Your Guides

Fishing trips on the world famous White River are memorable. All of the fishing guides we reference have been fishing for an extended period of time. The guides are adaptable, knowledgable and have a down-to-earth laid back lifestyle. They are familiar with the river and know where all of the "honey holes" are. They strive to introduce the great sport of fly fishing to whomever is interested.  From kids to adults and novice to advanced, all ages and abilities are welcome. You can follow updates under "Water Levels" right here on our home page.

If you would like to enjoy a day floating on the river with your pals or just get acquainted to the sport in general with some simple casting instruction, Copper John's has you covered.  We do not currently offer boats to rent. There are several places close by that offer boat rentals.They are a first come first serve basis as well.


Independent Guides 

  • Guides are not employees of Copper John's Resort. They are independent and have clients that call them directly and seperate from us. They maintain their own schedules and bookings. Please pay them directly.  Most of them prefer cash.   Be sure to ask how they would prefer to be paid...not everyone has credit card access.

  • Gratuity is not included in their prices. What's a good tip you ask? Base that on your experience. Be specific with your expectations for the trip. If your interested in catching your limit to cook or if you just want that trophy picture be sure to let them know. They are there to offer you a memorable experience. 

  • They pay close attention to water generation schedules, as well as the weather radar. These specifics help them make an informed decision on the details for your fishing trip. To schedule a guided fishing trips please see below for contact details. Feel free to explore and get to know the guides personally through their websites/ Facebook and call them directly for additional details. 

  •  We have listed the guides that have outstanding reviews and continuously strive to provide the best personal experience possible. You will not lose with any of these you choose!!

  • Ryan McDonald:  870-405-6847 or check out his Facebook page

  • Dave Elling: 870-431-4583

  • Duane Bell:  870-656-3543/ 870-445-3211 or check out his Facebook page

  • Mike Decker: 501-515-1119 

  • Paul Bobby: 870-656-0058 or check out his Facebook page

  • Richard Woodall:  870-405-4042 or check out his Website 

  • Robert Murphy: 870-321-6960 or check out his Facebook page

  • Ralph Chatelain:  870-405-8215 or check out his Website 

  • Keith Hilburn:  870-404-6964

  • Steve Seiter:  573-820-0091