Hunting and Fishing Testimonials

Pursuit of Tom's passion for hunting and fishing led to a college degree in Outdoor Recreation and since 1972 he has been providing the highest quality professional services. His philosophy is simple, within a safe environment guests are here to relax, have a fair chase hunt or catch fish and have fun. Given this treatment his guests quickly become best friends. Here's what a few have had to say.


"My teenager came back from fishing happier than I have ever seen him."

- Kevin Jones

" Zen Master of Guides and fly-fishing operations. "

- Brian Beebe

" Excellent ! Excellent! Excellent ! "

- Joan Wolf

"We just completed the Orvis School and Panhandle Outfitters camp and guide services complimented the school perfectly. "

- Dr. Anthony Roon

“ Just wanted to thank you for the great trip last week, it was the best fishing trip of my life.”

- Vicki Dedman

You gave us a lifetime adventure with memories to last forever; I recommend your guide services to everyone.

- Douglas Rodger


Definitely the most memorable and enjoyable hunt I've ever been on. We are looking forward to the next opportunity to hunt with you again.

- Bill Wright

“You had bugling bulls working every day with archery shot opportunities on 6x6 and 5x6 bulls. Unbelievably you bugled the bull to within 4 yards. I’ll definitely be back in the future”.

- Chris Huber

Absolutely the best outfitter & guide I have ever hunted and fished with”.

- Lavell Bradfield

“ Master at appraising each hunters capability and providing a successful yet challenging hunt attuned to each hunter’s abilities”.

- Robert Sheppard

World Class. My success on trophy elk and deer and large trout is truly exceptional and each experience just gets better.”

- Kent Moosman

“ I would like to thank you for the greatest moose hunt of a life time. You do a great job as an Outfitter, Guide and as a new Friend.”

- Tim Micheal

Fishing and Hunting cont'd.

Tom, I just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for the excellent day of fly-fishing with Panhandle Outfitters. All of us learned a lot, laughed a lot, and overall had a great time.

- Best Regards from,
Blair Peet, Trask Silva, Terry Giltner Grady Cavin & Andy Kennelly

Peet Shoe Dryer Inc. St. Maries, Idaho

Thanks, for a great hunting experience. Not only did we hunt hard but we all laughed hard and had a great time. I would be pleased to be added as a reference. You are a master at appraising each hunters capability and providing a successful yet challenging hunt attuned to each hunters abilities.

- Robert Sheppard

Just wanted to drop a note to say “THANKS” once again for a great day of fishing on the St. Joe. You are a great guide. I talked up your service at my local Orvis shop in Lake Bluff IL. I left them your business card and brochure and highly recommended your service. Your trip is one I hope to repeat next year.

- Tight Lines
Jerry Devlin

Hi Tom, Thanks again for the great fishing, John and I are still talking it. I ‘am sending a write up about our trip to the newsletter of my club the Diablo Valley Fly-fishers.

- Bill Espy

Tom, you are absolutely the best outfitter and guide I have ever hunted or fished with! Your ethics, the extra camp details, knowledgeable and experienced guides, a great cook and excellent food, are all reflected in your efforts to be the best at what you do. Your premier services are topped off with a fair chase hunt on high quality animals, what more can a hunter ask for.

- Lavell Bradfield

Tom, Thank You, we all had a terrific time and are now HOOKED on fly-fishing. We will always have fond memories of our time with you in Idaho. You and all of your guides received the highest ratings that could be given. Thanks again and if you are ever in this part of the country let us know and we will show you the town.

- Bonnie Corsey
Affinity Group

Tom, A big thank you for the great Idaho bear hunt you put together for my son and me. We'll never forget the thrill of seeing so many animals and my teenage son taking that trophy black bear that now hangs on our wall. You and your great guides worked hard and did everything for us this side of cooking & eating the bear roasts!

- Bill Wright

I have taken trips to numerous places including Alaska. My hunting and fishing trips with Panhandle Outfitters even though they are close to my own back yard they are no less than World Class. My success on trophy elk and deer and large trout is truly exceptional and each experience just gets better. I look forward to another outing. Thanks again.

- Kent Moosman

Dear Tom Thank you for providing David and me with our annual trip to the best fishing in Montana. It was great to stay right on the river and experience all the sights and sounds of the river environs along with scrumptious meals and the finest comradeship.Till next year

- Lloyd Hughes

Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful hunting experience last week. I couldn’t have asked for more! As an Idaho resident this was my first hunt with Panhandle Outfitters and I’ll definitely be back in the future. You had bugling bulls working every day with archery shot opportunities on 6x6 and 5x6 bulls. Unbelievably you bugled the bull to within 4 yards.

- Chris Huber

To a Guide and a Friend. As a 92 year young first year fishing student, Thanks for the Teaching, My Learning and your Finding the Spot that caught me the biggest fish for the Fly Fisher’s Club outing. I also called Mike the Spokane Club’s Manager to let all the members know I had a Fine Day & Fine Trip. Always

- Margaret (Love To Fish) Thraikill

Helen and I enjoyed our trip out there so much, especially the St. Joe River “Your Office” . We will be back with the dates soon. Thanks again for a great lesson in fly-fishing. We will be in touch soon!

- Ron Rondini

It made us feel good about how you handled yourself for the safety of us and others. You gave us all kinds of information of the area we traveled through and about the rivers we fished. Your guide knowledge in our book is unmatched. You taught us which fly’s to use, and provided several hints we will use in the future. We recommend your guide service to everyone. Thanks for the adventures and fond memories that will last forever.

- Dee Ann Hansen

Tom, Just a quick note to thank you so much for the experience we had last week. I have talked it up and think you will have some more folks from here coming your way. Our expectations were very high and you exceeded them greatly. Thanks for looking after my daughter Kate. I’ll be thinking about you and the great time we had for along time,

- Many Thanks
John Stick

I have hired a lot of guides over the years and you are superb. Your teaching skills, your river ethics, knowledge of the area and the fish we caught all added up to a great trip. I wrote a review to our FF Club newsletter and encouraged many to make pilgrammage to Idaho.

- Steve Huston

My wife is still talking about catching a lot of fish and that “16 inch Cutthroat she landed. You did a great job guiding and teaching my wife on her first time fly-fishing trip. She says she can’t wait for the next time we go fishing. We will be giving you a call again next year for one of your package trips.

-Robert Hooper

We wanted to thank you for a wonderful fishing experience. My wife and kids are still talking about it. Hope to see you again next year.

- Alan Litwak

Guide and Outfitter awards Received by Tom Loder's Panhandle Outfitters

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Top Operation Outfitters

Top Rated Operation: Panhandle Outfitters was selected through a survey of its own clients to be a top rated outfitting operation, an honor only given to those with the highest quality outdoor adventure services.

Picked By You Guides

Picked by You Guides: Panhandle Outfitters has been honored with this award, which was achieved only by receiving outstanding remarks from people like you who have enjoyed a trip with us.

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