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Jim C. Hickey recently pivoted a 20-year, world-class fly-fishing career into a successful and growing real estate business, launching Headwaters by JCH in 2015. Jim is also a Sales Associate with Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. He is a Licensed Realtor in Wyoming and Idaho.

Providing the highest level of personal care combined with his connections and fondness for the region proved to make Jim and Headwaters a natural addition to the local real estate landscape.

Jim explains, “Helping someone find their perfect match for a property in this area thrills me. Watching and listening to their excitement about a property, and then making that property a reality for them, is a rush. Specifically, it inspires me to help my clients achieve their dream for the western lifestyle like I once did.”

Whether clients are seeking a full-time residence, second home or investment property, Headwaters offers distinctive homes and properties for every taste and lifestyle.


Jim’s Approach

Jim’s approach to real estate is best described as mindful persistence. His observation skills, attention to detail, focus, and a sense of what could work for someone in a given situation creates unparalleled opportunities––whether it’s for hunting the ideal fish, the ideal animal, or the ideal property.

  • Listening to clients describe their expectations, their likes and dislikes, the things that inspire them and get them excited and then being able to help them meet and often exceed those expectations is one of Jim’s strengths.
  • Reliability and attentiveness to both clients and to details helps Jim serve his clients in a customer-focused and personal way.
  • Jim’s “why-not” attitude about work and life has led him and his clients on some unique and successful journeys that might have escaped a more conventional approach.

In real estate, emotion can often cloud a transaction, and clients can grow weary of the process. Jim’s ability to stay focused on the goal enables him to stay on task and make the process efficient and successful, keeping the clients excited and, ultimately, satisfied.

More about Jim C. Hickey

Jim was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. The western lifestyle­­––particularly the mountains, the hunting, and the fishing––appealed to Jim, so he moved from Virginia to Wyoming in 1994.

Jim has been in the fly-fishing industry for the past twenty years, working as a guide, lodge manager in Patagonia, owner of his own guide service and as a partner at WorldCast Anglers, the largest fly-fishing outfitter in the United States.
grand-slam-fishIn his former career, Jim appeared on numerous TV episodes for ESPN, the Outdoor Life Network, the Outdoor Channel and others. He won Orvis Endorsed Guide of the Year for 2008. Also in 2008, he won first place in the professional division of the Jackson Hole One Fly. In 2010 Jim finished first overall and first in the professional division of the One Fly. Magazine and catalog appearances for Jim include Field and Stream, Fly Rod and Reel, Fly Fish America, The Orvis Fly Fishing Catalog and others.

Jim serves on the board for On River Time, a not-for-profit that helps children heal from abuse and neglect through fly-fishing experiences.

Jim currently divides his time between Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Pocatello, ID with his wife Kim and their five children.