Friday 21st November 2014,
Flys and Guides

Our Guide Team

The Philosophy Regarding Assembling This Team:

Although Jeremy Hunt has been a guide for eleven years on the White River, Lake Taneycomo and the Norfork Tailwater, he has always been hesitant about throwing words like “our guide team” and “our staff” around frivolously. This is because in the Ozarks, guides come and go, and Jeremy did not want to get over his head, as this could distract from making his personal guide business successful, especially if he had to constantly worry about unprofessional behavior out of any individual that is representing Jeremy Hunt or his service.

Jeremy is proud to announce that he’s finally assembled a group of outstanding guides that truly epitomize what a “real” guide staff is all about. These anglers all have diversified experience, they understand that safety is the number one priority while on the water and they know how to teach effectively while showing clients a good time, whether the fish are biting or not. Plus, he has full confidence that if the fish are active, these guys will be productive – there is nothing worse than hiring a guide for the day and then end up watching every other group around you catching fish while your party’s guide is constantly ‘trying new things’ and can’t seem to buy a bite. 

Please take a little time and read about the different attributes and styles of the guide team (Jeremy included), and never hesitate to ask candid questions regarding who on our guide team you are going to fish with on a group outing or if Jeremy has to use another team member because he’s already booked. Also, he is more than willing to put you in touch with any of the guides he works with before your day on the water. Talk with them so that you can tell them about your expectations, skill levels and what the plan is likely to be. The staff is a direct reflection of Jeremy and his business, and Jeremy is very excited to introduce you to these excellent fishermen who are also close personal friends.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy HuntJeremy has been one of the White River Basin’s most passionate fly fishermen and guides for over the last eleven years, and he is always looking to develop innovative flies and techniques that catch more fish; this reflects his true ingenuity and outside the box mentality. When it comes to working hard and understanding how to safely and effectively fish during high and low water, Jeremy is truly one of the best. He never hesitates to try something new when the “old standards” are not producing, and over the last five years, very few guides have consistently put their clients on big fish as often as Jeremy has.A day on the water with Jeremy is going to be filled with intense moments, as he definitely wears his enthusiasm and love of fly fishing on his sleeve – this guy lives to help his clients succeed. Jeremy is one of the area’s best nymph fishermen, and he knows when and where to throw dry flies if the conditions are right. His personal favorite way to fish is with large streamers on the White Rive for brown trout during high water. “There is nothing as exciting in the world of fly fishing as watching a huge brown come off a bank or out of submerged structure to chase down and inhale a 6-inch streamer pattern. It really gets me worked up in a big way.”

Besides spending his nights dreaming about that next big streamer bite (or fishing in the dark with a client or on his own), Jeremy is also very active in the local and regional fly fishing scene. He has put on several exceptional presentations at the last two Sow Bug Roundup events (these gathering are like a fly fishing convention that is sponsored by the Federation of Fly Fishers), and he has also traveled extensively for speaking engagements at Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fishers club meetings around the country. Jeremy is one of the most creative and talented young tiers in the fly fishing world, and he is starting to gain exposure for his unique patterns, along with his personal variations of old standards. Look for Jeremy to be featured in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine quite a bit over the next year, and he has also been asked to be a host guide for several fly fishing television shows. Please understand that he did not seek out this attention, but rather, several editors and producers took notice of him due to his accomplishments and his outstanding Web site.

Like all the really excellent guides around the world, Jeremy holds a special place in his heart for conservation of all species of fish that can be pursued with a fly rod. He is always willing to donate his time and energy for good causes, as he realizes that without clean rivers and solid habitat, Jeremy would not be able to make a career out of being a full-time guide. Another way that he gives back is by organizing and hosting monthly fly tying classes (for free) at Shepherd of the Hills trout hatchery below Table Rock Dam in Branson, Missouri. His goal in this endeavor is to get more people interested in the sport.

Jeremy Hunt is truly one of fly fishing’s special characters, and a day on the water with him is guaranteed to be a learning experience like no other… and the chance of finding and hooking into a large, trophy trout with Jeremy is relatively likely. Look for Jeremy to emerge on the national fly fishing scene over the next few years…he is good enough already, and is continually striving to become a better angler and guide every time he spends a day on the water.

Lisa Bellue

Lisa Bellue on Lake TaneycomoBorn and raised on a 260 acre cattle farm in the small rural town of Willow Springs, Missouri, living life outdoors has become second nature; Lisa grew up hunting and fishing and has fished Missouri streams all her life. She took up the sport of fly-fishing during her Industrial Technology studies at Missouri State University in 1997 at the age of 20, fitting in countless sleepless nights on Taneycomo fishing for trout before her early morning course work.

Over the years fly-fishing has become her passion and she has fly-fished all over Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma in the search of trout, carp, white bass, strippers, hybrid bass and just about any other species of fish that can be caught on a fly. She has traveled up to Canada in search of pink and king salmon down to the Yucatan peninsula chasing baby tarpon, snook, and bonefish. Lisa Bellue on Lake Taneycomo

During the last few years she has focused her time back where it all began 16 years ago on the clear waters of Lake Taneycomo fishing one of the best places in Missouri to hook into a quality Rainbow.

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