Whether you’re a new angler or seasoned vet, our expert guides can help you make the most of your time here on the water. Each guide has had years of experience fueled by a passion for fly fishing and a love of the outdoors. In addition to being an expert on our private section of the Yellowstone river and still waters, each guide has an intimate knowledge of the surrounding lakes and rivers they are happy to share with you. Crystal Ranch guides understand the day is all about you. If you want to practice a certain technique, expand your knowledge on a particular topic, hunt exclusively for the big boys, or just catch as many fish as possible, your guide will be there to make sure you end the day fulfilled. The quality we’re most proud of is the fact that in addition to being great anglers and teachers our guides are great people and you will enjoy being with them. Their love and passion for fishing this special place is contagious.
Kipp’s lifelong passion for chasing trout began around the age of 8.”I stood captivated on the bank watching my dad and big brothers cast with such great ease, and remember wanting to be just like them.” Nowadays, most of Kipp’s time on the water is spent matching the hatch until he finds the pattern to elicit a strike. He currently lives in Syracuse UT with his wife Megan, step-son Chase, and 1 year old Boston terrier. His greatest goal is to teach his son Chase to fish like his Dad taught him. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable and down to earth kind of guy, Kipp is your man.
Jake’s passion for fly fishing started at a young age while chasing trout in the high stream’s and lake’s of the Uintas. When a friend took him fishing to Idaho he knew he had found what he wanted to pursue…fly fishing. Since then Jake has made a career out of chasing a variety of species of fish, from trout to warm water. “I love the sport, the areas it takes me to, and the people I get to meet along the way. I work hard to get my clients into fish so they have a great experience.”
As a boy Barrett spent countless hours hanging out at the local fishing shop watching the employees tie flies and swap stories. He picked up his first rod at the age of 10 and taught himself how to cast with a few tips from the guys at the shop. Since then he has explored virtually every drainage along the Wasatch front in search of wild trout. He has also spent considerable time fishing many of the famous waters in Wyoming, Idaho and Big Sky Country. Like most, Barrett loves to take fish on dries but has spent years perfecting sub surface techniques. He’s an expert at catching fish when noses aren’t up. When he’s not waste deep in a stream you’ll likely find him spending time with his wife Joanna, selling insurance or building the company he started last Spring. By the way, that trout he’s holding was caught on a river you can fish as a Crystal Ranch guest.
A Utah native, Jeff currently lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, 2 kids, and 3 dogs. His first memories of Fly fishing were made on the nearby Strawberry River in the summer of 1990, fishing a hopper pattern along the banks and the rest is history. Jeff cut his teeth as a guide fishing the Weber and the Provo rivers where he learned to read the water to locate fish. He lives for the challenge of fooling a well-educated fish where presentation and matching the hatch is a crucial. Jeff ties all his own flies from nymphs to rodent patterns. If you’re lucky, he may even share a proprietary pattern or two with you. He practices Tenkara and is also well versed in Czech-nymphing. He enjoys the opportunity he has as a guide to create unforgettable experiences by sharing his knowledge and passion.
Lane caught his first fish on a fly rod swinging wets not far from Crystal ranch on the Duchesne river. He has an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and spends hours researching everything from entomology to lunar cycles. Hunting for the monster trout most people never see, much less catch, is his favorite pursuit. He is more than willing to sacrifice sleep to chuck streamers during the black of night. Above all else, Lane loves fishing for the serenity it brings. His knack for catching fish combined with his appreciation of nature gives him a unique ability to tailor the day for each client. He is a proud husband and Father and can’t wait to get his baby boy Redding out on the river.
Brett got lost a lot as a kid. Not at store or a friend’s house were you expect most kids to wander. He was lost on a high mountain river, during deer and elk hunts with his family. The river beckoned him …one more bend, one more hole. The water gracing over rocks, the hope of a great fishing hole, the whisper of the wind…for Brett it was heaven, and still is. Brett brings a diverse wealth of experience to the team. He spent his college days working in a local fly shop where he grew most as an angler and teacher. Since then he’s expanded his passion to commercial fly tying and rod building. Today Brett is a father of 4 children and works full-time as a Creative Director. For Brett the thrill of landing a hog is no greater than the joy of watching his clients gleam with excitement as they land their own catch.
Wylie has been fly fishing for over 25 years. He was introduced to fly fishing by his father, and hasn’t looked back. Although he’s a seasoned angler, fly tier, rod builder and president of the local FFF chapter he is still an avid student of the fly fishing art. “I’m always learning new things, going to amazing destinations, and exploring new ways to catch fish on a fly. People ask me what my favorite fish is, and my answer is the one on the end of my line. I love to chase all species of fish. Trout, carp, bone fish, permit, tarpon, catfish, bass, muskie. Saltwater, warm water, fresh water… I love it all.” Off of the water, Wylie spends his work days writing code and developing websites for companies like Franklin Covey and Netflix.
Jake grew up far from the Rocky mountains of the west and had never heard of fly fishing until he was 10. It wasn’t until he moved to Utah at age 20 that he actually got a rod in his hand and landed his first fish on a fly rod. “Everything about it was magical; the surroundings, the colors of the fish, the clear cold water, the serenity. It was truly love at first fish.” Jake spends his Summers teaching people to fish and his winters as a snowboard instructor. He is an amazing instructor and his love for the outdoors is contagious. We are lucky to have him on our team.