Meet Our Guides


Stephen Woodcock

Stephen Woodcock of Fort Worth is an avid fly fisherman and guide. His passion for fishing began at the age of 14 when his older brother invited him on a fishing trip. Since then, Stephen has become an experienced in fly fishing and now passes on his knowledge through guided trips, casting lessons, fly tying sessions, and volunteer work.

Stephen currently works as the in-house fly fishing expert at Backwoods in Fort Worth. Each month he hosts fly tying sessions at the store and teaches fly casting classes. He is also an active member of Fort Worth Fly Fishers and he volunteers with Reel Recovery and Casting for Recovery.

Stephen guides several trips for Backwoods including Alaska Fly-Fishing, Pyramid Lake Fly-Fishing, and Colorado Fly-Fishing.


Tom Adams

Tom Adams, a native of Oklahoma City, has had a passion for the outdoors since childhood summers spent playing in the creeks and streams of Colorado and New Mexico. An avid outdoorsman, he loves hiking, climbing, camping and his latest passion of fly fishing.

Tom has been a beginner and advanced fly fishing guide clinics in Oklahoma since 1988 and hosts a monthly fly tying clinic at Backwoods in Oklahoma City.

He has fished the Middle fork of the Salmon, Madison and Big Hole rivers of Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, as well as numerous rivers in Missouri and Arkansas.

Tom has all the patience in the world whether you are a beginner or more experienced fisherman. The only thing he likes better than hooking a big one himself, is watching a first-timer bring in a great catch.


Tim Martin

Tim Martin

Tim Martin is the General Manager of Backwoods’ retail outlet and Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Pavilion, both located in Fort Worth. Tim grew up hunting and fishing in South Louisisana and South Texas, but discovered a love for hiking and backpacking while earning his bachelor’s degree from TCU.

Tim is also an American Canoe Association certified kayak and paddleboard instructor, Red Cross certified lifeguard, and received his wilderness first aid training from National Outdoor Leadership School.

Tim leads our camping and hiking trips in Big Bend National Park. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, kayaking, and fly fishing.


Captain Jeremy Chavez

Captain Jeremy Chavez

A full-time fly fishing and light tackle fishing guide from Houston, Texas, Captan Chavez eats, sleeps and breathes fish. He left his career in accounting to chase his dream of becoming a nomadic fish bum.

When not fishing you might find him: racking up the mileage on his truck en route to go fishing, sleeping on the bottom of his fiberglass canoe under the mangroves in middle of the Everglades, sitting at a computer editing fish photos/footage, writing about fishing, creating flies to toss at fish, or scouring Google Earth for places to explore.


Doug Oullette

Doug Oullette is a master guide who has over 40 years of fly fishing experience. He is nationally known for his stillwater techniques as well as his river expertise. The clinics he runs and operates are second to none!

Doug is also a contract fly tier for Umpqua Feather Merchants and is a recipient of the coveted “Cal Bird Fly Tying Cup”. When he is not on the water guiding he is fishing and scouting for the best angling opportunities.


Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

Eric has educated fishermen and women on the Arkansas, South Platte, Blue, and Big Thompson rivers in Colorado, the White River in Missouri and Arkansas, and many lakes and ponds in the South Central Kansas area. Eric also has taken people into the backcountry for fly fishing high mountain lakes and streams.

His favorite time on the river is spent with people who are new to the sport, and being there when they catch that first fish on a fly rod. He enjoys the excitement and sense of accomplishment that it brings to them, and that is why he is a Fly Fishing Guide.


Hudson Shibley

Hudson Shibley

A lifetime adventure enthusiast, Hudson found his home at Backwoods Adventures. He currently works in the Austin headquarters as the Backwoods Adventures Coordinator.

Hudson enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking at destinations across the country. Some of his favorite spots are Telluride, CO, Big Bend, New Mexico, Mount Killington in Vermont and his ranch in the Panhandle. In Austin, he likes to trek through the Greenbelt when he is not working.


Laura Friesell

Laura Friesell

Laura is from Omaha, NE. She loves to travel, and has been backpacking all over Wyoming, Colorado, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and Slovakia. Her first trip to the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming in 2002 is what ignited her passion for the outdoors.

When it comes to guiding, Laura enjoys introducing people to nature, watching them engage in new activities, helping them accomplish tasks and problem solve, taking care of people if they get hurt, and offering them a hot drink.


Peter Whittaker

Peter Whittaker

Co-owner of Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (RMI), the largest guide service in the U.S., Peter Whittaker has been a mountain guide for more than 25 years.

Born into what could rightfully be called the First Family of American mountaineering, Peter has more than held his own, outfitting and guiding more than 70 expeditions on all seven continents. In 1995, he organized Expedition Inspiration and led a group of breast-cancer survivors to the summit of Aconcagua, raising $2.3 million for breast cancer research.

Peter has hosted Trailside, an Emmy-nominated adventure TV series on public television. And he continues to lead trips all over the world.


Kevin McConnell

Kevin McConnell

As President of Backwoods and Backwoods Adventures, Kevin leads by example, living an active an adventurous lifestyle. He is an avid flyfisherman, hunter, and general lover of the outdoors. In addition to being the leader of the company, Kevin also spends a fair amount of his time leading individual trips for Backwoods Adventures.

Outside of the office, Kevin enjoys the live music scene in Austin, spending time with his family, and getting outside very chance he gets!