BRANNON SANTOS: Brannon (not BranDon) Santos gained instant respect in our crew of anglers when he broke into the guide scene six years ago, picking up skills quicker than his old ballboy Mark Sanchez did with the Jets. Whether it’s casting, guiding, rowing, or his new passion for photo/videography, Brantos pays close attention to detail. He typically ends up doing things better than the folks who taught him. And with absolutely no lame-ass ego, either. His ancestors’ mysterious origins are a constant topic around the guide shack and lead to his many monikers, none of which Brannon seems to like. Among his many alias’: Brantos. Brantelones Sanchez, Brantanamo Bay, and the new favorite, Branchez. His unique fly designs seem to be consistent with his mystifying genesis, conjuring up Portuguese, Hawaiian, Italian, and Latin American influences. Check out his insane concoctions, which incidentally, I’d rather the masses not get a hold of.
—Dax Messett - Elitist angler and fellow guide