sarah gardner

sarah gardner

Harkers Island, NC

Mindfulness. You must always pay attention to what Mother Nature is telling you.

Captain Sarah Gardner has fished since she could walk and has been fly fishing for over 25 years 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.”

home waters

Coastal North Carolina is my home.


Everything that swims in Mid Atlantic saltwater. This includes cobia, blues, spotted sea trout, red drum, false albacore, Spanish mackerel and a variety of sharks.

perfect day

Fly fishing is an extension of my love of nature. Everything is connected. I never thought that being a good bird watcher would improve my catches. I'm always scanning for fish and bird interaction. I can tell a lot about what is going on under water by the type of birds working over it. Clients, especially fly fishers really appreciate when you point out unusual critters such as dolphins, whales and sea turtles. I'm constantly checking tides and weather patterns which play a big roll in all critter activities.

perfect setup

The Sage X in the 8-10wts are amazing. Paired with the 6200 series reel and RIO lines.