Growing up in the Etowah River valley of Georgia, Collin says his passion for the outdoors just comes naturally. Collin’s love for trout fishing started when he was three, winning the local Trout Unlimited kids’ trout rodeo three years in a row. You can thank his grandfather, Hugh, for introducing him to fly fishing by sitting at the bass pond catching blue gill on crudely tied flies that his grandad encouraged him to tie. Since then, he has continuously worked on his tying skills and chased the big bite from all species. The chase has led Collin all over Appalachia, fishing some of the best water that North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee had to offer.
Collin attended Young Harris College in the north Georgia mountains, where the trout streams became his backyard. He used this to his advantage, getting to see the water multiple times per week instead of the yearly fishing trip to blue ridge. Shortly after graduation, Collin attended Vail Valley Anglers guide school in May 2017. The knowledge gained from guide school changed his approach to fly fishing completely. Collin returned to Georgia, where he started building homes for a premier home builder. He was eventually tasked with opening the Chattanooga branch and helping it grow. Every weekend though, you would find Collin dropping his boat in the river or chasing the native brooks of the Appalachia.