Capt. Pete Rowney

 

new-profile-picA little about me . . . By all accounts I started fishing at age three with my grandpa on the New Jersey shore for snapper blues and fluke. I must have been infected then because it has been more than forty years that I’ve been passionate about fish and the water. Growing up north of New York city, I was fortunate to live in an area that offered great bass and trout fishing all within range of my bicycle. At age eleven I “started” fly fishing by spooling my spinning reel with half of a double taper fly line my buddy PJ and I split. Thankfully, my Dad pitied me enough to purchase me a Cortland glass fly rod combo. I was immediately hooked and have been passionate about fly fishing ever since. Following college, I moved to Cape Cod, MA, worked for the Orvis company and began guiding for striped bass and bluefish on the flats of Cape Cod. It was during the off-seasons that my love affair with the Keys really began. I got engaged while wading a flat off Marathon (luckily my wife loves to fish too) and was married the following year at sunset in almost the same location. After one too many New England winters my wife and I decided to pull the trigger and move to Islamorada. That was over a dozen years ago and what can I say, I’m living the dream.

Fishing with me . . . I love putting my customers onto fish. Believe it or not, it is more satisfying to get a customer hooked up than to catch fish myself. It doesn’t matter if it’s a five year old catching ladyfish or a seasoned fly angler jumping tarpon. I love sight fishing because it is all about the hunt. There are easier ways to fish but none are as exciting or satisfying. I am passionate about fly fishing and have been doing it all of my life but I’m not a purist. Pitching crabs at permit and skipping jerkbaits under mangroves for snook still require accurate casts and good angling skills. For me, a day on the water is the entire experience. It’s the scenery, the anticipation, the hunt, the teamwork, the cast, the hookup and the laughs.