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Capt. Kyle Schaefer Bio


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Capt. Kyle Schaefer Bio


 

South Andros 10# Bonefish

1st Ever Bair’s Lodge Permit

1st Ever Bair’s Lodge Permit

Releasing the King

Releasing the King

Capt. Kyle Schaefer

Capt. Kyle is a fly fishing guide, lodge manager, writer, conservationist, and entrepreneur. The fly fishing space is Kyle’s home and his true passion is helping people; whether it’s fighting for better fisheries management, hosting unique trips or teaching the ins and outs of this great sport. 

Fly fishing is a conduit to the outdoors for Kyle, helping him to forge a deeper connection with the natural world.  Chasing striped bass and other fish on the fly requires a strong bond with the tides, moon cycles, terrain, bait and weather.  It's these nuances that hold Kyle's attention so strongly.  The distinct rhythm to these wild places is revealed only by a willingness to learn and dedicate yourself. Kyle's approach to guiding is centered around a calm, detailed, team oriented strategy and nothing brings him more joy than sight fishing and poling skinny water flats.  A client's success is always the greatest reward.  

In 2020, Kyle enters his 9th season of guiding.  His experience ranges from guiding trout fishing in the mountains of Northwest Colorado, striped bass on the flats and rocks of Maine’s southern coast and Golden Dorado in the vast marshes of Argentina. Kyle has also spent extensive time on the Bahamian flats and lived in South Andros, Bahamas managing a top tier fly fishing lodge.

Outside of guiding, Kyle has worked extensively in the outdoor industry specifically on storytelling, TV production, content creation, advertising, sales and marketing.  He is a passionate entrepreneur and sold his first business in the Fall of 2017 with another start-up on the way. Kyle has received awards for his writing and has been published in Tail Fly Fishing Magazine, The FlyFish Journal, On The Water, FlyLords, Badfish, Thomas & Thomas Blog, Hatch Magazine, and several other pubs. Kyle has written for the Marine Fish Conservation Network and his photographs have been published across the industry. Kyle is a proud board member, representing the state of Maine, for the American Saltwater Guide’s Association. Kyle is also a long-time ambassador for Thomas & Thomas fly rods, Hog Island Boatworks and the American Museum Of Fly Fishing.

Guiding the Maine Coast by Trolling Motor.

Guiding the Maine Coast by Trolling Motor.

Pushing the Maine Flats; looking for early morning waking fish.

Pushing the Maine Flats; looking for early morning waking fish.

Looking for BIG bass in the wash.

Looking for BIG bass in the wash.

My peaceful place.

My peaceful place.

Maine.

Maine.

 
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