My wife and I were planning to be in the area for a wedding and decided we wanted to try out fly fishing for mountain trout. We fish for saltwater species frequently around our home closer to the coast and were excited about trying out a new type of fishing experience. We did a half day wading trip on the Cane River with Mychal and had a great time.
It was my wife's first time fly fishing and she was quite excited to catch the first trout of the day! (A testament to Mychal's ability to instruct newbies on fly casting.) 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 Mychal was a treat. He 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.

Todd Wagner

A true full-service fly fishing outfitter. Paul picked us up from the Grove Park Inn and took us smallmouth fishing for the day and then dropped us back off. We did absolutely nothing but fished. We recommend!!. - Todd Wagner: Raleigh, NC

Weaver - Ohio

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.

Joanne R - Asheville, NC

My husband and I spent a full day with Michael, the guide, on the North Toe River north of Burnsville, NC. We were able to try fly fishing for the first time under his guidance. After awhile we tired and switched to lure fishing for the remainder of the day. We caught and released approximately 20 small mouth bass of varying sizes. The lunch provided of foot long sub, chips and drinks was just right for a mid day pick me up. My husband caught the trophy fish of 3 lbs which is a large specimen for this river. We definitely plan to go with them again to fish as we continue our exploration of western NC.

Michelle Lamant

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! - Michelle Lamant: Alabama

Rob Speir

If this is any indication, Nate has been asking to go fishing every day since we left. - Rob Speir: Chapel Hill, NC

Chris Hughes

Well experienced guides. Our guide Paul put us on fish in a heart beat. Great fun on Lake Watauga and we even spent the afternoon wading the river, which was really nice. - Chris Hughes: Atlanta, GA

Dane Hill

Took my girlfriend out on a fishing trip guided by Paul Kisielewski. Not an avid fisherman myself but Paul taught us a lot about different techniques and fish patterns. Caught a boat load of fish!! I can't recommend this enough. You will have a great time. - Dane Hill: Virginia

The Bohlens

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.  - The Bohlens: Raleigh, NC

Robert McKinley

I went on a full day guided bass fishing trip on Lake Jocassee a couple weeks ago. Got to catch large and smallmouth bass on the lake, which happens  to be one of the most beautiful lakes I've ever been to. Then my guide Paul took me up to the mouth of the Toxaway river for lunch and a little fly fishing for Rainbows and Browns. I just can't recommend Southern Appalachian Anglers enough! - Robert McKinley: Greenville, SC


We had an amazing fishing experience catching smallmouth while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. We highly recommend SAA if you are looking to spend a day in the beautiful WNC mountains. - Renfro: Asheville, WNC

Langston Brown

Go in the fall! The lakes SAA offer guide trips on have amazing fall foliage views. Bring a camera as well - we saw 2 bald eagles on Lake Fontana! - Langston Brown: Roanoke, VA

Laura Greene

Had an amazing time fly fishing! Learned a ton from our knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend! - Laura Greene: Long Island, NY