Every guide at Three Rivers is a veteran angler and is part of the family. They know the waters from top to bottom and precisely how to fish them, regardless of the time of year. Whether you are fishing as a single angler, among a large group, or have special needs our guides work together to make your fishing experience more pleasurable.
Head Guide, Doug Gibson has been fishing for over 56 years. Doug started guiding in 1972 and was instrumental in starting the guide program at Three Rivers Ranch when it began in 1974. A true gentleman, his expertise and experience are not only admired by his guests and peers, but were also recognized by Orvis, when he received the Orvis Guide of the Year award. Having spent his entire life in the area, Doug possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the region’s rivers and streams, flora, fauna, mountain ranges and history. His love of fishing has taken him to many other parts of the world including Massachusetts, Missouri, Florida, Bahamas, Chile and the upper northwest. Doug was born in Newdale, Idaho, and still resides there with his wife Sandra.
Paul was born in San Jose, California. He began fly-fishing at 27. ‘I was hanging out with a buddy in Portland, Oregon, he handed me a fly rod and I’ve been hooked ever since.’ Paul has been guiding for Three Rivers since 1981 and “still has the passion”. “My favorite stretch of river is the Fall River. It’s the best rainbow wade fishery in eastern Idaho.” Paul has fished all of the Rocky Mountain States and parts of Canada. ‘Three Rivers Ranch is better than any place I’ve been around. The guides are professional and have so much experience to offer. Lonnie’s attention to every detail about the ranch makes each guests experience special. The guides are like brothers and there’s a real family atmosphere that guests become part of.’ Paul lives in Warm River, Idaho and has two sons.
Cliff was born and raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey, where he taught himself to fly fish when he was 12 years old. Growing up he enjoyed fishing the Beaverkill, Delaware, and other small brooks. He became a guide in 1987 and has been with Three Rivers since 1988. “What I like best about being with Three Rivers is that we are able to proIdahodsdvide excellent fishing all season long because of the diversity of the rivers Three Rivers is licensed on. We typically fish with guests for 4 to 5 days rather than only 1 or 2. This gives me a chance to actually teach my clients something new rather than putting the emphasis on catching fish right now. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of seeing folks make improvement. We can enjoy just being on the river, looking at wildlife/flowers, learning about the insects and catching fish without my guests feeling like they have to fish hard all day to get the most from their guided trip.” Cliff and his wife Lisa live in Island Park, Idaho. They raise English Setters and travel extensively to hunt every fall.
Having grown up with Three Rivers in his blood, Mitch began fly-fishing when his dad, Don taught him when he was in the 4th grade. His skills were perfected through many fishing trips with his grandfather, Harry Lewies, who started Three Rivers Ranch in 1974 as well as his mother, Lonnie. Mitch has been guiding for Three Rivers since 1995. His career started as a passion for fishing and a cool summer job. That passion hasn’t left. “Personally, my favorite stretch of river is the Teton River. The fish are tough and hard to catch, but there are a lot of big fish in there, especially cutthroat. Mitch and his wife Brandi live in Ashton, Idaho with their three girls. He enjoys archery hunting, college football, traveling and camping with family and friends in his spare time.
Born in Meridian, Idaho, Eric’s dad taught him to fish in and around Central Idaho. Eric learned to appreciate the quiet serenity of fishing in high mountain lakes and on the Salmon River. ‘My dad’s idea of fishing was that if you saw more than one or two people, you needed to look for a better stream. We hiked into some beautiful areas.’ Eric began his guiding career on the whitewaters of the Salmon River and eventually began guiding for Three Rivers Ranch in 1997. ‘I’ve stayed with Three Rivers because we have the best permits on the best water. No other lodge has better permits. I live in Jackson Hole, where I could easily drive 5 minutes and be to work with the numerous fly-fishing business there, instead I choose to be with Three Rivers because of the great clientele and the opportunity it gives me to take them to the Henry’s Fork and the South Fork of the Snake River.’ Eric lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming with his wife and their two daughters.
Nick was born and raised in Boise, Idaho where his dad taught him to fish on the South Fork of the Boise River, Salmon, and Owyhee at the ripe old age of 7. He was rowing a boat by 16. Once out of high school, Nick’s excitement for fishing took him on a road trip through Eastern Idaho, and parts of Wyoming and Montana looking for just the right place to begin guiding. His search brought him to Three Rivers Ranch, where he completed guide school and began his career as a full time guide in 2005. ‘I love the challenge of the Henry’s Fork. It offer’s good, dry-fly fishing, large wild rainbow, browns and unbelievable scenery.’ Nick lives in Ashton, Idaho. He enjoys fishing, golfing and college football in his spare time.
Eric was born and raised in Soda Springs, Idaho. He began fly-fishing around 6 years old when his mother taught him while growing up in southeast Idaho. Eric attended college at Montana State University, where he earned a degree in Biotechnology. His enthusiasm for fishing continued throughout college and eventually landed him at Three Rivers Ranch where he began guiding in 2003. ‘There’s a great camaraderie at the Ranch. Lonnie is great to work for and the guides are not only co-workers but also friends. We often take off and fish together when we have free time or during the off-season. I grew up fishing the South Fork of the Snake River and love those lower stretches, but I must say the lower Henry’s Fork is awesome because of the size and quality of the fish.’ Eric lives in Ashton, Idaho.
Todd grew up in Nampa, Idaho. His dad taught him to fish on various lakes, rivers, and creeks in southwestern Idaho when he was about 12 years old. After graduating from University of Idaho, Todd started guiding in 1996. He has been with Three Rivers Ranch since 2002, prior to the ranch he guided in Alaska and Chile. ‘The beautiful area and diversity of fishing is what has kept me at Three Rivers. Any stretch of river that’s fishing the best is my favorite.’ In 2009, Todd went to Brazil and fished for peacock bass on the Amazon drainage. Along with fishing, Todd also enjoys bird hunting and golfing. He lives in Ashton, Idaho with his wife and two kids.
Tim was born and raised in Maine. His dad taught him to fish when he was seven years old. Tim moved ‘out west’ in 1989 and has worked in the fishing and skiing industries for the past twenty years. He became a fly-fishing guide in 1997. Tim has a Masters Degree in Biomechanics and an undergraduate degree in Biology. “My background and experience allows me to assess and improve my guests fly-fishing skills in a timely and professional manner. I am patient and have great teaching abilities with each of my clients.” Tim lives in Bozeman, Montana with his wife and two children.
Richard "Skip" Mullen
William "BJ" Gerhart
Jennifer 'Jen' Cornell