Guides & Lessons

All guides work independently of Escatawba Farms.  We ask that the angler book directly with the guide of their choice.  The best procedure, is to contact the guide and  pull up the Escatawba site while discussing the timing of the visit.  The angler can then book both Escatawba and the guide service in a seamless fashion.  

They are also great ideas to consider if you’re planning a corporate or group outing as everyone in your party may not be at the same skill level.

Otters Guide Service is in the business of making memories in the outdoors.  We guide families looking for a fun day, buddies out to fish hard, work groups looking for a better experience than golf, and anyone who is interested in having fun in the outdoors.

Jacob Ott is the owner and head guide for Otters Guide Service, he has been guiding full time since 2001.  Jacob is a FFI certified casting instructor, a Sage Elite Pro, and Otters Guide Service proudly uses Sage Fly Rods, Redington waders, Rio lines and tippet.

To book Jacob as your guide, call him at 304.667.8337, email at, Facebook at, Instagram at or through his webpage at


Demian Wiles of First Light Outfitters is happy to serve as your guide during your visit.  A native of Monroe County, West Virginia, Demian has been fishing since he was twelve and guiding other anglers since 1994. As if it weren’t enough to be an expert fisherman, Demian is also a great cook. Tired of dry bologna sandwiches on fishing trips, he learned to cook and now offers amazing gourmet lunches. A special treat of a day out with Demian is one of his five seasonal menus featuring such entrées as seared scallops with red onion marmalade or braised pork loin with sweet potato succotash. So, whether he’s offering expert angling advice out of his 26 years of experience or memorable and delicious lunch breaks, we’re proud to offer the services of such a great guide. Demian, too, enjoys his time teaching at Escatawba Farms and notes that “you learn faster here, because you catch great fish.”

Call Demian at 304.661.4991 or via Email

Or visit his website at









Wesley Hodges is a native Texan who migrated to Virginia. He spent most of his young adult life serving in the 82nd Airborne Division as a Recon Paratrooper and as a Sniper. He deployed to Iraq three times and in the spring of 2010 he packed his parachute for the last time and headed to Virginia where he attended Virginia Tech. His studies focused on International Relations with a double major in Spanish. Also, while attending Va Tech, Wesley found himself consumed by fly-fishing on the New River for world class smallmouth bass. Upon completion of his studies he migrated to Quito, Ecuador for a cultural immersion semester. In Ecuador, Wesley found a deeper sense of life and started to formulate his next move: Wesley Hodges Fly Fishing and Bird Hunting. Wesley, and his guide team, guide throughout Virginias premiere watersheds for smallmouth bass but always return to Escatawba Farms to recharge their batteries and enjoy the peace and tranquility offered here. To book Wesley Hodges or one of his guides please contact him at: or at or via cell at (910) 578-5424 








Mike Rennie is the Lead Guide at Matt Miles Fly Fishing. A native of Charlottesville, he grew up fly fishing in Central Virginia and has spent time in Brazil, Belize, and Northern Michigan chasing fish. Mike has a long standing relationship with Orvis Endorsed Guide Matt Miles and learned how to guide under him. Mike’s passions are guiding, teaching, and being on the water. When he is off the water, he spends time tying flies for his local waters and taking photos. To book Mike as your guide, email him at:







Matt Miles grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia and started fly fishing in 1993. In 1996, after graduating from high school, he moved to Colorado to live out his dream of becoming a fly fishing guide.  In 2003 Matt decided to move back to Lynchburg to guide his home waters. Matt’s passion is guiding, teaching, and being on the water. Matt has over 20 years of experience guiding beginners to advanced anglers. To book Matt as your guide, contact him at:








The Albemarle Angler is a full-service fly shop and outdoor outfitter in Charlottesville, VA. They are a local business and carry the finest fly fishing and outdoor brands in the world. 

434.977.6882 or Email