Pre Guide Trip Plannerbrown trout fly fishing asheville

There are many variables and factors to consider before planning your guided fly fishing trip. Below are a list of things to consider as well as any personal deliverables you may have. Be sure to let your guide or staff member know of any medical conditions prior to your guided fly fishing trip.


First step is to look out the window, get on your smart phone or turn on the weather channel to check out any weather forecasts that may seem promising. It is always smart to pack a light rain jacket in the spring and summer months – Western North Carolina is similar to the rain forest in some areas; downpours are all too common in the Asheville area. If it is scorching out you will have the option to free-wade or to use waders. Prior to every trip, we recommend our clients bring an extra pair of clothes including socks.


Due to the nature of Western North Carolina’s mountain ranges, thunderstorms and downpours can happen at any time. This mainly happens in the spring and summer months, so to be prepared a rain jacket is always recommended. We do our best to coordinate our clients trips for the best weather conditions, although if the weather takes a toll during your guide trip it is always smart to pack an extra set of clothing.

Photos / Camera:

Bring your camera! Although everyone has a smartphone with a camera, your guide will give you advice on where to put your phone/camera and/or if you should bring it along on your trip. Your fishing guide will have a camera on him so leave this item at home to avoid getting wet!

Elevation Considerations:

Most guided trips will be in high elevations which can offer colder air temperatures than currently being experienced in Asheville. We recommend arriving to your guide trip dressed for your trip.

Medical Conditions:

Prior to your trip, notify your guide of any medical/personal conditions that you may have – prior to departure. Many of the rivers and waters that we fish have limited cellular service. Our guides will pick a location where cellular service will be readily available, while the fishing is still amazing.


Southern Appalachian Anglers supplies all the equipment that you will need for your guide trip. If you have your own equipment that you would like to use, please feel free to bring it along on your guide trip. All of our guide trips are supplied with top of the line rods, reels, waders, boots, leader, tippet, flies, and any other supplies that may be needed for the day.


Southern Appalachian Anglers offers full-service guided trips, which include pick up and drop off for a number of different Bed and Breakfasts in Asheville along with the Omni Grove Park Inn, the Biltmore Estate and other Hotels around the area. Let our staff know where you are staying when booking your trip. If you are not staying at one of our partners hotels we are still able to make your accommodations.

Fishing License:

Before your guided fly fishing trip in Asheville, NC be sure to pick up a fishing license online from North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. All of our guided fishing trips include a lot of supplies, and we wish that we could provide a fishing license for all! Although this is the one item that we cannot provide to our clients. Please purchase your fishing license before your guide trip.

Personal Items to Bring on Your Trip:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Extra Socks
  • Extra Pair of Clothes
  • Personal Medication or Items
  • Camera
  • Rain Jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Fishing License (NC or TN)