Fontana Guides is fully insured, licensed, and operates under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the U.S. National Park Service.
All of our boat captains hold a United States Coast Guard License as a Master of Inland Waters, 25 Gross Tons.
All of our guides/captains are Wilderness First Aid/ CPR & AED certified and trained by the American Red Cross.
We offer the opportunity of taking home the best memories of your adventures with us. Thanks to GoPro our guides always have a camera on hand at all times. At no additional charge, we will upload HD photos of your experience to our Facebook page for you to download, tag, and share with your friends!
You can purchase your fishing license online using the official North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.
Catch & Release Only
All of our guided fishing trips are catch & release only. Due to the high volume of trips we guide each year, the only way to be fair to all of our clients and keep catch rates high is to establish this policy. Nature has its limits, and the continuation of our prolific sport fishery here in the Great Smoky Mountains will depend upon more anglers choosing to practice catch & release. It is our job to deliver you the best fishing experience possible. We have taken action to insure that occurs.
Owned & operated by an IGFA Captain, Fontana Guides is an International Game Fish Association Certified Guide Service.
The areas in and around Bryson City and Cherokee, NC are quickly becoming some of the top fly fishing destinations in the country for trout and smallmouth bass. We offer guided wade & walk fly fishing trips on the Tuckasegee River, Little Tennessee River, Oconoluftee River, Raven Fork, Hazel Creek, and the majority of the rivers & creeks located inside the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
In addition to the great fishing, our wade & walk fly fishing trips are also a great way to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife found here in the Smokies. We frequently see Elk crossing the river while fly fishing in Cherokee at the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.
Smallmouth bass are pound for pound some the of the hardest fighting game fish out there, especially on a fly rod! We offer guided fly fishing trips for smallmouth bass on the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee Rivers just outside of Bryson City.
When you book with us you get an authentic and professional experience. You will use the same gear we use, and fish with the same flies we hand tie ourselves. Our guided fly fishing trips are suitable for kids, and we do have gear that will fit them comfortably. We can also accommodate large groups such as bachelor parties, corporate retreats, and school programs. Give us call today to book your ultimate fly fishing adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains (828)736-2318.
With a great mix of wild and hatchery supported trout water, fly fishing is tremendous year round in Bryson City and Cherokee, NC. We also claim fame to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, the nation’s first and only fly fishing trail in the United States. We have a very diverse trout fishery, as most of our guided fly fishing trips will offer you the chance of catching all three species: rainbow, brown, and brook trout.