Certified Fly Casting Instructor
Master Casting Intructor

Biochemist sure to make some serious catching chemistry out on the water

For a guide who as a young boy remembers fishing with a cane pole using hot dogs as bait, Jim Sommercom has come a long way. But that early ingenuity served him well in later endeavors. As a biochemist, he researched the cause of Type 2 Diabetes in the Pima Indians of Arizona

and enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a scientist. He brings the same attention to detail to understanding Idaho’s waters. His best guiding memory is the day that he successfully taught a guest some new presentation casts that ultimately helped her land some difficult fish.

Guiding Style

In one word: Teacher.

Fun Facts about Jim

  • Jim holds degrees from both the University of Wisconsin and the University of California at Davis
  • Fishing is what brought him to Idaho.
  • Good dry fly fishing with small flies makes him happy.
  • In his spare time he develops his tournament casting skills.