Captain Scott Wagner of Savannah Fly guides the anglers on the coastal waters of South Carolina and Georgia for a range of saltwater species. Wagner recently sat down to answer some questions about his fly fishing and guiding pursuits for The Venturing Angler:
1. Why do you guide where you do?
No better place in the world as far as I’m concerned. There is no other state that has protected its entire coastline from development. This is a big plus for me and many of my clients. With such beautiful coast, it makes a tough day fishing much easier to deal with.
2. What is your favorite fish specie?
3. What is your favorite thing about guiding?
Watching the fish and reading what they are telling you. Fish will give you so many looks and colors. Also, knowing a fish is going to crush a fly or jump out of his scales and flee. They are so different everyday, and it keeps one on his or her toes. Also, watching a client flip out when a tarpon makes its first jump or the crushing attack of a 30 pound jack on a popper. The look on a clients face at times is disbelief.
4. What is the most memorable trip you’ve guided and why?
There have been so many in the past 17 years I can’t pinpoint one in particular …
5. What is the funniest thing you’ve experienced while guiding?
Me falling off the polling platform on a couple of occasions in mid-January. Water temp maybe 50, and air temp about the same.
6. What makes your guide service great?
The waters in the low country and the number of species one can come across in a day.
7. If you had only one day off all year, where would you fish and what fish would you target?
I would fish here for tarpon.
8. What are your favorite three flies?
Whatever one I have confidence in that minute.
9. What is the one piece of gear you couldn’t bear to leave at home?
10. Do you have any other passions?
Mountain bikes and road bikes.
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