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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions Before Booking your trip

How do I know what type of fly-fishing trip I should take?

Our booking process allows for clear communication with your guide(s) about what type of trip you will want to take. 

If you want to be in a boat and explore the currents of the Tennessee Tailwaters choose our float fishing trips.

If you rather stand in the creek and soak in one location our wade fishing trips in North Carolina’s High Country may be for you. A float trip allows you to easily cover miles of river while our wade trips include standing in currents and deep water.

The bigger question to ask yourself for trip type may be your own availability for time. We offer different trip time lengths ranging from half-days to overnight adventures!

What is your cancellation policy?

High Country Guide Service requires a NON-REFUNDABLE 50% deposit to book a trip. The full value is non-refundable within 7 days of the scheduled trip date. We fish rain or shine unless the weather is deemed unsafe by the guide. In the event of dangerous weather, we will reschedule for a future date.

Are your fly fishing trips kid and family-friendly?

We take a lot of family fly-fishing trips and try to accommodate the young ones as much as possible. 

In NC anyone 16 years and older has to have a fishing license. 

In TN anyone 13 years and older have to have a fishing license – also all participants on float trips in TN who are 12 years and younger must wear a PFD (Personal Floatation Device).

We have lots of waders and boots for the younger kids – but please be prepared for them to get wet.

This is an experiential activity and some kids just can’t help themselves.  A change of clothes is always welcome along with lots of snacks and drinks.

What if I have more than 4 people in my party? Do you accommodate larger parties?

Yes, we can accommodate groups of any size. You can customize your fly fishing trip by submitting a contact form, sending us an email, or calling us at ​828-386-6216 to set up a trip for the entire family!

Will you guide beginner-level fly fishing novices?

Any and all of our trips can be custom fitted for all angling types. Our guides love to share their knowledge of fly fishing with anyone new to the game and will make you feel comfortable regardless of your experience level.

Do I need to supply my own fishing gear or will you outfit my trip?

Our full-service fly shop and guiding program allows for your guide to come prepared with all gear necessary including your Waders and Boots, Rods, Reels, Lines, Leaders, Tippets, and Terminal Tackles, along with any type of flies or tackle necessary for the day, and a net for releasing and capturing that perfect photo!

You are more than welcome to bring your own rod, reel, leader, or tippet. Whether it is your favorite or you would like us to set it up, bring it on!

We fish a lot of 9’4 and 5 weights – 7/8 for streamers if you would like to bring your own. 9+ feet for leaders.

questions about post-Booking requirements

Do I have to sign a waiver before my fishing trip?

Yes, every member of your fly fishing trip party needs to sign a release form. You can sign your waiver here.

Will I need to purchase a fishing license if I am fishing with the guide?

Yes, all guided fishing trips require a fishing license.

For float fishing trips on the Tennessee Tailwaters, you will need to purchase a Tennesse Fishing License if you or anyone in your party is 13 years and older. Get your license here.

For wade fishing trips in Boone and the High Country of North Carolina, you will need to purchase a North Carolina Fishing License. Anyone 16 years and older must have a fishing license in NC.  Get your license here.

Do you have a COVID-19 Policy?

Yes, you can read our full COVID-19 Policy here.

Can I tip my guide?

You sure can! Our guides appreciate it. Gratuity for our Wade Fishing Trips is typically 10-15% of the total trip cost and cash is preferred.

questions on the day of your trip

What happens to my trip if the weather is bad or if it is raining?

Our guides have the answers for where to find fish in all conditions. If the weather is bad, we typically can adjust and find plenty of fishable water.

In the event of danger, you can refer to our cancellation policy. 

Details such as meeting time and location will be established upon booking, and our reservation system allows for the guide to reach out the day before the trip to firm up details as well.

Check the weather beforehand in Boone or Tennessee.

What should I bring fishing with me?

We offer a variety of fishing trips that require various levels of preparation and organization.

A simple gear checklist for any beginner or anyone traveling without gear at all can be as easy as:          
Hat / Ballcap / Sun Protection for glare
Water (preferably in a water bottle to reduce single use)
Sunscreen for Sunny Trips
Raingear if forecasted (We can provide waders and boots)
Socks to Wear Under Waders (Any kind of socks)
Comfy lightweight pants under waders in Summer
Sunglasses (Mostly for safety)
Phone (For Photos)
Drinks including beer, wine or liquor
Gratuity for your Guide
Smile and a Good Attitude


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