Captain Gary Taylor is a nationally recognized fly fishing guide and licensed charter boat captain with more than 40 years fly fishing experience in the lower 48 states, Alaska, Mexico, the Bahamas, Canada and Australia. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his guiding and outfitting skills, including the 1993/1994 Orvis Guide of the Year award. He was the founder of an outfitting business that pioneered the use of MacKenzie River Drift Boats on the wild and scenic Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tennessee and was the first Orvis Endorsed Guide, outfitter and lodge operator in the Southeast. Gary led a major effort to restore native brook trout populations in the Southern Appalachians and assisted in establishing the first Tennessee trophy fishing zone on the Hiwassee River. He has guided clients to many different species of fish in a variety of water types since he received his first guide license for trout in Idaho.
Gary was a charter member of the Hiwassee Chapter of HiHhAppalachian Trout Unlimited where he has served as the Appalachian TU news letter editor and as Appalachian TU President. Captain Taylor is certified as a Certified Master Casting Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers. He and his wife, Wanda, have been featured in Saltwater Sportsman, Fly Fishing Saltwaters, Sporting Classics Magazine, Outdoor Life, Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, Jacksonville Woman Magazine, Georgia Magazine, Angler’s Journal, Fly Fish America and Air Canada enRoute Magazine.
Gary’s wife, Wanda Taylor, is a fly fishing instructor with more than 20 years experience. She specializes in working with women’s groups, couples and young people. Her strong communication skills, leadership skills and sense of humor encourage people to exceed their expectations in the art of fly fishing. She was the first woman Orvis Endorsed Guide in the Southeast and the first woman certified as a Certified Master Casting Instructor by the Federation of Fly Fishers. She is a contributing editor for Fly Fish America and contributing author of, Guide to Fly Fishing Favorite Waters, featured in the Orvis Catalog. She has been seen on TBS, ESPN II’s, Walker’s Cay Chronicles with Flip Pallot and the CBS Early Show. Most recently, Wanda was the featured guide in an inshore fly fishing video, Coastal Fly Fishing with Ken Hanley & Friends, which was done on the Laguna Madre on the Gulf Coast of Texas and featured fly fishing for redfish and sea trout. Wanda was awarded the Southeastern Federation of Fly Fishers, 2005 Woman of the Year award.