Bailey Short

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

I taught myself how to fly fish after finding an old fly rod from my Grandfather as a kid, it went on from there.

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

I am from and guide Louisiana full-time. I love the variety of fish species we get down here and how different each fish, and situation can be. Redfish and jacks can be hyper aggressive and intense situations while black drum offer a slow paced spot and stalk experience. There's a long list of other species we routinely chase that also offer different situations for the angler.

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

There is no peak season in Louisiana. I would say my favorite time of the year however is the Summer. The species diversity is unmatched and gives anglers many different opportunities to capitalize on.

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

I love going up to Montana when I can and also down south to Belize.

Bucket list for me would be Seychelles and Bolivia. 

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

I like the attention to detail with the rods themselves and I like that Thomas and Thomas is a company that knows their guides and has a close working relationship with them. I've been enjoying the Exocett rod lately.

What’s your current go-to fly?

Redfish are not picky so we use all sorts of flys. Usually some type of home-brew big flys are what we throw. I like to fish big stuff to these aggressive fish.

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

My boat is obviously invaluable, but other than that sunglasses are a must have.

My favorite thing about guiding is:

Showing anglers why I love the marsh and enjoy every day out there is definitely one of my favorite components of my job. As a guide you love where you work and it is cool to show clients that, I also love sharing the excitement with anglers when they get the job done on their first fish in saltwater. Getting to experience that first timer excitement regularly always gets me pumped.

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

Being able to accelerate your learning curve is a huge advantage for clients. Also having access to our vast knowledge of the area and the ability to salvage a tough conditions day is always a huge plus. Our fishery is massive and without a guide's knowledge it is difficult to know you're doing the right thing!

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

I always love developing "fishi-ness" in my clients. Some of my regular guys who started saltwater fly fishing with me years ago have now developed into formidable anglers. Teaching anglers the skills and such to become "fishy" and a better angler is definitely a lot of fun for me. The progression over time is where it's at.

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

I am very bad about not eating enough lunch! Ideally a sandwich, but I'm know for just throwing a bag of Jerky and chips in the boat and just eating on the move.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

Tail Magazine, The Drake, Moldychum.

When I’m not fishing you’ll find me....

Bow Hunting, Tying flies, watching football, Hanging out with family.