Fishing Guides and Services

Fishing Guides and Services

Located on Old Shulls Mill Road off of Highway 105 near Hound Ears Club, the Appalachian Angler provides everything fly fishing. From rods and reels, creels to waders you won’t find a more finely stocked supply of pure fly fishing equipment.


As the areas oldest fly fishing outfitter, with 20 years of experience, the Appalachian Angler has been dedicated to guiding and outfitting fly fisherman in the High Country. With an 80 percent return rate among clients, the Appalachian Angler has proven that customer service, and of course lots of fish, don’t go by the wayside with this guiding and outfitting company.

The cozy shop is stacked with industry leaders such as Sage, G. Loomis, St. Croix, Simms, and Patagonia, among others. The Appalachian Angler also carries a fine selection of fly tying materials, instructional books, and accessories.

Appalachian Angler Schools and Trips:

Watauga River Float Trip:

We have divided the 23 miles of this floatable, diverse river into sections. We pioneered float fishing in the Southeast here; consequently we understand which section is producing the best fishing on a daily basis. The Watauga has a healthy population of brown and rainbow trout.

South Holston Wade or Float Trip:

Four years of slot limits and three years of protecting the spawning beds have greatly enhanced this Frying Pan of the South. When water is released from the dam we float the entire 14 miles, fishing streamers and nymphs in the heavy water, and most days dry flies to rising fish. When there is no dam to release, we wade and fish long leaders to selective trout.

Nolichucky Overnight Smallmouth Bass Trip:

The Nolichucky is a free flowing river falling from the higher altitudes of the North Carolina Mountains into Tennessee. It is famous for its healthy population of smallmouth bass. Appalachian Angler’s overnight expedition includes professional gear guides providing a safari-style camp for the guests, and most importantly, two whole days of guided fishing.
The 18-mile float in whitewater series rafts equipped with custom oar frames and comfortable fishing seats offers great fishing and majestic scenery as well.

Contact Info:
174 Old Shulls Mill Rd
Boone NC 28607
Phone: 828.963.5050, 828.963.8383

Half Day Wade Trips/Half Day Schools:

The Boone area offers a plethora of trout streams, wild and hatchery supported waters consisting of native brook, rainbow, and brown trout. Our half-day trip consists of four hours of guided fishing on one of the nearby creeks or rivers, including the Watauga River. The fly fishing school is a great place for beginners to get their start or for intermediates to brush up on their skills. The trip consists of four hours of fishing, casting instruction, entomology, and stream tactics.

Wilderness Wade Trips:

Get away from it all. Hike with one of our small-stream specialists into a national forest and spend the day fishing to intelligent, wild trout. Our guides have spent countless days prospecting the hundreds of mile of isolated streams.

Foscoe Fishing Company:

For 15 years Foscoe Fishing Company, North Carolina’s only Orvis endorsed outfitter and dealer of quality products, has been serving fly fisherman of the southern Appalachians and beyond. Located between Boone and Banner Elk in the Shoppes of Tynecastle, FFCO has established itself as a leader in professionally guided trips and customer service.

In addition to a fully stocked store loaded with quality fly fishing gear from Orvis, Filson, and ExOfficio, the FFCO offers an instructional school that will have you tossing a fly clean and crisp in no time. Easily accessible from anywhere in the High Country, it’s no wonder Foscoe Fishing Company has been a local favorite for years.

Contact Info:
8857 NC Highway 105 South
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-963-6556
Fax: 828-963-6569

Foscoe Fishing Company Schools and Trips:

Watauga Trophy Section Float Trips:

For over 10 years Foscoe Fishing Company has been providing their clients with top notch float trips on this Tennessee tailrace river. Cold water and an abundance of aquatic insects provide the perfect habitat for trophy browns and rainbows. This is a great trip for all skill levels and experience. The best time of year is from spring through the fall, with nymph fishing being the staple strategy, although there are great periods of dry fly fishing as well.

South Holston Float Trips:

The South Holston is one of the premier trout rivers in the east! Over the past several years the South Holston has been providing clients of FFCO with phenomenal dry fly fishing from early May into the summer months. FFCO has a full fleet of high-quality Hyde drift boats to ensure clients a comfortable experience. For light tackle spin fisherman FFCO offers a special “Trophy Trip” that targets large browns. Wade trips are also available on the South Holston for those who enjoy casting to selective, rising browns and rainbows. This one will humble you! Like all other trips offered by FFCO, it is strictly catch and release.

Local Full and Half Day Trips:

Foscoe Fishing Company prides themselves on being one of the most experienced guide services when it comes to fishing local streams right here in the High Country. Most trips are on streams not much wider than a single lane road with most casts being at a modest 10-15 feet. The best times of the year are in the spring and fall for going after hungry native brookies.

Orvis Fly Fishing Schools:

Foscoe Fishing Company, along with Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, an Orvis endorsed fly fishing lodge, offers one and two day fly fishing schools. These schools are designed to give students an introduction to the sport of fly fishing. Topics covered are casting, fly selection, how to read water, gear selection, etc. The one day school takes place in the classroom with casting taught on Chetola’s private lake. The two day school spends the second day on a local stream putting all the learned skills to use! Schools include lunch and equipment.

Contact Info:
Triangle Town Commons
3701 Sumner Blvd. Ste. 100
Raleigh, NC US, 27616-2988
Phone: 919-792-9200
Fax: 919-792-9204

Austria Fly Fishing:

Austria is quickly becoming a fly fishing destination. The Austrian Alps offer some of the most beautiful scenery on the planet as a backdrop to some of the most incredible fishing. This is your opportunity to catch “native” brown trout. After a day of fishing high alpine lakes and streams, return to the 200 year-old guest house for an authentic Bavarian meal. And the best part? You can do it all for less than a trip out west or to Alaska! All trips include use of Orvis equipment and flies. Don’t pass up this trip of a lifetime!

Whitetop Laurel Fly Shop:

Located in beautiful Ashe County, but only a twenty minute drive from downtown Boone, Whitetop Laurel Fly Shop is a full service outfitter specializing in guided trips for brown, brook, and rainbow trout, as well as smallmouth bass, throughout Ashe County, Tennessee and southern Virginia.

Whitetop Laurel carries a full line of rods, reels, line and accessories from Redington, Hardy, St. Croix, Cortland, Crown, CLX, Choda and Albright. Whitetop Laurel Fly Shop also has a large selection of custom fly rods, and offers custom rod building and rod building workshops. You can have your dream rod built to specifications or build your own through a series of rod building classes. Whitetop Laurel is also the area’s largest supplier of fly tying materials and offers beginning fly tying classes.

Whitetop Laurel Trips and Schools:

New River Smallmouth Tube Trips:

Fish the oldest river in North America the way it was meant to be fished, in the water! Tube trips not only offer a fun alternative to wading, but are also beneficial when sneaking up on large, feeding smallies. Whitetop Laurel has split the New River into over a dozen full and half day sections, each with its own character and appeal. Float through farm country, unspoiled wilderness, or a combination of both! Trips go out according to your schedule, and include tips on casting, fly selection, reading water, ichthyology and entomology.

Wade and Hike Trips:

Whitetop Laurel specializes in guiding the rivers, creeks, and streams of Ashe County and Virginia. Full day and half day trips for browns, rainbows, and brook trout with instruction on casting, reading water, entomology, and proper catch and release techniques. Rivers include Helton Creek, Big Horse Creek, Three Top, and Whitetop Laurel, as well as several spring creeks for natives.

Rod Building:

Rod building with Blair Brady, our in-house rod builder who has over 20 years experience building custom saltwater surf rods, freshwater spinning rods and fly rods. Start with a blank and have your own custom rod in three to four sessions. You will learn all the techniques necessary to begin building your own custom rods. Stop in any time to watch rods being built while you shop, while you talk fishing with one of our knowledgeable guides, or while you’re checking out our daily hatch chart. Watch Blair create one of his “mini” rods, which are quickly becoming a favorite of local spring creek enthusiasts.

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