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6 Reasons Why To Hire a Fly Fishing Guide

6 Reasons Why To Hire a Fly Fishing Guide

Monday, 02 October 2023 08:53

As we look forward to another fall, you may be looking at trips to western North Carolina to experience autumn in the mountains. You’re not alone. Millions of people visit our area each year to see the majesty of the changing leaves. Is it possible to connect with nature when so many others are doing the same thing in the same places you want to go?

There’s nothing that immerses you in the great outdoors quite like fly fishing. You can avoid the crowds while physically standing in the midst of all that makes western North Carolina special. 

Our area is home to some of the best trout waters in the South, but you still don’t want to just drive to the mountains and wade into the water, right? That’s not the way to make the most of your fly fishing excursion. Here are six reasons to hire a guide for a trout fishing adventure in North Carolina

Six Reasons to Hire a Guide When You Go Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina

You want to hire a fly fishing guide if you:

1) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You’re New to the Sport

One of the most obvious reasons you should consider hiring a guide is if you’re new to fly fishing. If you’ve never fished before, haven’t fly fished in some time, or just recently became an angler, hiring a fly fishing guide can help ensure you learn everything you need to know. 

Even if you have never cast a fly in your life, with the right guide, you can start having a great time in nature as soon as you start your fly fishing getaway. 

2) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You Want To Advance Your Skills

Are fly fishing guides just for beginners? Absolutely not! 

The guides at Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing have decades of experience fishing for and catching trout in the waters of western North Carolina. We spent countless hours on these waters helping others make the most of their fly fishing excursions. 

Do you want to level up your trout fishing game? Hiring a guide can help you get better over the course of a weekend or a single session.

3) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You Value Your Time

Do you value your time? Of course you do! 

Your time off is precious and sacred. You need to make the most of every minute of your getaway. However, that time is ticking and can quickly get away from you. Your fly fishing guide can help you maximize your experience by:

  • Providing or tying flies for you
  • Making sure you have the right flies for the conditions 
  • Taking you to the right spots 
  • Providing tips and advice 
  • Getting you on the water quickly

4) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You Want a Safe Experience

Fly fishing is not an inherently dangerous experience; however, anytime you venture out into the woods and water, there is some risk involved. That risk is much greater if you are going out on your own. Safety is always of the utmost importance to our guides. We know where to go and what to avoid while you’re on your fly fishing getaway. 

5) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You Want Access to the Best Fishing Spots

One of the primary reasons to hire a fly fishing guide is that we often have access to some of the best private fly fishing spots. There are numerous trout creeks and rivers throughout western North Carolina, but many of them are only accessible via private property. 

You can’t just go traipsing through someone’s backyard in your waders. That’s where we can help get you to the absolute best fly fishing spots. 

6) Hire a Fly Fishing Guide if You Like To Catch Fish

Catching fish is just one of the reasons to take a fly fishing excursion. However, it’s a big reason, right? If you like catching an abundance of trout, you want to hire the right guides. 

Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing - The Right Fly Fishing Guides for North Carolina

Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing was started in 2007 by Gordon Vanderpool. It was Gordon’s goal to help others with the sport that he loved so much. We are a full-service, independent fly fishing guide operation in the town of Franklin, in western North Carolina. 

Our guides have been fishing the trout-rich waters of western North Carolina for decades. We have guided trips all over the world, but choose to call this area home. 

If you’re ready to take a guided trip with our team, reach out to Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing today!

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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.