• Ep. 11 | The Flymen Fishing Co. Show w/ Scotty Davis – Fly Fishing the Crystal Coast With John Mauser
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Ep. 11 | The Flymen Fishing Co. Show w/ Scotty Davis – Fly Fishing the Crystal Coast With John Mauser

Scotty and John Talk Redfish, False Albacore, Project Healing Waters, and More!

Captain John Mauser is a fly fishing and light tackle guide out of Swansboro, North Carolina. He has been fishing the waters of North Carolina for thirty-five years. John spent his youth on the Chowan River in northeast NC hunting for bluegill and bass. The Chowan River was also the location where John first cast a fly rod, throwing little popping bugs at lily pads in search of bass. As a teenager, John became more familiar with the great saltwater fishing available along the coast.

John graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Marine Biology Degree and soon started working for the North Carolina Aquariums. For the past fifteen years, Mauser has called Swansboro his home and has spent a great deal of his time learning the local waters. John and his wife have two sons, a ten-year-old and a four-year-old, who always keep life interesting. 

John helped establish the local Crystal Coast Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Program, which rehabilitates disabled military veterans through fly tying and fly fishing activities. Six years later, John is still an active volunteer with the program, assisting with casting instruction, fly tying, and fishing trips for the veterans.

In 2014, John helped re-form the Cape Lookout Albacore Festival, and served as a board member for the first five years. The Cape Lookout Albacore Festival is a three-day event, held each October around the height of the fall False Albacore run. The Festival consists of a private fishing event for disabled veterans, a public fishing tournament, auctions, dinners, and captain's parties. All of the funds from each C.L.A.F. is donated to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing at the state and national levels.

In 2017, John launched Mauser Fly Fishing, a local manufacturer of USA made fly rods. John's love for guiding anglers and giving casting instruction led to the formation of this brand. John will tell you that this company is the most challenging thing he's ever attempted, and he loves every second of it.

In 2019, John worked with a few other local fly fishing guides and formed the Carolina Fly Fishing Academy. The academy offers one and two day courses based around saltwater fly fishing in the Southeast.

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