Your name or any nicknames you have?

Abbi Bagwell

Where are you at in the world? Where will you be fishing this year?

Brevard, NC – all over the southeast!

What river(s) and lake(s) do you guide/fish?

I guide part-time for Headwaters Outfitters on the French Broad and Horsepasture Rivers, but my true passion is finding small creeks and tributaries to fish for native brook trout.

How long have you been guiding/fly-fishing?

I’ve fished my entire life. I started fly fishing 5 ½ years ago and I’ve been guiding for about a year now.

What got you into fly fishing? When did you start?

I’ve always had a passion for the outdoors and spin-fished throughout my childhood. After moving to Brevard for college I dabbled in fly fishing due to the overwhelming amount of rivers, creeks and lakes. Once I graduated from college – I dove in head first! I started working for a company in the fly fishing industry and quickly became obsessed with the sport.

Why do you fly fish? What does it “do” for you?

I fly fish simply because it makes me happy. I love to be outside and when fly fishing, I truly feel one with nature. It is my yoga. I like to fish small creeks for wild trout- always trying to discover another hidden treasure. It’s a great way to get some fresh air, take the edge off and explore. Every fly fishing experience is different from the last- unpredictable, beautiful, scenic and challenging.

What is a piece of advice you want to give other anglers or a tip/trick that has helped you grow as an angler?

Don’t be intimidated, especially for future female anglers. Fly fishing is perceived as “an expensive man’s sport.” But that surely isn’t the case these days. Every time I look on Instagram I continuously see new female anglers popping up everywhere – and that is downright exciting. I’m the type of person that uses “you can do anything you set your mind to” as my daily mantra. This saying shines through each and every time I set out on an adventure to go fly fishing – and can do the same for you if you instill it in your daily ventures. Lastly, don’t take fly fishing too serious- at the end of the day, it’s supposed to be fun.. if you get a giant knot in your line – get over it. If you lose 10 flies in the trees or on rocks, you can always tie more. And when you break off a fish of a lifetime, go another time and try to catch it again!

What is your favorite new piece of gear?

The “LoadOut” bucket by Yeti. It’s just a really cool bucket. 😉

What is your favorite fly? (To tie, or catch fish on?)

Pink weenies.

Best catch of all time?

Black tip shark off the coast of Charleston, SC with guide Gifford Scott less than a month ago. False Albacore off the coast of Florida are a close second.

 

What’s your “dream trip”?

Anywhere I can catch a GIANT permit. So maybe I’ll start in the Keys…

What are some of the best places you’ve been fishing?

I have been all over the southeast chasing freshwater and saltwater species. I’ve fished for tarpon on the Banana River in Florida, brown trout on the Blue in Colorado and redfish on the Neuse off the coast of North Carolina. I’ve yet to venture international but still have so much water to explore in the good ‘ol US of A.

How do people follow you on social media or reach you?

@somestreamerchick or abbibagwell@gmail.com

About The Author

Jill Kana

Jill is in charge of a great deal of our web content here at Denver Outfitters and is always looking for potential blog contributors, content, and #FlyGalFridays. If you have any desire to say hello or have an idea, please touch base with her at jill@denveroutfitters.com

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