Veteran Fishing Guides - U.S. Military Veterans Partnered with Fisher Guiding

Fisher Guiding is proud to partner with fishing guides and charters across the United States who have served in the armed forces, and we want to thank them for their service. Each of the guides mentioned below served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces. Next time you’re planning a trip near one of these veteran-operated guide services, try planning a trip with them to get a unique fishing experience. Tight lines!

- Edward Hill

C.E.O. and Co-Founder

Capt. Makani (Paul) Christensen of Fly Fishing Hawaii 

Born and raised in Hawaii, Captain Makani Christensen has been fishing in Hawaii for the last 30 years. His experience throughout the years includes shore casting, deep sea fishing, bottom fishing, cast netting, commercial fishing, ikashibi, spearfishing, and fly fishing.  Capt. Makani is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. As an officer in the United States Marine Corps, Makani earned his combat action ribbon in Afghanistan and was honorably discharged in 2008. His love for local waters is contagious and people who fish with Makani grow to love it almost as much as he himself does. He primarily fishes for bonefish in the flats surrounding Honolulu.

Casey Mowers of Reddog Guide Service 

Casey Mowers, owner and operator of Reddog Guide Service, fell in love with the state of Maine after receiving orders to the state by the Navy. Since retiring from the Navy, he started guiding and applying knowledge from fishing tournaments in the region. Two of the lakes (Cobbosseecontee and China Lakes) that Reddog Guide Service fishes regularly are ranked among the top 100 bass fishing lakes by Bass Masters. Casey offers half day ($100) and full day ($200) trips for bass and pike, full day trips for trout ($200), or a $350 trip for remote camping and fishing for bass, trout, salmon, or touge.

Pete Kistner of BackEddy Fly and Guide

Pete Kistner is a float and wade guide in Massachusetts who pursues trout, northern pike, bass and a variety of saltwater species. In 2009, Pete graduated from Hubbard’s Yellowstone Guide School, the premier guide school in the country. After leaving Montana, Pete guided in Massachusetts and worked for The Orvis Company. Following two years with Orvis, Pete enlisted in the United States Army as a medic and received an honorable discharge in 2015. Pete’s time in the Army allowed him to cultivate patience, compassion, and organization, all of which have made him a better guide. Pete’s greatest joy is teaching all levels of fly fishermen and women about this magnificent sport, and his goal is to help anglers catch fish, grow as an angler, and most importantly have a memorable day on the water!

Bob Maindelle of Holding the Line Guide Service

Bob Maindelle was born into a fishing family in 1969 while his dad was serving in Vietnam. He graduated from West Point U.S. Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering, and spent 8 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, followed by 9 years in the industry as an environmental engineer and working in full-time ministry as the Small Groups Pastor at a large church in central Texas. His business experience from his "previous life" gives him a steady and capable hand at his guiding service. On why he loves fishing… “Every sunrise holds new promise, every storm front brings change, every season nudges fish movements, and though the cycle has repeated since the beginning of time, I believe the code will never be fully deciphered.”

T.J. Heberts of The Berts Flies and Guide

T.J. Heberts is primarily a river guide but also covers trips to any lake in Maine and many ponds, including remote trout ponds and native brook trout streams. You can choose to wade, float, or troll with this born-and-raised Maine-ah and Navy veteran, who served as a Hospital Corpsman and Emergency Medical Technician. If you want to target brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, or landlocked salmon, reach out to T.J. Prices start at $150 for a half day for two people and vary based on the length and type of trip or adding a third angler.

Jim Conant of Jimbo's Charters Fishing Guide 

  • U.S. Army Veteran guiding in Cape Coral, FL 
  • Target Species: Redfish, Sea Trout, Snook, Snapper, Jack, Sharks 
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Jim grew up fishing for Largemouth Bass, Catfish, & Crappie and hunting white tail. As a 22-year U.S. Army Veteran, he has been stationed throughout the U.S  and Europe with several deployments, and always took pride in mastering fishing & hunting techniques from all the different places. From catching salmon and trout to hunting mule deer and Elk in the mountains of Colorado, to fishing for Stripers, croakers, and blue cats to hunting goose, ducks and turkey in Virginia and North Carolina, Jim is self-taught in all his outdoor adventures. At Jimbo’s Charters, he works to provide unforgettable experiences to families, sportsmen, experts and beginners alike, fishing around Cape Coral throughout the waters of Matlacha, Charlotte Harbor, Pine Island Sound, and the Cayo Costa, Sanibel, and Captiva Islands -- going out as far as nine miles offshore. 

Mike Elling of Montauk Fishing Charter CUJO 

Mike grew up in Northport, a small historic fishing village on the North Shore of Long Island, NY. Fishing, clamming and working on boats as a young boy, Mike’s love for the outdoors and the water quickly grew. After high school, Mike traveled on an expedition to Alaska with friends. He worked on boats out of Kodiak and Dutch Harbor, King Crabbing, and dragging for Pollock and Cod. After several years and a few close calls working the dangerous back decks and treacherous waters of the Bering Sea, Mike returned home to Northport. Working the Oyster dredges, Lobster boats and marinas was fun, but gave Mike the urge to travel, so he joined the Navy to see the world. After 15 years in the Navy and many years guiding fishing charters in North Carolina, Mike made the move to Montauk, NY. Montauk is the ”Fishing Capital of the World!” Mike has been living and guiding in Montauk since 2000.