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TOM ROWLAND BIOGRAPHY

Capt. Tom Rowland grew up in Chattanooga, TN where he developed a love for fishing while spending time with his father. The hours they spent together established a firm foundation for the passion that Tom now has for all types of fishing. While working in Yellowstone National Park, Tom was able to backpack every area of the vast Park and fish the wild backcountry streams. This adventure lead him to a career in guiding originating in Jackson Hole, WY. Second generation outfitter, Joe Bressler helped Tom learn the guiding business giving Tom a huge head start in achieving the level of success that accompanies him today. After 7 seasons as a drift boat guide on the greatest Western Rivers, Tom was ready to begin his saltwater career. Beginning in Key West, Tom spent a year learning the water before he ever took a paying customer.

Artist Peter Corbin was Tom’s first paying customer and they enjoyed unbelievable success from the get go. On that fateful day, Peter landed 2 Permit on fly in a half day of fishing. Finding that accomplishment difficult to top, Tom worked hard on every charter and quickly developed a reputation of being a patient, extremely hard working and enthusiastic guide. This reputation spread like wildfire and soon Tom was booked constantly. After marrying the love of his life, Tom and Cynthia delivered two wonderful boys and a perfect little girl.  Tom's free time is devotedly spent with his family...sometimes fishing.

http://www.fisicswebdesign.com/swe/images/tom-family.jpgFlyfishing has always been important to Tom and he has spent hours daily, perfecting his flycasting and teaching techniques. In Los Angeles, Tom recorded a 131 foot fly cast with a standard 5 weight fly line and 9 foot graphite fly rod. In 2000, Tom competed in the inaugural ESPN Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid, NY and won two medals, a silver in the Flycasting division and a Gold in the Overall. Since 1997, Tom Rowland’s tournament record includes more than 65 championships, divisional wins or top 5 finishes in international, national, regional and local tournaments for a wide variety of species.  These wins come from flyfishing tournaments as well as conventional tackle tournaments in fresh and saltwater against an international field.
The local tournament success lead Tom to try the national tournaments.  The Redfish Tournaments were designed for a two man team.  Tom had fished against Rich Tudor in numerous tournaments and respected his abilities.  Together they formed a great team and a great friendship.  Success followed and they gathered sponsors as quickly as they gathered tournament wins.  The tournaments were a stepping stone to the television success they now have.

If his name or face is familiar, it may be because he has demonstrated at fishing shows around the country, published articles and photography in books and magazines and filmed more than 30 nationally televised fishing shows before creating Saltwater Experience.

Saltwater Experience is the culmination of Tom Rowland’s fishing goals by allowing others to see what captivates Tom to obsession.


TELEVISION APPEARANCES
Saltwater Experience:
Versus.  Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor host the #1 saltwater fishing show in the world.
Saltwater Game:
ESPN2.  Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor host this popular series that educates anglers each week.
Tech Bites:
ESPN2.  Tom Rowland and Shaw Grigsby star in this educational show about how electronics help your fishing.
Location X:
Versus Network
Tom Rowland is a guest angler in a remote, secret location that holds big fish waiting for the fly.
Chasing Silver:
Versus network.  Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor fish together on this epic movie about flyfishing for Tarpon.  Tom fished with his customer, Fitz Coker in the film as well.
ESPN MadFin Shark Series:
1st year.  Tom Rowland and Carter Andrews participate in the first ever, MadFin Shark Series on ESPN2.  This program was repeated over 100 times.  Andrews/Rowland finished 4th in the event.
OLN Americana Outdoors: 
Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor are interviewed by David West following their win of the IFA Professional Redfish Tour in Key Largo
Quantum DVD Project:
Tom Rowland is featured promoting Quantum's line of Cabo rods and reels specifically designed for Saltwater.  Also on the DVD are Kevin Van Dam, Shaw Grigsby, Gary Klien, Steve Shook and Rich Tudor.
One More Cast:
Tom Rowland films another episode with Shaw Grigsby.  Tarpon are caught on Strike King Jerkbaits!
Bill Dance Outdoors
Bill Dance interviews Tom Rowland and Bob Bagby about the Cabo line of Quantum Saltwater products.
ESPN GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES 2001
Network and Air Date: ESPN, July 26-Aug 4, 2001
Capt. Tom Rowland defends his title against the best anglers in the World.
The Reel Guys:
Network and Air Date:ESPN scheduled to film March 18, 19, 2001
Capt. Tom Rowland takes Ken Ford and Tommy Nelms to a secret ranch in Texas. Flyfishing for true trophy Bluegill and Largemouth Bass. 30 minutes.
Flyfishing America:
Network and Air Date:ESPN scheduled to film March 2,3,4, 2001
Capt. Tom Rowland guides Chad Foster to 5 tarpon on fly. Footage includes a tarpon jumping over and through the boat! 30 minutes
Flyfishing America:
Network and Air Date:ESPN scheduled to film March 2,3,4, 2001
Capt. Tom Rowland guides Chad Foster to 5 tarpon on fly. Footage includes a tarpon jumping over and through the boat! 30 minutes
DESTINATION OUTDOORS:
Network and Air Date: ESPN2, April 14, 2001
Capt. Tom Rowland is featured guiding the host of Flyfishing America, Chad Foster for Tarpon. The show highlights Rowland?s win in the 2000 Great Outdoor Games and gives instruction on tarpon fishing. Foster lands a 130-pound tarpon on fly. 30 minutes
ESPN GREAT OUTDOOR GAMES 2000:
Network and Air Date: ESPN, July 27-August 4, 2000
Florida Captain, Tom Rowland wins the “One Fish” tournament and overall title. Rowland also places second in the Fly Casting competition.
In Search Of Flywater:
Tom Rowland guides Jim Costolnik and Debbie Chapman for Baby Tarpon on fly. 30 minutes
ESPN Great Outdoor Games Gold:
Highlights of the 2000 ESPN Great outdoor Games Gold Medal Winners. 30 minutes
RV Today:
Network and Air Date: TNN
Tom Rowland guides the host of RV Today to a Permit on light spinning tackle. 30 minutes
One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby:
Network and Air Date: TNN Outdoors.
Barracuda fishing on the flats of Key West, FL. 30 minutes
One More Cast with Shaw Grigsby
Network and Air Date:TNN Outdoors.
Barracuda fishing on the flats of Key West, FL with Hemingway history. 30 minutes


TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
Tom Rowland has guided to or personally won more than 65 championships, divisional wins or top 5 finishes since 1997.
2006 Inagural ESPN Madfin
4th place with Carter Andrews (Team Crooked Island)
2006 KeyMorada Fly/Spin Tournament
Guide To Grand Champion
Guide To Runner Up Grand Champion
Guide to High Point angler Day 2
Guide to 2006 IGFA Jr World Champion - Smallfry Boys division
Key West, FL 2006
2006 IGFA World Championships
Guide to 2nd place Stringer Award
High Point angler day 1 - Jr Girls
Key West, FL
2004 IFA Key Largo Professional Redfish Tour, Tom Rowland and Rich Tudor win the overall title and a new Ranger boat
2004 Key West Fishing Tournament, Tom Rowland won these prestigious titles in 2004:
Guide Achievement Most Winners, Flats Division
Guide Achievement Most Releases Flats Division
Runner up Guide Achievement Overall Flats Division
Runner Up Guide Achievement Overall General Division
Guide to Pee Wee Master Angler
Guide to Spin Division Champion
Guide to Fly Division Champion
Guide to Most Permit Releases
2004 Seamaster Superfly, Key West, FL
Guide to Runner up
2004 Key West Flats SLAM
Tom Rowland and sons Turner(6), and Hayden(4), win most permit releases and runner up.
2004 Swamp Guides Ball, Islamorada, FL
Runner Up Team
2004 Guides and Girls Backcountry Challenge, Key West, FL Guide to Grand Champion
2003 8th place, Redfish Tour National Championship, Venice, LA
2003 Winner of the following in the Key West and Lower Keys Fishing Tournament:
Guide Achievement Most Winners (Flats),
Guide to 12 pound Division Champion,
Guide to Fly Division Champion
Guide to Pee Wee Division Runner Up
2003 KWFT Flats Slam
Team Grand Champions,
2003 Mercury/ Ranger Redfish Tour
11th Place Key Largo
2003 Herman Lucerne Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Grand Champions
2003 Mercury/Ranger Redfish Tour Titusville, FL
Runner up,
2002 Winner of the following in the Key West and Lower Keys Fishing Tournament:
Guide Achievement Overall (Flats),
Guide Achievement Most Releases (Flats)
Guide Achievement Most Winners (Flats)
Guide to 12 pound Division Champion
Guide to Fly Division Champion
2002 Redbone Series
Guide to Runner Up Grand Champion
2002 Redbone, Islamorada
Guide to 3rd Place Grand Champion Angler
2002 Baybone, Key Largo
Guide to Runner Up Grand Champion Angler
2002 Maverick Owners Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Overall Grand Champion Angler
2002 Maverick Owners Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Junior Division Champion
2002 Redbone SLAM Tournament, Key West
Guide to 4th place Overall Angler
2002 Del Brown Invitational Permit Fly Tournament, Key West Guide to largest permit
2002 Del Brown Ivitational Permit Fly Tournament
Guide to 4th place finisher
2001 Redbone, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Women's Grand Champion Angler
2001 Redbone, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Runner-Up Team Anglers
2001 Redbone Baybone Tournament, Key Largo
Guide to 1st Runner-Up Grand Champion Angler, FL
2001 SLAM Tournament, Key West, FL
Guide to Spin/Plug Division Grand Champion
2001 SLAM Tournament, Key West, FL
Guide to Most Permit
2001 SLAM Tournament, Key West, FL
Guide to 4th place overall
2001 Little Palm Island Grand Slam Tournament   Guide to Spin/Plug Division Champion
2001 Little Palm Island Grand Slam Tournament
Guide to 2nd Runner Up
2001 Del Brown Invitational Permit on Fly Tournament
Guide to First Runner-Up Angler 
2001 Del Brown Invitational Permit Tournament, Key West  Guide to Largest Permit
2000 ESPN Great Outdoor Games
Gold and Silver Medallist in the in the Flyfishing and Flycasting portions of the event
2000 Guide to Seamaster Superfly Series
Grand Champion
2000 Seamaster Superfly, Redbone Tournament, Islamorada   Guide to 1st Runner-up,
2000 Redbone Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Pro-Celebrity 1st Runner-up
2000 L&W Supply Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Guide to 2nd Runner-up Grand Champion Angler
2000 L&W Supply Tournament, Islamorada, FL
Guide to Most Permit
2000 Baybone Tournament, Key Largo, FL
Guide to Pro-Celebrity Grand Champion
2000 S.L.A.M. Tournament, Key West, FL
Guide to 2nd Runner-up Grand Champion Angler
2000 Guide to S.L.A.M. Superfly Grand Champion Angler
making history by being the first to catch a permit, tarpon and bonefish on fly in the history of competitive flyfishing.
2000 Little Palm Island S.L.A.M. Tournament
Guide to Runner-up angler
2000 Little Palm Island S.L.A.M. Tournament
Guide to Spin-Plug Division Champion
2000 S.L.A.M. Tournament
Guide to Pro-Celebrity Grand Champion
1999 Saltwater Angler Slam Jam Tournament, Key West, FL 
Runner-up team anglers
1999 Saltwater Angler Slam Jam Tournament, Key West, FL   Largest Tarpon
1999 S. L. A. M. Tournament, Key West, FL
Guide to Runner-up Team Anglers
1998 S.L.A.M. Superfly
Guide to Runner-up Grand Champion, Key West, FL
1998 Mercury Outboards S.L.A.M. Key West, FL 
Guide to Runner-up  Fly Division Grand Champion
1997 S.L.A.M. Seamaster Superfly Tournament Key West, FL
Guide to Grand Champion
1997 Mercury Outboards S.L.A.M Tournament Key West, FL
Guide to Celebrity Grand Champions