The can-of-worms transactions and transitions between former Snake River Float Trips/ Jack Dennis Fishing Trips and the new Grand Teton Fly Fishing shop in Jackson has finally come full circle in the form of a new website, guiding business, and miniature retail outlet in the Dave Hansen Whitewater building at Broadway and Milward.
Paul Bruun details the saga of Mark Fuller and Scott Smith, two senior Jack Dennis fishing guides and experienced winter shop employees, who set their sights on purchasing the outfitting assets back in 2009.
Via the Jackson Hole News & Guide: “Throughout this circuitous and confusing saga, Fuller and Smith were scrambling to assemble suitable investors while also continuing service to longtime fishing trip customers and new anglers. Fortunately, Bruce James, 63, the world’s most loyal employee and human being, managed to keep the outfitting nuts and bolts tightened via his consistent attention to reservations and scheduling. This was accomplished despite the business feud and despite guide service locations bouncing around like a pingpong ball.”
Tom Bie is the founder, editor, and publisher of The Drake. He started the magazine in 1998 as an annual newsprint publication based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He then moved it to Steamboat, Colorado (1999), Boulder, Colorado (2001), and San Clemente, California (2004), as he took jobs as managing editor at Paddler, Senior Editor at Skiing, and Editor-in-Chief at Powder, respectively. Tom and The Drake are now both based in Denver, Colorado, where The Drake is finally all grows up(Swingers, 1996) to a quarterly magazine.