Who introduced you to fly fishing?
I got into Fly Fishing on my own, I grew up on the beaches of Southern California watching people fly fish for Corbina and schools of Bonita.
Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?
I fish the marshes of Louisiana. The year-round season here allows for many opportunities to get out in our vast fishery and chase many different species. Redfish present opportunities for anglers in many different varieties from stalking single big fish backing on the banks to large schools in open water. I love that no two days are the same in Louisiana, you can find yourself doing something different chasing these fish in different scenarios each day.
What’s the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?
We do truly have a year-round season and so we don't see it with any "heights" although summer time is definitely our favorite season here due to the huge variety of species and opportunity for clients.
What are your favorite travel destinations? What’s on the bucket list?
I love going down to the East Cape of Baja Mexico. Rooster Fish on fly is definitely a favorite species of mine.
I've always wanted to go to the seychelles.
What do you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?
I love the fit and finish of the rods for starters, I also appreciate the size of the company and that I really know the guys I'm working with. I've really been enjoying the exocett recently.
What’s your current go-to fly?
We fish BIG flies here in Louisiana, and I never get tired of finding out how big a fly a redfish can cram in its mouth.
Nothing beats watching a redfish or jack slam a top-water popper as well.
Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?
Obviously my boat(s). I would also add that quality sunglasses are an absolute must have at all times.
My favorite thing about guiding is:
Taking first timers out and showing them the marsh through my eyes. Helping people accomplish their goals in angling and getting to experience that first timer excitement when they get the job done never gets old.
From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?
Shrinking the learning curve is invaluable especially if you're new to saltwater fly fishing. Also the access to years of knowledge of the area and knowing how to adapt to the day's conditions.
What can new fishermen expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is:
Managing expectations and enjoying each day out on the water for what it is. Basically, in saltwater fishing the day is very much dependent on our weather, teaching the client to expect that and adapt to that component is important to me.
What’s your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?
Lunch on the water for me is a quick meal, I usually have a sandwich my wife made the night before. If it's a good day food is an afterthought!
What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?
The Drake, Tail, Moldychum.
When I’m not fishing you’ll find me....
Shooting my bow, and bow hunting.