#049 Andy Bowen: Georgia on the Mind

In this episode, we sit down with Andy Bowen of Cohutta Fishing Company, and discuss his upbringing in Georgia, chasing bass as the son of a farmer who eventually found his way to owning a guide service in the mountains of north Georgia. In this podcast, we discuss leading fishing trips to international destinations, chasing Roosterfish, the importance of listening, and why anglers shouldn’t overlook fishing in his home state.

#048 John Irwin: Pursuing Cobia, Growing from Pressure, and Sewing Up Fish

In this episode, we sit down with Captain John Irwin of Charleston South Carolina and discuss a wide range of topics spanning from world travel to family balance. John also shares some interesting information about Cobia, and how a project with the DNR taught him how to sew.

#047 Chris Peterson: Beating Cancer, Building Boats, and Never Growing Up

In this episode, we sit down with Chris Peterson, owner of Hells Bay Boat Works, and discuss the early days of his childhood in Florida, his fight with cancer, the importance of listening to guides when building skiffs, and how he went from being a kid exploring with a flat-back canoe to owning the world renowned Hells Bay Boat Works today.

#045 Paul Puckett: Art, Travel, Sketchy Stuff & Smoked Okra

#045 Paul Puckett: Art, Travel, Sketchy Stuff & Smoked Okra . In this podcast, we sit down with Paul Puckett of Flood Tide Company and discuss his childhood chasing bass in Texas, how he learned that guiding wasn’t for him, his career as an artist, travel, fishing, and the importance of enjoying the moment. Paul also shares with us why he loves sketching in his infamous notebook, and a smoked okra recipe for the Traeger (Smoke’ra). To learn more about this podcast, head to CaptainsCollective.com

#043 Billy Rotne: Bull Reds, Biology, and the Importance of Being Aware

In this episode, we sit down with Billy Rotne and discuss his home fishery of the historic Mosquito Lagoon, and how his background in biology has helped him as a guide. During this podcast, Billy shares with us the his love for targeting trophy class fish, tips on learning new fisheries, and how a purchase at a flea market as a kid led to a life long love of fishing.

#040 Rick Ruoff: Dealing with Change, Traveling the World, and Polling Till You Run Into Something

In this episode, we sit down with Captain Rick Ruoff and discuss his career of 50+ years of guiding. Rick began guiding in 1969 as a college student studying biology, and has spent a lifetime on the water. Rick guides in the Keys and Montana, and has helped scout different fisheries around the world. In this podcast Rick shares with us tips on scouting, dealing with change, and how to keep your ego in check.

#039 Drew Chicone: Slowing Down, Tying Flies and Passing Knowledge Along

In this episode, we sit down with Drew Chicone of Salty Fly Tying and discuss how he started his business and career in the outdoor industry. We also discuss family, food, and the importance of slowing down and passing knowledge of what you love along. Drew is a father, author, photographer, fly-tier, instructor, and a well-respected voice in the fishing community.

#038 Debbie Hanson: Being Prepared, Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together, and Guiding for Peacock Bass

In this podcast we sit down with award winning writer and fishing guide Debbie Hanson of She Fishes Too. We talk about guiding in Florida’s fresh water fisheries, the importance of always being prepared, and how her grandfather taught her to pay attention during her early days of fishing the waters of Michigan’s Stanley Lake. We also discuss helping more females engage in fishing, and her experience helping at-risk-teens encounter the water for the first time.

#034 John McCloskey: Giving Instruction, Reading People, and Getting Your Face On A Beer Can

In this episode, we sit down with John McCloskey who guides both in Alaska and North Georgia. John specializes in spay fishing and swinging streamers for monster fish and in this podcast we talk about John’s introduction to flyfishing, how he has grown as a guide, what he has learned from teaching other guides, and how he got his face on one of Sweetwater’s lagers, Guide Beer.

#033 Dave Bradley: Chasing Permit, Fishing Australia, and Making it Up as You Go

In this episode, we sit down with Dave Bradley of Australian Flyfishing Outfitters and discuss his how he encountered fly fishing in Australia, which eventually led him to frequent trips to Florida where he got the chance to learn from some legendary anglers. We also discuss chasing permit and giant trevally, remote mothership trips, and hear about his love for motorbikes and tattoos.

#031 Tommy Koulouris: Fin and Fowl

In this episode, we sit down with Tommy Koulouris of Fin and Fowl Florida. After a season guiding waterfowl, we discussed his transition from a skiff to a duck blind, as well as the importance of practice, helping clients with their nerves, and why it is important to shut up and listen to older mentors. Tommy also shared a pretty awesome recipe for Shrimp on the Traeger as well, as how to make an “authentic” Greek Salad. To learn more about the Captains Collective, head to http://www.CaptainsCollective.com

#026 Chase Hancock: Fishing Flood Tides, Seeking Change, Raising Kids, and Skinny Water Culture

In this episode, we sit down with Chase Hancock of Skinny Water Culture and discuss fishing flood tides, needed changes in the outdoor industry, raising kids, and the story of … Continue reading #026 Chase Hancock: Fishing Flood Tides, Seeking Change, Raising Kids, and Skinny Water Culture

#024 Vaughn Cochran: Life, Art, and a Love for the Water

In this episode, we sit down with Vaughn Cochran, the creator of the iconic Blackfly brand. After finishing an art degree at USF, Vaughn made his way to the Keys to begin a life of art, music, and fishing. From performing in Jimmy Buffet’s Band, to selling t-shirts out of a small market stand, Vaughn shares his stories and lessons he has learned along the way.

#023 Al Keller: Travel, Navigating Tension, and Tactics for Getting Business

In this episode, we sit down with Al Keller of NOLA Guides and discuss the perks and challenges of guiding on the road, how minimalism has impacted the way he lives and guides, tips on building up a client list to not only fill up a calendar but specialize in something that you are passionate about. Al has been guiding for roughly 25 years and currently splits his time between the 10,000 islands area and Louisiana.

#022 Tom Rosenbauer: Catching Breaks, Teaching Others, and Keeping It Simple

In this episode, we sit down with Tom Rosenbauer of Orvis Fly Fishing. Tom has become a household name in the fishing after 30 plus years of working with Orvis, publishing books, instructional videos and hosting the Orvis Flyfishing Guide Podcast. In this podcast we discuss his background with Orvis, what makes great outdoorsmen, and what he has learned from decades of teaching others.

#021 Lacey Kelly: Overcoming Obstacles and Seeing the Outdoors through a Child’s Eyes

In this podcast, we sit down with Captain Lacey Kellywho guides hunting and fishing with Florida Outdoor Experience.

Lacey began guiding in Fort Myers Florida, spent a season of life in Belize, and eventually made her way to Florida’s Nature Coast fishing along areas like Cedar Key and Homosassa. 

#020 Cleve Evans: Resilience, Recovery, and Rebuilding from Hurricane Michael

In this episode, we sit down with Captain Cleve Evans of Forgotten Coast on the Fly and talk about his experience with Hurricane Michael which completely destroyed his home and city. During this podcast, we talk about resilience, recovery efforts, the need for rebuilding, and of course…fishing. We also got a chance to discuss how Guide Beer played a critical role in helping Cleve get back on his feet after the storm.

#019 Benny Blanco: More Education, Better Water, and Becoming an Advocate

In this episode, we sit down with Captain Benny Blanco, host of the new outdoor show Florida Sportsman Watermen. We discuss a variety of subjects ranging from his history in South Florida, issues with water quality, improving environmental education, tips on working with clients, and his hope for the future of “outdoor entertainment.”

#017 Greg Dini: Coaching Clients, Chasing Redfish, and Treating Every Cast Like It’s Your Last

In this episode, we sit down with Greg Dini of Flywater Expeditions and discuss how he got into guiding, challenges of spending time on the road, Louisiana Redfish, and how college baseball taught him to better coach clients.

#016 Jordan Todd: Hurricanes, Side Hustles, and Learning to Love the Water

In this podcast, we sit down with Jordan Todd of Salt Water Obsessions and talk about Port Saint Joe, Hurricane Michael, how side hustles helped build his business, and his family’s love for the water. Jordan’s mother helped instill in him at a young age a love for the water. After receiving a degree in Marine Biology, Jordan began to build a business in his home waters of Northwest Florida. To follow him online check out SaltwaterObsessions.com or follow @Saltwater_Obsessions on Instagram.

#015 Larry Hastings: Sixty Years of Stories, Bonefish, and Shooting Stuff from Helicopters

In this episode, we sit down with Larry Hastings who spent over sixty years of his life working on the water. During this interview, we got a chance to hear about how he went from being a deckhand in Ocean City Maryland to running the prestigious fishing yacht the Buckpasser. From the early days of bonefishing to shooting turkeys from helicopters, this episode is filled with interesting stories that took a lifetime to gather.

#014 Jonathan “Stump” Hamilton: Looking for Patterns, Building a Reputation, and Giving 110%

In this episode, we sit down with Jonathan “Stump” Hamilton and discuss his views on how to identify patterns in the fishery, how he has worked to build his business, … Continue reading #014 Jonathan “Stump” Hamilton: Looking for Patterns, Building a Reputation, and Giving 110%

#011 Lionel James: Having a Fighter’s Mindset, Marketing, and Fun-First-Fishing

In this episode, we sit down with Lionel James of Lions Tale Adventures, and Cali Hlavac, and discuss marketing, social media, and how mixed martial arts influenced Lionel’s approach to guiding. Lionel and Cali are located in Destin Florida. They run their business as a team and in this podcast, they share a lot of insight into how they are continuing to expand their influence. To find out more visit LionsTaleAdventures.com

#009 Eugene Shuler: Leading a Guide Staff, Knowing History, and Smokey Mountain Trout

In this episode, we interview Eugene Shuler of Fly Fish the Smokies. Eugene is our first freshwater Captain on the podcast and has been guiding for over 20 years. Eugene was recently inducted into the Southern Trout Hall of Fame, is a third generation guide in the Smokies, owns a fly shop, and leads a large guide staff of over 20 guides. In this episode, we talk about how to scale up a guiding business, hire the right staff, invest in the next generation, and how knowing the history of your area can help on the water.

#005 Rob Fordyce: Dedication, Details, and Dialing In On Tarpon

In this podcast, we sit down with Rob Fordyce from the tv show The SeaHunter. Rob has been a professional guide, tv host, and athlete for 30 years. Rob is a serious tournament angler and has placed top three in over 130 tournaments. Rob also wrote a great book on Tarpon fishing, Tarpon on Fly. Follow Rob on Instagram @TheVoodooDaddy.