PatLee-Silver Creek Guide -2021

Certified Casting Instructor

Bridging the Gap

“As a guide you want to focus on both teaching and putting guests into fish, but it’s all about what your client is looking to get from spending the day with me. Catching is always the goal, but you need to learn a lot of little things along the way. If I can bridge the gap between the two, crack some jokes, have a few laughs, I feel like it has been a great day.”

I Fish…

Pat Lee hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but made his way west for college, attending Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. He is now a true westerner, addicted to deep powder, mountains, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, and most of all, fishing. Pat appreciates Sun Valley’s relative isolation as the people who come here really want to be here. He calls Sun Valley “classy, beautiful and not run over.” Pat’s first fishing memory was “dropping my Pop’s tackle box off the boat in Stone Harbor, NJ.

I still to this day have never seen him so mad. Now that I’m a fisherman, I know why.” His first fly fishing experience was on Silver Creek where he caught one of the water’s elusive trout on the second cast on a grasshopper. After a day on the river, Pat likes to enjoy a few cold beers around the tailgate of his truck, telling fish tales.

Guiding Style


Fun Facts about Pat

  • He holds a degree in International Business.
  • Pat comes from a long line of police officers. In fact, both his father and grandfather were chief of police in Dormont County, Pennsylvania.
  • His mother’s side of the family were beer distributors.
  • Pat came to the area “chasing a Hailey girl up here seven years ago. I am still here to this day and so is she.”
  • For four years, Pat ran a private snow cat operation for Smith Optics in the Sawtooth Mountains.
  • A traveling snowboard athlete since high school, Pat spent a lot of time in the mountains of Alaska and BC.
  • He loves the olive Wooley Bugger. “You never have to worry about the hatch cause if the fish are not coming up, we will just have to get down.”
What folks say about fishing with Pat

Had an awesome day on the water with Pat. I think Pat is Spanish for “finds fish for Chris”. Thanks for hooking me up with him again this year.

Chris Mckee

Pat has a great presence and is very comfortable to fish with. He also consistently finds the fish.


LOVED Pat!! He was so helpful, I learned a ton, he was willing to do whatever was needed for us to be successful. I felt like I left with a friend.

Dana Pulis

I had a truly great day on the water with Pat. He is easy going & very comfortable to spend the day with. Pat does not over teach but does go the extra mile to get the most from the fishery that day.

Bruce Cudmore

We could not have asked for a better experience. Pat was just fantastic. He was never intrusive but always ready to help at a moment’s notice. Practically speaking, we brought in a lot of fish which really enhanced the whole experience. Would highly recommend your company and Pat in particular. Thank you so much.

Grant Westland

Felt like I hit the jackpot on guides. Not only was Pat patient and comfortable to hang out with, he took me to a great spot where we caught fish in spite of difficult fishing conditions in the area. He also taught me some new techniques, which I always enjoy learning.

Chris McKee

Taite has guided me several times a year for 5 years now. When I recently hosted a week in Ketchum for my 16 year olds son’s three best friends and their dads, he assembled an awesome group of guides for us [Pat, Ewald, Carl, Guy, and Kent]. Our group consisted of first timers and more experienced anglers; the SCO guides made sure each person got the instruction and attention they needed to have a great time on the water. Despite the tough fishing conditions due to the drought, Taite and team put together several days of productive, enjoyable fishing on the varied fisheries around Ketchum. The SCO guides always go above and beyond to make sure the guests fishing experience is positive, productive and memorable. I very much appreciate their expertise, flexibility and attention to detail.

Jeff Murphy

The three guides [Thatcher, Pat, and Guy] really knew what to do. Excellent expertise. There were six of us including my three sons-in-law, my son and my oldest grandson (age 14). We have different levels of experience but we all loved the trip. Great fishing and a great learning experience for all of us!

John Wilson

Pat was just terrific. We learned so much - he has so much passion to share.

Ken McCormick

We love Jake [Nelson] and Pat, they have become more than just guides.

Randy Noyes

I have used Mark a lot. He is great. First time we used Pat. He was really good. Knowledgeable, explained things clearly and simply for my wife and was very patient. I will definitely request him again!


Great trip, Pat was such a pleasure to be with


Pat Lee was a great guide!


Pat was awesome. Great guide and even better guy. Had an amazing time with him..

Mike Gismondi

Everything was great, with Pat our guide and the experience.

Richard Altig

Pat was excellent as our guide. He made all 3 of us succeed in catching nice fish. We had an awesome day on the river. I can't say enough good things about him!

Kate Rosekrans

Pat did a great job helping us improve and we caught a lot of fish!

Alan Johnson