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Britt and "The Guide."
Britt with a New River winter trophy.
Britt Stoudenmire
Britt Stoudenmire - Believe it or not, I'm entering my 14th season as a full-time fishing guide. I graduated from Virginia Tech and The Citadel, and was very fortunate to pitch for legendary Hall of Fame baseball coach Chuck Hartman while at VT. I am an avid outdoor enthusiast and have hunted and fished my entire life. New River Smallmouth
As a lifetime catch-and-release angler, I firmly believe in respecting and protecting our watersheds. I love to fish conventinally and on the fly and tie many of our topwater bugs for our late-summer fly season. I have always loved big fish and focus the majority of my winter and early-spring guided trips on targeting mature river smallmouth and musky while teaching my clients the techniques needed to effectively pursue these fish.
I believe every day on the New River is a tremendous privilege and that "This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
Publications I have contributed to, or written for, include VA & WV Game and Fish, Bassmasters, In-Fisherman, American Angler, Cabelas Outfitters Journal, Musky Hunter and several more.
BassMaster Magazine In-Fisherman Magazine
These fine companies have supported me over the years, and I trust in their products; G.Loomis, Shimano, Power Pro, Gamma, Ross, Scientific Angler, Frog Hair, Royal Wulf, Patagonia, Chaco, Smith Optics, Kast Extreme Gear, Llungen Lures, Stealth Tackle, Drifter Tackle, and Simms.
Steve Journell Steve Journell has guided eleven seasons for NROC. Steve is an avid angler and hunter, and he has fished the New River for nearly 30 years. Nobody works harder than Steve in providing a quality day on the New River and his energy is contagious. Steve is also owner/operator of J&J Grocery at the junction of Route 100 and Walker Creek, and their deli breakfast is a hit with our clients. When not fishing, Steve loves to chase stripers on Claytor Lake.
Colin Whitaker Colin Whitaker is in his 4th year working and guiding for NROC. Colin will work with us through the end of the spring before heading to Colorado for Mountain School. Colin has a great passion for the outdoors and fishing, and loves to spend time on the water. When not working and guiding, Colin loves to hunt musky with a 49" and 46" being two of his top catches.
Boo Garber Thomas "Boo" Garber enters his sixth season guiding for NROC. Boo lives in Giles County, has his own Maravia raft, and has fished the New River for many, many years both on the spin and fly. Boo prefers the fly rod and absolutely loves the months of August and September when we bust big 'ole smallies on topwater bugs. When Boo isn't guiding for us, you can find him most weekends floating and fishing the New River.
Scott Guilliams Scott Guilliams has fished the New River for over fifteen years and the James River many more. Scott started as a client of ours, and his passion for smallmouth fishing has progressed into guiding for us as he enters his seventh season with NROC. Scott is now tying his own jigs and making spinnerbaits and buzzbaits, so if you fish with him this season, make sure to tie on a couple because they are definitely a "big fish" bait!
Jason Guilliams Jason Guilliams, Scott's brother, is in his seventh year guiding for NROC. Jason's main occupation is principal for Callaway Elementary School in Franklin County, VA. In his free time, Jason loves to smallmouth fish, coon hunt, and bear hunt. The next time you are fishing with Jason, ask him about his bear in the fishing raft story. That is quite a tale. Jason has fished the New River for over fifteen years and the James River many more.
Greg Rife Greg "Bubby" Rife has been guiding for the last 7 years for NROC and has chased smallmouth and musky for over 30 years on both the New and James Rivers. Greg is a pioneer in the musky sport having fished for them many years before their rise in popularity and numbers. When not chasing muskies, Greg loves to hunt big smallmouth, especially on topwater plugs. Greg loves to share his enthusiasm with his clients, so be prepared for a few laughs when you fish with him.
Keith Stiltner Keith Stiltner has fished the New River in and around Giles County for over 25 years for both smallmouth and muskie and is in his seventh season guiding for NROC. Keith is one of our resident musky experts and has targeted them for the last 15+ years. He also has a knack for those big smallmouths and loves to chase them on both the spin and fly. Keith is an accomplished fly tier and ties many of our musky flies.
Professional Affiliations:
Pure Fishing
Royal Wulff Products
Smith Optics
Shimano
PowerPro
Ross Reels
G.Loomis
Froghair Products
Gamma Fishing Lines
Patagonia
Chacos
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