Stu Apte

Fishpond Ambassador

Stu was a fighter pilot in the Navy during the Korean conflict.  He then spent the next 34 years flying for Pan Am, while pursuing his " Reel Passion of Fishing."

He began fly fishing in the mid-1940s and began guiding anglers in the mid-1950s, in the Florida Keys, while laid off from Pan Am.  Through the years, Stu has held more than 44 saltwater light tackle and fly rod World Records, including the two longest standing saltwater fly rod records.  A 58 pound dolphin caught in 1964 and a 136 pound Pacific Sailfish caught in 1965, both on 12 pound tippet.

The Stu Apte Tarpon Fly and Stu Apte Improved Blood Knot are standard items.  The Stu Apte fly has also had the distinction of being featured on a United States postage stamp in 1991.

In 1969 Stu was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame. In 2003 Stu was the recipient of the prestigious Ted Williams Award and in 2004 for the fifth-year in a row, was the Pro Celebrity Grand Champion of the Backbone Tournament. Stu had the distinction of joining Ted Williams, Curt Gowdy, Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton and Zane Grey to name just a few, when he was inducted into the International Game fish Association [IGFA] Hall of Fame December 11th, 2005. Stu was inducted into the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame 2012.

As a natural extension of this passion for fly fishing he has written many feature articles for Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and Sports Afield to name a few, as well as being the Angling Editor of Sea & Rudder, a national boating magazine. He was Contributing Editor to Fly Fishing in Salt Waters magazine doing the back page byline, “Down and Dirty” with Stu Apte. He was also Field Editor for Shallow Water Angler, doing the back page column, “Stu Apte on Fishing.”

In addition to writing, Stu appeared in ABC's Wide World of Sports, was field host on ABC's American Sportsman TV Shows , CBS Sports Spectacular, Thrill-Maker Sports, ESPN's On The Fly, Walker Cay Chronicles , Sportsman's Adventures and the Teddy Award winning Sportsman's Journal with Andy Mill " THE LEGEND OF STU APTE", and ESPN's Out There, co-hosting The Outdoor World TV series on OLN. Most recently has done guest appearances on seven of Ray Van Horn’s Gypsy angler TV show.
He directed and stared in a Paramount Studios Short Subject “Keys to Fishing Fun”, that premiered in Radio City Music Hall in 1969. He also produced the award-winning "Tarpon Country" film in for Evinrude motors in 1976, starred in and directed the award-winning video series "Saltwater Fly Fishing From A to Z." One of his latest videos is "Quest For Giant Tarpon", which won a Teddy award for best fishing video 1993/94. He received a 2000 “Telly Award” for a striped bass TV show shot in New England.

Stu has served as an officer and trustee of the Everglades Protection Association; is on the executive board of The Bonefish and Tarpon Trust (BTT) conservation organization and is on the advisory board of the International Game Fish Association [I.G.F.A.]. Stu is on the advisory Pro staff for Hells Bay Boats, and a member of Fishpond’s Ambassador Program.

He also had three books published, the first was “Stu Apte’s Fishing in the Florida Keys” in 1976, the second book was his memoir, “Of Wind and Tides” in 2008 and his most recent book just out is MY LIFE in FISHING; Favorite Long Stories Told Short” . These books and DVDs can be purchased from Stu’s website; Stuapte.com .

Whenever Stu is not traveling doing seminars and workshops, he resides in the Florida Keys and Bozeman Montana with his wife Jeannine, where he writes, photographs and fishes.