About Capt. Scott Sparrow
I grew up in south Texas, and some of my earliest memories are of fishing in the Arroyo Colorado and in the Laguna Madre with my Dad and brother. My dad owned a cottage for several years on the banks of the Arroyo, and we would head east every morning toward the Intracoastal Waterway where we'd anchor the boat and fish for trout with live shrimp. As I grew older, I became intrigued by the shallow water of the LLM. No one I knew fished out there, beyond where my father's boat would go. My brother and I started wading into the east side of the LLM by driving up Padre Island and wading along the edges of the LLM. Our desire to sight cast in the foot-deep water coincided with developments in boat technology, and before long we could access places that were completely off limits to us when we were kids.
I moved away from south Texas after graduating from college, but I never stopped fishing on my home waters. While I taught myself to fly fish when I was only 12, I didn't use a fly rod on the LLM until I was in my early 20s. I didn't know anyone who had fly fished the LLM when I casted my first fly to a tailing red. I caught two that morning, and my life changed forever. I was stunned by the implications: 300 square miles of shallow, clear water.
What could be better? I began exploring the LLM with my fly rod on my trips home, and in 1999 I moved back to south Texas. We built a house and cottage on the Arroyo, not far from where my father's cottage had once stood. Planning only to guide part time, and to have a full-time psychotherapy business, I was soon catapulted into full-time guiding. We realized that the "light was shining" on the dimension of our lives, so we opened Kingfisher Inn, and began to attract fly fishers from all over the US. I wrote several articles the national fly fishing magazines, and before long we had a national reputation.
In 2007, we sold the Inn to Randy Cawlfield. I currently live inland, but have a place on the Arroyo. From there, I continue to guide for Kingfisher Inn, while devoting my off-the-water time to writing, my psychotherapy practice, and to my academic position as a professor at the University of Texas-Pan American.