Member Spotlight: Capt. Doug Kilpatrick
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Posted by: Matt Smythe
Capt. Doug Kilpatrick
Flats Fishing Guide - Lower Florida Keys
AFFTA member for one year
Why do you do what you do?
I became flats fishing guide 26 years ago so I could enjoy my passion and share it with people that felt the same as I do about fishing. As a guide, I have been fortunate to spend countless number of days on the water. I have witnessed a decline in a fishery and the habitat which supports it. My involvement with Lower Keys Guides Association (LKGA) and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) is a way that I feel I can contribute to ensuring that we can achieve sustainability for the future of a fishery that I and many others have come to cherish.
Aside from fly fishing, what occupies your free time?
When I am not out on the water with clients, I spend most of my time working on conservation issues related to the Florida Keys. I recently decided to get back to one of my other passions, which is duck and bird hunting.
What does fly fishing need right now?
As social media has become popular, I see and hear more and more about what everyone else has caught. I understand that it is a great way to promote a business and I too, would probably be participating in it if I was a new guide starting. I only hope that anglers and guides keep in the front of their mind that fly fishing is for your soul. It really does not matter what was caught yesterday. Today is a new day and you’re out fly fishing, enjoy it!
If you could get on the water with anyone - living or dead - who would it be? Why?
Through the years of fishing for a living, I find that I have less time to fish with my family. My dad got me started when I was young, and every now and then we are able to still get out on the water together. I have many people that I have always looked up to in and out of the angling community, but there is nothing like spending a day on the water with the person you not only look up to the most, but also got you started on something what has become a lifetime passion as well as a career.
You can get in touch with Doug through his site: https://keywestflatsfishing.com/
Learn more about the Lower Keys Guides Association and the work they do here: https://lkga.org/
Learn more about Bonefish & Tarpon Trust's work here: https://www.bonefishtarpontrust.org/
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