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Join Brookside Guides’ experienced and professional guides for the fly fishing adventure of a lifetime in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.
Our WNC trout waters are filled with lively rainbows, browns and brook trout. Fish with our fly fishing guides from Pisgah National Forest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
More advanced anglers can choose from the over 4,000 miles of freestone mountain trout water located within easy reach of our home base in Asheville, NC. The Davidson River, one of the most exciting and challenging rivers in our area, is listed in Trout Unlimited’s “Top 100 Trout Streams.”
Western North Carolina’s temperate climate makes this a great destination for fly fishing 365 days a year. Spring and fall offer the best hatches while in winter months anglers often find they have rivers to themselves as they search for trophy trout.
No matter what the season, you’ll have your choice of fishing on wild trout waters filled with big, wary browns or hiking to streams in the beautiful Smoky Mountains that hold the prize catch, native Appalachian brook trout.
Choose a true wilderness adventure and experience an unforgettable overnight back packing/fly fishing trip! Combine fly fishing and camping for a fun-filled family vacation.
Be sure to check out the Brookside Guides’ Women’s Fly Fishing School.
You’ll also find Brookside Guides featured in Mary Alice Monroe‘s book – Time is a River.
Casting us a Line – Fishing Reviews
We had an EXCEPTIONAL time with Tony our Instructor/Guide for the two days we were with him. Truly an Awesome Guy! LOVED him 🙂 I came away from the experience with enough confidence to say I can Fly Fish and I will continue to do so at home! Thank you so much for such a great time!
Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous day out with Tony. He was a great teacher and guide – both patient and encouraging. My son, Chris, and I feel that he taught us fly fishing skills and techniques that will serve us well for many years to come!
My husband Gary and I had a fabulous time last Friday fly fishing with Tony. The site he chose on a private stream in Hendersonville was beautiful and full of large rainbow trout. He was very patient and encouraging with us every step of the way. We will definitely plan to do it again!
We had a wonderful experience this weekend with Tony Brooks. He did a great job explaining how to fly fish, showing us how to do it and then working with us as we practiced. Thank you for providing this service to the community and sharing your talents. I definitely think that my husband will be doing more fly fishing.
Just wanted to say what a great time we had on the river on Sunday! Benjamin was very happy, and loved doing some real fly fishing. Chris was a perfect guide – full of patience (especially important with Benjamin) and humor. He even gave us a quick drive through downtown Asheville (appreciated by me) and a stop by the Krispy Kreme shop (appreciated by Benjamin). Benjamin liked the school we were there to see, so we may be back in the Asheville area more often over the next few months. I hope we have a chance to use your guide service again.
Considering i have never touched a fly rod before, we managed to catch close to 20 fish including brown, rainbow and brook trout and a bass. Turned out to be a great day from what could have been lousy from heavy rains the night before. Thank you.
Hi Starr -Thanks again for a great guiding trip way back over the Easter holiday – my Dad and I learned a lot and had a fantastic time. This is a totally new world for us, thanks for helping both if us get introduced to it. Again, had a great time. All the best…
Starr, I can’t thank you enough for Saturday. I had so much fun and learned a lot. It was really one of my best fishing days! Craziness the number of fish in that river and not even moving when you cast a fly. I’m surprised we didn’t step on any! I’ll figure out the mending upstream / downstream on a case by case basis! The picnic just topped off the great day!
Starr, Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous fishing trip with Rick Wedell last Friday.. He was a wonderful guide, very patient, professional and informative. We may have acquired trout fever! Hopefully we can make a future date with him and be better anglers. Please let him know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to our next fishing adventure in the beautiful NC mountains.
Tony (and Starr):I’ve been meaning to email you since our day in Cherokee. We both had a great time and learned a lot. I only wish I remembered half of it. Guess we’ll have to make another trip and spend another day with you next year.Thanks again. We’ll be in touch when we are planning our next trip to the area.