|Meet our Staff|
We have some of the best fly fishing guides in the area. Our guides have been with us for a long time and have an excellent reputation among our clients, providing quality fishing experiences and a lot of fun!
We are thrilled that our son Patrick, right, has joined Hack's after serving in the U.S. Army for 20 years. Patrick completed three tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan before his retirement.
Patrick is our "go-to" guy for just about anything. He not only guides, but also helps out in the shop, runs shuttles and does maintenance work...just to name a few of his many talents.
This year Patrick has a full time job as a Deputy Sheriff in Carbon County, so he is not available all the time. However, he is still a valuable part of our team.
Patrick and his wife Stephanie are welcome additions to the Platte Valley and we are thrilled that our son has "come home." They are also parents to our youngest granddaughter, Tinsley Kay, and we are super excited to be able to watch her grow up.
Pete, left, began working for Hack's in 2013 after working for a number of years as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter. Pete has been with us ever since and is engaged to be married in May of 2018.
Pete is from Oregon originally but has come to love the upper North Platte River valley and calls it home.
Pete also builds custom fly rods. In the fall months, he guides bird hunters with his beloved bird dogs. In the early winter and spring months of 2015, Pete went to Honduras and worked as a fishing guide in some new waters.
Pete shares the love of fishing that all Hack's guides have and is a great addition to Hack's staff. This year Pete has moved up into the Head Guide position.
Pete got married on May 5, 2018 to Sarah and the newlyweds make their home in Encampment.
Brian, right, is our nephew and began working for us last summer. Brian is from Las Vegas, Nevada and actually spent many summers here as a child when Connie's parents would visit and help out during the summer. Brian worked for us several years ago before heading to Laramie to attend school but is back in Saratoga and happy to be here.
Brian loves fishing as much as our other guides and he is also great shop help. He and his significant other, Sarah Givens are expecting a child.
Vince Hytrek, left, has now been with Hack's for 16 years. Vince and his wife, Kim make their home in Saratoga and have for many years.
Vince has found that some of the best fishing in the upper North Platte valley is in the fall months.
Vince has a contagious laugh that will make you laugh and has excellent fishing skills to make your trip memorable and fun.
Vince does odd jobs when the river is frozen over, loves to ice fish and also has his own tree trimming business, Hytrek Tree Trimming and Removal.
Thomas Koenig, right, started working for Hack's in his sophomore year of high school and will be returning to work with us again this summer. Thomas graduated from Saratoga High School in 2012, attended Casper Community College for two years and graduated from the University of Wyoming in May of 2017 with a degree in geography with a special emphasis in GIS. Geographic information systems (GIS) is a system designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage, and present spatial or geographic data.Thomas has completed his year of graduate study and will be working on his Master's Degree during the summer of 2018.
However, he will be available at times to guide fishermen.
Thomas spends most of his free time fishing and is one of those people who can catch fish anywhere. Thomas is a great guide and will entertain you with his fish tales.
Jeremy Smith, left, has been working for us for 16 years. . Jeremy began his guiding career when he was a junior at Saratoga High School and has worked as a guide for us every summer since then, coming back when his college classes were done for the year.
In 2012, Jeremy has graduated from the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Jeremy has a teaching certificate in high school math and is currently employed at Rawlins High School. He still guides for Hack's in the summertime as our Head Guide Emeritus.
Jeremy comes from a family of fishermen and spends most of his free time fishing...which is what makes him an extraordinary guide.
We've been told that we have the most colorful drivers in the valley and they will entertain you while driving you safely to and from your fishing excursion.
Driving around the valley in the spring, summer and fall is an extraordinary experience and that's what Hack wants to do when he retires, or so he claims.
Tim is new to Hack's this year and we're looking forward to having him join us. Tim's son Thomas is one of our guides and Tim is a welcome addition to Hack's crew.
Tim retired from Custom Builders this spring and is looking forward to working as a shuttle driver.
Tim is an accomplished carpenter and also has his own business doing home repair jobs.
Don Ainsworth, right, has been with us since 2005. He took 2017 off due to health issues, but is back with us for the 2018 season.
Don came for a visit from his home state of Iowa and fell in love with the valley. He served his country in the U.S. Army and is a retired bar owner.
Don loves his Harley motorcycle, his new puppy Shiloh, his daughters and grandchildren...although not necessarily in that order.
Our drivers also all love to fish and spend most of their free time fishing, too.
Bob is retired and spends most of his free time fishing or driving for Hack. Bob also likes attending the Mountain Man Rendezvous and is a member of Platte Valley Trout Unlimited, helping with the organization's various functions in the valley.
Frank is a native of the Platte Valley and has been retired for several years. Frank spent many years on the highways as a truck driver so Hack's is thrilled to be able to utilize his expertise as one of our regular drivers.
Frank has two children, Bud and Wade and like nearly all native Wyomingites, Frank and his family love to spend time in the mountains camping, hunting and riding ATVs.
Frank's wife and the boys mother, Phyllis, died in 2014.