Gordon has worked a number of rivers over the years and Utah's Green River heads his list of favorites. Others earning special mention are the St. Regis and Northern Salmon Rivers, NY; Middle Fork of the Salmon, Idaho; and Yellowstone River above Gardiner, MT. Gordon has been quoted as saying, "It is not about the size of the fish, it's about the size of the experience".
Doug has been guiding for 40 years. He started in Colorado in 1974, guided in Montana, and joined Denny Breer at Trout Creek Flies in the '80s. If you've been to the Green, you've probably seen him floating the river in his mahogany dory. When not watching a dry fly on the Green, you may find him paddling a high lake or meandering river. In the fall Doug will be somewhere with his setters and side-by-side looking for something interesting for the pot and the fly tying bench.
Gordon Tharrett and Doug Burton met back in the "old days" when they guided with Dennis Breer. At that time they had only a guide service and no shop. Doug and Gordon both miss those days when the company was more like a family than a business. They hit it off straight away over lunch when they discovered they both very much enjoyed hockey. It was playoff time in the NHL so that evening they watched a game together and have been great friends ever since.
Doug and Gordon still spend time fishing and bird hunting and canoeing and exploring whenever they can. Gordon discovered setters through Doug and Gordon peaked Doug's interest in canoes and paddling. If they were to hit the lotto they'd likely still be planning their next outing while sitting on a tailgate at the end of the current one....
ON THE FLY is an effort to revive the fun and camaraderie that fly fishing and guiding can be.