Although he has fished since he was able to walk, Jamie Briscoe’s guiding career began in the blue waters of Baja in 1989. After having spent his youth fishing and playing in the ocean, the mountains called him to Sun Valley, Idaho in 1992 where he began guiding for Silver Creek Outfitters (and is still there today). During a relocation to the Pacific Northwest in 2000, Jamie melted into the two-handed world and took up a guiding gig that would always keep him close to big water and swinging flies for anadromous species. He says that will never change. “Spending 6 years behind the oars on the Deschutes was my calling. I blame it for my addiction and will simply never shake the memories.”
Most who have fished or hunted with Jamie know his obsession with gear. In the boat, the truck or the garage, he is constantly coming up with systems of organization and is a sucker for the “new cool thing”. When it comes to his rods and reels though, he says he’s done looking. “Hatch reels remind me of a Rolex: nothing feels better than owning a jewel that you can put through hell.”
Even with 25 years of guiding behind him, JB is still extremely enthusiastic about teaching. As the grandson of a WWII navy pilot and son of a veteran Navy SEAL, Briscoe is proud to be actively involved in assisting military veterans with fly fishing. He directs the Fly Fishing program for Higher Ground: a nationally recognized veteran rehabilitation program. HG has earned top honors from the Department of Defense, being listed as one of the nation’s top 54 innovative community leaders among 10,000 in serving our nation’s injured service members. It is in this venue where Jamie’s teaching style and human interactive skills are fully appreciated.
Along with being a Hatch staffer, Briscoe is also a pro for Scott Fly Rods, Howler Brothers clothing, RO Drift Boats and is a Certified Casting Instructor (CCI) for the Federation of Fly Fishers. He lives in Sun Valley where he runs a real estate office, guides, skis & hunts, and aspires to pick up a flip flop sponsor soon.
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