Rick Ruoff has been a fly fishing guide in the Florida Keys since 1970. He was the 19th skiff guide in Islamorada. He was among the early pioneers who refined the art of saltwater fly fishing. He wasn’t (and still isn’t) comfortable with chasing world records or tournament wins. He is overwhelmed with competition, and those who have fished with him know he doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone… Rick is one of the greats of our sport! As a marine biologist that has pushed his skiff 16 feet at a time for 50-plus years, it’s safe to say this guy has seen a thing or two.
Many also know that Rick flocks to Montana when the summer heat in Florida becomes unbearable. He is an avid trout fisherman and upland bird hunter who can be found sleeping on the river bank or picking vegetables in his garden to accompany the Hungarian Partridge for supper. Rick is an old-school traditionalist – a true classic gentleman in all aspects.