My name is Robert Daniel, and I'd love to show you some of the natural beauty of the Old North State. Whether it's fly-fishing for redfish and flushing rail-birds in the saltmarshes around Wilmington, or picking your own oysters, or just going for a cruise to the beach, I'll be happy to be your captain.
Growing up in Wilson, NC, I'd consider myself a Southerner, a North Carolinian, but above all, an outdoorsman. Ever since I can remember, I've been drawn to the beauty, the peacefulness, the refuge, the unknown, that is the outdoors.
I realized my way to make a difference was to share my passions of the outdoors with others---especially fly-fishing and bird hunting. Above all, I love teaching others.
The seed was planted when my dad gave me a fly casting lesson for my birthday in the 10th grade. While I'd fly fished before, that's where the bug really started. While at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, I taught myself and "wet my teeth" on smallmouth bass, which led to more trout, then saltwater species.
I attended Sweetwater Guide School during the summer of 2013. I then guided at Smith Fork Ranch in Crawford Colorado in the 2014 season and additionally at A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming in the 2016 season.
I've held a USCG Captain's license since 2017, and have worked to fix up "the skiff," a 2001, North Carolina built 19'8 Jones Brothers Bateau---a wide, stable boat with a clean casting deck. She may not be the stereotypical fancy-looking flats boat, but she floats shallow, gets the job done, and is a true eastern NC ride.
In addition, I love writing, especially about the natural world, and I try to keep up a blog, here.