Meet the Utah Fly Guides

Utah Fly Guides is owned and operated by Utah natives who are experienced hospitality pros. We believe you deserve a top quality experience so we only work with the best. All of our professional fishing guides have years of the on-the-water experience, professional training, and the specific regional know-how to help you succeed.

Bryan Eldredge

Owner and Guide

Bryan Eldredge is an admitted fish addict with no aims towards recovery. He has managed to find therapy in helping others catch fish and experience the waters of his youth. In his ``off season`` Bryan is a Professor of American Sign Language & Deaf Studies at Utah Valley University. (He has to do something to justify his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology.) He attributes his love of guiding to the fact that it combines his avocation (fly fishing) and his vocation (teaching). Bryan lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife, Julie, and has three daughters and two grand daughters.


Jake Ricks

Owner and Guide

Utah native, Jake Ricks has been a fly fishing guide for 2 decades. One of his true successes is achieving his 3rd grade goal of making fly fishing his profession. At age 12 Jake began to explore American Fork Creek with a handful of mosquito flies and a $20 rod. By the end of high school, Jake knew the nearby Provo River better than almost anyone and was tying his own unique flies. Jake has worked in fly fishing retail, managed lodges, competed in professional fly fishing tournaments, and has had several articles, tips, and photos published in periodicals and online at


Jeff Lindstrom

Owner and Guide

Jeff was born in Provo, Utah, but his first experience fly fishing was on the Fire Hole River in Yellowstone at age 8. Jeff has been fly fishing off and on all his life but he got serious about it about 15 years ago. Jeff, now one of the best fly fishing guides in Utah, enjoys helping others enjoy the challenge and thrill of fly-fishing. Some know Jeff from his days as a star quarterback at Timpview High and Dixie College and as as a defensive back for BYU. Jeff has a strong background in hospitality and his skill as an angler, patience, and passion for providing top-flight customer service make him a great fit for any angler.


Darren Ward

Owner and Guide

Darren was born and raised in the Utah Mountains and grew up fishing Utah rivers and lakes. He loves sight fishing for large trout in small water. Darren is an unassuming fishing guide with a great sense of humor and a happy-go-lucky personality. He is a consummate professional who exemplifies service. Darren is also a writer who recently completed his first novel. He also holds a black belt in Kung Fu which he used to hone his teaching skills as a martial arts instructor. He now loves teaching on the water. Darren lives in Draper, UT with his understanding wife, daughter, and son.


Tim Johnson


Tragically, little Timmy Johnson hadn't even finished elementary school when he fell victim to a serious fly fishing addiction. Stuck growing up in fly fishing Hell (Arizona desert), he spent his days peddling his yellow Schwinn Cruiser to bluegill and bass-filled ponds and spent his nights absorbing articles from the best fly fishing guides in magazines and tying flies. Soon Tim began feeding his hunger for monster trout by visiting Utah (under the auspices of visiting family). In 2000 he moved to Utah and has been making up for lost time, fishing and guiding ever since. Tim lives near Provo with his wife, Georgie, and their kids, who already love to fish with ``Dadda.” When not on the water, Tim can be found painting watercolors of big, bright, trout. You can see Tim's paintings at


Derek Olthuis


Derek Olthuis was raised on a lake in Montana where he was introduced to fishing. He had the privilege of fishing almost daily developing a deep love for the sport and the outdoors. At the age of 8 he was introduced to fly fishing by his uncle and almost instantly became hooked. There is nowhere he would rather be than on the water with a fly rod in hand hunting trout. Derek loves teaching people about fly fishing and sharing his passion for the sport. He is hopelessly obsessed with big fish doing almost anything he can to find and catch one. In addition to guiding, Derek is an author, photographer, film maker, and instructor.


Tim Jenkins


Tim Jenkins actually grew up in Colorado (we forgive him) and spent every moment he could chasing every fish he could find. Little has changed now that he has grown into one of the best fly fishing guides in Utah and the West, although today, being a scientist, professor, and entrepreneur eat into his fishing time. Tim’s true passion is catching big fish in small streams on dry flies. He especially likes to get away from crowds and enjoy the peace that fly fishing can provide. Tim spends most of his time now trying to convince his wife Amy, that they should use cool fishing names for their children. Although Amy dismissed most suggestions, Tim did score one big victory with his first-born; Drake Fisher.

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