Mary Schaeffer

FEATURED ANGLER
Charlotte, North Carolina
How long have you been fly fishing?
Since I was about 8 years old
Favorite fly-fishing partner
Anyone who will fish with me! Usually my family or my coworkers at Orvis
Favorite water to fish
I love fishing Eastern Tennessee tailwaters. It’s about a 3 1/2-hour drive to the South Holston from Charlotte, so it’s perfect for a weekend trip or a (long) day trip
Favorite species to fish for
That’s like asking my favorite song: it depends on the day! It’s pretty tough to beat a big brown trout, though
Bucket List
Argentina for trout and golden dorado (and wine and steak) or the Seychelles for saltwater
Top Three Fly Patterns
Trip Saver, Soft-Hackle Pheasant Tail, Pat’s Rubber Legs: 50% of the time, they work 100% of the time

Mary Schaeffer


Mary has been fly fishing her whole life and has been lucky enough to incorporate her love of the outdoors into a career as a Retail District Manager for Orvis. She loves working with such a talented and fun group of anglers because there’s no shortage of people to fish with, and she learns from her Orvis coworkers every time she goes out. Mary’s dad taught her and her brother to fly fish when they were very young, and Mary grew up fishing the Carolinas for trout, bass and redfish. Remembering the importance of her own fly-fishing education, introducing new anglers to the sport through FF101 classes is one of her favorite aspects of her role at Orvis. She says that it’s awesome to see students catch their first fish on the fly and better understand the importance of conservation. While Mary travels all over the country for work, she tries to make time for as much fishing as she can.

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