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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.


  • Saturday, 18 January 2014 00:00

    How To Tie Lance Egan's Tungsten Surveyor

    Im Gordon Vanderpool owner of Turning Stone Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina. This fly is called the "surveyor". Its a fly pattern made popular in competition fly fishing, and was developed by Lance Egan, member of The USA Mens Fly Fishing Team. The original pattern was a bit different then this one. This is my variation of it. Ive used it successfully all over the USA. Its a confidence fly pattern for me and sees a lot of time on the end of my line. This is also a very easy fly pattern to learn to tie!

  • Thursday, 18 February 2021 16:32

    Most Scenic Fly Fishing in Western NC - Cullasaja River

    The new year has already proved to be challenging for many families throughout the Southeast. Parents are still juggling working from home and helping children with remote learning. We are still spending endless hours video conferencing inside our houses with little opportunity to get out and about. Add in the cold of winter, and it can feel like the walls are closing in every day. You need an escape. As spring brings warmer temperatures, you need the clean air and rolling waters of western North Carolina and the Great Smokey Mountains. 

    For some, the perfect mountain getaway is a hotel room with a view of a ridgeline. It involves shopping and exploring high-elevation cities. For others, it is an opportunity to get away from the concrete jungle and reconnect with nature. Fly Fishing in the Cullasaja River is an experienced angler’s dream trip. You will find few places as untouched and remote while still convenient to charming towns like Franklin and Highlands. Here is why we want you to choose the picturesque Cullasaja River for your next fly fishing getaway.