Great Profile of Missouri Guide Carolyn Parker


Carolyn Parker untangles a client’s mess, one of a fly-fishing
guide’s main duties, with a smile.

photo via kansas.com

Saturday’s edition of The Wichita Eagle featured an excellent profile of fly-fishing guide Carolyn Parker—”angling entrepreneur, innovator, barrier breaker and educator”—who plies her trade on Missouri’s Lake Taneycomo. Parker and her husband, Stan, own River Run Outfitters (the 2006 Orvis-Endorsed Outfitter of the Year) in Branson, which they opened in 1999.

A lifelong angler, Parker started fly fishing in the mid-1960s:

“It was just so beautiful, I knew I had to do it,” Parker said of the first time she watched others casting flies at Taneycomo.

Now, she’s among the more respected guides in the area.

Click here for the full story.


Parker has been fly fishing since the mid-1960s, and she has the skills to show for it.

photo via kansas.com

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