Our Crew

guide giving Idaho geography talk - best crew on the Salmon River Tom cooking NY strip roast in a Dutch oven - best crew on the Salmon River guides in a jumping competition - best crew on the Salmon River

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.

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 loves to kayak, rides his bike year round and telemark skis throughout the winter.

guide Breann Westfall with son, Zane - best crew on the salmon riverBreann Westfall

Breann works as a stewardship and conservation coordinator for Lemhi Regional Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to voluntary private lands conservation. She owns Salmon River Food Packs, a complete menu buying and packing service for private boaters. Breann is raising her small son, Zane, on the rivers and in the mountains surrounding Salmon.

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. He is pursuing a dual business and entrepreneurship degree at BSU while working full-time 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.

 whitewater guide Tessa 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. Once the snow flies, you will find her on the slopes at Snow Bird keeping her racing skills tuned.

guide Dagny Deutchman - best crew on the salmon river Dagny Deutchman

Dagny Deutchman is a Rehabilitation & Support paraprofessional at a mental health facility in Missoula, MT, and plans to return to U of M in January for a degree in Psychology with an emphasis in research. She continues to play guitar and loves to dress up. Dagny is an avid snowboarder and spends many weekends at Lost Trail.

baggage boatman Connor Swersey - best crew on the salmon river Connor Swersey

Connor, baggage boatman, rafted the river for the first time when he was three years old and rowed the river by himself the summer he turned 13. He caught his first steelhead when he was five and has been an avid fisherman ever since. He loves to play soccer and spends as much time as he can snowboarding at Lost Trail.

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 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.

guide Jay Myers - best crew on the salmon river Jay Myers

Jay lives in Victor, Idaho and spends most of his year guiding fishermen and hunters; steelhead in the spring, trout in the summer and big game in the fall. Silver Cloud was fortunate to catch Jay between seasons in fall 2011 and convince him to come to Salmon for a couple of weeks and guide steelhead fishermen for us. Jay is an expert fly fisherman and guide. He learned the Salmon stretch of the river immediately and had his clients on fish from day one.

guide Ernie Schneider - best crew on the salmon river Ernie Schneider

Ernie worked 26 years as a logging engineer for the Forest Service and retired in 2000. He has been fishing the Salmon River for 35 years; you can find him with a line in the water more often than not. Ernie enjoys fishing Montana rivers and occasionally he ventures to Canada and Alaska to drop a line. He has two children and two grandchildren. In the 1980s and 1990s Ernie was a freestyle wrestling coach while his son was in junior high and high school.

guide and owner Mary Wright - best crew on the salmon river Mary 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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