David Spaulding is not the son of a fisherman, rather the nephew of one. His uncle gave him his first rod, a beautiful bamboo stick designed for catching salmon. “He would take me fishing on opening day of trout season and I would use that long, stiff rod to catch little lake Rainbows,” he laughed.

An adventurer at heart, Dave is also a pilot who has flown the bust of Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.  For several years he flew cargo throughout Africa, Europe and Middle East before beginning a career with Alaska Airlines.  Back on terra firma, David is a fishing, skiing, backpacking and birding aficionado.  In rivers, his favorite way to end the day is by fishing Caddis on the Big Wood and watching the colors melt and change as evening takes over on the water.

David is a Certified Fly Fishing Casting Instructor and said the “Big Wood is my home river and I love to guide on it. As a Free Stone river, it offers a new challenge every year and is an excellent river to give our guests a safe and great experience on a western stream.” He loves the Big Wood so much he and his wife built a house a stone’s throw from its banks!

Guiding Style

Flexible.  “I think it’s important to contour the trip to the interests of your guests.  Catching is important, but so are the skills you can pass on that they will take with them to their next adventure.  The beauty in the presentation of a dry fly draws many guests to the sport, but there is an unmatched thrill in watching a trout move it and take it.”

Fun Facts about Joey

Fun facts about David:

  • He enjoys traveling by motor home throughout the National Park system.
  • David has been skiing since he was four years old.
  • Go Huskies!
  • His favorite hatch is purple haze Green Drakes on the Big Wood.
  • Some of his earliest fishing memories were as a Boy Scout in the high lakes of Washington State.
  • He was introduced to Sun Valley in 1958 as a skier and in the 70s as a fisherman.
  • He and his wife, Renae, honeymooned in Sun Valley in 1980 and took a guided fishing trip with Silver Creek owner Terry Ring. The rest, as they say, is history!