Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors:

Derek Hutton

Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Derek was born in East Tennessee near Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He attended prep school in Deerfield, MA and graduated from Washington & Lee University in 1993 with a degree in geology. A geology field course first brought Derek to the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park in 1992. The next summer he returned with his father to fly fish Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. He returned often to fish and ski. In 2005, he decided to turn his avocations into his full time professions. In the winter Derek can be found enjoying the heavy snowfall and deep powder at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyoming teaching alpine skiing. Derek is passionate about spending as much time as he can on the rivers and in the mountains and that passion is experienced everyday on the water with Derek. Derek also a board member of Friends of the Teton River, conservation group in Teton Vally that supports, protects and educates others on the Teton River Basin and its threats to that unique watershed. Derek lives in Victor, ID with his wife Margaret and their two sons, Reed and Ryan.

Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Kasey Collins

Western Rivers Guide School played a large roll in Kasey’s development as a guide in the late 90’s. Teaching anglers to become competent oarsmen and great guides is now something Kasey looks forward to each year. His respect and love for the rivers he guides and the power and magic they posses combine to provide Kasey with a unique perspective on the world of trout guiding.

Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Aaron Sanders

AJ is a natural fit as Head Instructor of the Western Rivers Guide school for several reasons, not least because of his passion and love for the outdoors. First, as one of World Cast Anglers Head Guides, A.J.’s methodology is grounded in experiential knowledge based not only the success of his fishing career, but on the ideas and methods of one of the best guide staffs in the country. This collaborative approach has also helped A.J. develop his talent for matching any given student’s unique learning style with the appropriate teaching style. Of knowledge itself, A.J.’s approach is complemented by years of studying moving water, not only as a skillful water water kayaker, but certified by the American Canoe Association in whitewater paddling instruction and swift water rescue. His ability to successfully relay his understanding of moving water, both in terms of rowing and fishing is excellent. Last, A.J. believes that learning is an art unto itself, regardless of the topic. Even so, he can never get enough of water or snow and so spends his winters as an Instructor and Backcountry guide for the Jackson Hole Mountain resort. A.J. lives in Jackson with his wife Tory and their two boys Atticus and Oliver.

Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Bill Happersett

A thirty-year resident of Jackson Hole, Bill Happersett has been guiding for 25 years. He guided 5 years on little Cayman Island in B.W.I. for bonefish, baby tarpon, and permit. Bill has been with Bressler Outfitters/WorldCast Anglers since day one in the early 80’s. The thrill is not gone!