Hometown: Greenville, NC but reside in Erwin, TN
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it…
I have had fun playing around with SUPing on lakes and river fishing, my ecxitment with SUPing and fishing comes in the ability to get into areas without disturbing the fish. Also, the ability to get to places on the river during no release days (dam controlled) or low water days (free flowing rivers) when a boat is impractical or wading is limited due to deep pools or river bank geography. It allows me the ability to carry multiple fly rods, coolers and extend the length of the area I am fishing. This ability to anchor and fish, or hop off and wade fish some areas gives me the upper hand. Also, the awesome coastal fishing I am going to get into this year on a couple of trips is going to be amazing. ICW(intercoastal waterway) I am coming for you! Having grown up surfering on the NC coast SUPing is an exciting prospect when returning to my roots for a little R&R. I really had my eyes opened to what river SUPing offers, last year when the whitewater company I work for began pushing SUP trips. I have spent 20+ years as a whitewater paddler and guide, and this is one of the most exciting craft I found recently.
The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
Nolichucky and Watauga Rivers
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite? …
Daze and the Straight Up are the two boards that I am using. The Daze rocks! It is a solid platform for fly fishing, plus allows me to bring everything.
My next dream paddling adventure is…
This year will be tackling the Inner Coastal Waterway flyfishing for Reds, Snooks and Spotted Trout outside of Charleston. I have only been after salt fish once before on the fly and look forward to it.
What I do when I am not paddling?
I am member of the management team for USARaft/MountainRiverGuides on the Nolichucky and French Broad Rivers, head guide/owner of Legacy Anglers of TN and work part time as a Paramedic during the off season. I get between 150 to 200 days a year on the water guiding or fishing.
Facebook: LegacyAnglers of TN