Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Birthday Stu Apte

The world's greatest living angler turned 82 years old yesterday and is still going at it full throttle.  Stu Apte has long been one of my heroes and getting to know him through the Redbone tournaments in the Keys and some of our recent work with Beavertail Skiffs has been a real highlight of my guiding career.  If you've ever caught a big tarpon on a fly rod, you can partly thank Stu for making that possible.  He helped invent or perfect everything from the knots we tie to the boats that get us there since he first started fishing the fishing the flats in the 1940's.  Capt. Stu Apte is the very definition of the term "Living Legend" and we're all better anglers thanks to him.