Backwater Fly Fishing is all about working with local brands that share a passion for the outdoors. If you share that same passion, and are looking for some killer small businesses to support then you are in the right place. Scroll down to see the who has our respect!


Walton Rods is a new company that strives to provide a quality product at a reasonable price. The founder of the company, Brad Smith, is proud to say that all his products are hand crafted in the U.S.A.

To stay up to date be sure to Like Walton Rods on Facebook.

Stay tuned as they launch sales later this year!


Adam Harman over at Blue Ridge Custom Flies ties some of the sweetest freshwater flies you will ever see! From dope looking terrestrials to water pushing streamers and even nymphs, these folks have it all.



Oh yeah, I almost forgot. They whip up some mean looking bass bugs too.


We all need gear that is going to take care of us on and off the water. Well, Neil Warnock from Kill Creek Clothing has come up with just that. He blends modern and classic designs that reflect the outdoor sports that we all love.

Another cool thing about they company is that all Kill Creek clothing is designed on the best quality shirts and hats available. This is clothing that they are proud to wear themselves. A quick look at Neil’s Facebook page and you will see just that!

Next time you are in need of some outdoor apparel, make Kill Creek Clothing your next stop!


If you find yourself wondering who to charter for inshore species like Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish. Well, look no further. Capt. Rhett Gehring knows his stuff! A native to the Crystal River area, Capt. Rhett in no stranger to operating in the beautiful, pristine waters of Florida’s Nature Coast.

While fishing with Once Bitten Fishing you will have the option to do damage in either a 1994 Back Country 201ProGuide or a 2007 Gheenoe Classic depending on what species you are targeting that day.

Either way, you will ride in style and are sure to have a great time on the water.

To keep up with  Capt. Rhett be sure to follow Once Bitten Fishing on Facebook.

Galvan Fly Reels

I was recently blessed to be able to test out The Grip series fly reel during a trip to the island of Guadeloupe. I was very impressed with the smooth feel and overall performance of the reel.

Grip Fly Reel by Galvan Fly Reels Review
Grip Fly Reel by Galvan Fly Reels

View the HD Gear Review I put together for The Grip by CLICKING HERE!

Also, be sure to visit to learn more.


Fishpond is an absolutely fantastic gear company that sets the standard in the fly fishing industry. I am very happy to have had the opportunity to work with them in the past

View and HD Gear Review I put together for their Westwater Roll Top Backpack by CLICKING HERE!

Wastewater Roll Top Backpack Review
Wastewater Roll Top Backpack Review

To learn more about their large selection of products be sure to visit!


I was lucky enough to meet the owner, Chris Woodruff, while working as a manatee tour guide in Crystal River. Chris is great guy to spend time on the water with. You will certainly not regret hanging out on some boards with their instructors either.


Paddles By The Sea offers paddle board and kayak rentals, lessons and tours in a relaxed and fun environment. They are located on the dock behind the Riverside Cafe in Vero Beach. Their dock sits on the Indian River, a diverse, active ecosystem featuring wildlife such as manatee, dolphin, river otter, and countless species of birds and fish. 


My man, Derick Burgos, is a master of the waters surrounding Tampa, Fl. This guys knows how to put his clients on fat snook, redfish, and tarpon all from the sturdy platform of his Feel Free kayaks.13495123_1122494567824457_9126075421145761798_n

Everyone from first timers right through to experienced anglers can rest assured that Phatfish will provide a real fishing experience not just a boat ride.

If you are in the Tampa area on business, vacation, or just live nearby give Derick a call and get to chasing those fins.


If you like destination fly fishing and world travel videos the you are going to want to familiarize yourself with my friend, Peter Husted. This guys is a traveling machine! And he happens to make some killer videos while he is at it.

From Peacock Bass, to Pike, to bonefish and hopefully some Costa Rican Tarpon, this guy’s species list puts mine to shame.

If you are not familiar with Water’s Edge Media then now would be a good time to Like their Facebook Page. Trust me, you will not be disappointed!

Go Castaway Fishing Charters

a918c77c18ce64067e149d2e3683bcbfCaptain Jonathan Moss was born and reared in Orlando Fl. Growing up, he spent every opportunity he had fishing on the waters of East Central Fl. Captain Jonathan is passionate about fishing, but more importantly, passionate about putting clients on fish and educating anglers on how to be a succesful fisher. From fly fishing, to light spin tackle, to ultra light fishing for panfish, catching fish is always a great time.


If you are looking for a killer time in the waters thoughout the mosquito lagoon and other great fisheries in central Florida, be sure to give Capt. Moss a call. Never hurts to check out   Go Castaway on Facebook either!

Shallow Sightings

Captain Kyle is a sight fishing guide who enjoys the tranquility of quietly poling the un-pressured shallows between Aripeka and Yankeetown. These waters include Hernando Beach, Chassahowitzka, Homosassa, Ozello and Crystal River. He loves the challenge of sneaking up to fish and executing a realistic presentation to earn a bent rod. Whether it on fly or spinning rod there is nothing more difficult, rewarding, nerve racking, frustrating and exciting way to catch fish. Species Capt. Kyle primarily targets are Tarpon, Redfish and Snook.