Dr. Brandon D. Shuler is an oceans advocate for the Ocean Conservancy, an award-winning author and photographer, a very part-time fishing guide, field editor for Fly and Light Tackle Angler and The Redbone Journal, a part-time professor, and a full-time waterman. Dr. Shuler is a seventh-generation Texan, who found fly fishing early and never looked back, except when the surf reaches shoulder-high and the winds switch offshore.
Dr. Shuler comes from a longline of fisherman, one in particular, his father, who used to tie a bleach bottle to Shuler’s belt loop because they did not make lifejackets small enough for him. Fortunately, the bleach bottle’s efficacy was never tested, since the laws of physics would have had him floating face down.
While guiding at his family’s fishing lodge, Dr. Shuler and his clients set a number of International Game Fish Foundation world records and redefined the Texas-state blue-water fly fishing record books, landing a number of first-time species, like Yellow-Fin Tuna, mako shark, and wahoo. Shuler still holds Texas’s all-tackle Little Tunny record, caught on a very under gunned six weight.
Dr. Shuler now lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, with his wife Ashley, three kids, two labs, two cats, six fish, and three thousand books. When not fishing, writing, or trying to find space in his packed house, Shuler can be found tying flies, badly at best.