President Donald Trump’s second son took a fly-fishing float down the Snake River this past weekend, turning a few heads between Wilson and South Park.
Eric Trump and his wife, Lara Trump, were guided by Wandering Anglers owner Marc Titre, who said the 34-year-old member of the first family knew how to work a fly rod.
“He was awesome,” Titre said. “They have a ton of money, and they fish every weekend all over the world. They were just marlin fishing days before.”
The bite was active, he said, and Trump landed cutthroat that stretched the tape to 16 or 17 inches.
A Grand Teton National Park raft was used to carry Secret Service agents who trailed the commercial boat. The parties floated a stretch of the Snake that’s south of the park’s boundary.
“Per our agreement with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office they asked for our help with a security detail,” park spokeswoman Denise Germann said. “Through our agreement we provided assistance.”
Eric Trump’s stop in Jackson Hole wasn’t the first of late for the 45th presidential family.
His time in the valley comes on the heels of a visit by his sister, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, who appeared at U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan’s August donor retreat at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Titre found Trump to be a “really nice guy.”
“I think a lot of people that are under such scrutiny, sometimes they’re overly nice because they know they’re going to get judged,” he said. “We just bullshitted.”
Trump’s star power was nothing new to the Wandering Anglers’ owner, who over the years has guided Dick Cheney and regularly takes out famous athletes and movie stars on referrals from luxury lodges in the valley.
The celebrity Snake River outings aren’t much different from any other guided trip, he said.
“I’m just going to show up and smile and put them on trout,” Titre said.