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Recent fly fishing guide reviews

Joel Ferg
Joel Ferg
Great guide service with great guides. Highly recommended. Very knowledgeable guides, work with all skill levels, and great communication prior to departure. If you're lucky, you might also get to meet or ride to the river with "Cowboy", Guide Colin's dog.
Erik Kikut
Erik Kikut
Great trip with my son. Dave is an extremely professional patient young man. Had a blast. Will be back.
Ward Price
Ward Price
Incredible experience with High Country Guide Service. I'm just getting into fly fishing and wanted to go out with a guide to see what fishing is around Boone, NC. I was paired with Kirby who was an absolute fantastic guide. Super patient (even after having to fix my multiple tangles in trees!) and extremely knowledgable. A really great no nonsense approach to fishing. Focus was on good fishing and less about getting bogged down in owning this or that item of gear. He was happy to answer all of my questions throughout the day and was just a great guy to spend 6 hours with while fishing. Best of all, we caught some great fish! All three species available in NC including a beautiful small stream brook trout and three larger Browns. Day ended at the shop with a pint of Guinness (on draught!) and a conversation on what flies i should add to my box. I highly recommend High Country Guide Service. I will definitely be using them again next time I'm in town!
Alan Sharp
Alan Sharp
Amazing experience! Best fishing trip my son & I have ever taken. Our guide, Kole, was an outstanding instructor, who patiently coached us into fly-fishing form. We caught fish throughout our 4-hour wade trip, which I had my doubts in the late July heat. Definitely go in the morning! As the trip was winding down, Kole lengthened the leader on one of my wet flys, suspecting a trout was holding in the deeper, cooler water. He was right, as I caught my biggest trout of the morning! These two trout fishing rookies are now "hooked' on the sport. Look forward to coming back! Thank you Kole!
Alex Cobb
Alex Cobb
I've used High Country Guides at least 5 times now and every single trip is nothing less than exceptional. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and cater each trip to their customers' skill levels. I went from an absolute beginner to slingshotting dry flies in extremely tight spaces for large browns in less than a year. This outfit isn't just convenient because they're in Boone. They're the real deal.
Christian Olsen
Christian Olsen
I want to share with the owners/managers of High Country Guide Service (HCGS) about a recent float trip my 17-year-old son Kjeld and I took with one of your guides last week. Alyssa Adcock guided us down the Watauga in what I think is one of the best float trips I’ve ever had in 30-years of fishing. I booked the trip to celebrate Kjeld, a graduating High-School Senior, and all the work he has grinded out since the first day of school. Kjeld loves to get after the bass with his spinning rod and he’s never been on a float trip fishing a fly rod before. He loved every minute of it and said "he has never met anyone cooler than Alyssa." Alyssa is stunning – she is a fantastic communicator, she has a shiny & positive attitude, and she is delightfully patient. She was so competent on the sticks as she moved us from hole to hole, which put us onto some beautiful and chunky fish. At one-point, Kjeld and I had a double hook-up with a pair of rainbows. Alyssa was incredibly quick to keep the rods rigged up through-out the day and was gently helpful in correcting a bad habit or two when it came to mending my line. Clearly Alyssa is driven to share and teach, which is exactly what you need in a guide. We look forward to booking her boat again and have even begun to talk about Alaska. Thank you HCGS for the unforgettable trip. Your guide service needs to do everything it can to hang on to her. She's a keeper.
herman roberts
herman roberts
My son and I had an awesome time. Kirby was a great teacher and guide on our wade trip. We caught a lot of trout, even on a half day trip. Highly recommend this service if you’re looking to learn fly fishing and catch fish. Ask for Kirby.
Ken Bergmann
Ken Bergmann
I was part of a Project Healing waters trip yesterday. Our guide was Alyssa. I just wanted to say she was amazing! So personable, patient, knowledgeable about the river and fly fishing in general. She is a consummate professional, a master of her craft and credit to her profession! The other guides, Cory and Sky were equally as amazing!!! The best guided trip I have ever done! My wife and I, will be planning a trip later this year and we want to fish with Alyssa! Your shop is awesome, your other guides are amazing as well and I wanted to Thank all of you for an amazing experience!
L Motluck
L Motluck
Two girls and their dog looking to get a little local fishing in on vacation. We found High Country Guide Service who was gracious enough to allow our small pooch to go on the float! David took us on a half day fly fishing float trip on the Watauga River. Keep in mind we are very green at fly fishing. David was professional and very informative. He answered all kinds of questions and helped us get the hang of fly fishing. He was very patient and extremely helpful! Just what we needed! We had a wonderful day on the water with him and would absolutely go on another guided trip with him! Thank you so much!
Emily Goatcher
Emily Goatcher
We had the BEST day learning to Fly Fish outside of Boone, NC. Our guides (Nick, Collin, and Kirby) were super knowledgeable and taught our family of six (all first timers) with patience and expertise! We caught a ton of fish and had the best day!! We will definitely be repeat customers the next time we are in the area. A “zen” experience for sure and we are all hooked!! Thank you for the great memories!!