Let’s face it. As much as you want to live your days out on the water artfully casting flies to hungry river creatures of all kinds, this lifestyle is simply not pragmatic for the vast majority of us. Work and the everyday obligations of day to day life tend to get in the way. When that happens you can temporarily escape by checking out these fly fishing Instagramers who are using their accounts and their photography skills to bring the stream to you.
Olivia Williams has been fly fishing for a little over a year now. During that time, a period she describes as a long, strenuous learning process, she has documented her journey as a budding angler every step of the way. Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Olivia is a self-taught angler. When she’s not fishing she spends her days working at the Asheville-based Hunter Banks Fly Fishing where she maintains and cultivates the shop’s social media presence in addition to her own. Keep up with Olivia’s adventures here.
You might recognize Katie from the March 2016 issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors where she is featured prominently. Katie learned to fish while earning a degree at Western Carolina University. These days she spends much of her time with a fly rod in hand, combing the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina in search of wily brook, rainbow and brown trout, and outfishing most of the guys in the process. Lucky for us she documents her adventures on Instagram.
Kyle Laferriere is a Virginia-based photographer who specializes in documenting his passion for hunting and fishing. His fly fishing material is top notch. Spend a little time on his Instragram feed and you’ll temporarily forget that you’re stuck behind a computer screen. You might also find some inspiration for your next fly fishing excursion.
This fly fishing prodigy is all over the place. When she’s not guiding in her native Colorado she’s probably criss crossing the country in search of the next best fly fishing opportunity. Luckily, you can follow along and at least pretend that your life is as cool as Maddie’s.
Cameron Mortenson of the Fiberglass Manifesto has been producing high quality fly fishing content for awhile now, and his Instagram account proves it. In addition to frequent #troutporn postings on IG, Mortenson manages his own blog where he documents his personal fly fishing exploits, reviews all kinds of gear and preaches the gospel of the fiberglass fly rod. #glassisnotdead
We introduced you to Boone-based Drew Fuller in last week’s installment of Fridays on the Fly with a beginners guide to fly fishing method known as ‘Blue Lining’. Be careful. One look at his Instagram account and you might find yourself packing the truck and heading of the mountain streams of the Western North Carolina High Country.
When you’re looking for your coastal fly fishing fix head over to the IG feed of @badfishtv. This Charleston, SC-based media company is fly fishing obsessed, and they focus much of their work on the captivating redfish of their native Low Country. But they don’t stop there. They’ve got amazing shots of everything from tarpon to wild mountain browns, all caught #onthefly of course. But their Instagram account is just a tool for promoting their video production company. Check them out here for hours upon hours of high quality fly fishing entertainment.