Purchase your fishing license online:
(Click on the state)
Full Day 2 person. $475
Full Day 1 person. $400
Half Day 2 person. $375
Half Day 1 person. $325
Full Day TN 2 person. $425
Full Day TN 1 person. $325
Full Day 2 person. $400
Full Day 1 person. $300
Half Day 2 person. $275
Half Day 1 person. $175
Trophy Water Wade
1 person $275
2 person $450
Ladies Day Out Half Day
2 person $300
4 person $600
Trophy Water Wade
Experience catching "the big one" on our private trophy water wade trip in the High Country wilderness. This is a half day trip, and definitely one you won't forget!
Are you a woman, want to learn to fish, and just aren’t sure where or how to start? Do you and the gals want to learn together, be outdoors, and chat over a riverside lunch?
Our Ladies Day Out package is a guided trip for women, taking place locally on the Watauga River, with lunch provided. The menu has been inspired by executive chef Ken Gordon of the Gamekeeper
Restaurant. Finish the trip with a toast to the day!
Ladies Day Out Package
Fish by Day, Fine Dining by Night Package
This specialty trip has you on the river for an all day float with a riverside lunch provided. The menu is inspired by executive chef Ken Gordon of the Gamekeeper Restaurant, known for the area's best fine dining experience. Finish your day on the water with dinner at the Gamekeeper Restaurant as well.
A $100 gift card to the GK restaurant is included in this package. It can be used any night (based on availability), if you cannot go the night of the trip. We are happy to make the reservation for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring for my trip?
We will supply all of the fishing gear needed for your trip. Things that you may consider
bringing are: hat, sunglasses, rain jacket, clothing appropriate for the weather conditions,
sunscreen and bug spray. We will have beverages for all trips and for full day wade and float trips,
we will supply lunch.
What forms should I fill out in advance of the trip?
Please fill out the forms that are emailed to you at the time of reservation and submit them back
to us. These include our pre-trip questionnaire and waiver (signed by each participant).
What type of license do I need?
Most of our wade trips are done locally and you will need an NC fishing license with a trout
permit. You can purchase either a 10-day or an annual license. You may purchase an NC fishing license online here. If you are doing a TN Float or wade trip in TN, you will need either
a 3 day or an annual 'all species' fishing license. You can purchase a TN fishing license online here.
What is an appropriate tip for my guide?
Like in any service industry, your should tip based on the service you've experienced. A
typical tip is 20-25%. Our guides spend most of their "off" time scouting water, tying flies
and getting prepared for trips. They spend far more time preparing for trips, than the actual time
it takes to do a trip. The guides do their best to ensure you have a great trip and they greatly
appreciate your support.
What type of meals do you serve for full day trips?
We focus our trips on catching fish, not cooking meals. That being said, we typically have
sandwiches with a couple of sides and dessert. We will supply water and soft drinks as well.
We will contact each client to see what they would prefer for lunch and to make sure there
are no dietary restrictions. Cooking a 'stream side' meal takes time off the water... we will
gladly make you a nice meal on the side of the river, but that is less time fishing!
Do you do trips for beginners and/or kids?
Yes, yes, yes. We do countless trips with folks that have never touched a fly rod and we love
fly fishing with kids. We will teach you all about it and the guides will coach you every step
of the way. You can learn as much or as little as you want. We love seeing the progress of
our clients throughout the day. As for taking your child fly fishing, we have found that almost
always the kids out fish the adults. Kids listen well, are fast learners and no preconceived idea of how to fly fish. We have found that most children 8 and up are able to pick up the sport
Do we get to keep the fish?
No. We practice 100% catch and release. We like to think of the fish as our colleagues and
we want to put them back in the water like they came out...alive and well! Trout are
very sensitive creatures and you need to handle them properly. Here is a good article on the
proper handling of these fish to ensure your fish can be caught again.
What is your Cancellation Policy?
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. Your credit card will be kept on file. The remaining 50% balance will be drafted 24 hours prior to the day of your trip. Trips cancelled
30 days prior to the date of the trip will receive a full refund. Trips cancelled less than 30 days
prior to the trip date can be rescheduled for the future using the 50% deposit collected for a
future date should your dates need to change. Cancellations of reserved trips less than 7 days
before the trip date will require payment for the full amount of the trip to be forfeited by the
participant. It can be difficult for us to book another trip with that short of notice of a
cancellation. Please understand that our guides rely on these trips for their living and spend
time in preparation for them outside of the date of the trip. Consider trip insurance if you are
very concerned about needing to cancel.
What about Cancellations due to weather?
If we need to cancel due to weather or poor fishing conditions, we will work hard to
reschedule the trip to a mutually agreed upon date, applying the collected deposit of 50% to
that new date.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept most types of credit cards, cash, or check. We'll need a credit card on file to book
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