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Fly Fishing Trips in the North Carolina Mountains

Fly Fishing Guides in Boone and the high country of NC

Boone, the High Country Region, and the mountains of North Carolina are blessed with hundreds of miles of trout streams within driving distance. We have plenty of publicly stocked fisheries right here out the back door, and we have lots of off-the-beaten-path unpressured streams with wild native trout as well.

Whether it’s just cutting your teeth on a half day on the stocked streams, or blazing trail miles into the wilderness systems of Pisgah, High Country Guide Service can offer a professional fly fishing trip experience in North Carolina.

High Country Guide Service offers a wide variety of trips catering to each individual angler’s needs and expectations. We are a fully licensed and insured guide service that operates out of Boone, North Carolina.

Guided fly fishing trips in the NC Mountains

With hundreds of miles of trout streams within striking distance, we are able to offer a unique platform right here at home. Whether you are looking to hone your skills and learn new techniques to gain an advantage, or just trying the sport out for the first time we can help you along the journey!

Our guided fly fishing trips in the North Carolina mountains are walking and wading excursions often based within Watauga and Avery County on our Delayed Harvest, Hatchery Supported, and Wild Streams. We try to fish as close as possible to the shop, typically within just a few miles of Boone.

North Carolina Wade Fishing Trips

Our most popular trips for a variety of reasons. Within minutes of our shop are hundreds of miles of public, wadeable trout streams. Our trained anglers can accommodate groups of any size & skill level!

Pisgah National Forest Hike In Trout camp

We have a permit to facilitate a hike-in camping trip in Pisgah National Forest. This is an exclusive permit on a cherished tributary to Wilson Creek filled with native trout and legendary wilderness settings.

Fly Fishing Lessons + Clinics
in Downtown Boone, NC

We offer fly fishing lessons for beginners wanting to learn, a tie-and-try clinic where you will learn how to tie flies and then fish with them, and a fly fishing casting clinic

North Carolina family-friendly
Fly fishing trips

Check out our family-oriented fly fishing trips, custom-tailored to get kids of all ages outdoors while also ensuring parents have a great time too!

All trips include any gear necessary: waders, boots, rods, reels, etc. We have waders for all ages!

5-star fishing guides in boone

Cameron Hamrick
Cameron Hamrick
I went into the trip just wanting to learn how to fly fish. I didn’t expect to really catch any fish. Caught 3! Our group of 5 caught 15 or so fish. David and Colin were great. And can’t forget our mascot Cowboy who brought us good luck.
Justin Crawford
Justin Crawford
Skye and HCGS are the best. Outstanding experience across the board.
Joleen Sherman
Joleen Sherman
Hi everyone, adventure and new experiences are imperative for living a life outside the box. I chose this fly fishing experience for my birthday adventure/ bucket list. Nick was my guide and to say he was excellent is selling him short. I went on this tour not knowing anything about how to fly fish. I chose it because I love outdoors everything!!! I was not disappointed. Nick was so kind, patient and knowledgeable. We went to some spectacular spots. My very first cast ever in my life I caught a speckled brown. Obviously I had a wonderful experience and Nick was the catalyst for my beautiful birthday adventure and celebration. Thank you Nick 😊
Denise Martinez
Denise Martinez
Had an amazing day with Nick today. Outfitted us with all the gear we needed and then off to a great day of learning the right techniques to catch some fish. Nick was awesome and my son, husband and myself had a great day catching trout. Highly recommend if you will be in the area.
Trisha Greenen
Trisha Greenen
Special thanks to Kirby Mellot with High Country Guides-Boone Fly Shop! We had an amazing two day wade trip! Personal Best Wild Brown Trout for my son! I highly recommend High Country Guides, Boone Fly Shop and Kirby Mellot as your Guide. Thanks Kirby!
Jack McCarthy
Jack McCarthy
We’ve used this guide service several times and always been extremely happy with our guide Nate. I book with him exclusively because I know he’s going to provide an amazing experience. I’ve taken both my sons and a friend on different trips with Nate and all had nothing but exceptional reviews of the trips, guide and experiences. Nate caters to every little need with ease, adjusts to the audience and skill level very quickly, and we catch some amazing trout. Can’t wait to get out again with him soon!
Ionic Bionic
Ionic Bionic
Great experience!! Both Corey and Collin are very knowledgeable about the area and fly fishing. Four of us had a half day and caught 22 fish!! Overall great experience highly recommend and great tips and tricks for all levels of experience!!
Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor
Excellent wade trip with David as my guide! Very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with!
Garrett Skillestad
Garrett Skillestad
I recently had the pleasure of booking a fly fishing trip with this guide service, and it was absolutely fantastic! Corey Murphy was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and provided top-notch instruction throughout the day. The equipment provided was top-of-the-line, and the scenery on the Watauga river was amazing. A truly great escape for a day. We even caught some trout. Overall it was a fantastic time and every person in our party’s expectations were managed and exceeded. I highly recommend High Country Guide service to anyone looking for a memorable fly fishing experience. Five stars all the way!
Brian Dotson
Brian Dotson
Alyssa is an amazing guide and cant wait to get out again soon

Frequently asked questions about wnc fly fishing

Can you fly fish year-round in the North Carolina mountains?

Absolutely! Western North Carolina is a fantastic wade fishing destination all year round. Delayed harvest streams are stocked in the first couple of weeks of October and again in March, April, and May.

What types of fish do you catch fly fishing in Western North Carolina?

The mountain rivers of Western North Carolina are home to many species of fish you can catch fly fishing, including Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout, and sometimes Smallmouth Bass!

Do I need a North Carolina fishing license if I’m with a guide?

Yes, our guided fishing trips require a fishing license.

You will need to purchase a North Carolina Fishing License if you are 16 years and older for Wade Fishing Trips in Boone and the High Country of North Carolina.

Purchase Your North Carolina Fishing License 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.

Can your guides accommodate large groups for Wade Fishing Trips?

While we can accommodate groups of any size, we like to ensure there is one guide for every two guests. For groups of 8 or more, you can customize your Wade 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!

Be sure to check out our Family and Group Friendly Trips too.

Will you cancel our trip if it is raining or snowing?

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 confirm details as well.

Check the weather in the High Country here.

What is your cancellation policy for Wade Fishing Trips?

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.

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