Ben Woodard grew up in Waco, Texas. He spent his younger years there chasing bass on the small rivers surrounding. His father, and avid fly fisher inspired him to learn, and since the age of 12 it has consumed him. Moving to Arkansas for college he found himself in among the rivers and pines of the hundreds of miles of clear flowing trout and smallmouth streams. Fast forward to today, Ben is the Owner of WRC, Southern Fly Outfitters, and a fly shop manager in Hot Springs. He spends his free time tying flies, shaking hands on the river, and teaching fly fishing classes to the Central Arkansas area
Robert Hopkins has been fishing for as long as he can remember. His started by dodging alligators for perch as a kid in Georgia, catching pond fish in the Netherlands, and now catching monster trout in Missouri. Growing up as an Air Force brat, and later becoming an Army veteran, Robert has had opportunities to fish all over the U.S. and parts of Europe. He is now older, wiser, and about to complete school to become a pharmacist. Robert spends most of his time now as the marketing director for Woodard Rod Co, fly fishing Missouri rivers and streams, going to school, and spending time with his wife and two children.
You can usually find Robert on many of the rivers in Missouri. Taneycomo, Bennett Spring, and Roaring River are his go to trout locations. Robert is always willing to take anyone willing to learn out fishing and has a special place in his heart for spending time fishing with his kids. Robert’s biggest influence fishing has always been his dad, Gary. Gary taught Robert how to fish and is still schooling him on the rivers chasing trout, at least attempting to.
Here at Woodard Rod Company we are dedicated to providing the best fly fishing rod- period. We focus on homegrown values, affordable prices, and most importantly you the angler.