About Jim, Dan and our Fly Fishing Guides

jim oneal with another nice utah brown trout

Jim with another nice Utah Brown Trout.

Jim – Many of you already know or recognize Jim O’Neal and have fished with him as he has guided many folks for the years on the Provo River and surrounding areas.

Jim has fly fished the Provo River for 50 years and was guiding folks before it was “cool” and long before guiding became a way to make a living.

Jim is a lifelong fly fisherman who was taught by his grandfather (also a lifelong fisherman). Jim tied his first dry fly and caught his first rainbow trout in 1953.

From my experience, Jim’s favorite activities are fly fishing and teaching people to fly fish. And yes, he also likes to make fly fishing videos.

Check out our fly fishing videos at Our YouTube Channel and check us out and follow us on Instagram (backcountrychroniclesdotcom) to see what we have been up to.

brown trout provo river utah trout

Dan with a fat Provo River Brown Trout.

Dan – I was born and raised in North Carolina and came to Utah in 1992 to continue Graduate School at Utah State.

I worked as a wildlife Biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife for 14 years.

As a young man, I lived in West Africa for almost three years where I built fish ponds.

I’ve been a lifelong fisherman, but my fly fishing education really progressed after Jim and I started fishing together in 2014.

Jim and I have fished together regularly and made many fishing videos.

We make a unique team, not just a couple of fishing guides.

Jonathan Kee has joined our team.

jonathan kee provo river fly fishing guide

Jonathan also has a nice Utah brown trout

Many of you will recognize Jonathan because he seems to always be on the river and always seems to know where to find the hatch.

Jonathan – was born in Provo, Utah and began fishing the headwaters of the Provo river at 8 years old in Kamas, Utah (gateway to the Uinta Mountains).

He graduated high school in Heber City, Utah and attended College in Durango, Colorado. Always close to a river or stream teeming with trout.

Jonathan started guiding the summer of 1997 on the lower Provo river and then went back to Durango and guided on the multiple rivers and creeks in the surrounding area. Jonathan returned to Utah in 2009.

Passionate dry fly gentleman. Masterful nymphing technician. Methodically patient Streamer presenter (strip, swing, dead drift).

Fly tier since summer camp of ’84 and has been fishing with barbless flies since ’99 and fishing a single fly since 2009.

Always looking forward to spending time standing in a river facing the challenges the elements and trout throw my way.

Honoring the trout and respecting the art of fly fishing.

Check out what Jonathan has been up to at @jonathankee886


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