Certified Fly Casting Instructor

Hunting the big one

“My favorite kind of fishing is hunting for big fish. I like to key in on one and try to catch that particular trout.”

Everyone should believe in something.

I believe I’ll go fishing.

One of the most memorable guide days Jason Buck has had, as well as one of the most rewarding, was the day he fished with a guest who was visiting with the Higher Ground program. This wounded veteran was booked for four straight days of fishing.  “What’s funny is we fished a total of two hours in that four days. We put hundreds of miles on my truck and rarely put the fly on the water. There’s no question, it’s not always about the fish.”

But sometimes it is, and it was the fish, along with hunting, skiing, whitewater rafting and mountain biking that kept Jason in state after he finished his studies at the University of Idaho. He counts time spent floating rivers with his children, wife, and lab among his best spent. A Californian by birth, Jason had his first true understanding of fly-fishing when his father threw a hopper into a small stream in the Sierras that was promptly swallowed by a big fish. “Needless to say, we fished hoppers for the rest of the day,” he said.

Guiding Style

Combination.  “My favorite kind of fishing is hunting for big fish.  I like to key in on one and try to catch that particular trout.  I am a very good teacher, though, too and enjoy seeing my guests learn something new.”

Fun Facts about Jason

  • He played water polo in high school in Clovis, California.
  • The best ending to a great day fishing?  Budweiser, from the bottom of an ice-filled cooler, though he adds, “bourbon is delicious, too.”
  • Jason’s philosophy on bugs?  Any hatch is a good one.
  • His grandparents first came to Sun Valley in 1949 via the Union Pacific Railroad.
  • Jason uses fishing as an excuse to travel to new areas close to home and around the world. Trips, rod in hand, have included adventures in New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Alaska, Mexico, Florida, and Montana.
  • He is a volunteer with the Ketchum Fire Department.