Middle Fork Salmon Crew

THE IDAHO RIVER JOURNEYS STAFF

Idaho River Journeys has been a Middle Fork of the Salmon River outfitter for forty years, and we have an outstanding crew. Our Salmon river rafting and fishing guides come from varied backgrounds, have worked together for a number of seasons and are passionate about sharing their knowledge about the Middle Fork of the Salmon River with our guests. They will show you their favorite places along the way, hike with you to magnificent vistas, help you with your fly casting, introduce you to kayaking, and make you feel welcome visiting this remarkable wilderness. You will enjoy spending your vacation with them.

Dave Walter
Dave WalterMissoula, Montana
Dave is a multifaceted guide, working year-around; spring on the Kern River, summer and fall in Idaho, then summer again in New Zealand. On a trip you can find Dave leading hikes, sharing Middle Fork history, teaching guests how to fly fish, or simply playing a fun campfire game. His vast experience, welcoming personality, and knowledge makes Dave a much sought-after guide. He is a friend to all, and by the end of the trip, you will call him, “Montana Dave.”
Sunny Wyatt
Sunny WyattPocatello, Idaho
Sunny grew up exploring the mountains and rivers around Pocatello, Idaho. She went to undergraduate school at the University of Puget Sound studying Spanish and molecular biology. Since school, she has been passionate about wilderness medicine. She was a ski patroller in Bozeman, Montana. Now she is working towards her physician assistant degree, which she hopes to complete in the next few years. Sunny’s positive attitude and joy for being on the river is contagious among the guests.
Drew Harrison
Drew HarrisonSisters, Oregon
Drew is from Sisters, Oregon. He developed his fishing skills early, exploring the bountiful rivers and mountains that central Oregon has to offer. After finishing school Drew became a 12th-grade math and science teacher in Hailey, Idaho. A favorite guide among the IRJ crew. Drew has a warm, gregarious personality, making him a friend to all, plus he plays an incredible guitar.
Libby Tobey
Libby Tobey Missoula, Montana
Kayaker, adventurer, and fun seeker. Libby’s goal is to work in places that inspire her, this has led her to guide all around the globe, and now back closer to home. The Middle Fork. Even with all the traveling, she manages to keep studying and work towards a graduate degree at the University of Montana in resource conservation, with an emphasis in international conservation and development. Her research focuses on water and land-related issues and damage from climate-related events.
Keri Knudsen
Keri KnudsenPocatello, Idaho
Originally from Minnesota, Keri moved out west to attend nursing school in Colorado. She now lives in Pocatello, Idaho working in the cardiology department at the Pocatello hospital. Keri is an expert botanist and avid birder, often pointing out wildlife and plants from the raft. Guests find her vibrant spirit and supportive personality very approachable and comforting. When not guiding, Keri does community work with her medical expertise, going on a doctor without borders trips.
Eli Harrison
Eli HarrisonBend, Oregon
Eli attended Dartmouth College where he spent his undergraduate years playing Basketball and studying Political and Environmental Science. He began guiding after college on the Middle Fork and on the Aniak River in Alaska. When he’s not guiding in the summer, Eli manages Cedar Lodge, a helicopter fishing operation in New Zealand. He is a patient and enthusiastic teacher and is always happy to help guests get a line in the water.
Jo Schroeder
Jo SchroederSalmon, Idaho
Jo has been guiding on the Middle Fork since 2004. Growing up in Salmon Idaho, the Frank Church Wilderness was her backyard playground. Jo now owns and manages a commuter airline based in Salmon called Gem Air. Aside from work, She is an integral part of the community, volunteering on many different local boards, and holding down the defense for the women’s Salmon hockey team. With her experience guiding on the Middle Fork, Jo exemplifies being a veteran guide.
Dillon Cole
Dillon ColeDestin, Florida
Growing up around the diverse waterways of Florida, Dillon developed an affinity for all things water related. After moving to California for college and discovering everything the west offers, he hasn’t looked back. When he’s not guiding, Dillon spends his time surfing, climbing, and traveling. Dillon is passionate about the “river life” and will bring that enthusiasm to everything going on both on and off the river.
Julia Hatch
Julia HatchBozeman, Montana
After making the move out west from upstate New York, Julia fell in love with the Middle Fork. Looking to make the move permanent, Julia worked as a ski patroller for the Yellowstone Club out in Big Sky, Montana. Her passion for wilderness medicine led her into a nursing career, where she currently works at the Bozeman hospital. Besides her medical knowledge, Julia has a warm, easy going personality that guests thoroughly enjoy connecting and talking to. Above all, she’s an amazing mentor and role model for young women in the outdoors. 
Chris Falcone
Chris FalconeKetchum, Idaho
Originally from College Station, Texas, Chris developed an appreciation for the outdoors when his family moved to Sun Valley, Idaho. His love for the wilderness led him to a degree in Bioenvironmental Science from Texas A&M. Since school Chris has been an active traveler, he has explored vast parts of the world stretching from South America to India. For Chris, it’s both the larger and smaller experiences that he enjoys with guests. Whether it’s teaching guests how to kayak or his personable rapport with guests on his raft, Chris makes floating the river relaxed and fun.
Galen May
Galen MaySandpoint, Idaho
Galen has carved out a life in the outdoors, between river guiding and ski patrolling at Schweitzer Mountain. With an outgoing spirit and infectious positive attitude, Galen ensures that friends, co-workers, and guests can’t help but have a good time. Her eagerness to share the fun, the beauty, and the natural history of the river, makes for great memories that last a lifetime. With an eye toward the future, Galen intends to continue guiding, patrolling, and getting a degree in business, which will allow her to continue on her adventure.
Skip Volpert
Skip VolpertSalmon, Idaho
Skip has more than 150 Middle Fork trips and hopes to do another 150. He knows of many amazing side hikes and looks forward to taking guests on morning sunrise hikes. He is a wonderful fly-fisherman and prides himself on teaching people how to cast. Skip is an avid photographer, and often, sets up his camera at night to take long exposures of stars and capture the Mi