Pre Guide Trip Planner and Cancellation Policy

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.


It is recommended 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 warmer 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 fish in the rain/sleet/snow, but dangerous weather conditions (such as thunder, lightening, flooding) do result in rebooking or refunds. 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! Your guide will advise you 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, please notify your guide of any medical/personal conditions that you may have – prior to departure. It is necessary that our guides know how to cater your trip to prevent further injury due to prior health restrictions. Keep in mind many of the rivers and waters that we fish have limited to no cellular service.


Southern Appalachian Anglers supplies all the equipment that you will need for your guided trip. If you have your own equipment that you would like to use, please feel free to bring it along on your 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. We offer full service transportation from downtown Asheville, North Asheville, Weaverille, Mars Hill and other townships in the general area. Float trips and larger group trips may not include full-transportation if you are staying at the top of a mountain due to towing a trailer and boat, and max capacity seating. Contact us to see if your lodging is in the full-service zone.

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.

Items to Bring on Your Trip:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Extra socks
  • Extra pair of clothes
  • Personal medication
  • Camera
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Fishing license (North Carolina Wildlife)

Items Not To Bring:

  • Illegal drugs of any kind. Please do not put our guides at risk.
  • Hard liquor


SAA Guide Service operates year round with a group of professional, full-time fishing guides. When scheduling a fishing trip with us, we ask that you please try to avoid rescheduling or canceling your fishing trips as this creates booking and scheduling conflicts with the guide service. Below is our booking and cancellation policy. This policy reflects the rights of Southern Appalachian Anglers LLC and applies to all of our fishing trips. We understand that unforeseen situations may arise beyond control which sometimes affect travel plans. We believe in a fair approach to cancellations. Our cancellation policy is such that it both protects the livelihoods of our guides in the event that a scheduled guide trip was cancelled, and in some situations it allows deposits from cancelled trips toward future trip bookings.
Only your fishing guide may cancel your guided trip within 24 hours of your scheduled trip date due to weather or mechanical breakdown without forfeiture of trip deposit.


A deposit of the full trip’s cost is required to book a guided trip (we accept all major credit cards).
Guide trips cancelled 15 days prior to the scheduled date, a refund will be issued in full.
Guide trips cancelled 14 days to 48 hours of the trip date result in 50% of the trip’s cost and we will refund the other 50%.
Guide trips cancelled less than 48 hours or in the event of a no show for scheduled trip dates result in forfeiture of deposit plus the remaining trip balance to offset expenses occurred and loss of opportunity for guides impacted.

Rain is not considered dangerous weather.

Please call (828) 691-1506 to reschedule your booked trip to let our other clients fish.


Trips changed from full-day to half-day within 48 hours of the trip date, requires a full-day payment. No exceptions. Rain is NOT CONSIDERED dangerous weather.


If the weather on the date of the trip is dangerous, which includes thunder, lightening, dangerous water levels or other life threatening circumstances, you will have the option to book your trip at a later date or your deposit will be refunded in full. If your deposit is non refundable we provide the option to transfer your deposit toward a future date of your choice.