Fish-crazed individual Chris Gerono calls them “no-tell-um” creeks
Story by Sheryl Gifford
Photography by Jessica Woodhouse
There is nothing as breathtaking as the sparkle of the summer sun over one of Idaho’s premier fishing spots. Unless of course, it’s that same sunlight dancing off the back of a rainbow trout you just netted! As the river rushes past your waders and the wind whispers in the trees behind you, the documented and then released fish returns to the sparkling waters from which it came. What a beautiful sight, and one you will only find in Idaho.
The State of Idaho is known worldwide for its great lakes and rivers, including what locals sometimes call “No-Tell-Um” Creeks. These “secret” lakes are no secret to Chris Gerono, head fly fishing guide at Idaho Angler in Boise. He has been guiding fishing trips for over 15 years, and has the expertise to take you on the expedition of your life. Whether fishing for Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Steelhead, Smallmouth or Largemouth Bass, or even Carp, Chris is your man. Fully licensed and insured, these guys know where the fish are and how to catch them.
Chris describes himself as a “fish-crazed individual” who was one of the lucky ones: he gets to turn his hobby into a career. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural recreation and park management, which gives him a solid knowledge base necessary for his guide business. However, his greatest joy is spending days sharing his acquired skills with fishermen from around the country.
The first thing Chris finds out from clients is what they want to get out of their trip. Some of them want that trophy fish, while others simply want to enjoy the solitude and peacefulness of our famous Idaho wilderness. One experienced fly fisherman just wanted his girlfriend to enjoy the sport. While both benefited from Chris’s expertise and assistance, the lady landed the largest catch of the day: a 22” brown trout. Sometimes, Chris says, helping clients catch the fish and seeing their excitement is more rewarding than catching it himself.
A few years ago, Chris contemplated taking a steady office job in town. While he considered an offer, a guiding opportunity came up. One woman in that group landed a big fish and said, “It is so exciting to be out of the office for a day.” Chris realized that he was excited to be in his office! From that day, he knew he could never go sit in an office building. His workplace is the outdoors, and he loves to share it with others. Whether you are a novice or a veteran fly fisherman, having a great guide to help you find the right waters and a helping hand throughout the day will make your experience a trip to remember. Besides, Chris is also an awesome photographer.
When you book a day trip with Chris as your guide, he will take you to fish havens many people only dream about. He once netted 20 beauties from the same hole. Don’t you wish you knew where that was? Well, grab your fishin’ hat, visit www.idahoangler.com and book a trip!