TESTIMONIALS

At Asheville Fly Fishing Company, we value long-lasting relationships with our guests and enjoy sharing memorable days on the water. 

You know, there are a few things that make a fly fishing trip better than catching the fish. Number one in my book is laughing and having a good time. That’s how I would describe Galen. He’s fun. Number two, you need a guide who knows the waters and provides you the best opportunity to catch fish and it’s always nice if you guide provides you with great equipment – drift boat, waders , fly rods and flies – and that’s Galen too. I have fished with many guides across the US – from the Keys to Jackson Hole, WY. I’ve been guided on the tailwaters of Arkansas to the flats of the New Orleans marsh and with out question, Galen is at the top of my favorites.

Give him a call and you’ll not only have a great fishing experience, but most likely find a new friend.
— Ben Ragsdale, “Dirty Water Social Club” March 7, 2015
I have fished with you three times and your knowledge and professionalism is on par with what I get with the guides on the Missouri River in Montana and other world class Western trout waters. The float trip you provide is not Bubba bass fishing. It is a much higher form of fishing, and your knowledge of the rivers fished, the quality and quantity of the fish species, and the opportunity to fly fish for trout and smallmouth bass from a drift boat is not available in many places in the Southeast. Two thumbs up.
— Butch Barnhill - March 20, 2015
I have been fishing with Galen on a regular basis for the last 5-6 years. Last year, I fished six different days with him as my guide, on three different rivers in North Carolina and Tennessee, under a variety of weather and water conditions. He is simply a great fishing guide and individual, a real pleasure to be with on the water.
Galen is extremely knowledgeable, versatile, and patient. I am a better fisherman from the time I have spent with him.
— Jim Linkenauger - March 14, 2015
I was originally referred to Galen when my guide from Asheville moved to Montana last year. Before he left, I asked him who was the “best” guide he knew, and he said Galen Kipar. My experience with Galen has certainly confirmed that. He is incredibly knowledgeable, makes you really comfortable, and extremely hard working. He wants you to succeed. When I brought an inexperienced friend with me once, he was incredibly patient and worked very hard with him. My friend had one of the best times in his life. I have nothing but good things to say about Galen’s knowledge, his interpersonal skills, his work ethic, and his willingness to teach. I recommend him completely.
— - Wesley Grigsby - April 28, 2015
The Asheville Fly Fishing Company provides an experience you soon won’t forget. Galen is an excellent guide who provides top notch services, education and experiences! We spent the entire day floating, fishing and submersing ourselves into the wonder of nature. Luke and I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thank you for all you do!
— Tracy Hunter - July 30, 2015
Our expert fly fisherman guide Knox was simply excellent. Highly recommend him. Fantastic all around!
— La Detra White - August 28, 2015
Had a blast on Friday guys, perfect beginning to my bachelor party weekend. We are turning this into an annual trip for sure.
— Sean McHenry - October 4, 2015
Galen is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, responsive, detailed and passionate about sharing his love of fishing with his clients. I booked a trip for my father, a highly experienced fly fisherman, and husband, who had only tried fly fishing once before, around September/October of 2015. The fact that Galen was able to provide two people with such different backgrounds in fly fishing an enjoyable experience on one trip confirms that his level of enthusiasm and patience threshold are quite high. Nearly four months later (yesterday), Galen emailed me his predictions for the best fishing in 2016 and asked me to pass the information on to my father so he can plan his next fishing trip to Asheville. This kind of personal, non mass generated email follow up is what earned Galen the 5th star from me. If you want the best fly fishing experience possible in North Carolina, Asheville Fly Fishing Company is it!
— Katie Thompson - January 27, 2016
What an incredible fishing adventure my husband and son had with Galen! I am a natural skeptic. I am a champion hovermom and a protective wife. Before I let them embark, i peppered Galen with questions about safety and his experience. I am so thankful that they selected Galen for their adventure! We have incredible photos worthy of framing and unbelievable memories.
— Michael Polito - March 7, 2016
My husband and I recently fished with Galen Kipar for two days, one in a drift boat for trout, and another in his raft, for small mouth bass. From our initial contact by email, to returning us to our hotel, Galen was attentive, professional, knowledgeable, patient and fun to be with. He did everything possible to assure that we had the gear we needed, food and drinks, and plenty of opportunity to catch fish. His knowledge of the area in general and the waterways in particular, was impressive. He even provided us with detailed information about DIY wade fishing in the area and recommended flies, so we could continue fishing after our 2 days with him. We highly recommend Asheville Fly Fishing Company and Galen Kipar. Because of Galen, we had a fantastic trip!!
— Anne Boulier - May 22, 2016
Thanks for a great day on the river! My husband, an ‘expert’ fisherman, and I had a great time. It was only my second fishing experience in recent years so thanks for being patient and informative and working hard to help me learn. You found us some good spots to catch some fish. Lunch on the bank was tasty and we appreciated the effort of setting up the table and chairs! All in all a beautiful day on the French Broad River catching some small mouth bass. Thanks again!
— Donna Andre - Baton Rouge, LA - June 22, 2016
Galen, After chasing larger game fish though out my fishing career i got to say throwing the fly rod was a most humbling experience and one I truly enjoyed. You were awesome and cooked up some mean BBQ for lunch! We went to 12 Bones the next day and got some take out and of course pulled across the tracks for some awesome brews! Again I cant thank you enough for the experience and look forward to another day on the river with you!
— William Pope - July 1, 2016
Great time fishing with a great guide! Thanks a lot!!
— Coker Day - July 11, 2016
Great day with a great guide...... Hope to be back soon..... Caddis hatch next!!
— John Kim - July 22, 2016
My 8-year-old son and I had a great time in tough conditions (late July, drought) fishing with Galen. We landed a doz...
— Jeremy Williams - Jul 27, 2016
Great guides and good times! Learned a lot on the river and the lunch was awesome. If/when we head back up your way for fishing we will definitely be calling you.
— Bob Swanson - October 22, 2016
My wife and I went on a smallmouth bass fishing trip with Anthony as our guide on the French Broad River. It happened on October 20, 2016. We used spin cast tackle and Anthony really worked hard to put us on the fish!!! We had a lot of bites and landed a lot of fish!!! It was a fantastic time and we would highly recommend this company to anyone who wanted a fantastic fishing experience!!! We are definetly going to do this again!!! Great job Asheville Fishing Company!!!
— Tim Hemleben - October 23, 2016
Much thanks for a great day on the water!
Though many long faces around due to the fact that the fish had decided to take a day off, your patient guide put me on some active feeders. Worked hard and kept changing it up until we had several successful hook-ups.
Top catch was a really nice Brown.
Look forward to fishing with you again.
— Britt McMaster - January 11, 2017
My son and I fished with Galen on the Watauga River in east Tennessee and had a great time. Galen met and exceeded all expectations, supplying all equipment and flies (many flies), and lunch. Galen stayed on the river as long as we wanted and earned every cent of his rate. He did his best to get us on fish, the only hitch was our part of the equation - hooking and landing those fish! We did manage to land a near fish of a lifetime, a 21” absolutely beautiful rainbow pushing 8+ pounds - a real blast to see! Hoping for a repeat in the future...
— Phil Shipley - Mar 26, 2017
Galen has guided me on fly fishing trips on the French Broad, South Holston, and Nolichucky rivers for small mouth and trout. I have taken guided fishing trips on Long Island Sound, the Carolina coast, Boone NC, Georgia, Florida, and Belize, as comparison. Galen’s knowledge of fish and of the waters he guides on is exceptional. He has his eye on the water constantly, when he is not offering advice or help to his charges. I have always found him to be prompt, courteous, and ready to fish. I would recommend him without hesitation as an exceptional guide.
— Jim Gagne - April 5, 2017
Grad Slam on one of the coldest days of the year! Guides were patient and even brought extra gear to keep us warm. Excellent photos and memories. Our guide, Zane, was quick to spot fish and get us in the right spots with just the right flies. We did a half day walking trip and were able to get to Asheville in time for a warm lunch.
— Jarrod Payne - Apr 16, 2017
I had two great days on the Laurel with Zane in May. Fishing was good. Zane knew where to find the fish, that’s for sure. Even on a muddy day after rain. Hats off to him!
— Pamela Simons - May 17, 2017
I took my son on a 2 day trip (trout and smallmouth). Before we began, I had quietly asked a Galen to focus his attention on my son. Galan was terrific. He patiently and happily encouraged and taught him all of the fundamentals of fly fishing. My son thoroughly enjoyed the trip! Galan is a wonderful guide. And we caught over 60 fish!!!
— Bruce Edwards - May 19, 2017
Everyone in our bachelor party had a great time! The guides were very knowledgeable, helpful, and patient with a large group of beginners. I will definitely be using AshevilleFlyFishingCompany when I am in the area again!
— Mark Pridgen - Jun 3, 2017
My brother and I snagged a trip with this company. Initially, my brother was in communication with the owner, Galen (spelling). Galen was very responsive and thorough. The morning of the trip, my brother and I arrived at the designated meeting place (on time). Galen was already there . We hopped in and away we went. When we arrived at the boat launch, we quickly set sail. Galen had all of the gear and tackle ready to go. We did an all day drift (approximately five miles). Lunch was provided. We ate on the river bank. We did catch some trout. Rainbows and browns were caught. Aside from catching the fish, the environment was so peaceful. It was a little slice of utopia. Galen was super knowledgeable on the art of fly fishing. His advice and pointers generated much success. He was very intentional with us, but with a gentle approach. Obviously, one can find other outfitters in the Asheville area, but this outfitter did their part. If a trip is to happen again for us, without question, we’ll give our money to them. We all had a memorable time. They receive an A plus in our book. Job well done!
— Thomas Bailey - July 10, 2017
A nephew and I just fished the Watauga with Galen on a perfect day. We caught trout all day long and got back in time for an afternoon pleasure float on the French Broad. He was a good instructor, masterful oarsman, and knows the flies, the holding areas for fish small and large, and a pleasure to be with. Highly recommend!
— Cary Jackson - August 8, 2017
We scheduled a full day float trip with Galen. My buddy is a fairly experienced fly fisher and it was my first time. Galen was organized, attentive and provided just the right amount of instruction. He takes his craft seriously and provided incredible detail on the local waters, insects, fish and weather, all of which ensured a productive trip. I’ve used several guides in the past, all for salt water fishing, but Galen created the best experience yet.
— Christian Hertenstein - August 14, 2017
Had a blast!!! Galen was very patient with me and my wife. Constantly retying knots when snagging on trees and rocks. I caught my first brown trout, which was a very good size, and my wife caught a monster rainbow trout. The price is fair, and not only do you catch fish, you learn tips and tricks to use the next time. Galen gives wildlife the upmost respect, and admires the beauty in the fish, which makes him easier to relate to! I definitely plan on coming back to add brook trout to my list of caught species!
— Jon Downing - September 10, 2017
Another great day of fishing with Galen ! Can’t say enough good things about him as a guide! He is well organized, punctual, works hard for his clients and delivers well. Galen is a great teacher as well for those who are new to fly fishing! He always goes the extra mile to make sure his clients have the best experience possible.
— Tom & Joann VanHyning - October 12, 2017
 
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