Benefits Of Hiring A Guide
While guided anglers generally catch larger fish (and more of them) than non-guided anglers, the biggest difference will be what you learn, not what you catch. For those who desire to learn as much as possible about holding water, casting techniques, fish behavior and hatches, we definitely recommend hiring a guide, if only for a day.
Park City Fly Fishing Guides is owned and operated by longtime Provo River guide, Layne Edwards. Throughout his tenure, he has established himself as one of the finest guides in the area. Energetic and hardworking, he maintains a vast network of return guests.
As business continues to grow and the fishing season progresses it may become necessary for Layne to call upon a number of excellent and independant guides to help him mange the volume of his guided trips. While they may or may not be listed here and only work a handful of days, Layne has complete confidence in their abilities to provide a positive and productive experience for you on the river.
Owner / Guide
Layne – or Lany’e as most people know him – has lived in the Park City area for just over a decade. Having found fly fishing later in life, he appreciates and values the work and effort it takes to become truly excellent at something you love. He readily accepts that fly fishing is one of the few healthy obsessions in his life, and he lives and dies for good days on the river. His attributes and talents include a gentle demeanor, patience, clear instruction and a knack for holding clients accountable for the things they’re learning throughout the day. Layne has a deep appreciation for the natural world and believes that only through experiencing it first hand will people have a desire to preserve it deep into the future. If Layne isn’t fishing with you, he’s most likely somewhere on a river with his three dogs - Domino, Che’ and Remy.
Travis is your go-to, good-time guy. Fishy, friendly, full of big smiles and sparse but meaningful conversation, he will make sure your day on the river is near perfection. Originally from the Los Angeles area, Travis grew up fishing with his dad and brother and quickly developed a passion for chasing pelagic fish in the Pacific as well as trout in the small mountain streams of California. When he visited Park City on a ski trip in his twenties, he realized Utah was the place to fulfill his outdoor endeavors. Hunting, fishing, building houses, what can’t he do? His love of bowhunting has led him across the country where he has successfully harvested many big game animals. Friends and family have benefited from his expertise in guiding eventful and successful hunts. Fall is a very challenging time for him, naturally torn between two loves: the river and the mountain. When on the river, Travis gets in those trout heads and has a sixth sense of what they need on any given day. He puts the experience above everything else. He knows that simply walking along the river, stepping into the water, breathing in the fresh air, hearing the birds, or seeing hatching bugs is all part of the experience. Kids, parents, grandparents, he believes fishing is quality family time. When not guiding he often takes his wife and boys to his favorite secret spots.
Molly fell in love with fly fishing from the first time she went — and got skunked. She grew up in upstate New York and started fishing while living in Northern California. In another life, she served as a consultant and coach for large organizations. She’s working hard everyday to make sure her clients have an awesome, relaxing, and fun time on the river. Molly believes fly fishing is a time where you can be fully present in some of the most beautiful places in the world. She has also taught women’s fly fishing workshops in Park City. Molly went to an Orvis-endorsed guide school in Idaho, rowing on the Snake and Teton rivers. Molly also volunteers for the Mayfly Project - mentoring foster children with fly fishing. When not guiding, you can find Molly as a ski instructor at Deer Valley or on an outdoor adventure with her partner Josh and dog Brady.
Jeremy is a native Utahn who has lived all over the state and all over the country at different times throughout his life. He started fly fishing at a very young age (6 years old), as his father is an enthusiastic self-taught fly angler on the lower Provo River. His love of Fly Fishing is deeply connected to camping, backpacking and exploring Utah’s high-altitude alpine lakes. He grew up spending summers fishing with his family in the various remote mountain ranges of this great state. Connection with nature is his true obsession. As a guide going into his third year of full-time work on the river. He truly embraces the opportunity, to not only teach proper angling instruction, but to use his truly innate enthusiasm to spread “the stoke” to his clients each day. He truly cannot hide his excitement and passion for deceiving and releasing trout! His goal is to get every client “addicted” to fly fishing through positivity, angling success and the connection with nature that happens on the water. When not guiding or chasing trout for himself. Jeremy can be found trail-running, snowboarding or just enjoying a delicious craft beer.
Jake's passion for fishing started in Utah's High Uinta Wilderness. Spending his free time fishing these small high mountain streams helped Jake develop a truly unique and diverse set of angling skills. However, it was when a friend took him fly fishing in Idaho that he knew he had found his ultimate and lifelong pursuit. These days, you can find him in many western states chasing a variety of species including trout, tiger muskie, and bass. He loves the sport and the places it takes him. Jake is truly one of the "fishiest" dudes we know. He works hard to get guests into fish and is a patient and thorough instructor. You will not only have fun with Jake, but you'll come away from you experience having learned a lot along the way.
Larry grew up on the Front Range of Colorado and spent his childhood in pursuit of wild critters in wild spaces. Always playing outdoors, he and his young buddies began fishing in local ponds and streams. First with a spincast rod & reel with bait such as bologna or worms. Then, at the age of 11, his best friends’ family gave him his first fly rod. He never put it down, and has spent the past decades fly fishing for wild fish across the continent. His true love, besides his family, is to be on the rivers and streams throughout the Rocky Mountains and the Park City area. Larry comes from a family of teachers, and finds joy in helping others to experience the beauty of the natural world. His hope always is, that his guests will leave the waters for the day with a deeper understanding of both the fish pursued and the environment that we all are a part of. When not on the waters, Larry can be found with his wife and two young sons caring for their dogs, cats, and horses.
Hillary Sapp is originally from Kirkwood, CA. The outdoors have always been her playground. One of the first fish she caught as a kid was just outside her backdoor in her parents’ pond in Gardnerville, NV. That is where the spark began, but the obsession didn’t start until she took a fly fishing course at The College of Idaho. Hillary learned to fly fish on the Owhyee River and hasn’t put down a fly rod since. She moved to Park City, UT in 2016 working in adaptive sport, coaching paralympic and future paralympic athletes at The National Ability Center. Have a differing ability and nervous about fly fishing? No worries! Hillary is great at adapting. Hillary currently coaches adaptive alpine skiing in the winter, she teaches a Backpacking/ Fly Fishing course at the University of Utah (spring, summer and fall semester), and guides for Park City Fly Fishing Guides in the summer. Hillary is an enthusiastic guide, VERY patient, and could talk all day about entomology if you want to nerd out. A day on the river with Hillary will produce lots of laughs and fish too!
Raised in northern Utah, Rick began his life-long pursuit of trout and appreciation of the outdoors on the Blacksmith Fork River with his father when he was just four years old. Rick took up the fly rod at the age of thirteen and converted to its exclusive use for trout fishing in his early twenties. An accomplished and knowledgeable angler, Rick has fished extensively throughout the intermountain west and travelled to southeastern and western Alaska. Noted for his observant, thorough and patient style, Rick has nearly twenty years of formal instructional experience and can easily tailor a lesson to the needs of the individual guest. Ricks top priority is ensuring his guests have a safe, pleasant and memorable day on the river while catching a few trout along the way.
An avid ice fisherman, Rick also guides ice fishing excursions for Park City Fly Fishing Guides during the winter season.
Scott grew up in Northern Utah and was introduced to fly fishing by his father at an early age. In 2003 he moved up to Northern Montana and began a career guiding fly fishermen and big game hunters on horseback in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Later on, he spent some time guiding in the Wind River Range where he met his wife Karla. Together they share a passion for the outdoors and love sharing their experiences with others. They’ve spent the last ten years back in Northern Utah where Scott guides big game hunts in the fall and fly fishing trips during the spring and summer months. Scott enjoys helping people have a safe, memorable experience on the river and loves watching their excitement as big fish land in the net!