A native of North Carolina, Brad grew up in a family that loved outdoor activities especially if it involved fishing. Lakes for crappie, ponds for bluegill and largemouth, rivers for catfish, and saltwater inlets and beaches for flounder were the destinations his father shared with him as a child. Brad began fishing for trout while attending college at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. where he explored the Grandfather Mountain and Wilson Creek Wilderness wild trout streams extensively. He would spend all free time away from classes exploring the many miles of streams in the Blue Ridge Mountains. He expanded his river fishing to smallmouth bass on the New River in North Carolina and Virginia. Since that time, he has fished rivers in Colorado, Oregon, New York, and Missouri for trout, salmon, and smallmouth. Currently, Brad’s wife and son join him on trips to the Outer Banks of NC and the Florida Keys. Since 2007, he has expanded his passion for sharing these memorable times with family and friends into a career with Smoky Mountain Angler. He now shares his fly fishing and outdoor adventures in the Smoky Mountains and East Tennessee with clients, whether wading for wild and native trout in the national park or floating the tail-waters.