Brad has been an avid fly fisher since the age of 16. As a young man, he would balance his school work with mountain hikes in search of the native rainbows along the Wasatch Range in Utah. During the summer months he would frequent the many rivers and creeks of Montana, Wyoming and the famed Green River in Utah. Brad's favorite fly fishing during his time out west, though, was hopper fishing in late summer along the Weber River and it's tributaries. It's hard to beat the excitement of a big ass brown savagely engulfing a Dave's Hopper just moments after being splatted on the surface!
At the age of 21 Brad traveled south in search of sun, sand, and most importantly, warmer weather! After a couple of brief stops, he landed in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he immediately felt at home and began working in the fly shop at Bill Jackson's, Inc.,One of Florida's oldest fly shops and headquarters to the late fly fishing philosopher and inventor of the original Glass Minnow Fly, Carl Hansen. During his time with Bill Jackson's, Brad was fortunate to work with some the areas best fly fisherman and charter captains, quickly picking up on the many saltwater fly fishing skills necessary to catch Tampa Bay's big three: Tarpon, snook and redfish.
Brad worked for the Jackson's for several years as Fly Shop Manager, Buyer and Casting Instructor. In 2000, after years of practice and preparation, he earned his Master Fly Casting Instructor Certification with the Federation Of Fly Fishers.
He eventually left BJ's to pursue a business adventure involving one of his other fly fishing passions - Fly Tying. Along with his business partner, he set up a fly tying factory in Merida, Mexico, where he managed the daily operations, including fly development and testing. On the weekends he would road trip to a small fishing village named Rio Legartos, located a couple hours south of Cancun, to test new fly patterns on the local snook, tarpon and snapper. (Back then, he could hire a guide for $20.00 a day and that included lunch! This was before the area was popularized as a fly fishing destination for baby tarpon.)
After returning to the United States later that following year he decided to permanently throw out his anchor in Florida, taking a job as a Fishing Tackle Rep, which allowed him the freedom to focus more on some of his other interests, like tying flies, teaching, and of course, fly fishing the bay!
Brad has worked in the fishing industry for 20 plus years and most recently began guiding, specializing in shallow water, sight-fishing for snook, juvi tarpon and large Louisiana redfish. He's always eager to share his fly fishing insight and works hard to help others perfect their skills and, most importantly, catch fish! He is a USCG licensed Captain who guides out of New Orleans, LA & Tampa Bay, FL. He has authored several articles on fly fishing and fly tying. (You can read some of his work below)