John is 27 years old, born and raised in South Carolina. He grew up chasing whitetail bucks, long beard turkeys, and all different species of fresh and saltwater fish. While attending Appalachian State University in Boone, NC he picked up a fly rod and spent the rest of his school days chasing trout in the Appalachian Mountains with Jon Hulcher, also a Drifters guide.
After college, John traded in the fly rod for a backpack and spent the next four years hiking across the country, notching several hallowed treks into his belt. In 2014, the Appalachian trail from Georgia to Maine, in 2015, across Arizona on the Arizona Trail, in 2016, the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, and in 2017, from Mexico to Canada again on the Continental Divide Trail. In total: close to 10,000 miles of steely adventure!
When you fish with John, you’ll share his sense of pure joy at being in the outdoors, and enjoy his stories from long miles logged on the trail and the river.