Al Keller

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

Was self taught when I received my first fly rod along with the book that came with it at age 12.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

My home waters include the marshes East of New Orleans in Louisiana and the 10,000 islands Everglades National Park South of Marco Island, Florida. While fishing in Louisiana the targeted species is giant Redfish and Black Drum. Fishing a maze of shallow bays, bayous, and creeks from the Biloxi Marsh to Venice from September through March. April marks the transition from LA to FL. Spending four months pursuing tarpon along the Gulf Coast targeting them in the mangrove bays and beaches.

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

Really don't have a "height of the season" I fish straight from September through July. My favorite month is August, that's my break.

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

The bucket list destinations would include, North East USA, Seychelles, Panama in the salt. Argentina, Mongolia, Africa, and Russia for the freshwater.

What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

The size of the company, quality of the material used in the rods, and the pursuit of how to make it better. I prefer the TNT and Solar rods. These both have different actions and because I guide, the rod is chosen on the anglers casting style.

What's your current go-to fly?

I use a lot of flies and materials from Enrico Puglisi.

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

Polarized sunglasses from Smith Optics. In my world, you can't catch what you don't see.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

Guiding for 20 years has enabled me to develop life long friendships with clients. When you see the smile on their face, priceless.

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

The values of going on a guided should not just include catching fish. Remember, we fish a lot, many anglers only a few trips a year. Ask questions. I enjoy sharing my knowledge that may help new or experienced anglers catch fish with me or in their home waters.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

It seems we are always teaching, the "Cast". No matter where in the world you fish, casting proficiency is number one.

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

My ideal lunch is a peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Gink&Gasoline, SCOF, Contemporary Sportsman, Anglers Journal, The Drake, The Flyfish Journal these are in no particular order just read them when I see them.

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

Laying on my leather couch watching TV soaking up the A.C.

  • Al Keller