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Conway Bowman

Catching sharks on the fly may seem like an expression, but for Conway Bowman, it’s an accurate description of his day-to-day pursuits. Living in San Diego, CA, he can go just a few miles off shore and find what he’s looking for – Mako sharks. Despite being a big game angler, seasoned fly caster, ambitious outdoorsman, and host of Flyfishing the World, it all comes second to spending time with his favorite fishing companions, his wife and sons.

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


A: When I wake up, every morning, I’m thinking of new ways to approach fishing. I try and think outside the box. Many times, I go the opposite direction just to see what happens.


Q: Where is your favorite place to fish?


A: My home waters off San Diego, targeting the shortfin Mako shark on the fly. San Diego is the only place I’ve ever fished where I can travel only a few miles offshore and sight fish (Mako shark) to a fish between 80 and 400 pounds consistently with a fly out of a small skiff!


Q: How do you up your game year after year?


A: I’m always looking to improve myself as an outdoorsman. Being a better fly caster, a better big game angler , a bow hunter. a better guide and captain. Discovering new areas to fish either on my home waters or abroad. I never get comfortable, I always have a feeling I’m being chased by something. So, I keep moving.


Q: Who are your heroes? Who do you look up to?


A: My dad, he got me stoked on fishing when I was two years old. His passion and support has made it possible for me to pursue a great career traveling the world looking for the ultimate fishing experience. Of course, guys like Flip Pallot, Nick Curcione and Lefty have also shaped me into the angler I am today. They were so important in my development as an angler and outdoorsman. There legacy’s should never be forgotten.


Q: What sound or noise do you love?


A: My boys laughing together. There is nothing sweeter.


Q: What are the three most essential things you need to fish?


A: Patience, time, and a strong will.