South Holston River Fly Fishing - The fun is being had

The fun is being had

This is a true story of events during a guided trip on the South Holston River in spring 2019.

Gloria is a name you may hear being yelled from any number of rivers surrounding Asheville, NC. Sometimes its a coaxing whisper, sometimes a frustration yell and sometimes a chuckling cheerful G-L-O-R-I-A. My client, a dry fly purist and wonderful person to vicariously fish through is always searching for HER big fish, "Gloria." Today I heard Gloria's name being called several times from the back of the boat on the South Holston River.

The first time, I heard it echoing off the rock bluff to my 9 0'clock, glooooo-riaaaaa.
I turn around and the rod is bent over and the reel is singing. "Oh gloria" she said and I absolutely chuckled and netted a beautiful 18" wild brown trout caught on a size 18 sulfur mayfly emerger.

A few sighs and sips of water later and I hear the name again. Same deal, same fly, same chuckle. She taps her feet, claps her hands and dips them in the water for a quick grip-n-grin.

The FUN is being had.

While these were solid fish I knew they weren't Gloria. Gloria was a mile or so downstream. I saw her there in a particular location I had been two days prior with my client's husband. He and I spent about 2 hours working a big brown trout on dry flies. We trusted the process, rested the picky eater, tried again and again. We gave it our best but the stars just didn't align during that particular 2 hours.
I think many guides could say that women usually out fish men. I am not sure what magic is working there but its real and i've witnessed it time and time again. I will continue to observe and hopefully learn the magic. I say all this because when we pulled up to Gloria's doorstep she was waiting with a red dress on and passing out lemonade. We spent over an hour presenting flies and resting the fish. Of course, Gloria eventually ate HER fly. If we weren't the last boat on the water, everyone on the river would have heard Gloria's name shouted in unison by all three of us at the top of our lungs. It was such a joyful noise you'd think we were at church or a Van Morrison concert.
Cheers to all the G-L-O-R-I-A-S out there!

This is a true story of events during a guided trout float trip led by Galen Kipar on the South Holston River in East Tennessee in spring 2019.


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Land of the Giants Fly Fishing - Southwest Montana

Land of the Giants Fly Fishing -  Southwest Montana

Some places are so epic that a picture can never do it justice and the Land of the Giants on the Missouri River is that place.  This is a must see in person and an experience that is not soon forgotten.

Fly Tying: How to tie "Hot Randy's Spring Peeper" for Smallmouth Bass

Fly Tying:  How to tie "Hot Randy's Spring Peeper" for Smallmouth Bass

This is a great pattern to use when fly fishing for Smallmouth Bass. When the little frogs known as spring peepers come out to play, so do the smallies. Here in Asheville, NC this pattern has produced for us time and time again on our freestone rivers the Nolichucky River & French Broad River.

Asheville Fly Fishing Company joins Costa Kick Plastic Guide Program

Asheville Fly Fishing Company joins Costa Kick Plastic Guide Program

Our first 100 trips in 2019 will receive free AFFC stainless steel water bottles to take home.

Asheville Fly Fishing Company's newest guide addition - David Grossman

Asheville Fly Fishing Company's newest guide addition - David Grossman

Asheville Fly Fishing Company’s newest guide ~ David Grossman

Asheville Fly Fishing Company featured in Dun Magazine

Asheville Fly Fishing Company featured in Dun Magazine

Smallmouth Bass in Asheville, North Carolina

AFFC recently featured on R.L. Winston Rod Co., Dun Magazine, Angler Report and Moldychum.com

Featured Video

The video we did last year "A trip into the wild", which features Smallmouth Bass Fly Fishing, Overnight Trips with Safari Camp and Whitewater option, has recently been featured by R.L. Winston Rod Co., Dun Magazine, the Angler Report and Moldychum.com.   Check it out!  
Special thanks to producer Josh Branstetter and all those involved! 
If you are interested in this experience, we are now booking mid-June through mid-October 2018.  You can read more info on this experience by clicking here.

Smallmouth Bass + Whitewater Float Trips

These trips are not geared toward whitewater like a whitewater rafting trip. 
We venture into these class III & IV waters to target the big,
aggressive Smallmouth Bass that live within.  
Trips are full day floats with a two boat minimum. 
Multi-day trips with Safari Camp are available.
All guides are River Rescue 3 International &
ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue certified and fully insured. 


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Recent Trip Pictures

Spring weather has been like a roller coaster.  Never the less, the spring fishing for both Trout and Smallmouth Bass has been excellent.  The following pictures are from recent trips...

 

Tailwater Roundup - Watauga River Clean up

Tailwater Roundup - Watauga River Clean up

We had a great day cleaning up the Watauga River in Elizabethton, TN this past weekend as part of the Tailwater Roundup.

Fly Fishing the Watauga River for wild Trophy Brown Trout

Fly Fishing the Watauga River for wild Trophy Brown Trout

Fly Fishing the Watauga River for wild Trophy Brown Trout during Black Caddis Hatch. 

Smallmouth Bass Fishing - Asheville, NC

GUIDED SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHING TRIPS

NOW BOOKING 2018 SPRING SEASON

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is renowned as some of the best on the continent.  We target these fish on our float trips on the fly and with tackle.  If you enjoy a tenacious pull from the surface and seeing acrobatic fish dance, then this is for you.  We target several rivers located in Western North Carolina and East TennesseeClick here for more information.

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GUIDED SMALLMOUTH BASS - WHITEWATER FLOAT FISHING TRIPS

For the adventurous angler looking for a remote experience, Asheville Fly Fishing Company is the only guide service in the Asheville area offering a smallmouth bass fishing trip on Class III-IV whitewater.  While it is becoming rare to find a true remote wilderness experience in the east, we are fortunate to have access to the French Broad River section 9 and the Nolichucky Gorge.  These trips offer excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing and flow through two of the most remote, beautiful sections of river found in the eastern US.  All guides are ACA Level IV Swift Water Rescue and CPR/First Aid certified and fully insured.  Click here for more info.

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GUIDED OVERNIGHT SMALLMOUTH BASS FISHING TRIPS

So much water, so little time.  If you need more than one day of fishing, we understand all too well.  We offer multi-day trips with Safari style camping.  Click here for more info and watch the video below.

REVIEWS

At Asheville Fly Fishing Company, we value long-lasting relationships with our guests and enjoy sharing memorable days on the water.  Click here to read what people are saying about their experience with us. 

ABOUT US

Guiding is our passion.  Sure we love catching fish on our days off, but sharing the experience is far more rewarding.  We are problem solvers who enjoy the connections and process just as much as the pull.  We push each other to be innovative, aware of the fine details and to always anticipate the next move gracefully and with respect.  Our goal is to give you the best service you have ever experienced, and to always enjoy as much river experience as possible while putting fish in the net.  Our first time out with you, we are taking notes on the details that make a difference to you.  From the moment we meet you onward, we go the extra miles so you are right where you want to be, fishing better and laughing louder.   Click here to read more about the guides.

 

FISHING REPORT:  SPRING FORECAST

With several good snows under our belt the ground water table is up as we move into the rainy season.  We anticipate good water levels for spring fishing on our freestone rivers.  This week we are getting our first taste of warmer temperatures and perhaps the beginning of the warming trends that will take us into spring.  As this trend progresses, we recommend your fishing efforts be spent during the end of each warm spell.  Don't go the first day it warms up.  If you've got five days of warmer temps in the forecast, hit the water on day 3, 4 or 5.  This will give the water temperature a chance to increase resulting in more active fish and more fish in the net. 

 

Gift Certificates - Guided Fly Fishing Trip

Gift Certificates - Guided Fly Fishing Trip

Gift Certificates are available for your fishy friends & loved ones. 

Asheville Fly Fishing Report

Asheville Fly Fishing Company

Summertime is officially here in Asheville, NC!  Water levels are above average and conditions are great for fishing and enjoying the outdoors.  We've noticed the fishing has been better than the previous two years and we anticipate the trend will continue.  Here's a few highlights of what you can find on the water in the Asheville area.  

 

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Asheville Smallmouth Bass

Water temps are just now getting above 70 degrees with average to above average water levels compared to the 100yr. average.  While spring has been hit or miss due to rainfall and blown out rivers, the fishing has been very good this year.  Those windows of time when the river clears just enough before the next rain are gold.  The fish know the rain is coming and they must feed while the livin' is easy.  As summer continues and temperatures rise, fishing will start to slow down mid-day.  Please consider practicing catch and release and keeping the fish wet.  An 18" Smallmouth Bass takes 8-10yrs. to get that big.  The top water bite is hot and fish are exploding on frog patterns and boogle bugs.  Enjoy!

 

TROUT

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Sulfurs are hatching on the both the South Holston River & Watauga River, offering great dry fly fishing.  Any time now the Japanese Beetles will start falling out of the trees.  The Brown Trout will be there waiting and so will we.  This event is a blast and offers both beginners and experts the opportunity to sight fish.  These rivers fish well year round and boast a dense population of wild Brown Trout.  Both rivers are most effectively fished from a driftboat as water levels change daily.  Please use caution if you plan on wading and make sure you know the generation schedule. 

WNC Delayed Harvest waters have opened as of June 3rd, so wade fishing just got a whole lot tougher.   During summer months we recommend floating but if you prefer wading, we recommend going for wild trout in the higher elevation streams.  This will take you away from the crowds and into to the wilderness where native Brook Trout aggressively rise to dry flies. 

 

A few shots from recent trips... 

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Safety First! AFFC guides are certified to the highest level.

You can rest assured that you will be in safe hands with Asheville Fly Fishing Company.  Our team has the highest level of Swift Water Rescue and River Rescuecertification in addition to the minimum required CPR / First Aid certification.  

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • ACA - Level IV Swift Water Rescue Certified
  • Rescue 3 International - Level III River Rescue Certified
  • Adult, Child, Baby First Aid / CPR / AED Certified

 

Here's a few highlights of what is required of us with these certifications:

  • Swimming in 40-50 degree water for extended periods.
  • Swimming class III whitewater rapids
  • Swimming/ Rescue wearing boots & waders
  • Hydrology and Hazards
  • Technical equipment
  • Trip Planning
  • Risk prevention and assessment
  • Rescue techniques using throw-bags, zip-lines and roping systems
  • Knots and anchor systems
  • Flipped, wrapped and pinned boat rescue. 

 

Here's what Swift Water Rescue education looks like... 

 

Featured on Field and Stream

Thanks to Fin & Field for adding us to Papa-Would-Be-Proud Adventure Series featured on Field and Stream. 

Click this link to read:  http://www.fieldandstream.com/promoted?prx_t=UbECAgyIOAtsIMA

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Featured in Dun Magazine "Page 5 Guide"

A big fishy thanks to the fine folks at Dun Magazine.  We love them and Dun magazine.  The magazine is available online and in print for your enjoyment. 

It was fun answering their questions and that is what its all about!  Thanks for keeping it fun!  Check out the feature and this great fishing magazine by clicking the following link. 

DUN MAGAZINE

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Asheville Fly Fishing Company featured in Southern Culture on the Fly Magazine

While your recovering from a food coma in your favorite chair this holiday,  take a minute to check out the most recent issue of Southern Culture on the Fly.  We had the pleasure of rowing the SCOF crew down the Natahala Gorge on a day off from guiding.  We were in aluminum Drift Boats hunting for wild brown trout.   

A big thank you to the guys at Southern Culture on the Fly for a great experience.  It is always a pleasure with SCOF and we love their magazine.

Thank you to Asheville Fly Fishing Company's guides Zach Bassett and Anthony Esposito for their great work behind the oars and great attitudes.   

To read the full article go to www.southerncultureonthefly.com 

Here's a few shots from the article...  

  

Fall Fishing Season is here: Smallmouth Bass & Trout

70 degrees and Fall is in the air! The fish are happy and hungry and flying out of the water.  The leaves are already changing here in Asheville. The #Trout and #Smallmouthbass fishing is REALLY good right now and we are loving it.  Here's a handful of highlights from the last week of guided trips...  #wataugariver #southholstonriver #flyfishingasheville

Make your reservation now for fall season.     BOOK A TRIP: (828) 779-9008  

 

 
 

SPOTLIGHT ON ASHEVILLE FLY FISHING COMPANY: FIN & FIELD

"Most people don’t think of the southern states when they think about world class trout fishing. But Asheville Fly Fishing Company, owned and operated by Galen Kipar in North Carolina, will change the way you think.  The plethora of streams and tailwaters around Asheville provide a unique opportunity for anglers year round."

~ By Daniel Cohen - Fin & Field

CONTINUE READING by clicking the following link:  http://blog.finandfield.com/fishing/asheville/

JULY Fishing Report: South Holston River & Watauga River

July was a good month.  It was a hot, busy month on the water.  While below average water levels and above average temperatures have made the Smallmouth Bass fishing challenging, the tailwaters in East Tennessee have been fishing great!  Since the South Holston River and Watauga River are tailwaters (Rivers fed by a dam where the water comes from the bottom of the lake), they stay cold enough and flow enough for the fish to remain happy.  We've been experiencing some extra happy fish this summer with the abundance of Japanese Beetles falling out of the trees.  Both brown and rainbow trout are looking for them actively and the Big Brown Trout are on the prowl.   The Beetles have been on for two or three weeks and we anticipate they will continue through August.  If you want in on the action, give us a call!  We still have a little availability in August, so book sooner than later!

Here's a few of July's highlights...