Bluff City, Tennessee
Most apex predators in our river systems hunt at night when the bait is at its most vulnerable. From mice to bait fish to fireflies everything that moves on the surface is on the menu. this kind of activity makes for explosive topwater strikes, only visible by moonlight if any. Audible gulps and slashes can be heard in the night, when the conditions are right you can hear trout and bass blowing up bait balls of shad or a stray baitfish in the shallows. the anticipation of an explosion leading to a tight line and the rod-ripping strength of a trophy fish in the dark is riveting, to say the least.
This trip is for the confident caster, not being able to see makes it hard to be accurate. You don't want to have to think twice about hooking yourself or your guide while you are carefully judging the distance to the bank or structure without being able to see your target.
Some opportunities to fish dock lights for striped bass and hybrids are also available through the summer months
Beers and cigars are available upon request.
Within this category will be Striped Bass and Common Carp Float trips, which takes the most patience and grit to enjoy. If the fish are in an ideal position on the river and feeding, the bite can be productive and nothing will knock your socks off like a 20-pound bass or carp on a fly rod. These times are very rare and not likely to line up but if you are looking to fish throughout the summer and this interests you, contact me for more details.
Trout, 3types of bass, Common carp, and Gar can all be targeted on the same day in the summer months.
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.