Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Sure to show you some reel fishing

“I think that as you guide you are always teaching, even if you are just trying to get straight to catching. You share your thoughts, techniques and knowledge with your guest, even while you are laughing, exploring, and hopefully, landing some fish.”

My hunting and fishing partner is my yellow lab named Carl.

Jake Nelsen comes from good Norwegian stock, from a large family of farmers and fisherman. Born and raised in Edison, on Puget Sound in Washington State, his first fishing memory is of the sea-run Cutties that would creep into his local river each August.

“I would walk and wade that as a kid, all day, every day!” Skiing brought him to Sun Valley, but after one summer fishing here, he knew he was home. The seemingly endless variety of water appeals to Jake. “You can fish the whole week, month or summer and not back track much.”

Guiding Style


Fun Facts about Jake

  • He is a Christmas tree expert and runs a related business.
  • To him, après fishing is just as important as après skiing.
  • He is a big fan of summer hoppers.
  • Chasing ducks, pheasant and elk makes him happy.
  • Absolutely loves fish, water, creeks, rivers and fishing.
  • Been exploring Alaska since the late 90’s and have spent four summers up there working for the Forest Service, fighting wild land fire, building cabins and maintaining trails.
What folks say about fishing with Jake

Jake is a very patient instructor and guide.


We discussed our past experiences and the fact that we had never been to the area before. no expectations. Jake took us on a cool trip over the pass to the Big Lost. it was a beautiful drive and we hooked into some really nice fish! He was willing to stay on the water as long as we wanted. Very accommodating and worked well with my 15 yr old son. It was excellent!

Matt Benson

Jake was an excellent teacher and very patient with us. It was impressive that we caught so many fish, considering this was our first time fly fishing ever!

Brett B.

I wanted to say how great a trip we had with Jake on July 25 and Julie on August 1. Wonderful people, terrific guides and fun to be with. Lots of fish were caught and memories made. As always they were a real credit to Silver Creek. We hope to return many more times.

Pat and Joan Morton

My daughter’s first time fishing and she caught a 21in trout. Are you kidding me? Outstanding.

Joe Ash

Can’t say enough about how great Jake was and the day was terrific thanks to his knowledge and friendship We will return