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If you’re planning a fly fishing excursion, there’s no better place than western North Carolina. The trout-rich waters of the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains are the reason the guides at Turning Stone’s have chosen to call this area home. 

To make the most of your fishing trip, you’ll want to hire a guide to help show you the best places to fish and make sure you’re using the right equipment. Inevitably, all the guides in the area find themselves fully booked from time to time. Here is our list of the top ten guides in western North Carolina (in no particular order).



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Few places rival the tranquil beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, its blue peaks topped with an ever-present fog give this region its name. Its unique biodiversity and eye-popping color make this the most visited national park in the entire US park system.  



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Gordon began fly fishing as a teenager in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he was raised. He has snagged great catches from as far away as Nevada, California, and Belize. However, he and his wife decided to settle in western North Carolina, where they started Turning Stones. Gordon is a Certified Casting Instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers and the  Southeastern Coach of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Nine months of the year, the weather in western North Carolina and northern Georgia is perfect for getting outdoors. Temperatures are often cooler near the rivers and waterways around Batesville, Clarksville, Franklin, Cashiers and surrounding areas during the summer than in nearby cities like Atlanta and Charlotte. Yet, in spring and fall, the air feels significantly warmer than the higher elevations around Highlands and Boone. 

New residents and people visiting from out of town wonder whether winter weather makes fly fishing impossible. We are happy to report that our area is uniquely supportive of trout fishing throughout the year, even during winter.

Not only is it possible to fish here during the coldest months of the year, but you may also find it is the perfect season to chase prized trophy trout. From October through May in north Georgia is the absolute best time to hook into these beautiful giant trout.



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Gordon began fly fishing as a teenager in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he was raised. He has snagged great catches from as far away as Nevada, California, and Belize. However, he and his wife decided to settle in western North Carolina, where they started Turning Stones. Gordon is a Certified Casting Instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers and the  Southeastern Coach of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team.

Western North Carolina is a trout fishing wonderland. There are miles upon miles of pristine streams and rivers with an abundance of fish. If you’re searching for the perfect fly fishing getaway, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the Smokies. 

Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing knows these waters. The areas we fish vary from dense Rhododendron forests with small tributaries meandering about that are filled with tiny wild brook trout to large rivers that are rough and tumbling that hold enormous, wild brown trout. We also frequently fish areas that are stocked with massive fish that increase your odds of catching a monster. 

Many people ask us how to identify the difference between wild and hatchery-supported trout. In this article, we are helping you answer that question. 



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Gordon began fly fishing as a teenager in southwestern Pennsylvania, where he was raised. He has snagged great catches from as far away as Nevada, California, and Belize. However, he and his wife decided to settle in western North Carolina, where they started Turning Stones. Gordon is a Certified Casting Instructor for the Federation of Fly Fishers and the  Southeastern Coach of the USA Youth Fly Fishing Team.