The Guides

It is our goal to keep our guide team small to provide our customers with high quality service. All of our guides are lifelong outdoor enthusiasts. They are patient, courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. In order to be industry leaders, all of our guides are local instructors with 15 plus years of experience fishing rivers, creeks, and lakes all around Western North Carolina. Southern Appalachian Anglers is one of Asheville's only fly fishing guide service that offers wade, float, backcountry and bass fishing trips year-round. Learn more about our expert guide staff below!

Paul Kisielewski, Owner/GM

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Paul is an expert at guiding on the bigger rivers by boat and excels at wading Western North Carolina's smaller rivers for giant trout.  Growing up in Lake Lure, NC he became hooked on fly fishing rivers and bass fishing Southern Appalachian reservoirs. He received his BSBA from Appalachian State University in Marketing. After years of having a corporate career for the largest chemical safety company worldwide, Paul founded SAA. US Coast Guard Licensed, Paul has been featured  in many big publications such as Cabela's and The Angler. It is hard to find a more genuine or pleasant guide than Paul Kisielewski.

Kacie Kisielewski, Program Director

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Born and raised in the mountains just north of Asheville, Kacie has been fishing for trout and smallmouth bass her entire life. She spent several summers working as a camp counselor, so she is passionate about providing activities for children. Kacie manages our partnership program with Big Brother and Big Sister, during the summer, and she loves sharing her knowledge of fishing with the younger generation. Over the years, her quest for smallmouth has consumed her time and made fishing her top priority. When she isn't on the water, she enjoys training for marathons, photographing mountain scenery, writing country music or hiking with her dog.

Ethan Hollifield, Head Guide Staff

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Ethan Hollifield caught his first trout on a fly rod when he was four years old, and with the mentoring of his grandfathers, he became addicted to the sport at an early age. Born and raised in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, Ethan has wet a line in almost every river in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. His favorite fish to target are aggressive river smallmouth on streamers and wild trout on dry flies. While pursuing a B.S. in Parks and Natural Resource Management at NC State, he was also a member of the national championship winning collegiate bass fishing team Basspack. If he's not fishing, he enjoys camping, hunting, tying flies, and playing bluegrass.

Mitchell Carter, Guide Staff

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Mitchell Carter was raised exploring and fishing the rivers, creeks, and streams of Western NC and Eastern Tennessee. He claims that his mother and grandfather taught him the basics of trout and bass fishing at an early age. Many of the lessons they taught him still follow him in his guiding career. A native to WNC, Mitchell’s favorite species to target are wild trout in mountain streams and river smallmouth. When Mitchell isn’t fishing, he enjoys camping, hiking, and riding horses. Feel free to ask him any questions about life in the mountains, or anything about the area in general.

Matt Michael, Guide Staff

Matt grew up in Watauga County, NC and learned to fly fish at a young age. He is a former member of the North Carolina Competitive Fly Fishing Team, which allowed him to travel the East Coast competing in Fly Fishing Tournaments. He received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Biological Engineering from NC State University, where he was also a member of the National Championship winning Basspack fishing team. Matt is an expert in fly fishing wild trout rivers in the region and excels at teaching nymph rig techniques to beginners and experts alike. In his free time, Matt enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and dog on their Carolina Skiff.