Meet The Staff

Jimmy Gabettas

What do you like most about working in the shop?
Well, we opened the shop in 1979 and after 35 years its always fun when someone from the earlier years drops in to say hello.

What other hobbies do you enjoy outside of fly fishing? Backpacking, Big Game Hunting, Winter Camping, and tending my vegetable garden.

Fly Fishing gear you couldn’t live without? Modern Trout leaders & tippets and high quality polarized sunglasses.

Favorite type of Fly Fishing? Anytime I can see the fish in the water whether they are Trout, Bluegill, or Bonefish.

Favorite Fishing Memory? Impossible to pick one so I’ll say two of my favorites are catching my first Steelhead in 1977 on the Deschutes River and hooking a large Tarpon in the Keys a few years ago.

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Jim Gabettas

Age: 83
Years in eastern Idaho: 54
Years spent fly fishing: 55
Favorite type of fishing: Dry flies and nymphs
Favorite spot for an afternoon: Lower Henry’s Fork
Favorite spot for a weeklong trip: Steelhead fishing on the lower Deschutes.
How many years spent fly tying: 35
Favorite pattern: Sparkle duns and soft hackles
Favorite fishing book: The River Why by David James Duncan
Favorite rod: Sage SP, 9 foot, 6 weight
Favorite reel: Lamson Waterworks, Litespeed
Favorite fishing memory: Fishing Silver Creek in the 1960s
Dry flies or nymphs: Dry flies
Steelhead or trout: Trout
Most exotic place you’ve fished: Patagonia
Place you want to go next: Tierra Del Feugo
Years with TU/FFF: 20
Idea of a perfect day: A good hatch, lots of feeding trout. 75 degrees and no wind.
If you could fish with one person — alive or dead — it would be: Lee Wulff
Most embarrassing moment on a river: I buried a No. 4 stonefly nymph in my eyebrow while fishing in Box Canyon
Who would you want in a bikini in your boat: Angelina Jolie or Helen Hunt: Either one. I’m not particular.
Number of days fishing last year: 30
Favorite fishing partner: My son, Jimmy.

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Bruce Staples

What do you like most about working in the shop?

I enjoy the Camaraderie and the opportunity to learn more about fly fishing and cold water fisheries.

What other hobbies do you have outside fly fishing?

Eastern European/Russian History and building spreadsheets.

Fly Fishing Gear you couldn’t live without?

A medium weight fly rod designed to present dry flies ranging in size from #4-#18.

What is your favorite type of fly fishing?

Dry fly fishing for large, wary Salmonids.

What is your favorite fly fishing memory?

Introducing my grandson to fly fishing.

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Parker Stenersen

What do you like most about working in the shop?

I like meeting all kinds of cool fisherman and hearing all the great stories they have.

What other hobbies do you have outside of fly fishing?

Attending College, Hunting Big Game and Waterfowl, and Mountain Biking

Fly fishing Gear you couldn’t live without?

I would have to say a good pair of polarized glasses, and a Rio Gold fly line.

What is your favorite type of fly fishing?

I love swinging streamers on the Henry’s Fork for monster Browns.

What is your favorite fishing memory?

Being able to fish the Clearwater for Steelhead, and catching two 30+” Steelhead.

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Travis Toller

What do you like most about working in the shop?

I like to meet the various types of people that come through and listen to different techniques for catching fish.

 

What other hobbies do you have outside of the shop?

I am really big on various types of photography and staying current on ecology. I tie flies in most of my down time if I am not caught up reading articles published under science.

Fly Fishing gear you couldn’t live without?

All of it, because you cant fish without at least a few pieces of equipment.

What is your favorite type of fly fishing?

Sight stalking large fish with dry flies. Fishing tecchnical water is by far my favorite because it makes you really think through your technique and strategy. “If it were easy it would be called trolling.”

What is your favorite fishing memory?

Hard to pick a favorite. I recently stuck a 26″ Yellowstone Cutthroat on a hopper, and that has been pretty fresh in my memory. Anytime I catch a fish in the mid to upper 20″ range, it usually takes the place of the last favorite memory.

 

 

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Tom Banyas

What do you like most about working in the shop?
I like being able to see all of the new tying materials, clothing, and fishing equipment as it comes into the store.

What other hobbies do you have outside of fly fishing? I taught for 32 years in the Idaho Public Schools as an instrumental music instructor. I still enjoy performing with my trumpet.

Fly Fishing gear you couldn’t live without? I totally enjoy all of my Sage fly rods, especially my XI3’s and Method!

What is your favorite type of fly fishing? Anything with indicators!

What is your favorite fishing memory? The splendor of fishing the Yellowstone River in YNP and catching beautiful Cutthroat trout on large dry flies!

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Everet Evans

 

What do you like most about working in the shop?

I love being around the sport everyday and helping people get set up for the day, a big trip, etc… I also love seeing all the new stuff as it comes in.

What hobbies do you enjoy outside of fly fishing?

Probably my number one hobby outside of fly fishing is fishing with conventional tackle for Largemouth Bass. Its pretty cool dropping a jig down through some gnarly cover and feeling that “thump”. I also love anything that has to do with University of Utah athletics!

Fly Fishing Gear you couldn’t live without?

My Hatch reels, all my Simms gear, Sage fly rods, and Rio fly lines.

What is your favorite type of fly fishing?

My favorite is chasing Mako Sharks on fly.

What is your favorite fishing memory?

Hooking and releasing a 1,000lb+ Mako on Fly in 2010.

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