Casey Smartt was born and raised in Austin, TX. He started tying flies at the age of 12 and got his first fly rod a year later. Casey spent his youth chasing fish on the Hill Country streams and Highland Lakes around Austin, and eventually graduated to saltwater fly fishing on the Texas Coast. Casey holds a B.S. in Aquatic Biology from Southwest Texas State University and has had careers as a hunting/fishing guide and an environmental compliance specialist for the steel/construction industry. Casey owns and operates Texana Compost LLC, a company specializing in large-scale composting for agriculture. He was the Fly Fishing Editor for Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine from 2002-2012, and also owns Gartooth Outdoors, a company dedicated to fly fishing and the outdoor experience. Casey lives in New Braunfels, TX with his wife Pam and two sons Rhodes and Foster. When he is not working or spending time with his family, Casey splits his time between the deep clear waters of Canyon Lake and the shallow flats of Aransas Pass.