Our Crew

Best Crew on the Salmon River

Silver Cloud takes pride in having the best crew on the Salmon River. As a group and as individuals, our guides are our most important asset; many have been with Silver Cloud for more than 10 years. All are talented professionals who will entertain and amaze you with their skills, both on the water and off. They make each trip unique by giving interpretive talks about Idaho history, native cultures, wildlife, astronomy, Lewis and Clark in Idaho, fly fishing and many other topics. Our crew’s dedication and professionalism sets us apart from all other outfitters on the Salmon. Come see why they are the best crew on the Salmon River.

I LOVE that you are so dedicated to the experience for others, and most of all loved that you were a family team for the most part! ”
Lisa McHugh, Friday Harbor, WA

guide Tom Dieffenbach - best crew on the salmon riverTom Dieffenbach

Tom retired after 34 years teaching high school science at American Falls High School. Now that he has some spare time, Tom is brewing beer and growing hops. He is a grandpa to three grandsons and plans to spend as much time as possible with them. Tom kayaks, rides his bike year round and telemark skis throughout the winter.

guide Duncan Swersey - best crew on the salmon riverDuncan Swersey

Duncan has grown up on the river his entire life, rafting and fishing three seasons out of the year. His mom was six months pregnant when she took him on his first river trip. He is pursuing a dual entrepreneurship and business degree at BSU while working for his skateboard business, Feat. He finds time to squeeze in skate sessions daily, loves living in the city but misses Salmon’s wide open spaces.

GuideTessa Sever best crew on the Salmon River Tessa Sever

Tessa is studying Geology at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She has been exploring the beautiful country in Utah and has found a new love – rock climbing. She is also guiding backpack trips for the Outdoor Program. Once the snow flies, you will find her on the slopes at Snow Bird keeping her racing skills tuned.

Guide Connor Swersey - best crew on the salmon river Connor Swersey

Connor rafted the river for the first time when he was three years old and caught his first steelhead when he was five. At 13, he rowed the entire river by himself for the first time. He is pursuing a degree in Political Science at University of Idaho. Connor spends as much time as he can kayaking, mountain biking and skiing.

guide Brian Grand - best crew on the salmon riverBrian Grand

Brian is an avid fisherman and usually is dropping a line over 200 days per year. He lives in Hamilton, Montana and guides most of the year in Montana. He comes to Salmon in the fall and spring to fish and guide for steelhead. Brian is our number one steelhead guide.

whitewater guide Norm Ando - best crew on the salmon river Norm Ando

Norm is a retired Forest Service river manager. His last assignment was on the Main Salmon and Middle Fork rivers. He is an avid skier and has been a ski patroller for most of his adult life. Since retiring, Norm spends as much time as he can fishing, rafting, skiing and traveling when he is not working on his shop, house or rental property.

guide Loren Anderson - best crew on the salmon river Loren Anderson

Loren probably was born with a fishing rod in his hand, by five years old he was fly fishing. He was a wildlife biologist for 35 years and  taught fire behavior and effects courses at the National Interagency Fire Center. He has been a fishing guide for over a decade and if he’s not guiding, he’s either wetting a line for himself or hunting.

guide Bryan Miller - best crew on the salmon river Bryan Miller

Bryan has been fishing all of his life and spends most of his year guiding and outfitting on the Clearwater River in Orofino. In 2011, Silver Cloud was lucky enough to lure Bryan to the Main Salmon in July for our first salmon season in Salmon City. His incredible knowledge of fish behavior allows him to put his clients where the fish are. When he is not fishing, Bryan enjoys hunting in the back country.

picture of owner Mary Wright - best crew on the Salmon RiverMary Wright

Mary started guiding for Silver Cloud Expeditions in 1990, the same year Chris proposed to her on the banks of the Salmon River. She and Chris bought the business and moved their boys, Duncan and Connor to Salmon in 2000. Mary worked for many years in the restaurant business, the auto industry, as a freelance writer and in the non-profit sector. She runs the day to day operations at Silver Cloud and is the chief organizer and menu guru.

guide and owner Chris Swersey - best crew on the salmon river Chris Swersey

Chris grew up in Mountain Lakes, NJ and spent much of his childhood on water. He has guided rafting and fishing trips on the Salmon River since 1988. Chris has been a brewer for over 20 years and is the Competition Manager for the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup. He is also the Technical Brewing Projects Manager for the Brewers Association. Luckily, he can telecommute most days from Salmon. Chris is Silver Cloud’s fishing and beer guru.

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