Fly Fishing

Fly fishing guides, news, and information on the small streams and big rivers of the Southeast. Trout, bass, musky, and panfish all catch a line here in the Blue Ridge, and we’ve got the skinny on everything you’ll need to hook ’em. Get gear, make plans, and find rivers here.

Outdoor Updates: WV fishing license applicants can now opt into organ donation

By Kim Dinan | 16 Dec 19
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WV fishing license applicants can now opt into organ donation With the passage of Senate Bill 613, registering as an organ donor just got easier in West Virginia. The state has become one of the first to offer the option to register as an organ donor when applying for a fishing or hunting license, in…

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Fly Fishing the Space Between Seasons

By Nate Goetz | 25 Oct 19
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For one writer, a float trip down eastern Tennessee’s South Holston River provides reflection as he finds patience in letting go and peace in realizing his son is growing up. When I am able, time spent fly fishing the waters of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina’s Appalachian Mountains is how I like to transition…

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All In a Day’s Work

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Sep 19
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Nakiesha Bridgers leads a trip on the river. How did outdoor professionals get their start? As more people are headed outside, outdoor recreation is increasingly an economic factor for towns and states across our region. Virginia just became the fifteenth state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. In its most recent report, the Bureau…

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Reeling and Healing

By Shannon McGowan | 23 Aug 19
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It’s easy to understand the appeal of fly fishing to nature lovers. The meditative repetition of casting and reeling while standing in the midst of serene wildlife brings much-needed peace and escape from our fast-paced reality.  But something that isn’t as easy to understand is cancer. The emotional toll it brings upon its victims and…

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Leading the Charge

By Addie Oldham + Ellie Bowen | 14 Aug 19
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Photo of Lauren Hughes by Tyler Allen Meet 16 Young Athletes and Outdoor Entrepreneurs who are changing the face of Adventure  In a time where our environment faces threats from every angle, it is encouraging to learn that not all hope is lost. We searched high and low for young environmentalists, athletes, musicians, and outdoors…

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Two Guppies Go Fly Fishing

By Road Team | 19 Jul 19
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The Live Outside and Play Road Team try fly fishing with Tenkara USA rods.

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Happy Birthday West Virginia!

By BRO Admin | 20 Jun 19
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Every year on June 20th, the Mountain State celebrates a very special day – its birthday! This year West Virginia is turning 156 years old. How much do you know about the east coast’s best-kept secret? West Virginia is home to… Nearly 50 state parks and forests. Outdoor adventure of all kinds can be found all…

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Hometown Heroes

By Ellen Kanzinger | 05 Jun 19
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Locals reveal their favorite spots for in-town adventure It’s five o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon. You want to get outside after a long day of work or classes, but you don’t have the time to drive two hours to your favorite hike or crag. Athletes and adventurers from across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast show us…

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Back in Session: Video

By Jessica Wiegandt | 13 Apr 19
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“Back in Session” has been an ongoing project of mine at Brevard College. When I was a sophomore, a couple of faculty members asked if I’d want to make a BANFF film about the school. My degrees at Brevard College are Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) and Journalism, and I was able to combine…

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No Experience Necessary

By Ellen Kanzinger | 11 Apr 19
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Learn how to craft a fishing rod, build a bike, fashion a knife, weave baskets, and test your outdoor skills.  With a quick search online, you can find guides and classes for just about any outdoor activity. You can learn how to mountain bike, rock climb, roll a kayak, or fish for trout from masters…

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Six Women Who Are Revolutionizing the World of Fly Fishing

By Travis Hall | 20 Mar 19
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Meet six women who are rocking the boat and revolutionizing the sport.

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Know the Spot

By Tim Poland | 19 Mar 19
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The comfort of home waters for fly fishing companions   “I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked, I am mad for it to be in contact with me.” –Walt Whitman After the ragged edges of winter have worn smooth and spring begins to unfold along the Blue Ridge,…

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Fridays On The Fly: Fly Fishing Saves Lives

By Justin Forrest | 08 Mar 19
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“Those first few months after the accident, I was losing the battle. And then I tied my first fly.” It’s no secret that fly fishing not only changes lives but saves them as well. Fly fishing has helped disabled veterans with PTSD, people combat depression, and troubled youth find a creative outlet. There is just something…

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The Goods: Fly Gear

By Nick Carter | 07 Mar 19
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Top Regional Guides Dish On Indispensable Gear Fly fishers are gear people. There  are closets full of rods, reels, tools and tying materials. Boxes of flies, acquired long ago for a particular stream and season, wait forgotten in the pocket of an old vest. All of it has, or had, a purpose. Yet there are…

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Fly Fishing’s Warmwater Revolution

By Nick Carter | 04 Mar 19
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Seven Destinations To Get In On The Action There’s a brutish undercurrent gaining momentum in fly fishing. Across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, anglers are taking the delicate tools and techniques traditionally associated with surface-sipping trout, and they’re adapting them to pursue warmwater fish. While fly fishing for bass and bream is not new, this evolution…

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