Certified Casting Instructor
"Mike asked us about our expectations. We explained that we wanted to do three things: fish, fish, and fish. I can’t say there was a single highlight of the day. The entire day was outstanding. Mike set the stage for that to happen. He is an outstanding guide, who exhibits a high level of professionalism.
Pretty much my favorite place to shop in the world. Great operation, top to bottom."
Fishing isn’t for everyone.
Only cool people seem to like it.
The combination of the mountains and rivers are what lured Mike Bordenkircher to Idaho from Oregon. Though he grew up on the Upper North Umpqua, fishing for trout on tied down caddis flies with his dad, he has become a convert to Idaho’s waters.
A dry fly guy, he is particularly fond of what he calls “Trico madness” and thinks bank feeders are the ultimate challenge.
Fun Facts about Mike
What folks say about fishing with Mike
“Mike was fantastic. Great communication before the trip letting us know the game plan. On time picking us up. Knowledge of the area as well as flora and fauna and of course the fish. It was my Wife’s first guided trip and Mike was super encouraging and patient. She caught multiple fish and can’t wait to do it again. Which was my goal.”Brent Wauterlek
“Mike is the best human being and guide anywhere!”Michael Saunders
“Mike is an excellent guide…. Very patient and super knowledgeable.”Anonymous
“Mike is a super guide, helpful and personable.”Anonymous
“Mike is outstanding!”Anonymous
“Mike did a great job and was very pleasant to work with.”Vic Hatchett
“He made contact, answered questions, set goals for the day ahead, and provided great pre-trip service.Greg Letey
Pricing seems to vary from outfitter to outfitter by $50-75/day. My two experiences with SCO don't make me hesitate to pay the premium. Fishing was steady and enjoyable. Guides experience, ability to teach, and easy personality made for a great experience.”
“Mike was fantastic! I have taken a trip with Silver Creek before and expected a good experience. Mike's work to get a total first timer successfully fishing and catching on his own was impressive. He also provided me with several adjustments and tips to make me more successful. It was a day of learning and enjoyment. Great guides make for great trips.”Greg Letey
“My son and I took a guided fishing trip to Silver Creek. Our guide, Mike, was personable, experienced, and knowledgeable. In the 6 hours we were on the water, Mike was able to teach both my son and me how to cast, how to use wet and dry flies, and how to look for fish in different types of water. The overall experience was exactly what I expected, and more, from a fly fishing trip in Idaho.”anonymous
“Mike RULES! He was awesomely attentive, had great suggestions for my beginner skills and Wes’ advanced ones, was lovely to be around, and we couldn’t have had a better day with him!”Wesley
“Mike rates as one of the best guides that we have ever had!”Anonymous
“Yes ... I wanted to introduce fly fishing to my friend, refine my own skills, catch some fish, and become more familiar with where to fish in Copper Basin. Mike accomplished all of those objectives including helping us catch some nice fish.”Anonomyous
“Mike was an exceptional guide. He was patient and extremely knowledgeable. He gave equal time to both me and my husband. The highlight of the trip was when we caught a big fish. We will definitely be back! Silver Creek is an awesome place to fish when the Wood River is flowing too fast.”Anonymous
“Fishing with Mike is always excellent. And I continue to learn.”Victor Bernstein
“Mike Bordenkircher is as good as they get! A true pro and great ambassador…”Rick Buckley
“Mike did a great job. Tough day fishing at Silver Creek and he did all he could to make it successful.
I have been here before. Service has always been excellent and that is what happened this time. Very efficient and helpful.”Richard Conniff
“Just had a great experience–always the case with Mike.”Victor Bernstein
“Mike is an old friend & terrific guide!”Anonymous
“Didn’t really have any expectations just a time to enjoy with my son. We had a great trip–lots of fish and fun. Mike was awesome and we would love to fish with him again. Very knowledgeable and helpful.”more from Barrett
“2 days with Mike. Easy friendly style – he organized it all seemlessly. Day was with the wives. They had a great day and we all caught fish (Mike and Greg could not control this – but the fish gods were with them). Day 2 Mike got us into a brown drake hatch – need I say more. We had a blast and he stayed as long as we wanted and provided excellent guiding and company. One of the best ever.”Paul Finkle
“Always have a good day with Mike Bordenkircher! Especially like him taking us to new places.”Ked Westgate
“Mikes knowledge of fishing and the river make the experience a real joy. We had a super day, caught some good fish and enjoyed our time in the Silver Creek and Big Wood. Can’t wait to go out again.”Anonymous
“We indicated that we wanted to fish Silver Creek--he was very accommodating and helpful with this very technical fishery. Mike was very patient with my wife who is essentially at the beginner level and he took time to in the afternoon, after "the hatch" set up a nice dry-dropper presentation at Grove Creek where she caught 3 nice fish. He had chairs available for wader entry and had an extra pair of boots available for my wife to wear. He gave me excellent advice on fishing the Big Wood River near where we were staying in Bellevue.”Unknown
“The highlight of our day was experiencing a river in beautiful Warm Springs with a very capable and helpful guide. Mike was wonderful working with both Mr. Elrick and myself while taking care of both of our needs. He was quick to offer encouragement when needed and made every effort to move us to different areas along the river, so that we might have better luck with catching fish.”Barrett
“Highest praises for Mike Bordenkircher, an outstanding guide. All that I really wanted was tour of the fishing available around the area. I go that and plenty of fish and some really nice fish as well. Mike continued to make suggestions for other fishing spots and checked on our success all week. My only mark on this survey below "Excellent" is the price, much higher than other areas, but I realize this is Sun Valley and that you are able to get these prices. However, that keeps me from making this more than a one-time event.”Dave Jankowski
“We had a spectacular time with Mike. We are two amateurs, and he got us up to speed with humor and patience. He also got us home on the schedule we needed for kids. Mike did a brilliant job.”Evan Osnos
“Yes, Mike asked us about our expectations. We explained that we wanted to do three things: fish, fish, and fish. I can’t say there was a single highlight of the day. The entire day was outstanding. Mike set the stage for that to happen. He is an outstanding guide, who exhibits a high level of professionalism.
Pretty much my favorite place to shop in the world. Great operation, top to bottom.”Mark Carlquist
“Mike is a superb guide and professional.”Rudy
“Mike was an awesome guide! We really enjoyed getting to know him and everything he taught us out on the water. Great half-day of fishing!”Anonymous