Kevin Williams was just a kid when his father taught him how to fly fish. Nearly 20 years later, he puts his skills to use passing on his expansive knowledge to others, taking clients out for guided tenkara or fly fishing trips to show them the best spots to cast their lines. Private lessons are also available.
Heritage Outdoors prepares its customers for their outdoor adventures with a full stock of archery and fishing equipment. You can get a reel and tackle, a variety of lures, or a crossbow or compound bow. Once you?ve got your bow in-hand, head to the indoor range and practice your aim against a set of targets.
Sixty-three pounds. That’s the state record weight of the heaviest fish ever reeled in from the waters of Fish Tales Guide Service’s chartered fishing trips. Angler Wayne White and his team of experienced guides take groups onto Lake Hartwell to capture stripers, largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish. “I’d be surprised if anybody knows more about Lake Hartwell and catching striper then Wayne White,” wrote one participant after a day on the water.
Groups depart from Portman Marina and climb into boats outfitted with advanced electronics and fishing equipment. Guides bring along all the necessary supplies, including tackle, bait, and a cheering section that rejoices when anyone makes a catch. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks, drinks, and a cooler large enough to take home the day’s catch.
On the shores of Lake Hartwell, Harbor Light Marina's fleet of 16 new boats waits to cut through the water. Strictly maintained fishing boats, deck boats, and pontoons ferry fishermen or parties into the lake's middle or around its 1,000-mile shoreline, acting as suitable bases for catching striped bass or honing a cannonball. Icons of leisure, the pontoons vary in size to fit each guest's needs, the largest checking in at 28 feet—long enough to fit 16 passengers or set up an eye chart to test the captain’s vision. And all the vessels park in the marina's slips, alongside spaces rented out to other local aquanauts.
Hosted at nearby waterways such as the Watauga River or French Broad River, Asheville Anglers' two-hour fly-fishing lessons pair an expert angler with 4–10 sure-handed students. A friendly pole pioneer acquaints students with wader wearing, rod rigging, fly selection, and how to tie the appropriate knot for bow ties worn while fishing. Pupils then tote the provided gear and tackle, including hand-tied flies, and practice casting to gain an understanding of fundamental technique. An entomology lesson sheds light on various key terms, after which groups head into the water for guided practice in the art of fly fishing. Instructors provide cool refreshments for all, but budding line slingers should bring their own sunglasses, sunscreen, and canned story about the fish or gal that got away.
With years and years of experience navigating the river's rapids, the Thomas family has some strong opinions about which watercraft provide the best experience. When they first got started, they weren't able to find any with all the features they wanted, so they decided to design their own. Paddle Inn's signature rafts were created specifically for riding the Nantahala River, and they boast a number of features intended to provide the optimal experience, including urethane undersides, which allow the rafts to easily slide over the occasional rock or kraken.
The rafts transports patrons down the river on guided trips and self-guided excursions aboard rafts in multiple sizes, as well as inflatable kayaks. These vessels can accommodate couples all the way up to groups of eight. After a trip, river trekkers can dry off by perching next to a crackling fire or spinning around in a circle really fast.