Certified Fly Casting Instructor

When faced with variety or challenges, Brian never flounders!

“I strive to be an excellent teacher while still putting clients into fish. Some guests require or desire to learn, where many just want to hang a pig. I believe that a good guide has to be extremely adaptable in order to meet and exceed the expectations of every guest, on every trip.”

If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch,

you must first invent the universe.

Brian Richter learned to tie flies a full year before he learned to fly-fish. He is not sure why that was, but he is certain it helped him better understand the water and the environment in which he would eventually find his calling. “Learning about bugs is an integral part of fishing.” A native of southern Idaho, Brian started fishing with his parents when he was still a toddler. “My mother made a miniature, makeshift float tube for me so that

my sister could drag me around the lake while she and my father fished. My sister tells me I was either in my birthday suit or in diapers during these excursions.” It doesn’t get much more native Idahoan than that! Neither does his choice of après-fishing activities that favor a cold beer at Grumpy’s or dinner at the Pioneer Saloon, relaxing and spinning fishing tales with friends and clients.

Guiding Style

Flexible.

Fun Facts about Brian

  • His parents were taxidermists in the 70s and 80s in Wendell and Twin Falls, Idaho.
  • His favorite hatch is “what they are eating right now.”
  • Not surprising, Brian likes to hunt.
  • More surprising, he loves to learn about art.
  • Tying flies still makes the list of things that make him happy.
What folks say about fishing with Brian

I have fished with Brian three times. He always delivers a great day catching quality fish. Just and outstanding guide!

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Fished Silver Creek in a float tube for the first time. Brian's techniques produced numerous fish and 3 over 20 inches. Brian is also an interesting conversationalist - very much enjoyed the day.

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Brian asked if I was more interested in quantity or quality (big) fish and if I was willing to try some different techniques. Highlight was catching back to back browns over 26 inches.

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We'd like to thank Brian Richter and all the staff for a wonderful fly fishing experience on the headwaters of the Lost River. We worked hard to find and catch the fish and numbers are not the measure of success when fly-fishing. Great country and good conversation. It is an understatement when Joan and I say that Brian is the best. Not only is he an excellent guide, but also a walking encyclopedia when it comes to water and the efficient use of it for both agriculture and the sportsman. A hearty thank you for taking care of a couple of older fly fishers.

Joan and Bud

Brian Richter and Bret Wilson were our guide team for our four-person group. Great guides. Very professional and fun to be with. Five pound rainbow takes the daily prize!

Ron Wilhite

Best guide I have had in my career. Put me in position to catch trophy fish.

Jay T Lien

Our guide was Brian Richter – who totally made our experience. We have already booked him for next year. It was so cool that he knew everyone, and had so much knowledge beyond just fishing that he could share with us (entomology, hunting, anthropology, environmental science). He went above and beyond to take us to more unusual spots, was high energy, and tailored the trip to us. It was a blast!

Kristen Nelson

Brian was exceptional. He is an expert guide and instructor with tremendous experience and knowledge. We had a great day on the water and caught some wonderful browns and rainbows. I’m looking forward to coming back.

Eileen

The highlight was the time Brett and Brian spent evaluating my skill level and their eagerness to try different fishing styles with me. Learning from them made was easily the most enjoyable part of the day. I believe I am a better angler from the time I spent with them.

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Brian did a good job finding us some fish to catch even though the weather wasn’t the greatest. Brian had great stories, good advice and was very helpful throughout the day. He went out of his way to make sure we had everything we needed and was quick to help and answer questions.

Bob McLauchlin

It’s hard to choose one highlight. Could be getting to use a float tube for the first time. Or seeing the beautiful preserve. Or catching my personal best browns.

Mark Schinckendantz

Brian is the best. Totally dedicated to his client’s experience.

Ernie Kendler

Brian was simply fantastic!!! From beginning to end it was a truly amazing experience!

Bob Werth

Brian and Brett went above and beyond to not only put us on fish but to take time to teach us everything from their preferred leader system to interesting facts about the area. Their knowledge of the area and easy going attitude made the day a complete joy. I can’t wait to fish with them again. It was a slow day (to no fault of Brian and Brett) but having Brett and Brian willing to try and teach everything possible made the day more than worth it!

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