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Our Story

About JHFFS

Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School was founded in 2013 with a mission to make fly fishing fun and accessible to all.  From beginner to expert, all social classes and ages we employ a hands on teaching approach that provides guests with the knowledge skills and techniques to foster a lifelong passion for the sport of fly fishing.  Since our inception, our award winning instructors have helped thousands of students along their fly fishing journey while creating lifelong friends that embody the JHFFS family.

Spencer Morton – Owner / Head Instructor

About Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School - Owner

Jackson Hole local and Orvis instructor, Spencer Morton, is an expert fly fisherman and instructor with over twenty years of fly fishing experience. He is recognized as one of the premier fly fishing guides in the Rocky Mountain West and was awarded “Top Wyoming Guide” honors at the prestigious Jackson Hole One Fly Tournament in 2012 and 2013.

Upon graduating from the University of Vermont in 2005, with a degree in Fisheries Management, Spencer set out to pursue a career as a guide. Since then, over a decade of guiding has taken him to the most sought after fishing destinations on the planet- from his childhood waters of New England, to Patagonia, British Columbia, Alaska, Mexico, Central America, Norway, New Zealand, Seychelles and the vast American west. Throughout this journey, Spencer returned to guide in Jackson Hole, which he considers one of the world’s premier native trout fisheries.

Spencer is also an accomplished athlete, from his former days as a Division 1 collegiate hockey player to present day Triple Crown and Jackson Hole Pole Pedal Paddle Champion. Whether he is skiing the backcountry in the Teton Mountains, hunting elk, or chasing his favorite game-fish species, Spencer has an infectious personality that forges friendships for years to come.

Brian Shott – General Manager / Head Instructor

About Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School - Brian Shott – General Manager

Originally from Philadelphia, Brian started fishing as a kid on local ponds and creeks.  After making a summer trip out west, he was introduced to the sport of fly fishing and never looked back.  His passion for fly fishing continued to grow while attending the University of Rhode Island chasing striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore.  After graduating, Brian headed straight for Jackson to pursue his dream of working in the mountains.  Getting his start as the Fishing Lead for Orvis, Brian began to develop relationships with many local guides and outfitters.  Through these relationships, he attended the Western Rivers Guide School and began to guide part-time.  Since then, Brian has found a home with Jackson Hole Fly Fishing School and is proud to be part of an amazing team that works hard to share their passion with every guest.  Brian has proven to be one of the top instructional guides in Jackson Hole and his effective communication and humble demeanor has created lifelong clients the world over.

“Fly fishing has taken me to some of the most beautiful places on earth and introduced me to lifelong friends. My goal is to share what I have learned and help others along their own fly fishing journey.”