Sammy PughOwner and Operator


     Sammy grew up on the New River and has fished these waters for nearly 20 years.  When he’s not guiding folks down the New River, he’s fishing it.  Fishing and the outdoors have always been Sammy’s passion; so much so that he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from West Virginia University.

Troy StifflerOwner and Operator


     When I’m not guiding, I’m fishing and I will always go the extra mile to make your trip a great memory regardless of weather or fishing conditions. In my knowledge of fishing the New River, I understand that it is crucial to stay in tune with fishing patterns in order to provide my customers with the very best opportunity to have an exceptional fishing experience. I myself have taken many guided trips at various places across the U.S. and it becomes clear very quickly if the guide is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about showing you the best that the area has to offer. Expertise and a rewarding fishing experience is exactly what New River Trophy Outfitters has to offer you.

    Matt- Grew up fishing the New River and has been floating it for 30 years.  Matt strives to use his passion for smallmouth fishing to make your trip a memorable one. 

    When he isn’t guiding he is fishing, or headed to the woods with his hounds for some hunting.  Matt also spends time in the fall guiding alligator hunts in South Carolina.  He will go the extra mile to put you on the fish and his trips consistently land some of our biggest fish!


     Charlie - Born in Beckley in the '60s and grew up fishing these local creeks for trout as a kid.  Starting fishing the river when I was introduced to the black and white Rapala and discovered smallmouth bass.  I've been hooked ever since!

     I started my guiding career in 1997 and still have repeat customers from that first year.  The New River has changed over the years along with the types of fish we catch today.  Early in my trips, smallmouth and rock bass were always your dominant fish, with an occasional Kentucky spot as a catch.  Today we catch those right along with walleye and musky of all sizes.