BD: Where do you live?
Heidi Nute: Islamorada, Florida Keys
BD: What is you occupation?
Heidi Nute: Volunteer
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Heidi Nute: I fished with my father when I was a little girl with a snoopy pole. Over the years my fishing has evolved. I am a goal-oriented person and continue to look for the next challenge. I went from spin fishing in freshwater to offshore saltwater, backcountry spin, freshwater fly and then to saltwater fly, which is my favorite.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Heidi Nute: 10 years ago I started trout fishing near my house in the Catskill Mountains. I love hiking the feeder streams and using a 2 weight to catch small brookies on dry flies. 8 years ago I went to the Florida Keys Outfitters fly-fishing school to learn how to saltwater fly-fish.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Heidi Nute: I have been blessed to fish in some beautiful places. Brazil, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Patagonia, Fiji, Hawaii, Bermuda, Ecuador and Necker Island, BVI to name a few. But what is most rewarding about the places fishing has taken me are the lasting friendships I have made along the way.
BD: What is your favorite fish to chase?
Heidi Nute: Hands down tarpon during their annual migration in the Florida Keys. I love site casting in shallow water, enticing them to eat small flies, seeing them jump and being pushed to my physical and mental limits to land these beasts; it’s pure adrenaline. I love having to anticipate what they are going to do and the quick reactions necessary to subdue them.
BD: What are some of your future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Heidi Nute: I am fishing in the Loop Golden Fly Tarpon Tournament this year. I am the only woman against 29 teams of men. This is a huge challenge and will test my fighting skills because it is a release/weight tournament and I will have to pull on fish that weigh as much as I do and beat men that are twice as strong.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Heidi Nute: I love the heart pumping intensity of tournament fishing. This year I am the chairwoman for the Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament held in Islamorada June 9-11, 2015. The tournament will be filmed for http://www.silverkingstv.com
Silver Kings TV and we have some elite lady anglers coming from all over (as far as Tokyo) to test their skills and see who can claim a spot on the trophy! But it is also as much about the camaraderie of women who are passionate about this sport.
BD: What are some of your proudest moments in fishing?
Heidi Nute: In February 2014 I was awarded the IGFA 16-pound ladies tarpon fly world record. At 152.8-pounds it was the largest documented tarpon ever caught by a lady on regulation fly tackle. I have also won the Ladies Tarpon Fly and Ladies Fall Fly multiple times.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray?
Heidi Nute: I have been very fortunate to have fished and learned from the very best guides. Fishing can be unpredictable and the stars have to come together to break world records and win tournaments. I’d like to think my angling skills have played a part, but the truth is I couldn’t have gotten there without the guides that have made my dreams come true.