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Gordon Vanderpool

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.


  • Monday, 01 November 2021 07:01

    Secret WNC Fly Fishing Locations - Fires Creek, NC

    What is your perfect getaway? Is it lounging in a chair by the ocean on the beach, with the sun on your back and wind in your hair? Is it visiting a country to which you have never been and inundating yourself in the culture? Is it traveling to the most exotic and isolated island you can find on the map?

    For many, the best getaway is one that reconnects them with nature. You may be one who would prefer to get as far away from the noise and stress of daily life. There is no better way to escape the city than to schedule a fly fishing excursion in western North Carolina. We have some of the best classic trout waters in the world, with some of the most experienced guides you can find anywhere.

    The only minor issue with your trout fishing getaway is that the prevalence of large, beautiful trout in western North Carolina is no secret. If you wade out into one of the more popular rivers or creeks, you may not be alone. 

  • Monday, 04 October 2021 21:58

    Mountain Heritage Trout Waters

    When people think about western North Carolina, many will immediately picture the mountains. The tallest mountains on the East Coast are located right here in the Great Smoky Mountains. Clingmans Dome, Mount Pisgah, and many other mile-high summits tower over the region. There are hundreds of thousands of acres of virtually untouched forest to explore among these hills. 

    For others, it is the allure of the waters that draw them to our area. There are ten river basins and countless creeks and streams crisscrossing southwestern North Carolina. Some people enjoy plunging down river rapids in kayaks or rafts, while others prefer to float slowly down some of the calmer areas. Still, others enjoy this region for the abundance of wild beautiful trout. 

    There is no better place to fish than western North Carolina. Despite the popularity of fly fishing in the area, the state and local municipalities have taken steps to help ensure that this will continue to be one of the best fly fishing destinations in the world. In this article, we are discussing what you need to know about the Heritage Trout Waters in our area. 

  • Wednesday, 08 September 2021 11:07

    What You Need to Know About Nymphing

    Your life and work can be hectic and filled with pressure, even when you are not navigating the challenges of a global pandemic. Everyone needs a break. You need some time off, away from the city and out in nature. We all need to reconnect with the great outdoors. 

    One of the best ways you can relax, rest, and rejuvenate is by wading out into the cold waters of western North Carolina to catch world-class trout. 

    There is something special about a fly fishing excursion in the most beautiful part of our state. One way to take your trip to the next level is by learning a new skill. The skilled guides at Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing are well-versed in the best techniques for catching trout in our area. 

    In this article, we are discussing what you need to know about European Nymphing, or Czech Nymphing

  • Monday, 03 May 2021 13:11

    Four Seasons of Fly Fishing in WNC

    There is a lot to love about western North Carolina. We have majestic mountains, thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, and some of the most remote, untouched land east of the Mississippi River. 

    There are dozens of charming small towns with their own personalities and characteristics. Our region is home to the highest concentration of waterfalls on the East Coast. In our area, we are always just a short drive or hike to some amazing natural wonder. 

    We have the perfect weather for those who find summers down east to be too hot and humid, but winters in the High Country too cold and snowy. From Asheville to Murphy, Bryson City, and Franklin, residents and tourists in the southwestern corner of North Carolina experience the very best of all four seasons. 

    We are relatively mild in winter, with cooler summers than Charlotte, NC, Greenville SC, and Atlanta, GA. Spring brings new life and an abundance of wildflowers, while autumn puts on the most brilliant display of vibrant colors.

    If all that is not enough to convince you to visit our area, our favorite part of living here is that you can go fly fishing any time of the year. In this article, we are covering the best area for fly fishing in each season.