Meet Our Team
Read Jeremi Syron's Bio
Jeremi grew up along the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River just 25 miles east of the Flying B Ranch. As a native of the area, he has been guiding hunting and river rafting trips in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness since the late ’90s.
In addition to his field experience, Jeremi holds a B.S. in Environmental Field Biology and has spent several seasons as a biologist doing habitat work for the Nez Perce Tribe. Jeremi’s attitude reflects his work ethic and motivation in the field and has earned him the utmost respect among his peers.
Jeremi’s knowledge as an outdoor enthusiast and guide is unmatched. He’s almost as well-known for his sense of humor and upbeat personality. You can’t guarantee the weather, but you can plan on a lot of laughs when you venture out in the field with him.
Jeremi’s range of responsibilities at the ranch has expanded over the years. This has allowed him to build an in-depth understanding of all aspects of the operation from the paperwork to the groundwork. His dedication to the “B” shows in everything he does. We’re excited to have him at the helm—he’s a hands-on manager who works alongside our team whenever they need an extra set of hands.
Jeremi and his wife Karen (the Flying B Ranch’s Marketing Manager) are proud parents to two beautiful daughters. Outside of work, they spend their days enjoying the outdoors both on land and on water. Their home upriver also houses an ever-expanding roster of animals. This includes a kennel of working dogs: Two walker hounds, a blue tick hound, and a German shorthair pointer.
Read Rich Coe's Bio
Rich has a well-earned reputation as one of the most skilled and knowledgeable fishing guides on the Clearwater River. He grew up in Boise and has been a hunting and fishing fanatic since childhood.
Rich began bird hunting at age 12. The following year, he began fly-fishing on the Boise River and on Silver Creek in the Sun Valley area.
Rich moved to Bozeman, Montana in 1992 to attend Montana State University. He started his career as a guide at age 20, guiding fly-fishermen on the Roaring Eagle River and other notable waters in Colorado. He guided for several years around the Bozeman area—specifically, the Yellowstone and Madison Rivers—before moving back to Idaho.
Rich joined the Flying B Ranch team in 1997 and has been a fishing and hunting guide on land and water ever since. In addition to guiding fishing trips, he has trained bird dogs and guided wingshooters for years. Our return guests often request him.
Rich lives along the Clearwater River outside of Kooskia with his daughter Madison and his team of bird dogs.
Read Corey Swanson's Bio
Corey grew up in East Liverpool, Ohio. His love of fishing, hunting, and the outdoors came from his Grandfather, Fritz. He spent a lot of time there deer hunting with his Grandfather in Central Pennsylvania and it was with him that he shot his first deer. Throughout college he continued hunting and grew that passion into a goal of becoming a hunting guide. He completed the Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide School in 2002 and then graduated from Ohio University in 2003 with a degree in Adventure Recreation. Corey took that experience and did an internship at the Old Glendevey Ranch in Jelm, Wyoming. Following that internship he found the Flying B Ranch.
Since starting at the Flying B Ranch, Corey has worked as a big game guide and fly-fishing guide. Twice Corey has taken positions with the USFS working trails over the years, and rejoined our FBR team at the start of 2017 as our Big Game Manager. We are all excited to have Corey heading up our big game department. His experience with handling stock in the backcountry and his dedication to providing the very best guest experience, make him a real asset to our diverse operation.
Outside of the Flying B Ranch, Corey enjoys all things outdoors. He spends his time fishing, hunting, and taking his black lab, Lucy, to the river.
Read Carol Langston's Bio
Carol’s brings unbeatable enthusiasm, people skills and attention to detail to her role as our Lodge Manager. Although continuing to expand her hunting experiences, Carol has been an avid angler since her youth. She loves the outdoors and has a heart for customer service which makes her an ideal member of our team. Her focus is on providing the best guest experience we can, meaning that from the first time you call the lodge, until you are safely back at home, she is dedicated to the details. Not only is she the information hub of our operation, she is someone that makes fast friends with everyone who steps through our doors. If you aren't already friends with Carol, you will be by the time you leave.
Carol moved from San Diego to Idaho when she was 27. She fell in love with the Gem State and considered it the best place to raise her five children. She started working at the Flying B Ranch in 2005 and has been an invaluable asset ever since, working in a variety of roles.
Aside from her duties at the “B,” her number one priority is spending time with her family, which now includes grandchildren. They spend time on and around the rivers of Idaho with a family member they adopted from the ranch: Danner, a black lab. When Carol takes a vacation she heads south for fun, sun, and deep sea fishing in Cabo San Lucas.
Read Karen L. Syron's Bio
Karen grew up in Coeur d'Alene, in the Northern Idaho panhandle. Since childhood, she has always felt most at home in the outdoors.
After finishing high school, Karen studied journalism and wildlife biology at the University of Montana. She missed her Idaho home, though, and graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho.
During her college years, Karen went somewhere new every summer. She worked in a variety of field research jobs for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as well as the National Park Service.
Karen’s love of the outdoors and serving others brought her to the Flying B Ranch in 2006. She began managing our lodge and guest services the next year and continued doing so until she started a family in 2012. She now works from home as our Marketing Manager, and helps out wherever she is needed. You may see her at a convention, driving a shuttle, or helping in the office.
Karen feels very blessed to call the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River her home. She spends her time with her family doing everything that being a mother entails: Fishing, hunting, rafting, gardening. She’s married to our General Manager and hunting guide Jeremi. When time allows, the two of them enjoy a date night of archery deer hunting or grouse hunting.
Karen and Jeremi have two beautiful daughters, Sadie and Eva Mae. Their farm is home to a kennel of working dogs, a herd of goats, chickens, a paint horse and a retired Flying B Ranch mule that enjoys taking the kids on rides around their home.
Read Forrest Robinson's Bio
Forrest grew up hunting turkey and deer with his Dad in Pontiac, IL. From a young age, he loved hunting, but his drive to serve his country let him to the military first. Forrest enlisted in the Marines in 2010 and remained on active duty through 2015, completing 2 tours in Afghanistan before being stationed on the USS Peleliu out of San Diego as a helicopter mechanic.
After ending his service in 2015 he decided to go back to his roots in pursuing a future career as a hunting guide. He got his feet wet as a ranch hand at Castle Valley and completed the Swan Mountain Outfitters Big Game Guide School in NW Montana in the Spring of 2015. From there he went to Highland Hills Ranch in the Summer of 2015, before finding his home with the Flying B Ranch in 2015. Forrest was an instant fit with our tight-knit team of guides and staff and we are fortunate to have him.
Guests often comment on Forrest gentlemanly demeanor, steady smile, and endless efforts to make every hunt great. If you have the pleasure of hunting with Forrest you can expect a lot of laughs and "Yes Sir/ Yes M'am!" from this veteran with a healthy sense of humor. Since coming to the ranch, he has built upon his guide school training and is an important part of both our wingshooting and big game programs where he exercises his passions for working dogs and horses/ mules while guiding.
Forrest and his fiance Miki have a little boy named Hank and look forward to the arrival of baby Walt this Fall. Outside of work, he spends his time outdoors with his family and their kennel of working dogs, fishing, hunting, and exploring this great part of Idaho.
Read Chad Weber's Bio
Previously a full-time guide at the Flying B Ranch, Chad has been living closer to family for the last several years with his young son Talon. We are glad to have him back here full time. His strong work ethic, his passion for taking kids hunting and his strong dog training skills make him a versatile guide.
Chad grew up in central Kansas. Following in his father’s footsteps as an avid outdoorsman, he started hunting and fishing when he was a boy. Even from a young age, he knew that he’d make his passion for the outdoors his livelihood someday.
Chasing pheasants, quail, deer, turkey and waterfowl is a passion and welcome challenge for Chad. He has guided for a diverse range of upland bird and big game species, working for numerous outfitters in Kansas, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
Although he loves to hunt birds and big game, Chad feels that guiding someone and creating life-long memories are even more enjoyable. His hunting team includes several GSP's that he has personally trained. Guests often tell us that Chad is one of the best guides they have ever hunted with. He is extremely easy going and personable; someone that makes fast friends. Guests more than once have described him as a "mountain goat" after chasing chuckars around the canyon with him.
Read Ian Privette's Bio
Ian has been a valuable addition to the Flying B Ranch team thanks to his passion for working dogs, swinging flies and guiding guests towards plentiful birds and hefty fish.
Ian grew up in Springfield, IL. However, some of his most memorable early hunting experiences took place in North Carolina, where he hunted quail with his father and uncle. After receiving a master’s degree in guitar jazz performance from Southern Illinois University in 2008, he decided to venture out west and become a guide.
Ian began his Orvis-endorsed guide career in Montana, where he fished for native west slope cutthroat and bull trout on the South Fork of the Flathead River. During this time, he spent his winters in North Carolina’s low country, where he guided upland quail hunters at Wintergreen Hunting Preserve and chased red fish on the tidal flats. In 2013, he decided to brave his first western winter and started guiding for Flying B Ranch.
Ian is now overseeing the dog kennels and bird processing operations as well as the grounds keeping around the property. He remains one of our full time employes, guiding guests both on wingshooting and fishing adventures. Ian spends much of his time writing about and photographing his hunting and fishing experiences. His writing and photography has been featured by Wildlife in North Carolina Magazine, Montana Outdoors and Montana Fly Fishing Magazine. You can find these and other works (including many original recipes for wild game) on his blog: www.migrantwaters.blogspot.com.
Ian’s other hobbies include obsessive shed horn hunting, tying flies, stocking his freezer with wild game and chasing carp wherever he can find them. He and his wife Janna live in Kamiah with their two Brittanys: hunting dog Gus and petting dog Max, as well as a pair of young GSP's Rio and Rigby.
Read Ryan Nelson's Bio
Our Head Chef Ryan Nelson was born and raised in the small Southeastern Idaho town of Soda Springs. Growing up, his aspirations of becoming a golf pro brought him to Boise, where he could learn the game and played more.
During his time in Boise, he realized that he loved fly-fishing more than golf. He’d fished many streams throughout Idaho and eventually resolved to make his home as close to the Clearwater River as possible. His passion for chasing those “B-Run” steelhead 6-7 months of the year became a reality when he joined the Flying B team.
Ryan has been in the restaurant business since the age of 16. He has worked with a variety of talented chefs over the years and learned a plethora of recipes that exceed our guests’ expectations. He prepares specialty wild game cuisine, including many amazing meals with upland birds. He often gets requests for our backcountry camps. Ryan also likes wine and always has the perfect bottle selected for the evening dinner.
Read Todd Showalter's Bio
Todd was born in Seattle but moved to Alaska as a young child. He grew up in love with the outdoors and actively involved in Boy Scouts. His family introduced him to outdoor adventure by taking him to Nome, AK to watch the end of the Iditarod and even camping in -30 degrees above the arctic circle.
Over the years he spent a Summer working on a fishing boat in Bristol Bay and regularly fished the famous Kenai River, even clam digging in Ninilchik. During these same years he began working in restaurants and taking cooking classes in high school. In 1999 Todd moved to Seattle to attend culinary school at the Art Institute of Seattle. He then began cooking professionally at Seattle Pacific University, eventually becoming their Executive Chef. It was in Seattle that he met his wife Nora. They moved to Boise, Idaho where he went to work for HP. From there he and his wife moved to the Clearwater Valley and he found the Flying B Ranch.
He and his beautiful wife now have two little boys and have found a home here in Kamiah. They enjoy gardening at home and getting out as a family to explore the mountains and rivers in the area.
Read Michelle Bovey's Bio
Michele has been a part of the Flying B team since 2005. She brings to our team the extensive knowledge that comes from her B.S. in Wildlife Resources and the dedication that comes from being a hard-working farmer’s daughter. Her background and her passion for wildlife and conservation make her a valuable member of our staff.
Currently, Michele wears a lot of hats at the ranch. In most recent years she supervised our dog kennels and bird processing operations. She has now transitioned into being our Farm Manager, a location she began working at over a decade ago. Michele grew up the daughter of working farmers and is a natural fit for running our farming operations. On top of that, she drives one of our shuttles (she might just be the smiling employee who picks you up) and occasionally fills in at our lodge answering questions.
Michele and her husband Levi have two beautiful daughters named Laney and Sophie and make their home up on the Camas Prairie.
Read BJ Walle's Bio
B.J. moved West in June of 97 at the urging of his parents: "go west young man!" He went to be a whitewater river guide on the mighty Salmon River for a summer. The peace found in the steep canyon walls led him on a decade long career of leading family-based 5-7 day wilderness adventures on the Salmon and Snake rivers.He filled his winter months visiting family and friends in central Kansas. There, he worked for various outfitters, guiding for pheasant, quail, ducks, geese, turkey, and deer. But, the melting of the snow would find him returning to Idaho.He found his way to the "B" in the fall of 2003 to work in the Wingshooting department. The diversity of the shooting experience has kept him here since. From the seasoned shooter to the novice, he is constantly seeking to see the experience through their eyes, and to continually improve that experience. Customers enjoy watching the videos that he takes of them in the field over a cocktail later that evening at the bar. BJ is one of our lead instructors for our Orvis Endorsed Flying B Ranch Wingshooting Guide School and has decades of experience to share.When he is not following bird dogs, B.J. makes his home with his three sons just minutes from the entrance of the "B.". He enjoys teaching them life lessons while raising bird dogs, chickens and their ever-increasing herd of cattle. As they mature, he is gearing up for the busy job of chasing them and their growing list of pursuits.