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One Fly Outfitters, Ltd. operates year-round offering both wade and float fly-fishing trips to some of the best trout fishing destinations in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.

We are insured and operate under special commercial use permits in the Pisgah National Forest. We are a catch-and-release outfitter.

From October to the first Saturday in June, Delayed-Harvest Regulations allow catch-and-release trout fishing using only flies or artificial lures with one hook. No fish are ever taken from the stream. This offers our anglers some great fishing opportunities on specially designated streams in Western North Carolina.

After the first Saturday in June, all Delayed-Harvest streams revert back to Hatchery Supported Regulations. These, along with our wild and catch-and-release regulated waters, offer anglers some good summer and fall fishing until Delayed-Harvest starts up again in October.

Please call ahead when planning your trip to check available dates and make a reservation. A 50% deposit is required when booking a trip to reserve both a date and guide. We will refund deposits if notified within 7 days of the trip.

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Gratuity is not included with our trip rates and greatly appreciated by all our guides!

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Wade Trips

Wade trips allow clients the most flexibility in terms of time and distance traveled to fish some of our area's best local freestone trout waters in the Pisgah National Forest and North Carolina Wildlife-Designated Delayed-Harvest streams. Many of these streams support wild Brown, Rainbow, and Brook trout populations. We can customize your trip for a morning, afternoon, or full-day quality fishing experience. Half-day and full-day wade trips are also available to the South Holston and Watauga rivers in Eastern Tennessee.

Wade trips typically leave around 7:30am with 4 hours on the water for half-day trips and 6 hours on the water for full-day trips. This does not include travel times. Trips finish no later than 4:00pm on full days.

Half-Day, 1 Client $250
Half-Day, 2 Clients $300
Full-Day, 1 Client $350
Full-Day, 2 Clients $400

The maximum client-to-guide ratio is 2-to-1. A third client will require a second guide at the 1-client rate.

Float Trips

Float trips are considered one of our premier fishing experiences. Beginners and experienced clients can enjoy a less crowded, aesthetic, and scenic fishing environment. With miles of river to float, it is not unusual to catch a large number of trout and perhaps even a trophy-sized Brown or Rainbow! Float trips use the Watauga, South Holston, Tuckaseegee, and Catawba Tailwaters via Clackacraft and Adipose Drift Boats. Smallmouth and Muskie fishing on the French Broad River is also available depending on the water conditions.

Float trips typically leave around 7:30am with 4 hours on the water for half-day trips and 6 hours on the water for full-day trips. This does not include travel times. Trips finish no later than 4:00pm on full days.

Half-Day, 1 or 2 Clients $400
Full-Day, 1 or 2 Clients $475

Our Guides

With over 50 years of combined experience, our licensed guides are professional, friendly, knowledgeable, and work hard all year to bring you the best fly fishing experience and personable instruction in all types of fishing situations. They are an invaluable resource in helping you learn the knots, casting techniques, presentations, stream entomology, fly selection, and rigging strategies for our area. If you are a beginner, they can also show you how to wade safely, read the water, locate and catch fish.

Each of our guides is First Aid and CPR certified.

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What To Expect

If you do not have your own equipment or choose to use ours, we will provide a rod, reel, waders, and boots. Snacks and refreshments are provided on all trips. Terminal tackle such as leaders and flies, your license, and gratuity are not included in our rates.

Licenses may be purchased ahead of time by calling or going online to the North Carolina Wildlife (888-248-6834) and Tennessee Wildlife licensing agencies. Any angler 12 and over must know their social security number to get a license in Tennessee.

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What To Bring

Fly fishing in our area is good all year so don’t put away your fishing gear just because it gets colder. When planning your trip check the extended weather forecast as you will need to dress appropriately for the time and season. Bring a change of clothes, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, hat, rain jacket and camera.

Please advise us if you are allergic to insects or have medical concerns and bring all necessary medications with you.

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