing

than the worm.”

~Patrick F. McManus

Among elementary-age children in Ketchum, Brad Stansberry is a rock star. This extremely popular fifth grade teacher at Hemingway Elementary is the son of two lifelong flight instructors. “I guess teaching runs in my veins,” he said. Brad came to Sun Valley from Newport Beach, California. In the 70s, his parents built a small vacation cabin here that he first visited when he was seven days old.

He moved to the area when he was 10. In the summer, his favorite place to be is in area rivers, introducing guests to his amazing home. His favorite guiding experience to date? “Teaching my wife to fish a couple of summers ago and having her catch our dog who promptly took her into the backing!”

Guiding Style

Not surprisingly, teacher.

Fun Facts about Brad

    • He spent 10 years in Boulder, Colorado, attending college and graduate school.
    • His first fly fishing memory is of his father tying a piece of red yarn to the end of his leader and teaching him how to cast in the front yard.
    • Best ending to a day of fishing? Cold beers at Grumpy’s and then taking a walk on the bike path with his wife, daughter, son, and dog.
    • Brad’s favorite hatch of the year is Green Drakes on the Wood. “It lasts so long and provides so many fun days.”
    • Brad is a father of two and enjoys spending a lot of quality time with his daughter and newborn son, who no doubt, will soon learn to fish!
    • His winters are spent skiing and summers are filled with lake time, surfing and mountain biking.
What folks say about fishing with Brad

Brad guided my daughter and son in law and Dave guided Candace and me. Best of all, everyone had a great time, learned a great deal and everyone got on fish.

Rick Emsiek

My personal highlight was my daughter’s and Candace’s enjoyment. I’ve owned ocean going boats for 20 years and neither ever showed any interest in fishing but both really enjoyed being on the river.

Rick Emsiek