The last two days have been great on learning more on  European Nymphing techniques with Gordon Vanderpool, of Turning Stones Fly Fishing, LLC.   Gordon is an incredible instructor, my right arm and wrist are worn out from fighting fish. I was taking notes on and off the water, carried in my ziplock bag. He assisted in identifying my weak areas and provided a simple road map for corrections in the… future.  I learned to fish so much water that I have always walked through or skipped completely in my past.  Pictures will be posted in the next couple of days.  If you want to learn how to improve your fishing skills from water reading, fly selection, to hook sets, to fighting fish and netting them, Gordon will lead the way.  His ability to teach, coach and assist me visually has been phenomenal.  I will be fishing more in the future with him
Carolyn Emery, Atlanta Georgia

“This was an amazing trip! You can’t ask for a better guide. Gordon is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. I definitely tested Gordon with some of the tangles I got into. I have never learned so much in one day nor have I caught so many fish in one day than I did with Gordon. There are a lot of good knowledgeable guides out there but when you find a guide who is extremely knowledgeable and can teach it to you, and you still feel like you are out there fishing with one of your ol’ fishing buddies…that’s a great guide. And that is Gordon. I am already making plans for another trip. If anyone out there is looking for great fishing trip, this is it!”

Chris Beckman, South Carolina

“I have been on a few guided fly fishing trips in the past but none more enjoyable than our day on the Nantahala River with Gordon. With his knowledge and patience we landed over 25 beautiful Trout each. We had such a great day and learned so much that we are already planning our next trip with Gordon for later this year.”

Steve Stratman, Seneca, SC

“My friend and I booked a trout fishing trip through the Highland Hiker Outfitters in Highlands , N.C. They hooked us up with a guide named Gordon Vanderpool. He met us at the time and place scheduled and drove us to the river, furnished all equipment and included lunch. The river looked like chocolate milk from the rain the night before and our hopes of catching trout were dashed. Gordon not only saved the day with his expertise but enabled us to catch some “Monster” trout. He knows his “bugs”, can read the water like a book and turned a fishing trip into an exiting and educational experience we will remember for years. Gordon has the patience of Job, is an excellent teacher, and possesses an extraordinary personality and sense of humor to match. We felt like we had known him for years. If you are looking for a “ Montana ” class fishing adventure in your own backyard, I highly recommend Highlands , N.C. and Gordon Vanderpool, a “Five Star Guide” and a new friend. P.S.: We will be back!”

Jim Chapman, Birmingham Alabama

“Jim and I greatly enjoyed the trout fishing trip, the beautiful mountains,streams and your professionalism. I have engaged other fishing guides but you by far were the best; you are very professional, great personality, you knew the streams and the holes where the trout would be; you demonstrated your knowledge of the flies, the hatches and what would attract the trout under the water as well. Your instructions were professional and I did learn from your instructions; you showed an interest in improving my amateur fishing techniques. Safety was a core value of your guide services which was important to me. I will always remember the large number of the “catch and release” trout I caught and especially the excitement of playing the large ones. I will be contacting you soon for another fantastic guided trout fishing trip.”

Larry Edwards, Birmingham Alabama

“This was one of the most meorable fishing trips I have ever been on. Gordon was a great guide and really knew his stuff. He always seemed to have the right fly and the right advice for every situation. I look foward to fishing with him again in the future.”

Matt Ledford, Franklin NC


“I would have to say that my trip to the Great Smoky Mountains was by far the greatest fishing trip I have ever been on. Gordon you were excellent in showing us every aspect of the wonderful sport of fly fishing. From very patiently teaching us how to cast, to showing us how to actually catch some fish. That’s an understatement, “WE KILLED ‘EM.” Thanks for everything. You got me hooked. I can’t wait untill we can come back. Wish I could have got that big brown in, oh well he’ll be there next time.
Luv Ya!!!”
Shawn, John, Brent & Smoke, Waynesburg, PA



My wife and I contacted Gordon and we are so glad we did. We really needed to get some fundamentals back and he is very patience and a great teacher. He guaranteed to put us on fish and BAM, they were there. A really nice Brown was caught along with many others and some rainbow. Thanks so much Gordon for the wonderful day.
Doug and Roxanne Martin

April 6, 2014, Doug and Roxanne Martin, Birmingham Alabama