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Captain Sarah Gardner

Captain Sarah Gardner

Captain Sarah Gardner


Dover, Delaware


Nags Head, North Carolina (April - August) - Harkers Island, North Carolina (September - January)

Captain Sarah Gardner has fished since she could walk and has been fly fishing for over 25 years. 2015 marks her 18th season as a full-time charter boat captain; her office is a 23-foot center-console boat named Fly Girl, from which she can comfortably fish the rough Atlantic Ocean or shallow sounds around the Outer Banks of North Carolina. “My long-term professional goals are to continue to write, photograph, film, teach and guide, until I can’t walk or see anymore.”

Career Highlights

  • Team SAGE member
  • Rio Pro Staff
  • Patagonia Fly Fishing Ambassador
  • United States Coast Guard licensed Charter Boat Captain
  • Co-founder of Chesapeake Angling Women, one of the largest fly fishing clubs for women in the United States
  • Masthead contributing writer for Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazine

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