Becoming a fly fishing guide was not always on my list of future career choices. However, by the time I was in my mid-teens I knew that I would at least consider that option. When college took me into a career path as a secondary mathematics teacher, I never dreamed I would actually guide someday. The thought was always there, and I found myself day dreaming on occasion about being outdoors. The biggest reason it took me a while to become a guide is because I genuinely love teaching. Watching young people become proficient at math while gaining self-confidence and enthusiasm for the subject was very rewarding.
Beginning My Career as a Fly Fishing Guide
My career took an abrupt turn when I decided to leave the classroom and take my teaching skills into a different field. One of my favorite things about being a fly fishing guide is that I am still teaching. Only the content and classroom have changed. As I love being outdoors, this has been a great transition.
The first season was difficult because I decided to begin the hard way. I started my own business instead of going to work for another outfitter. Trout Zone Anglers officially became a business in 2014. Building a business is never easy, but I have been extremely grateful for good friends such as the people at Little River Outfitters and Southeastern Fly who both believed in me and sent me business.
Thankfully, my business has grown rapidly every year and that looks to continue in the coming years. God has blessed me tremendously and I owe Him my gratitude for His guidance in my life and career.