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.

Bryson City Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Bryson City Fly Fishing

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.

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly Fishing

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly FishingIn 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.


Bryson City & Cherokee Fly FishingWhen 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.


Bryson City & Cherokee Fly Fishing

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly FishingFly Fishing the Delayed Harvest portion of the Tuckasegee River. Anglers can target rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, and the occasional smallmouth bass. This section of the Tuckasegee River is managed to hold over 9,000 trout per mile. Most of the trout found in this stretch are stocked, but there is also a strong population of wild fish and holdovers from previous annual stockings. Anglers can expect high catch rates of all three trout species and chances at trophy fish, especially brown trout in the 18-26 inch range October through June. We are the only guide service that offers a private access on this stretch of water, ensuring you will not be crowded during peak angling season. This is the perfect trip for beginners and also offers challenges for the most advanced fly anglers. Trips in Sylva and Brysin City!

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly FishingFly Fishing the Raven Fork/ Trophy Trout Fly Fishing Only Section. Anglers can target  rainbow trout, brown trout, palomino trout, and brook trout. This Cherokee, NC section of river is home to some of the largest wild and stocked trout in the Smokies. This specially regulated stretch of river is fly fishing only, catch & release year round. This water offers you the chance at a once-in-a-lifetime trout, as 20 to 30 inch fish are not uncommon. This is a great trip for all skill levels, and even expert fly anglers can find catching the larger educated fish challenging.

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly FishingBackcountry fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Anglers can target our only true native trout species, the Southern Appalachian brook trout, as well as wild rainbow & brown trout. The trout found in the park are typically smaller in size, but display some of the most beautiful colors found in all of nature. This trip is great for intermediate to expert fly anglers, as casting space can often be limited, and wild trout are known for their wariness. However, the challenge is often rewarded as these fish will eagerly strike properly presented dry flies, nymphs, and terrestrials.

Here are some of our most popular guided fly fishing trips:

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.

Bryson City & Cherokee Fly Fishing

Rainbow Trout

Brown Trout

Brook Trout


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