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Carter Andrews

Carter “Big Boy” Andrews is out on the water nearly 300 out of 365 days a year, bouncing between Panama, Wyoming, and wherever else the fish are biting - which just so happens to be almost everywhere. He’s graced more fishing magazine covers than we can count and racked up awards at the Jackson Hole One Fly, and as a member of the U.S. Fly Fishing Team. Carter is an angler dedicated wholly to passing on the sport that he loves, with classes, guide trips, and exploratory fishing expeditions. But when you can pin him down, you’ll find Carter in Jackson Hole, WY, with his daughters, Haley and Payton, and wife, Heidi.

Q: What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning when you go fishing?


A: I don’t think you really want to know the answer to that. As far as market activity I’m trying to figure out what my girls would like for snacks or dinner. I know we need milk, eggs and cereal most of the time. I could always use more limes and club soda. I seem to be out of that all the time. So the answer you are probably looking for is - I think about how I am going to accomplish the goal for the day. And that, for me, is catching fish. But, depending on where I am, the goal is different. If I am I looking to catch a bluefin tuna on spin gear off Cape Cod or bonefish on the flats in the Bahamas, there are different things I have to prepare. Boats and tackle but its always the same frame of mind. Some people say that there is more to fishing than just catching but I really like the catching so that is what I focus on.


Q: Where is your favorite place to fish?


A: Its called the Aspens Market. Its half way between Teton Village and the town of Jackson. The truth of the matter is I don’t really have a favorite place. For the most part fish are found in some pretty amazing places I like fishing new places but there is nothing like coming home.


Q: If you could do anything better, what would it be?


A: Run my business. I spend way too much time doing what I am passionate about, fishing, and not enough time trying to run my business, which pays the bills.


Q: Who are your heroes?


A: In the fishing world that’s an easy one for me. When I first met Jose Wejebe I was a young fly fisherman seeking a new frontier in Crooked Island doing a some fishing on the flats. But, over the years he mentored me into a new world of fishing; from inshore and reef fishing, to the world of offshore fishing. The insight he provided during those 10 to 12 years has helped me become the angler I am. He taught me how to apply what I have learned in one place and take it to a new destination. More importantly is what I took away from all those years was his willingness to share with me what he knew. Now I make it a goal to share with my friends and other anglers what I have learned over the years, it’s paying it forward.


Q: If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?


A: It takes time away from my family.


Q: What sound or noise do you love?


A: The sound of my girls laughter and the drag on a reel.


Q: What would be your day job if you weren’t doing what you currently doing?


A: I don’t think that is an option….I tried that before.


Q: If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?


A: I would bring Santiago to do what we both love. But I always wished for a different outcome. For anyone that has read “The Old Man and the Sea” you know what I mean.