Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina

The history of fly fishing varies greatly from source to source. Some date it back just a few hundred years, where others claim it to have existed for over 30,000 years. Where fly fishing originates is an interesting topic but here at Highland Hiker, we don’t just talk fly fishing, we go fly fishing.

We were the first fly-fishing outfitter in Highlands, NC and we carry a complete selection of rods, reels, flies, and other accessories. And for those who are a little rusty or have never fly fished, we have a clinic just for you. Our casting clinic teaches the basics about what type of fish are in the area, how to read water, spot fish, and choose the right fly pattern. Stop by our store and our knowledgeable staff can help you pick out the gear you will need to go on your own fly fishing adventure.

Western North Carolina’s more popular fly fishing species include Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout which reside in many of the rivers surrounding Highlands, NC including the Davidson River, the East Fork of the French Broad, and the Tuckasegee.

As with any type of fishing, fly fishing in North Carolina requires those 16 years of age and older to acquire a fishing license through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Here at the Highland Hiker, we practice catch and release as a conservation tool. We ask that you do the same so our trout population will continue to spawn for years to come.

* We operate on US Forest Service Lands under Special Use Permit


Highland Hiker Guide Service

Fly fish for Brown, Rainbow, and Wild Brook Trout with local guides familiar with the area’s waters. Learn how to read water, spot fish, and choose the right fly pattern. We practice catch and release as a conservation tool.



Guide Service

$300 per Day   (One Angler)

$400 per Day   (Two Anglers)

Package includes:

Fly Rod and Reel, Boots, Waders and Lunch

Float Trips

$350        (One Angler)

$450        (Two Anglers)



Two Hour Casting Clinic


$100    (One or Two Anglers)



Four Hour School with Casting Clinic

Knot Tying, Discussion and Technique


$250   (One or Two Anglers)



A two-week advance registration is suggested. A deposit of $100 will reserve your trip.

Call for reservations: (828) 526-5298