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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.

  • Wednesday, 07 April 2021 12:32

    Where To Purchase Fly Fishing Equipment

    Are you thinking about taking on a new hobby? If you are considering fly fishing, we should want to give you a few words of warning before you start sinking your hard-earned money into it:

    • You will need to spend a lot of time in some of the most beautiful places in the world.
    • It’s so addicting; you will not be able to put it down. You’re going to want to spend all your spare time in the water.
    • You will likely want to invest in a good camera or binoculars to get the best view of all the majestic wildlife you will see.
    • You are going to have to carve out time to share your new love of fly fishing with your friends and family. 
    • Whether you fish in catch and release waters or get to keep what you get, you are going to have a lot of stories to tell. 
    • You may need to budget for sending your favorite guides a Christmas card when they become your new best friends. 

    Speaking of budget, like any hobby or sport, there will be some initial start-up costs as you gear up. We want to help you decide where to shop for your fly fishing equipment. Should you run down to your local big-box store, scour the internet, or try your hand at a smaller fly local shop Fish Tales Outfitter  in Franklin, NC and Brookings in Cashiers, NC? Here are the pros and cons of each. 

  • Tuesday, 02 March 2021 18:32

    Fly Fishing on the Soque River in Georgia

    A year after everything changed, the world is slowly getting back to something more like normal. Many students are attending classes in-person, while parents are returning to the office at least a few times each week. Restaurants have been able to relax some of their social distancing guidelines and serve more customers, and traffic is returning to the roads. 

    After a long, difficult year, many will find they are stressed as ever. Everyone needs the opportunity to get away from the pressures of daily life and reconnect with nature. One of the best ways you can destress is with a fly fishing trip on the Soque River in north Georgia. A Soque River trip puts you in trophy trout waters that are almost guaranteed to net you some excellent fish in a beautiful, natural area. 

  • Tuesday, 02 April 2013 15:29

    Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina April 2013

    Fly Fishing on the Nantahala was really good today. Fish were rising to dries regularly along with your typical assortment of subsurface bugs. We were throwing San Juan worms, Egg patterns and pheasant tails. Wooly Buggers were working well too!

    The key to success on this day, was getting the nymphs down deep and bouncing them off the bottom. If you were not getting your flies down, the fish were not interested.

    After 2-3 hours of fishing the DH water of the Nantahala River we decided to fish some wild trout water in Western North Carolina.

    It was an entirely different story. The dry fly action was phenomenal with fish leaping completely out of the water after dry flies. What worked well here was a dry dropper rig with a size 16 quill imitation with size 16 bead head dropper. When they weren't taking the dry, they were taking the nymph.

    After about 20-30 fish within a little over an hour, the surface bite tapered off. Everything after that was subsurface, with a tight line tandem nymph rig.

    What a great day on the river... Book your trip today. 724-986-2652

    Now is the time to be fly-fishing in Western North Carolina

    Tight Lines,

    Gordon Vanderpool, Owner/Guide


    Location: Nantahala DH and Small Wild Trout Stream

  • Wednesday, 17 April 2013 15:24

    Fly Fishing Western North Carolina April 2013

    What a fun day out on the river!  The fishing on the Tuck was good.  Let me clarify that, it was unreal!!  This river is on fire right now to say the least!  The fish were taking all of the usual bugs in rapid fire!  Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, San Juans, and little olive streamers to name a few.  The best advice for anyone going to the Tuckasegee is throw a tandem nymph rig on the bottom, and hold on!!

    As far as the catch and release section on the Raven Fork go, We were throwing a size 14 May fly attractor trailed by a size 16 pheasant tail with good results!  I did see some big fish looking up,  I love it when that happens!  Best of luck to you!

    Book those trips now!  724-986-2652

    Keep those lines tight!


    Location: Tuckasegee River and The Raven Fork