Cole Fairbanks

Years Fishing?


Years Guiding?


Who introduced you to fly fishing?

I found Fly Fishing through Deep Water Cay. A.J. McClane gave me my first “organized” casting instruction as a boy.

Can you tell us a little about your home waters and the fish you pursue there?

The flats and creeks of Boca Grande offer splendid shallow water sight-fishing for Snook and Redfish during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. The Season is punctuated in the Spring, by some of the finest sight fishing for Giant Tarpon to be found anywhere

What's the height of the season for you? What time of year is your personal favorite?

The height of the Season in Boca Grande is Spring: April through June; it also happens to be my favorite, because of the potential to catch Tarpon, Snook, and Redfish - all in one day

What are your favorite travel destinations? What's on the bucket list?

My very favorite spot in the world is Grand Bahama Island - North Riding Point Club. The top of my bucket list would definitely be Golden Dorado in Argentina.

What you like most about Thomas and Thomas rods? Which rods do you fish?

Thomas and Thomas has created the perfect balance of modulus and taper for pushing fast loops across stiff winds. Every detail is scrutinized over, in order to achieve fly rod perfection. I fish basically the entire Solar Rod series: 6 through 12 weights.

What's your current go-to fly?

Big, high swimming baitfish - dark brown - I’ll use it almost every day.

Other than fly tackle, what piece of gear do you find indispensable?

Scissors and marking pens, for adjusting flies in the field. Also, self sealed lens cleaning cloths - I’ve become addicted to them!

My favorite thing about guiding is:

Being able to go “out there” every day!

From the angler’s point of view, what do you see as the main value of going on a guided trip?

To be able to hit the water with instant local knowledge, without having to lift a finger. And learning something new about the sport they enjoy; a good guide should teach his client(s) something new every day - usually just by virtue of necessity.

What can new fisherman expect to get out of a guided trip? My favorite thing to teach a client is ...

The art of "acting the part", and selling the fly to every fish. Reading the fishes reaction, and knowing how he wants his prey to react. It’s the real secret to angling success.

What's your ideal lunch when on the water? What do you actually pack?

I actually don’t eat lunch on the skiff - kind of a boring answer, I know... I eat Cliff Bars when I get really hungry. For lunch, I like a lot of water, and some good conversation.

What fly fishing blogs/magazines do you read regularly?

I like: Mid current, Southern Culture On The Fly, Fly Life, and Gink & Gasoline

When I'm not fishing you'll find me:

Working on TrueFlies Clothing, and playing with my children... and probably tying flies.

Contact Info


(941) 258-1683



Boca Grande , Florida USA

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