About Us

Fontana Guides was established in 2007. We are fully insured, licensed, and operate under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the U.S. National Park Service. We offer the largest variety of guided fishing & touring trips in Western North Carolina. We maintain a small staff of professional guides that meet the highest of standards; their resumes speak for themselves. When you fish with us you can count on a true professional, patient, friendly, and knowledgeable guide to enjoy your time with on the water.

Meet Our Guides


Bryson City Certified Captian & Fishing GuideKyle Fronrath specializes in fishing Fontana Lake and the rivers that feed it. He brings over twenty two years of fishing experience to Fontana Guides, and puts his clients on nearly every species of game fish found here in the Smokies on the fly or conventional tackle, by wading, kayak fishing, or pontoon boat. He currently holds a United States Coast Guard Master Captains License, and is wilderness First Aid/CPR trained by the American Red Cross. Kyle is also a member of the Jackson Kayak National Fishing Team, and serves an one of sixty International Ambassadors for GreenFish, a group of anglers dedicated to making a positive impact on fisheries and the environment at large. Kyle was selected and employed by Harvard University to assist in mercury contamination studies by providing valuable insight and field samples from the freshwater fish inhabiting the Great Smoky Mountains region. Kyle’s local fishing expertise has also been featured in NC Sportsman & Kayak Angler Magazine, as well as nationally televised on X-treme Christian Outdoor’s television series highlighting the Tuckasegee River & Fontana Lake. Kyle enjoys guiding anglers of all ages and skill levels. He was selected as a regional fishing guide for the Wounded Warrior Project, and is currently one of 128 fishing guides in the country that have been certified by the International Game Fish Association.


Bryson City Fly Fishing GuideCAPT. JUSTIN ANDERSON

Justin Anderson specializes in fly fishing, and brings nearly 30 years of fishing experience to Fontana Guides. He very much enjoys meeting new clients, teaching, and sharing his knowledge of fly fishing. Justin’s knowledge in the sport of fly fishing has been featured in NC Sportsman Magazine, and nationally televised on the X-treme Christian Outdoor’s television show highlighting the Tuckasegee River. He has an educational background in wildlife and forestry, and is a world class taxidermist. He has practiced the art of taxidermy for 22 years, and has had the opportunity to artistically mount animals from all over the world. Justin's skill set carries over to the fly tying vice. He is an incredibly skilled fly tier, and you will have the opportunity of using his flies when you fish with him. He also holds a current United States Coast Guard Captains License, and is wilderness First Aid/CPR trained by the American Red Cross.


Bryson City Fishing GuideTHOMAS GRIMES

Thomas Grimes specializes in float trips, and brings nearly twenty years of fishing experience to Fontana Guides. He graduated from Western Carolina University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship. He has since pursued a life of guiding both fishing and hunting in North Carolina, Idaho, and Wyoming. Thomas is extremely skilled behind the oars of his drift boat. He is a graduate of the Western Rivers Guide School in Victor, Idaho where he mastered his skill set on big water. He is also an incredibly skilled fly tier, and specializes in tying streamers. Thomas loves to share his passion for fishing with people of all ages. Whether in a drift boat, kayak, or wading he loves to assist others with catching fish using both fly and conventional gear. He is wilderness First Aid/CPR trained by the American Red Cross.


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