About The Show
Just another fishing show? Absolutely not… Curtis spends time with the locals, tours the communities learning about the culture and shares this with his viewers. He loves making people laugh – even if they are laughing at him. Join the crew as they capture the essence of what has been coined “Reality Fly Fishing.”
Fly Rod Chronicles shares Curtis’ love of fly fishing and the great outdoors but also has the ability to share a message. You might find the FRC Crew fly fishing with wounded soldiers while recounting their story. Curtis Fleming has a passion for people and a respect their stories. He shares those stories and messages throughout his Fly Rod Chronicles.
Host | Executive Producer
As the son of a coal miner growing up in Central West Virginia, I would sit within classrooms and daydream of being outdoors on a stream instead of listening to the drone of my teachers. It was my father that I owe the most to for teaching me about life and introducing me to hunting and fishing. Dad served our country in the United State Marine Corps in the early 60’s and then followed a family tradition in becoming an underground coal miner. Dad worked very hard six to seven days a week in the coal mines of West Virginia that claim the lives of many men and women. When Dad would get that rare day off or take his well earned vacation time, we would spend it camping along a trout stream or in the hard woods of West Virginia chasing whitetail deer.
Competitive sports were a big part of my life and I never remember my mother or father not sitting on the hot bleachers on the field or in the gym. It is to them I owe many thanks. My fondest memories were spent along a stream in a wall tent listening to Dad tell ole Semper Fi stories or how he made a living in the dark & damp coal mines.
I broke family tradition and went to college and did not become a coal miner. Although I don’t regret not becoming a miner, I do respect and salute all of the men and women that protect and serve our country. Today, I am blessed with two lovely daughters, Laken and Autumn and a beautiful wife Shelly. I thank God for letting me borrow his children for our short time on this earth.
After working 15 years in education with troubled youth as well as serving as President & CEO of a gas & oil company, with the support of my family, I have decided to leave my work behind to pursue my passion for the art of fly fishing. Traveling both far away and close to home, please join me, my friends, and special guests, in our ultimate outdoor adventures. These are my Fly Rod Chronicles.
Administrative Executive | Business Manager
It was getting very close to gun season in November and my Dad was fretting more and more by the minute that his last baby out of five was going to interfere with yet another deer season back home in West Virginia. Yep, sure enough, on November 27th I was born. It didn’t take too many years for my Dad to talk me into running through the hills of West Virginia to run the deer his way during a hunt with my Uncle Kenny. I would do just about anything to hang out with my Dad, Leon Bibey, and to be out in the outdoors. It also did not seem all that long before I joined the Army and quickly became a sharpshooter with an M16. I spent the next four years concentrating on computer science and a business education degree.
When I met Curtis in college and when he asked me out on our first date, which happened to be the first day of squirrel season, needless to say he was quite impressed that I scored the first squirrel and had plenty of time waiting on him to finish the novel I was reading. All too quickly the years have grown into the amazing days we now wake to each day. I have since finished my time with the military, finished my master’s degree, promoted quickly in the ranks of education administration, and took an early retirement from a principalship in the great state of West Virginia to join Curtis and his crew on Fly Rod Chronicles.
My greatest accolades over the years center around my three greatest blessings: Curtis, Laken, and Autumn. Along the way, I helped move a school system from low performance test scores into an exemplary school recognized across the great State of West Virginia and many years of distinguished performance ever since. Motivating others to do their best and rise above any roadblocks that may be in the way is my passion. Sharing this energy with the FRC team is going to be too much fun!
Co-Host | Social Media Manager
I am a pre-med student at West Virginia University, studying exercise physiology while working part-time for Coach Bob Huggins and the men’s basketball team. My summers and breaks are spent traveling, filming and co-hosting “The Fly Rod Chronicles.” When I’m not hitting the books, you can find me getting my outdoor fix – whether that be in a stream, by the ocean or in the woods.
There is nothing like the thrill of pulling a King Salmon out of the metallic waters of Alaska, a shark out of the warm waters of Florida, or a native Brook Trout out of the rippling streams in West Virginia. As I merge into my freshman year at West Virginia University, I never lose the urge to join my family on their crazy awesome adventures across the world. I am beyond blessed and am truly at peace when I am on the water with my friends and family.
Sales | Brand Manager
Growing up with the marshy estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay right in his backyard, Kyle Schaefer, learned at an early age that fishing would be his life compass. Pursuing anything with fins, Schaefer was never picky, he learned to enjoy every valuable minute on the water as these childhood observations would serve him for years to come.
Upon graduating high school in Maryland, The University of New Hampshire beckoned Schaefer to compete on their Division 1 Tennis team and he answered the call. Recognizing that the location of the school would enable him to pursue stripers along the New England Coast and ski dozens of resorts within striking distance, this was a no-brainer. Schaefer spent summers in the Adirondack Mountains and eventually Steamboat Springs, CO honing his trout fishing skills.
Upon graduation, Schaefer hightailed it back out to Steamboat to pursue a career guiding trout fishing professionally through the summer and fall while managing multiple skis shops and sliding on the famous “Campaign Powder” in the winter. After 5 years in Steamboat, the 27 year old, returned to his New England home where he accepted a position at a well respected marketing agency in the outdoor space.
When Schaef’s not at his desk helping develop brands in the outdoor industry he can be found on his self made, wooden stand up paddle board, stalking striped bass in skinny water. Managing to get over a 130 days on the water with his busy schedule, the rest of the year is spent sitting at his vice, with hopes to create the next “deceiver”.
Producer | Videographer
I’m one of the luckiest guys in the world who is living his dream of producing a hit outdoor television show. I have a serious passion for hunting, fishing and videography. I grew up and live in the beautiful state of West Virginia, and love the places and people that are tucked away in The Mountain State. I studied Broadcast Journalism at West Virginia University and bleed Blue and Gold. I’ve worked at The Mountaineer Sports Network, ESPN and now Fly Rod Chronicles with Curtis Fleming. Nothing beats a great day streamside with Curtis and The Crew, and getting to meet all the interesting people along the way.
Field Producer | Videographer
At the age of ten I saw the movie a River Runs Through it and was captivated by fly fishing. I knew I had to learn to do that and I will never forget getting a fly rod at the local WalMart that same year and heading out to our farm pond in search of bluegills. I started out catching panfish and bass but this quickly led to me fishing for trout.
Today I have fished all over the East coast and caught numerous species using variety of flies and techniques. My favorites have always been trout and salmon with a real fetish for brown trout. At the age of seventeen I got my first job guiding fly fishing trips and that led to my later employment as the manager and guide at a fly fishing resort. I have fished the famed Elk River in WV most of my life and this has led me to become addicted to fishing micro hatches and tiny flies. I often times fish flies downs to size 32 with tippets as small as 10X.
I have been blessed to have a lot of favorite fly fishing moments but the best of the best are my 33 inch brown trout from New York and landing a 36 inch king salmon on 10X tippet. My fishing addiction has also affected my career as a taxidermist. My studio specializes in replica fish mounts and I have worked hard to become one of the best in my field. Overall, it’s hard for me to remember a time when fishing was not a huge part of my life and the doors the sport has opened for me leaves me feeling more than lucky.
Having been blessed with a childhood in the rural mountains of Eastern West Virginia my fly fishing roots run deep. My passion for the sport has carried me too far away places and friendly waters close to home. Over the years I have had the opportunity to hone my skills in the competitive fly fishing arena and continue to learn the newest techniques as part of the NC Fly Fishing Team.
For me, fly fishing has opened the door to incredible places and truly unique people, but the greatest reward has been found in my affiliations with TU and Project Healing Waters. I can think of no better tribute to the sport than to share my passion with others.
Ten years in the broadcasting business and thirteen years in the finance industry provided for a strong background in the operational and production aspects of the industry and my affiliation with Fly Rod Chronicles has allowed me to merge this experience with the sport that I love.
Rod Designer & Builder
Mark was born in Union Town, PA, and he moved in August of 1969 with his mother to Munich, Germany, where he attended a German public school. In his free time and weather permitted, he would fish and build his own bobbers, spoons, and predator rigs.
As he turned 12, his mother bought him a blank from a local store that was closing. As she gave him the blank, he responded with, “Mom, where are the guides, tip top, reel seat or handle?” She did not know, as she was told it was a fishing rod. Mark visited the local bait store, and he organized all the needed hardware for this 10′ telescopic blank, but did not have the “know how” in building the rod. In those days, there was hardly anything published in the craft of rod building, so he figured it out on his own. It was definitely not pretty, but it worked!
The handle was done in parachute cord, the butt cap made from a walking cane cap, the reel and guides were secured with electrical tape covered with household glue. It was truly the Ugly Duckling.
He took this early-days ugly stick out fishing, and then it happened! A 4-pound carp was the first fish caught on this eye sour, and from that moment, he was hooked on Rod Building. His mother found a book from 1968, where the material was outdated, but the methods were the same. To better this craft, he was building rods for members of his fishing club, and by the time he was 19, he was able to build any rod your heart desired.
Writer & Public Relations Manager
Seeing a fish come up out of the water, its silver gills catching the sunlight – and then hearing it slap against the water’s surface – is certainly a thrill. But my passion is hearing the stories of others – yes, fish stories, included – and relaying them to others. I’ve written for various West Virginia publications and currently pen features for Connect-Bridgeport.com, the Web-based news site in Curtis’s hometown. Through the years, I’ve written about our renowned hometown fly fisherman on several occasions – how he played basketball for the Bridgeport High School Indians and how some of his school teachers and our local Hinkle and Deegan Lakes inspired his lifelong passion for fly fishing. Curtis and I share the same high school alma mater and a love for the Mountain State. I believe in spending time in the great outdoors and am proud to be part of a big family who affectionately calls themselves West Virginia rednecks, spending post-church Sunday afternoons riding and target shooting. Though I most often frequent the bike trail, I also hit the mountain trout streams and area ponds and rivers with my husband Jeff and boys Jeffrey and Jacob. They can all fish rings around me. My guys may take the lead, but I always bring home a tale. I look forward to bringing you stories about Curtis’s worldwide adventures as he continues to reel in more and more fly fishing enthusiasts.
Marketing Consultant | Webmaster
Growing up in and around Central Florida, I’ve never had a lack of fishable water, or a lack of fishing friends. The best part to me is always finding new water to fish, as exploration really fuels my mind. There’s something about hidden creeks in the forests, or racing to a small run that’s sure to run dry with the out-going tide.
I used to have a huge focus in my life called YakAngling Magazine, and it absolutely brought me closer to the industry. With that and a background in marketing and social media management, I found myself networking and making good friends with Mark Steven Crouse. He is the one who ultimately introduced me to Curtis and opened this door. To say I’m humbled is an understatement. Truly excited to see what this road brings, and stoked to be a part of such a great team!