The Owner of The Fish Hawk, Gary Merriman began fishing at an early age and expanded his passion from hobby to business in 1974 when he opened The Fish Hawk. Gary has pursued his fishing dream to all corners of the globe; his crowning achievement being in Kona, Hawaii when he landed the largest Blue Marlin caught by a single angler (1,649 lbs). Gary also won the Mercury Bonefishing World Championship in 2002. His knowledge of saltwater and freshwater angling is unparalleled. From tarpon to trout, Gary knows where to go, what to use, and how to make it all come together.
Bob Merriman has been with The Fish Hawk for over 20 years. Bobby, like his brother, has an extensive knowledge of both fresh and saltwater angling. His true passion is bonefish, especially in the Bahamas. In addition to chasing the elusive silver ghost, Bobby enjoys all types of angling-both conventional and with fly. Bobby’s friendly nature and boundless knowledge lends him to be a favorite among many loyal Fish Hawk customers.
Henry Williamson runs our Sage fly fishing school, a position he has held for nearly twenty years. In addition to the school, Henry is one of the first true modern fishing guides in the southeast. Henry is not only acknowledged as being a master fly-fisherman, but also as an unparalleled instructor and one of the south’s premier wildlife specialists. He has also been featured in several magazines and books, which includes “WATERMARK”. Henry’s affable nature and infectious personality are as much a signature of his contribution to the outdoor community as his ability as an instructor and fishing guide. Any time you spend with Henry is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Rob Smith (a.k.a.The Mustache)
Rob is the newest addition to the shop. An avid outdoorsman since a child, he is well versed in all aspects of angling, from spin fishing for crappie to fly fishing for large trout on local rivers to Alaska. If he’s not in the shop, you can bet he’s somewhere on the water or in the woods.
Ronnie “The Guide” Hall
Ronnie Hall is back at The Fish Hawk after a stint in the outdoor entertainment industry (The Huntley Way). He is The Fish Hawk’s foremost advisor for our FH Destinations Travel Agency. If there is anywhere in the world that you are interested in traveling to for fishing or any other interest, please come in or call Ronnie. He has a very deep knowledge in fishing the US and other parts of the globe. Fishing has been one of his passions right up with Deer, Turkey and Duck hunting. If you need to talk to a professional outdoorsman, he is your man!
Brian Stout is our resident rod repair man and rod building expert, Brian is a true craftsman. In addition to turning graphite blanks into works of art, Brian also guides on many of our local waters, bringing with him years of knowledge and a true desire to put his clients on fish. Brian has fished since an early age, traveling the United States in search of both fresh and saltwater angling challenges.
When Paul Puckett is not at the shop, he is busy fishing, playing music, or painting his Catch and Release paintings. Paul’s artwork has been featured in numerous fly shops, auctions, and benefits across the country. Before moving to Atlanta, Paul was a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a number of years. An avid fly fisherman, Paul has fished all over the western U.S., the southeast, and the White River system in Arkansas. You can check out some of Paul’s work at or stop by the shop and see him in person.
Nam Bui is the tech guy.