Chris Grose

I grew up in the upstate of South Carolina but my family roots go back several generations in the mountains of Western North Carolina. When I was in graduate school, my father gave me an inexpensive fly rod kit and a book about fly fishing.

The first fish I ever caught with it was a rainbow trout on the Chattooga River that darted out from under the bank to snatch my dry fly. That one fish turned an interest into a passion and I still remember it very clearly even though it was almost 15 years ago. Since that day, I have chased freshwater and saltwater species around the country and world. I tie my own flies as a member of the Hilltop Fly Tyers (8 years) and was invited to the join the Team Stonefly competitive fly fishing team in 2012.

After teaching and guiding friends of all skillsets for many years, I realized that I loved watching someone else land a fish as much as I enjoyed doing it myself. Some of the greatest lessons I have learned about fly fishing have come while teaching others.

Every day on the water is a learning experience whether I am with a client, a friend, or just by myself. It is one of the things I enjoy most about this sport. Becoming a professional guide was an easy choice for me and has allowed me to pass along the skills that were so patiently taught to me.
Our WNC trout waters are filled with lively rainbows, browns and brook trout. Fish with our fly fishing guides from Pisgah National Forest to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. ... more

Beginning anglers can sign up for a day or weekend of fly fishing instruction and guided fishing with our skilled, patient and fun guides.

More advanced anglers can choose from the over 4,000 miles of freestone mountain trout water located within easy reach of our home base in Asheville, NC. The Davidson River, one of the most exciting and challenging rivers in our area, is listed in Trout Unlimited’s “Top 100 Trout Streams.”

Western North Carolina’s temperate climate makes this a great destination for fly fishing 365 days a year. Spring and fall offer the best hatches while in winter months anglers often find they have rivers to themselves as they search for trophy trout.

No matter what the season, you’ll have your choice of fishing on wild trout waters filled with big, wary browns or hiking to streams in the beautiful Smoky Mountains that hold the prize catch, native Appalachian brook trout.
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