After the spawn, our brown trout start hunting aggressively for larger protein meals like bait fish or an afternoon bluewing hatch to pack on lost weight from the strains of spawning. This happens on every creek and every river that holds these fish but on the Lower Ends of our nearby tailwaters, we have seen fly fishing opportunities as awesome as any I've seen anywhere in the world.
We've been fishing this section for years now and have noticed a consistent number of larger fish, mostly browns but also your occasional rocket ship rainbow trout, as well as the rare striped bass or schooled up hybrid bass cruising up the river for a day trip. This can make for a very challenging but exciting and highly rewarding type of fly fishing. This being said, a higher level of casting is required to experience the true capability of this fishery.
Outside of the "prime time" January through March, I say that loosely because these fish can be aggressive and will be well throughout the spawn in October and have continued to be aggressive through the "shad hatch" in April and May. The rest of the year presents streamer fishing that we relied on as young anglers, low or high water, rain or shine a dedicated fisherman can convince these big trout at any time to eat a well-presented fly. If conditions allow (cloudy/rainy, early or late in the day, and high water) the big fly fishing can be really good throughout the year.
Trout, 3 types of bass, gar, and Common carp can all be targeted on the same day on the water during the spring and summer months.
hot lunch available upon request.
Exact meeting location will be provided after booking.
Boone, North Carolina • 6-9 years of experience
I started fishing in 2013 after I graduated high school in Boone NC. I fished the mountain creeks in the high country every day for 2 years straight before pursuing the idea of being a guide. Being able to make money while being on the water was my biggest incentive, I sacrificed my formal education at a community college and dove head long into my dream. I started to row a drift boat a few years into my fishing career and by my fourth year of guiding I was taking trips on the Tennessee tail-waters, the South Holston and Watauga rivers for High Country guide service. Last year was my 4th full time season as a professional guide, leading nearly 200 trips a year since Covid started in 2020. In 2022 I was invited last minute to be a guide/camp cook on week long trips 100 miles through the remote wilds of south west Alaska. 3 of us guides and 8 sets of 6 clients camp and fish down the Kanektok river from early July until early September. Completing that season left me wanting more of the fishery, the Yupik culture and landscape. I plan to pursue the Alaska opportunity for years to come. I spend my free time in the winters guiding the occasional client, catching redfish on the coast of the Carolinas and spending quality time with my co workers and fondest rivals, the large brown trout and musky of the NC, VA and TN borderlands.