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Top 9 WNC Fly Fishing Guides

Top 9 WNC Fly Fishing Guides

Monday, 02 January 2023 13:49

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 nine guides in western North Carolina (in no particular order).


The Top Ten Fly Fishing Guides in WNC

1) Asheville Fly Fishing Company | Asheville, NC

Based in Asheville, NC, Asheville Fly Fishing Co offers professional guided fishing trips in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee for trout, smallmouth bass, and muskie.

We specialize in teaching fly fishing techniques, tactics and fish psychology.  We are professional, hard-working guides who love bringing people to the finest waters this area has to offer.”

Winners of the Recipient of Trip Advisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2020 and 2022, the guides at Asheville Fly Fishing Co value relationships and have a passion for showing people the amazing fly fishing waters in our area. 

2) Southern Appalachian Anglers | Asheville, NC

Southern Appalachian Anglers provide guided bass, trout, and musky trips for residents and visitors of western North Carolina. They are as committed to conservation as they are to providing amazing guided fishing trips. 

Southern Appalachian Anglers Guide Service is founded upon providing trips on clean rivers that do not experience excessive fishing pressure.”

SAA has three primary goals for their clients:

They want your experience on the water to be enjoyable and unforgettable.

They want you to land a once-in-a-lifetime fish.

They want to impart their knowledge of fishing to you in an effort to help you become a better angler while helping to preserve WNC.

3) Brown Trout Fly Fishing | Asheville, NC

Asheville-based Brown Trout Fly Fishing has seven experienced guides committed to providing the best fly fishing experiences. 

Brown Trout Fly Fishing LLC is The Only ORVIS Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Service in Asheville, North Carolina. We Specialize in Guiding and Teaching Fly Fishing for Trout and Smallmouth Bass in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee.”

Whether you want to enjoy a float trip or a wade trip, you can book with Brown Trout Fly Fishing. 

4) Asheville Anglers | Waynesville, NC

Located in Waynesville, NC, Asheville Anglers guides anglers of all experience levels on fly fishing trips in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

We are fortunate to have world class fishing trips for many species including trout, smallmouth bass, striped bass, and even the elusive musky. We specialize in float trips on our larger rivers to provide our customers with an enjoyable, comfortable, and high action experience on the water.”

5) Brookside Guides | Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC’s Brooksides Guides provide unforgettable experienced and professional guided trips in the stunning mountains of western North Carolina. 

Our WNC trout waters are filled with lively rainbows, browns and brook trout. Fish with our fly fishing guides from Pisgah National Forest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Whether you’re a beginner looking for guidance and instruction or an experienced angler ready for the freestone waters of Pisgah, Brookside Guides has you covered. 

6) Fish Tales | Franklin, NC

Whether you’re a serious angler or just beginning, Fish Tales can help you experience the trout-rich waters of the Great Smoky Mountains on an excursion you won’t soon forget.

Featuring float trips, walks and wades, full or half day trips, Fish Tales can show you a great time in both public and private waters.

7) River’s Edge Outfitters | Cherokee, NC

With both lake trips and wade trips available in the Great Smoky Mountains, River’s Edge Outfitters guides on over 3,000 miles of the best waters in western North Carolina. 

We guide all the streams on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, including the new Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release section of the Raven Fork in Cherokee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala River, Tuckasegee River, Little Tennessee River, Cullasaja River, Horsepasture River, Chattooga River, the South Holston and Watauga River.”

For fishing in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, you can count on River’s Edge to take you on amazing excursion.

8) Davidson River Outfitters | Pisgah Forest, NC

Davidson River Outfitters is located amidst the hundreds of thousands of protected acres in Pisgah National Forest. DRO’s goal is to help you see our state’s most precious resources while honing your craft and catching some fish. 

Our area has hundreds of miles of streams and rivers to explore, giving DRO's guides a large canvas on which to create your fishing adventure. Whether you are looking for a two-hour introduction to fly fishing for trout or a full-day float trip in the hunt for Musky, we've got the perfect guided fishing experience for you.”

9) Brookings Anglers | Cashiers, NC

Whether you’re looking for a destination or a guided tour, Brookings Anglers has cabin rentals at their own fishing facility or will show you some of the amazing waters near Cashiers. 

Brookings is a fly fishing outfitter that has become a destination for anglers to experience what WNC fly fishing is all about. Located in Cashiers, NC our fly shop and cabin rental is located in a perfect location to fish many different watersheds and offer a variety of trout fishing as well as smallmouth bass fishing”

Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing

While you can’t go wrong with any of these fly fishing guides in western North Carolina, we would love to guide you as well. Reach out to us to book your fly fishing excursion today!

Written by:

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.