Fly Fishing Guide | Sun Valley Idaho | Silver Creek Outfitters | Jim Curran

Certified Fly Casting Instructor

why’s and how’s of the foundation

“I am a teacher. It is very important to me to put my guests in the best position to easily cast. I can then help them with their cast, explaining the why’s and how’s and always staying positive. That is the foundation.”

Nothing makes a fish bigger

thank almost being caught.

A Jersey boy, Jim Curran discovered Idaho while on a hunting and fishing excursion in 1965. Following studies at the US Naval Academy and the College of Marin, San Francisco State, Jim moved to Ketchum in 1977, which qualifies him as a lifelong local! His first fishing memory took place on the east coast, however. “After we finished milking the cows on his farm, my uncle drove us to the Battenkill River in Vermont. I had a $5 Southbend bamboo rod. We never caught one of the river’s big Browns on a fly but we sure did well with worms!”

As a guide, Jim understands that while it won’t be a “worm” day, per se, on the river, flexibility is key, as is the ability to enjoy always-evolving conditions. To him, the best ending to a day on the water with a guest is knowing in his gut that the guest had a great day, not only fish-wise, but all-around.

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Fun Facts about Jim

  • He owns five Pierce Street Annex “drinking establishments” in San Francisco, Anchorage, Newport Beach, Washington, DC and Fort Lauderdale.
  • His favorite flies are beatis and pale morning dun.
  • Jim is passionate about bird hunting, especially for chukar.
  • He calls his relationship with his English Setter “sacred.”
  • He is an avid golfer and gardener.
What folks say about fishing with Jim

Jim Curran is the best Fishing Guide, nicest person and the fish love him!

Anita Nelson

He explained the unusual conditions of the Wood River and suggested going to Silver Creek which was an amazing experience! The fish were literally jump/feeding in front our tubes! And I have been told that this summer fishing has been challenging.

Anita Nelson

Jim is absolutely the best! A perfect day! My 12 year old daughter (Isabella) can’t stop talking about Jim & the float-tubing/fishing. We had such a great day.

Michael Dean

Jim was the highlight of our day! He was polite, personable, very knowledge and accommodating to our level of fishing experience. In addition to Jim, the highlight was feeling like an accomplished fly fisherman/woman at the end of the day! The quality of fishing can always be ‘ify’ – that is something not even the best guide can control. But Jim sure tried to find the hot spots. We did catch some fish and had many strikes as well. Jim’s expertise and teaching ability were appreciated, comforting and excellent!