Kyle Schaefer

Years Fishing?

23 years.

Years Guiding?

6 years.  I began guiding trout fishing in Northwest Colorado and now guide summer and fall in Southern Maine and New Hampshire for striped bass with a focus on sight fishing and flats fishing.

Who introduced you to fly fishing?

I have always gravitated to the sport but never had a clear mentor.  No doubt, I’ve had many different great teachers throughout my fly fishing journey.

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

The Southern Maine and NH coast are my home waters.  We have a unique coastline with great estuary systems, miles of sandy beaches, rugged rocky shorelines, and tons of sand and mud flats.  The flats are home for me and my favorite place to chase our primary species… the striped bass.

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

The season starts for us in Southern Maine around the end of May and runs through October.  Being at the northern reaches of the striped bass migration we have great cold water all season long so our fish stay happy and available throughout the whole season.  August slows down a little but other than that we go hard from May to October.

My personal favorite time of year is September when the waters quiet after a busy tourism season, signs of fall begin to show and you have a better shot at bigger fish.  I love a nip in the air, and seeing signs of the changing seasons on the water.

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

Any travel is good travel when it comes to fly fishing.  Whether its chasing brookies in Maine’s mountain rivers or a southern flats destination, I love it all.  Redfishing and trout fishing are always on the schedule throughout the year and I usually try to make it somewhere new each winter as well.  The Seychelles is at the top of my bucket list.

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

I’ve naturally gravitated to T&T rods because of the rich history of building an awesome product right here in New England.  T&T is a company I can believe in with a great staff, killer product and responsible manufacturing. 

The quality of the new rods that the T&T crew has been putting out over the past few years is outstanding.  The Exocett and Avantt are my go to models.  I spend most of the time with my #9 & #10 Exocett.  Clients find the rods easy to cast as a beginner but they still have the depth to satisfy great casters and anglers. 

What's your current go-to fly?

My favorite fly is the one that is tied from direct observations on the water.  There are some go to flies in the box but I get excited about seeing something new on the water and trying to imitate it.

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

My Hog Island SW Skiff.

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

I usually have sandwiches in the cooler and mixed nuts.  Nuts keep ya moving when its a long day on the water!  Also, I always have a few YETI Ramblers filled with water to avoid using any plastic and if I have the time in the morning a thermos of hot coffee is always a game changer.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

There’s so many good publications out there these days that I just keep my eyes open and gravitate to the quality ones.  I love This is Fly. The Drake was probably the first fly fishing magazine that really spoke to me so I have fond memories there.

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

Outside in one capacity or another.  I love spending time on my paddleboards, backpacking, shooting photos, mountain biking and skiing.  I have an Australian Shepherd and an amazing finance who are both always up for an adventure.

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