Matthew Lewis

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MATTHEW LEWIS grew up in rural south Alabama hunting and fishing.  He is an avid fly fisher and outdoorsman.  Matt obtained a degree in cell biology from Huntingdon College and a master’s in fisheries from Auburn University.  Matt developed an affinity for redeye bass, or “Alabama brook trout” as they called due to the fact they are found in small streams and rarely grow larger than twelve inches.  He has written several articles, and is the author of the book, Fly Fishing for Redeye Bass: An Adventure Across Southern Waters.  He founded a program in 2018 called, Redeye Bass Slam, which challenges fly fishers to catch all seven species of redeye bass in a year to help draw attention to the fish.  Matt is a Graduate Research Assistant in the Peatman Lab in the School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at Auburn University.  He is also working towards a PhD in genetics at the university where he received the Presidential Graduate Research Fellowship award.  Matt hopes to start a chapter of Native Fish Coalition in his home state of Alabama, which would be the first “warmwater” state to have one.  He can be reached at