learn / Make the Connection / Team RIO / Brian Horsley
For me it is the people you meet along the way. Many have become my closest friends.

Waters you call home

The waters both inside and of the northern Outer Banks and the waters around Cape Lookout

Funny Fact

If you don’t go you don’t know

BIO

I grew up in northeastern North Carolina and moved 40 miles east to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the early 70s. I started saltwater fly fishing in the late 70s. In the early 90s I took the leap and started guiding full time saltwater fly anglers. It was the right decision after some 24 years —fishing still gets me fired up. Through guiding I met my future wife (Sarah Gardner) and business partner. Together we wrote and photographed for many national publications as well as both of us are full time guides. The early years were some of most exciting as we pioneered very none traditional species on fly—made it up as we went along. Now we spend the summer in Nags Head on the northern Outer Banks and Fall on Harkers Island on the southern Outer Banks. To contribute to our semi nomadic life style we host fly fishing groups on international travel. Some of our destinations are Baja Mexico for Roosterfish and dorado, Bahamas for bonefish and permit and Guatemala for billfish on fly during our “down time”.

Personal beliefs on fly fishing

Take time to look around where you are standing and be open to learn as nothing remains the same.

Species you specialize in

False Albacore, speckled trout, sharks, cobia and other migration coastal species like Spanish mackerel, bluefish.

Preferred fishing method

Fly fishing but anyway as long as I am fishing.

Favorite RIO Line

Out Bound Short tropical or regular. Our fall fishing is all about adverse conditions. We have wind, chop and fast moving fish that will not wait and the OBS lets anglers deliver the fly quickly with a minimum of false casts.

Why RIO

They listen and make lines that let anglers chase both traditional fly species and non traditional—no fish is safe.

Favorite Knot

Old school Blood knot

Special Rigging Techniques

Keep it simple—remove as many things that can fail. I prefer RIO tapered leaders. They will turn your fly over and the only knot to fail is the one you tied your fly on with.

Best Fly Fishing Tip

It does not hurt to be able to cast far. Practice, practice and not just week before you go on a trip.

Parting thoughts

For me it is the people you meet along the way. Many have become my closest friends.