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Tom in Alaska.


Captain Tom Van Horn will be speaking on his experience guiding fly anglers in Alaska for salmon.

Thursday October 18, 2018, at 6:30 PM

Orlando Outfitters
2814 Corrine Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

Captain Tom Van Horn's Bio

As a lifelong Orlando native, Captain Tom Van Horn spent his youthful years tromping through the backwater swamps, lakes, rivers and lagoons of Central Florida with a fishing rod in hand, and things haven’t changed much for him since. Currently working as a professional fishing guide on Central Florida’s St Johns River, east Florida’s Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River Lagoon, Banana River Lagoon No-Motor Zone and the near-shore fisheries of Port Canaveral, Captain Tom offers a wide range of different angling opportunities for all experience levels and brings a lifetime of local knowledge combined with 20 years of professional fishing guide experience to the table.

Besides guiding anglers to a catch of a lifetime, Captain Tom has a compassion for the resource and a broad understanding of the many challenges facing Florida’s lakes, rivers and coastal estuaries. Captain Tom is a believer in what he calls the abundance mentality. “It is my belief we are all out on the water for the same reasons, to enjoy the experience and catch fish, and if we share our knowledge, information and work together we will all enjoy a better experience and catch more fish”. To facilitate these beliefs, Captain Tom has freely shared his passion for fishing and the outdoors by providing anglers with free seminars, free kids fishing clinics, and write weekly fishing reports and a monthly fishing forecast on his blog and other outdoor communications. “I often hear about and witness anglers doing the wrong things on the water”. “In most cases it is not because they mean any harm, it’s because they do not know better”, Captain Tom went on to explain. “I’ve learned through the years, by sharing my knowledge and helping anglers new to Florida catch more fish, they in return develop a better understand the challenges facing our fisheries and become more responsible anglers”. “Most Floridians are not from here and most move to or visit to enjoy what Florida has to offer. They are starving for knowledge and the desire to learn, and that is what drives my passion to teach”. “I honestly feel the more responsible anglers utilizing the resource, the more value our outdoor resources have for all of us”."There's much more to fishing than catching, as our legacy and the future of our fisheries is in the hands of those we share our passions with."

Currently Captain Tom is a freelance outdoor communicator and is an active member of the Southeast Outdoor Press Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He is recipient of the 2017 Realtree Best Outdoor Website Award from SEOPA, the 2012 recipient of the Frank Philpott Conservation Award, the 2014 Bass Pro Shop Pass It on Award and the 2015 FOWA Youth Conservation Award for his work with the Anglers for Conservation and the Hook Kids on Fishing Program in Central Florida. Captain Tom currently serves as the president of the Anglers for Conservation Orlando Chapter, the 2017 president of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, Regional BOD of the Florida Guides Association and Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Estuary Program’s Adversary Board member, Captain Tom serves as a leader for the central and east Florida recreational angling communities. Captain Tom also served as a past president and founding member of Anglers for Conservation.

If it’s a true Florida outdoor fishing experience you desire, then fish with a Captain who knows understands and respects the resource, fish with Captain Tom.

Click here  to visit Captain Tom Van Horn's website and book a charter.


Think Global Shop Local.

Dear BFA Members:

I would like to thank David Olson of Whites Tackle in Vero Beach for the great presentation on surf fishing with two handed fly rods at the Backcountry Fly Fishing Association meeting on Thursday, September 14, 2018, at Orlando Outfitters.

I’d also like to thank TJ Bettis for hosting the meeting at Orlando Outfitters.

Please stop by and support the fly shop at Whites Tackle at 3006 Cardinal Drive in Vero Beach where David is the fly shop manager and stop in to see TJ Bettis at Orlando Outfitters at 2814 Corrine Drive Orlando.

The BFA is committed to supporting our local fly shops. Shop Local!

Mel Schubert,
BFA Orlando President

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