I talk a lot about serendipity. I love the word and somehow or another I find myself engulfed by it. John Huber, Picabo, ID, the Little Wood River and Silver Creek were all unknowns and unplanned for up until a few weeks ago. John is the manager of Picabo Angler in Picabo, ID and he guided me on the Little Wood River and Silver Creek during my month in Idaho. John and his head guide, Nick Price, have more than 20 years of experience guiding in central Idaho on the Salmon River, the Little and Big Wood Rivers, the Lost River, Silver Creek and all its tributaries.
As is mentioned on the Picabo Anglers website, Pee-Ka-Boo means “shining waters” and this was certainly true of Silver Creek where John and I used a float tube to make our way down the middle of the river and fish to the banks. John’s hope for Picabo Anglers is to “bring the tradition back home” meaning that he is hopeful that anglers will see the benefit of using an outfitter whose backyard is Silver Creek.
An Oregonian at heart, but an Idahoan in soul, John is yet another Renaissance man in the world of fly-fishing. He originally studied Marine Biology in college before graduating with a degree in English. He is a writer, photographer, business man, angler and community builder. His book on Oregon rivers, Flyfishers Guide to Oregon is one of the great Oregon fly-fishing guide books.
There are few guides that I hook up with (pun intended) more than once. John is one of those guides who knows his stuff, is fun, has a strong sense of self, and is concerned about his environment and community.
What a great couple of days! Thanks, John.