Meet our Staff

Nelson Ishiyama, Owner I’ve been fishing the Henry’s Fork every year since I first saw it in the mid-60’s as a college student – some 48 years. Since then, I’ve had a chance to fish with a fly for everything from bluegill to billfish in some great places both mundane and exotic, and I’m still exploring. My favorite place and home water is still the Henry’s Fork, without question.

I am into almost everything related to fly fishing – fly tying, fly casting, equipment, entomology, fly fishing history, fishing lodges and you name it. As my wife, Terrie, and our daughter, Julia, would tell you, our house is full of antique reels, bamboo rods, a library of fishing books and piles of old fishing magazines.

After about 20 years as a lawyer I was fortunate to be able to make my hobby part of a business by starting Henry’s Fork Lodge in 1991. Though I’m involved in other family businesses, the Lodge is definitely my favorite. I’m at the Lodge for over half the season, commuting from the San Francisco Bay Area where I live. I hope to see you at the Lodge this season. When I started Henry’s Fork Lodge, my past experience at fishing lodges enabled me to incorporate the best from other lodges and to avoid what I didn’t like. Above all, I wanted my lodge to offer the best of gracious, friendly personal service. I’m most proud of our staff for doing just that.

I look forward to meeting you at the Lodge and seeing you on the stream.

Amelie Kappes Amelie has worked for the Lodge for 13 years, and for the last six has been the Lodge Manager and central figure here. The great news is that she’s not leaving! She has been training the new managers in San Francisco and is currently back in Idaho showing them the ropes and easing their transition into their new roles. She will be at the Lodge in the early part of the season and again from time to time during the season to insure that all our guests are well taken care of and that the new staff members are comfortable and well versed in their new jobs. We are all extremely fortunate to have Amelie continue to be an important part of the Lodge.

Amelie will continue to oversee the Lodge from our San Francisco office and will also continue to work for the Ishiyama family, in an expanded role. Amelie, her husband Dan, and their boys, Ben and James, will continue to make their family home in the Bay Area, where Dan will take the California bar exam and start his career as an attorney.

Amelie is also maintaining her strong connections to Island Park. Amelie, Dan and the boys will have their cabin in Pinehaven and expect to be here for vacations as well as for Amelie’s Lodge work. Amelie was also recently elected to the board of the Henry’s Fork Foundation, so will be on hand for their activities and meetings.