I grew up in the small town of Sebec, Maine, wandering in the woods exploring the natural world around me. I had always been fascinated by water and my explorations seemed to lead me to water as that was where I felt most comfortable.
Through trial and error, I honed my fishing skills over the years and learned many valuable lessons along the way. Seventeen years ago I took up fly-fishing as my primary method of angling and that opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of the sport.
I began tying my own flies and even built my own fly rod that I used to catch Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. Through this new skill set I began thinking about becoming a guide and in 2014 I realized my dream and became a Registered Maine Guide.
It has been a long road to get here, but I would not change a thing as I have learned so many life lessons along the way. I have put in numerous years preparing for this moment and have always stayed focused on my ultimate goal so when I finally formed Peterson’s Guide Service of Maine I was beyond excited. This year I also became a Recreational Guide as well to add to my outdoor activities and services.
My offseason is spent tying flies preparing for the next season and thinking of new places that I want to explore. I also keep a journal of where I fish and I am always looking over what I did right and wrong from the previous season. I am always learning and pushing myself to try new things.
I love sharing my own trials and tribulations from my journey through this sport to help those that are trying to enter into the sport of fly-fishing or fishing in general. I did not have any mentors or friends that showed me the ropes when I began my obsession with fly-fishing, so I know how it feels to be lost in the sea of equipment and flies.
Through this process, I learned very quickly that more expensive equipment might catch an angler in a fly shop, but it doesn’t always help in catching fish. That’s why being a guide was an easy transition for me to make. It is so fulfilling to instruct a client and to have them put it all together and catch their first fish.
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