Fly Fishing Banner Elk NC


Are you seeking an unforgettable outdoor adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains? Look no further than Banner Elk, NC, where an array of fishing opportunities awaits.

Banner Elk boasts a rich history dating back to the early 19th century when settlers first began to explore the area’s fertile valleys and abundant natural resources. Originally known for its thriving mining and timber industries, Banner Elk has evolved into a vibrant community known for its outdoor recreation, cultural attractions, and welcoming hospitality.

Today, visitors to Banner Elk can still catch glimpses of elk in the surrounding mountains and valleys, serving as a reminder of the town’s rich natural heritage.

Banner Elk Fly Fishing

As a premier fishing destination, Banner Elk offers easy access to some of the region’s best trout fishing, including the famed tailwater rivers of East Tennessee – the South Holston and Watauga River. Additionally, the Holston Proper stands out as a prime smallmouth bass fishery, promising thrilling angling experiences for enthusiasts of all levels.

Embark on a guided float trip along the South Holston or Watauga River, where our expert guides will navigate the pristine waters as you fly fish for wild trout. These year-round excursions provide anglers with unparalleled opportunities to find trophy-sized catches while soaking in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains.

Another style of guided fishing trip for an immersive fishing experience, our guided wade trips allow you to explore the abundance of small rivers, creeks, and streams that dot the Banner Elk, Newland, and Boone area. Whether you’re honing your fly-fishing skills or casting for the first time, our knowledgeable guides will provide personalized instruction to ensure a successful and enjoyable outing.

But the adventure doesn’t end on the water – we provide everything you need for a comfortable and memorable fishing trip. From transportation and quality fishing gear to a delicious lunch, snacks, and beverages on full-day excursions, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. Just book your trip and leave the rest to us.

Things To Do In Banner Elk NC

Banner Elk isn’t just a paradise for anglers – it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds with plenty of things to do. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the scenic trails of Pisgah National Forest, just a short drive away. Or take a guided hike with us in the National Forest to capitalize on our knowledge of the most scenic trails that suit your ability levels.

Thrill-seekers can also enjoy a variety of activities, from rafting and caving to ziplining and skiing during the winter months.

All of these activities and more can be found right in the town of Banner Elk.

Where To Eat In Banner Elk NC

When it comes to dining in Banner Elk, North Carolina, culinary adventures abound. For a delectable dinner experience, make your way to Stonewalls or Louisiana Purchase, where savory delights and cozy ambiances await. And for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine for lunch, don’t miss Bella’s, where traditional flavors and warm hospitality combine for a truly memorable meal.

Whether you’re planning a family vacation, a group getaway, or a solo adventure, Banner Elk, NC, offers the perfect blend of outdoor recreation and natural beauty. Contact us today to book your guided fishing trip and experience the thrill of fly fishing in one of the most picturesque destinations in the Southeast.


Are the all-inclusive overnight trips (w/ lodging or camping) expensive?

We have spent years organizing our overnight trips and developing relationships with lodges, guides, landowners and catering services, which allows us to bring you an exclusive experience for the same price as if you organized it all yourself. The difference is we have done our research to make sure EVERYTHING in your package is of the highest quality and above the industry standard!

These trips cost the same amount of money if you were to organize them yourself. Often they are cheaper through us! We don’t add on any cost or fees. We have orchestrated, “value added” fishing and camping experiences without adding additional cost. Our goal is to make fly-fishing and camping easy to access and bring people from all walks of life to enjoy the sport.

Should I bring my own waders?

The short answer is bring them if you want. Leave them at home if you want to use ours. Holston River Fishing Guides is an all-inclusive outfitter so we will provide wading gear for members who do not have them, but if you have them already, bringing your own pair is always the best option.

We recommend wearing waders in case of cold weather or rain. We generally fish from the boat all day on our float trips, but waders can be very helpful for getting in and out of the boat in ankle deep water, loading on/off boat, etc. Wading socks and wading boots or simply bringing waterproof hiking boots suffices in warm weather (spring-summer). If you are planning to wade fish for most of your stay, waders are highly recommended as water temperatures generally stay under 60 degrees year round.

Should I bring my own rod?

Holston River Fishing Guides will provide high end, fishing rods and tackle on all of our trips. Bringing your own rod is optional. People usually like to bring their own rod when they aim to develop nerve and muscle memory specific to their own equipment. Because the tactics, water, and wind conditions vary, we may suggest one of our rods anyway. So the short answer, here, is that bringing your equipment is completely optional. Our guides usually have G Loomis, Hardy, Sage, Winston, and other top name brands in the industry for all applications and styles of fly fishing.

Do your guides have any certifications or permits?

We GUARANTEE, highly trained, veteran guides. Every HRFG guide is required to be certified in Wilderness First Aid, Basic Life Support and CPR. It is important to us that your experience is safe, seamless, and fun. Our goal is for you to simply book the trip, and leave the rest to us!

We have 15 years of experience guiding customers and teaching the sport of fly-fishing, decades of experience setting up, well stocked, campsites and planning and organizing all of the finer details of your trip. If you are imagining the perfect fishing or camping trip, we plan to show you one even better!

We have been awarded USFS special use permit no.0596-0082 to guide in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest.

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