Targhee is a born and bred Utahn. He grew up in Ogden, where the Weber River and a few local bass ponds were his stomping grounds. The summer after 4th grade is when fishing began to consume him. It was spent almost entirely on the water or with a fishing rod across handlebars getting to or from the water. He started tying rudimentary fly patterns at the age of twelve, having received his first vice as a Christmas gift. Belly boats on Utah's Strawberry reservoir, looking for aggressive streamer chasing cutthroat and rainbow trout, was the next evolution.
Next Targhee moved to Nebraska, where Rocky Mountain trout were replaced by drastically different target species. Great Northern Pike, Catfish and carp were the available fly rod quarry. While in Nebraska, Targhee was fortunate enough to be employed by a company that sent him all over the nation, and of course there was always a fly rod along. When jobsites were completed ahead of schedule it was redfish in Louisiana, trout in new York, tarpon, bonefish and peacock bass in Florida, etc.... Few employers offer such perks!
After returning to Utah Targhee ventured into guiding, creating his own outfitter Utahstillwaters. In hopes of growing his business Targhee invited Spinner Fall guide Colby Crossland and owner Scott Barrus fly fishing for Pike. In reciprocation Scott and Colby invited Targhee to come out and fish Utah's legendary Green River. It was game over from there. The only Pike fishing Targhee has done the past few years has been in Saskatchewan and on the Green River itself. Targhee says, "It's not difficult to understand how the Green River can become home so quickly once you've experienced it's grandeur, it's hatches and especially it's TROUT. Lifetimes can while away here and still time seems not enough on this river."