Meet Your Guide

My name is Eric Sumpter. I am the owner and operator of TROUTCASTS.

About Me

I was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado where I fell in love with trout fishing at the early age of 5 years old. Growing up my dad took me all over the mountains of Colorado where I learned to fish and began perfecting the art of fly fishing. When I turned 16 I bought a Jeep and began exploring even more of the amazing Colorado landscape, always searching for hidden gems in the form of small mountain lakes, streams and rivers that could potentially hold an untapped bounty of different trout species that had rarely seen a fisherman. Growing up my Father always talked about Alaska, as he lived in Alaska and flew bush planes in the early 80’s. I always felt the tug of Alaska, even from a very young age. I could never get Alaska, the stories, and the possibility of huge trout waiting for me.
I graduated High School in 2006, and decided to serve my country and continue my education. I joined the Army ROTC program and enrolled at Colorado State University. While completing some training at Fort Lewis, WA during the summer on 2010, I was given the opportunity to go to Alaska for 30 days for some more training. I gladly accepted. It was one of the best experiences I could have hoped for. I knew Alaska was where I wanted to be.
I returned home and completed my degree and received my commission into the United States Army as an Infantry Officer in May of 2011. I requested Alaska as my first duty station. So I spent a year at Fort Benning, GA training, missing the feel of a fly rod in my hand and the constant yearning to move to Alaska. I finally arrived at Fort Richardson in Anchorage Alaska in August 2012. I wasted no time and immediately began fishing and learning the fisheries. After 3 years of countless days on the water learning the techniques, equipment and the fisheries, I have truly come into my own as a trout fisherman in Alaska. I began taking friends fishing on the Kenai River, realizing how rewarding it was to take someone who by morning did not even know which side of the rod to hold, and by the afternoon they were catching large Kenai Rainbow Trout. I found this experience so rewarding, teaching friends the sport I have come to love, and spent so much time perfecting.
In 2015 as my time in the Army came to a close, I realized I could not leave the fish that I have not yet caught. I decided to leave the Active duty force, join the National Guard, and seek civilian employment so I could remain in Alaska and pursue my true passion as a trout guide in Alaska. Teaching people how to fly fish, and watching them catch their first trout ever, or their first Alaskan Rainbow, or even there 100th fish, was so rewarding and so much fun, I decided to start my own Guide Service. Focusing on Rainbow Trout on the Kenai River, I found a true passion of mine in helping others catch the fish of their lifetime during the trip of their lifetime.
I am a fluent fly fisherman, with experience in fly fishing, Spey casting and Centerpinning. I have come to know the Kenai very well, and know where the fish are and their habits. I absolutely love teaching others about the sport that means so much to me, and I would love to show you the river and the fish that are so dear to my heart.