Client Testimonials/Reviews

Aaron Sparn - Texas: 2020
Fished with Paul in mid - July 2020. Great conversation and great fishing. Would suggest SAA for any fly fishing trip in the Asheville area.
Dayton Casto - Blacksburg, VA: 2020
I have fished my whole life basically, spin and fly and have never booked a guided trip. So for my 40th bday I booked with SAA. I had set up a float for my wife and I with Paul. We had a great experience. My wife doesn't fish much and was on fish immediately, we caught fish consistently even in the 90 degree heat. I'm hoping we can get back in the spring and get on more smallies and trout.
Bill Green - Australia: 2018
My son and I were lucky enough to have Paul as our guide for a day fishing the Nolichucky. His professionalism and attention to detail were first class. We happened to catch a once in a lifetime muskie (well over a metre long) to top off a great day. We strongly recommend Paul and Southern Appalachian Anglers to anyone looking to have a North Carolina angling experience.
Adam - Greenville, NC: 2017
It was my wife's first time fly fishing and she was quite excited to catch the first trout of the day!  We each caught plenty rainbows with a few brook trout mixed in. Learning more about fly fishing, the types of trout, and general information about the area from SAA was a treat. Mychal was a very knowledgeable and attentive guide, who kept us on the fish and having fun the whole time. I highly recommend using SAA if you are interested in a guided fishing trip in the Asheville area.
Bill Hall - Greenville, SC: 2018
Had a blast with Southern Appalachian Anglers. Top notch fisherman and equipment...and we got to stick some big ole fish. First class outfit all the way.
Michelle Lamant - Hendersonville, NC: 2017
We had a fantastic day out, bought a gift certificate for my husband and loved everything they had to offer. Beautiful fishing spots (they know whereto go!!!) and caught a bunch of fish! Would recommend strongly if you wanna have fun!
Rob Speir - Charlotte, NC: 2017
If this is any indication, Nate has been asking to go fishing every day since we left.
Weaver Destef - Cincinnati, OH: 2017
My buddy and I had an amazing day on the water with SAA this past weekend. My buddy had some experience, but this was my first time fly fishing. We couldn't have asked for a better guide than Mychal Hamby. He was friendly, experienced, and tailored his instruction accordingly for the both of us. We both caught fish and learned a lot from Mychal. This experience will certainly have me coming back for more.
I would certainly recommend SAA & Mychal to outfit/guide your fishing trip. Mychal's personality, experience and knowledge of the area would definitely meet the needs of anyone searching for a positive fishing experience, regardless of your experience.
John Evans - Charlotte, NC: 2020
Went Labor Day weekend with Paul, not only an exceptional guide but also the ambience of how a guide is supposed to be. You get the whole package!!! One of the most iconic fish catches I've ever had!!!
The Bohlens - Raleigh, NC: 2016
Fishing is becoming a great way for us to come together as a family and appreciate the beauty of our waters and mountain venues in North Carolina. It was a thrill to fish for wild trout and understand their habitat. Nothing beats hands on and this was a great hands on experience. You both met and exceeded our expectations.
Nick Ciulla - Asheville, NC: 2019
A true group of professionals, from booking, pre-trip communication, and guiding. The entire pre-trip experience was excellent, and the on the water guiding and instruction with Ethan was fantastic - one of the best fishing charter/guide experiences I've ever had. Will definitely not be our last trip with these guys!
Laura Greene - Long Island, NY: 2016
Had an amazing time fly fishing! Learned a ton from our knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend!
Blake Smith - Raleigh, NC: 2019
I'm from Eastern, NC, so unfortunately I don't really get the chance to pursue smallmouth. That being said, I set out to find a quality guide service that would help me get on some smallmouth bass. My search led me to all the positive reviews and comments of Southern Appalachian Anglers. I decided to give their service a shot and I'm so glad i did! Paul guided our trip. He's an awesome guy! Very nice. Very helpful. Very experienced. And the scenery was just as good as the fishing! I'll definitely be taking another trip with them in the near future.
David P. - Hobokon, NJ: 2019
I have been fly fishing for about four years but still have a lot to learn. I improved my knowledge of fly presentation and learned a couple of very novel ways of casting from Ethan who, along with Paul, is an owner/partner of Southern Appalachian Anglers. Oh, and importantly, I caught some great trout! These guys have real local knowledge and skills of mountain fishing (fly, spin, trout, bass and more) with a strong ecological base. For the first-timer, novice or accomplished angler, they provide a great experience. Cast no doubt!