Guide Trip Information

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Our guided fly fishing trips in beautiful western NC offers the visiting angler incredible opportunities:
– Aggressive brown trout in the Catawba River Tailrace below Lake James
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mallmouth bass in the North Toe, French Broad and Nolichucky Rivers

Not your run of the mill flyfishing guide service….
  Professional fly fishing guides who enjoy leaving the crowds and mainstream behind.

Guided Flyfishing Trip Information
Our trips are based on 1 or 2 guest(s) to 1 guide max.

Wild Trout
Our Wild Trout guided flyfishing trips are primary designed for Novice to Experienced Anglers.  On these trips our guests are required to be able to hike/walk into a remote stream.  Of course these trips require a little more effort on our guests’ part but are well worth it.  We’ll hike/walk, depending on the stream and time of year, from about one half mile to a mile.  No rushing things here, we’ll take our time walking in while discussing the days possibilities. Once we arrive at the water we’ll fish these remote streams where few other anglers fish.  These are the same streams our guides fish on their days off, they will share the tips and tricks it takes to fool these wily trout onto your fly!
We also offer overnight backpacking trips on the streams, these trips are truly special.
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Smallmouth Bass
Our Smallmouth Bass guided flyfishing trips are a special treat for the visiting angler.  Most people think trout when they think of flyfishing, that is true until they hook into one of these hard fighting river smallies on the fly.  We offer Wade and Float trips on these rivers for both full day and half day trips.  Since these rivers are a bit bigger than average trout streams most of our guest prefer to float in our self bailing rafts.  These rafts offer several advantages including, no wading (nice swivel seat), higher view point than wading which allows our guests to “sight fish”, covering much more water and being able to access remote stretches of these rivers.  For an added bonus we also offer overnight trips on the rivers.  Float fish 4-5 miles, stop for the evening, relax while your guide sets up camp, sit around the campfire and talk about the days highlights while your guide prepares dinner.  Then in the morning, after a light breakfast head back out on to the river for a second day of fishing.
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Delayed Harvest Trout
Our Delayed Harvest Trout on the fly guided flyfishing trips are great for the beginner and the novice flyfisherman.  During the catch and release part of the season (October until June) these streams are stocked heavily and make for an ideal location to learn the basics.  As these fish get accustomed to being in the river and seeing fishermen they get a bit smarter and require a bit more stealth and finesse.  We offer Wade and Float trips on the rivers for both full day and half day trips.  These rivers vary in size from 10 to 80 feet wide so we have a large selection to choose from
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Special Regulation Trout
Our Special Regulation Trout guided flyfishing trips are incredible.  The NC Wildlife Resource Commission has designated the Catawba River tailrace below Lake James as the only Special Regulation Trout stream in the state.  Great news for not only us here at On The Fly Guide Service but also for our clients.  We are the only outfitter offering guided flyfishing trips on this river.  It has take many hours of hard work to figure out this fishery and we feel we have a good handle on the fishing and now willing to share this knowledge with our clients.   We offer Wade and Float trips on this river for both full day and half day trips.  Since this river are a bit bigger than average trout streams most of our guest prefer to float in our self bailing rafts.  These rafts offer several advantages including, no wading (nice swivel seat), higher view point than wading which allows our guests to “sight fish”, covering much more water and being able to access remote stretches of these rivers.  For an added bonus we also offer overnight trips on this river.  Float fish 4-5 miles, stop for the evening, relax while your guide sets up camp, sit around the campfire and talk about the days highlights while your guide prepares dinner.  Then in the morning, after a light breakfast head back out on to the river for a second day of fishing.
  Click here to see Trip Calendar and Pricing Page

State Stocked Trout (Hatchery Supported)
Our State Stocked Trout guided flyfishing trips are a great place to learn to flyfish.  The novice angler also can benefit from a trip on one of these streams.  We’ll share with you techniques to fool these fish.  No small fish here!!
We offer Wade trips on the local rivers and streams for both full day and half day trips.
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Private Stocked Trout
Our Private Stocked Trout guided flyfishing trips are for the angler that not only wants solitude but wants big fish also!  These streams are special in that we have exclusive guiding rights on these streams.  These streams are heavily stocked and produce some HUGE trout.  We can customize these trips for any skill level anglers, from the beginner to the experienced, everyone will have a great day.
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Specialty Trips
Our Specialty Trips are guided flyfishing trips are for the angler that wants something out of the norm!  From Musky to Carp, Striper and White Bass all on the fly, we have trips throughout the local area for a huge variety of species.  Due to these trips being very dependent on weather and water conditions, we recommend contacting us prior to booking Specialty Trips.  These trips are for Novice to Advance Fly Anglers Only.
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What we provide:

All trips include transportation from Marion, NC or your local area lodge to the fishing location and back to your vehicle/lodge. We offer quality fly fishing equipment for rent.  Our rental rates are $20 per day for waders and boots, $10 per day for rods, reels and line.  If you need a full set up our rates are $25 per day.  On all full day trips we’ll provide non-alcoholic beverages, snacks and a nice stream side picnic lunch. On half day trips beverages are provided!   On all trips we’ll provide flies and tippet at no extra charge.   Our guides also have extra flies for sale if you should need flies for the rest of your trip.

What to bring:
This can vary so much from trip to trip that we ask you to discuss this with us when booking your trip. Also if you need to rent equipment from us please let us know at the time of booking.
Here’s a few things you should bring on all trips:

  • Rod, reel, leaders, tippet and waders (always best to use your own if possible)
  • Camera and film  (try to bring a small camera or disposable)
  • Rain jacket (most times of the year a light weight one will do)
  • Dark colored hat or cap (helps keep the sun out of your eyes)
  • Sunscreen (skin cancer is not fun)
  • Polarized sunglasses (really helps when looking for fish)
  • DARK colored clothing is a must on wade trips!!! (allows you to get a little closer)
  • Any medication you might need

Fishing License:
You are responsible for your fishing license.  They are NOT included in our guide trip fees.  Anglers age 16 and older are required to have a North Carolina fishing license. On Hatchery Supported and Delayed Harvest state waters a trout stamp is also required. We suggest buying a Comprehensive fishing license, no trout stamp needed and saves you a few bucks. You can purchase a license before your trip by clicking here for a link to the NC Wildlife Resource Commission’s web site, they sell licenses on-line! Or call Toll free: 1-(888)-2HUNTFISH and order by phone.
For our TN float trips, a TN license with trout is required.  We can stop along the way to pick yours up.
License fees are NOT included in our guide fee.

Why choose On The Fly Guide Service?

We will work especially hard to see that you enjoy your day fishing with us. And that you go home with the knowledge, skills and confidence to catch trout or smallmouth bass where ever you fish.  We have nothing to hide and will share our “secrets” with you!!
We are prepared to teach the beginner the very basics of fly fishing as well as to assist the accomplished angler in doing what it takes to catch more and bigger fish here in western NC and eastern TN.

Our trips are very flexible and can be adjusted to your needs and desires.  Most full day trips are 8 to 10 hours from time of pickup to time of drop off.  If you have special requests make sure you discuss this with the guide prior to the starting your day.


Booking:

Please book your trip as soon as possible to assure that you get the dates you desire.  We’ll do everything possible to make your trip a lasting memory for you to cherish and share for years to come. If we should have bad weather, your guide will only cancel the trip if the conditions become dangerous.  Your guide will try to re-schedule first and if that’s not workable we’ll happily refund your payment..