170 years of guiding experience

Brookings is proud to staff the greatest team of fly fishing guides in WNC. We are a group of friends that are all very passionate about the sport of fly fishing, and love sharing our knowledge with our customers. With over 170 yrs of guiding experience shared between fourteen of us, its easy to say we are very experienced in what we do, and have chosen guiding as a career path. Give us a chance to show you around our backyard, and you surely won't regret it!

Wade Trips for Trout

Western North Carolina has an expansive amount of wade fishing opportunities for targeting trout on the fly. We guide clients on over 30 rivers and streams in a short drive from our fly shop in Cashiers, NC. Depending on the time of year we fish the Tuckasegee tail-water, the technical Davidson river, the Panthertown Valley area for brook trout, and countless back-country freestone streams for wild trout. Depending on your needs, experience level, and physical capabilities our guides will use their expansive knowledge to make your day with us an experience you will never forget!

Pricing

Trip Price 2022 Pricing
1 Person 1/2 Day
$225 $250
2 Person 1/2 Day
$325 $375
**For more than 2 people, multiple guides will be required
1 Person Full Day
$325 $350
2 Person Full Day
$450 $500
**For more than 2 people, multiple guides will be required
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Float Trips for Trout

Floating is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing ways that you can fly fish for trout. Our float trips for trout are done on the Tuckaseegee River, just a short drive from our shop. Your guide will row you down this scenic river in either a drift boat or raft set up for fly fishing. The nice thing about floating is you will see several miles of the river, and fish in places not so accessible to wade fisherman. The best time to book a float trip on the Tuckaseegee are the months of October through May. Lunch and all equipment are included in the price of the trip. Anglers will need to purchase a NC fishing license with a trout stamp.

Pricing

Trip Price 2022 Pricing 
Full Day Float, 1 or 2 Anglers
$500
$550

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Private Waters Wade

Want to get away from the crowds, yet have quality fish in front of you? We have partnered with several private land owners to offer a solitary experience, and managed their streams for better than average sized fish. To offer the best experience possible, we limit these sections of water to one group per day and are first come, first serve.

Pricing

Trip Price 2022 Pricing
1 Person 1/2 Day
$275 $325
2 Person 1/2 Day
$425 $475
**For more than 2 people, multiple guides will be required
1 Person Full Day
$425 $550
2 Person Full Day
$650 $700
**For more than 2 people, multiple guides will be required
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Float Trips for Smallmouth

Maybe one of the best kept secrets in Western NC, our smallmouth bass fishing is exceptional. These predatory fish will hammer your fly or lure, and when they do, hold on because you are in for a fight! We target these fish with both fly and conventional gear. The best way to catch one of these thrilling fish is to float the Tuckaseegee, Little Tennessee, or French Broad river with us. Smallmouth can be caught year round, but the optimal time of year is right smack in the middle of summer when the water is warm, low, and clear. All gear and lunch is provided. Anglers will need a NC fishing license (no trout stamp required).

Pricing

Trip Price 2022 Pricing
Full Day Float 1 or 2 Anglers
$500 $550
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Fishing Schools

Here at Brookings we offer a unique fly fishing school for the beginning angler. The objective of this course is to teach you enough about the fundamentals of the sport to give you the confidence to go fishing on your own. The course is a full day, and we divide it into two parts. The first half of the day is instructional: casting, knot tying, where to look for trout, and basic fly selection. After a lunch break, we will spend the second half of the day on the trout stream reinforcing what you learned that morning. Remember, the goal of the day is to teach you the fundamentals, and if you catch a fish that is just an added bonus! All of our schools are done privately by reservation (you, and whomever you choose to bring) so that each person gets the most of their experience. All gear and lunch is provided. Anglers will need a NC fishing license and a trout stamp.

Pricing

Trip Price
Full Day School
$275 per person
private parties only
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  • The best in WNC. Group of some of the most talented and seasoned fly fishing folks around! Get your cameras ready! ~ Dylan Cooke

Meet our Guides

Matt Canter

Matt Canter

Owner / General Manager

Matt Canter was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and has been in love with anything that involves water and fish since the age of eight. He spent his youth fishing farm ponds in between family trips to the mountains and coast, where fishing tended to be the activity of choice. While attending Western Carolina University, Matt spent as much or more time on the rivers as he did in the classroom. After graduating, he immediately started guiding full-time and decided to call Brevard, North Carolina home. After several years of managing Brookings, Matt made a life long wish come true, and became an owner in the business. When Matt is not at the shop or out guiding, he is probably spending time outdoors with his young family. They enjoy to camp, mountain bike, fish, hunt, and hike together.

Ben Elmer

Ben Elmer

Cashiers Store Manager

Ben is originally from Asheville NC, but now lives here in Cashiers and guides for us full time at the shop. When he's not guiding you can usually find him exploring new streams in the area or chasing musky on the fly. As the weather gets colder he likely has his sights set south towards warmer climates. Whether it be Snook in Sanibel, Tarpon in Islamorada or Lowcountry Redfish. However its only a matter of time before he's back on his home waters here in Cashiers NC. Whether floating down the Tuck or wading up the Chattooga, Ben enjoys sharing new water and strategies with clients here in his backyard.

Andrew Watson

Andrew Watson

Highlands Store Manager

Born and raised in highlands
6th generation highland native
Caught my first fish when I was 4 or 5 (when I was big enough to hold a fishing pole)
Love nature and the outdoors
My dad tought me to fly fish when I was 12 but like many other fishermen I did't learn my full appreciation for fly fishing till my early 20s. Hiking and camping along local stream with friends became a more than frequent experience during summer. Before I knew it I was hooked and started collecting all the gear and local knowledge I could get my hands on in hopes to better my new found passion.
Still to this day nothing excites me more than planning a camping/fishing trip with friends where I can catch native trout and explore new water.
True trout bum.
Tanner Nations

Tanner Nations

Shop Employe / Guide

Tanner is a native of Sylva, NC and has been exposed to mountain outdoor life since he could crawl.  Whether your looking to chase native "specks" on a small stream, or connect with a big brown trout on a streamer, Tanner can get the job done!

Evan Norris

Evan Norris

Shop Employee / Guide

Evan is a native of Cashiers, NC and has had a passion for fishing his entire life.  Whether you want to cast small dry flies for rising trout, or cast trout sized lures for mondo largemouth bass, Evan can do it all!

Chris Lovelady

Chris Lovelady

Shop Employee

Chris was raised in north Ga where he spent most of his time fishing the lakes and mountain streams for trout and anything else that was biting. He describes himself as an outdoor fanatic and after graduating from the University of Georgia spent his career as a Park Ranger, Chief Ranger and Project Manager with the Corps of Engineers at Lake Lanier. He started visiting this area in the late 70’s with my future wife who is from here and discovered the beauty of Highlands and the fly-fishing opportunities the area offers. "I have been fortunate to fly fish from here to the Rockies and spend a lot of time with my wife and two sons in the process. But I am blessed to have my whole family here and I barely have enough time to work for being a husband, father, grandfather, uncle, etc... I am having the time of my life!"
Everest Barfield

Everest Barfield

Shop Employee / Guide

Originally from Georgia, I grew up fishing western North Carolina. I learned to fly fish in the western NC area at a young age alongside my father and honed my skills throughout my early adult years. My first experience ever fly fishing was on the local Tuckaseegee river. I attended college at UNC Wilmington on North Carolina’s coast where I earned a degree in environmental science but still managed to spend most of my time fishing marshes and creeks for redfish and bass. One of my favorite things about fly fishing here in Western NC is being able to target wild fish on small streams.
Hunter Cleary

Hunter Cleary

Shop Employe / Guide

Hunter is originally from Wilkes County, NC, but is currently attending Western Carolina University where he is majoring in Natural Resource Conservation and Management. Hunter enjoys all the aspects of fly fishing but he truly enjoys exploring small mountain streams chasing wild trout but when not fishing for trout he can be found going after smallmouth bass in the rivers.
Beecher Sparks

Beecher Sparks

Shop Employe / Guide

I grew up in Thomasville North Carolina and I am a current student at Western Carolina University. I started fishing when I was a kid and fell in love. When I’m not in class I’m on the River hunting after trout and small mouth all across Western North Carolina!
Chase Gray

Chase Gray

Shop Employee / Guide

Chase Gray grew up in Walhalla, SC, and currently attends Western Carolina University. When he is not in class, he greatly enjoys spending time outside with his camera and fly rod. Other than fishing, Chase loves spending time with friends and family, and traveling around the states capturing photos.
Alex Briante

Alex Briante

Shop Employee / Guide

Alex was raised in Charlotte, NC and is currently a resident of Sylva, NC. He spends most of his time during the spring, fall, and winter on the small trout streams of Western North Carolina, and his summers chasing bass on the fly all over the southeast. Regardless of what you want to do, he can get it done!
Roger Lowe

Roger Lowe

Head Guide

Roger Lowe was born in Waynesville, North Carolina, and has enjoyed fishing all his life. He started tying flies and fly fishing at a very early age. Roger had his own fly shop for twelve years and has been guiding twenty-five years. He offers wade trips and enjoys a day floating local rivers. Having been a fly tyer for forty years, Roger also offers fly tying instruction.

Ken Hardwick

Ken Hardwick

Guide

Ken Hardwick is a father of two beautiful little girls, and one heck of a fishy guy. Ken has been guiding in Western NC since 2004. He lives in Brevard NC, and has named most of the fish in the Davidson River and surrounding streams in the Pisgah National Forest.

Leland Shockley

Leland Shockley

Guide

Leland Shockley is a native of Franklin NC, and has a Masters degree in entomology. Leland is also a competitive fly angler on the National and World levels.

Rhett Smith

Rhett Smith

Guide

As a resident of Highlands, NC fly fishing is a part of daily life for Rhett. Rhett is a laid back kind of guy and a great fly fishing instructor. Along with with his fishing skills, he is also a highly accomplished wood-worker.

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Guide

Daniel Smith was raised in King, North Carolina and began his love for fishing on farm ponds for bass and blue gill. He found his passion for trout fishing during his teenage years, which quickly turned into a passion for fly fishing. Daniel moved to the mountains of North Carolina 6 years ago to be closer to the best trout streams in NC.

Josh Whorton

Josh Whorton

Guide

Originally from Charleston, SC, Josh is a lifelong waterman, and has been fly fishing devotee for over 20 years. He lived, surfed, and fly fished in Iceland for two years, back before it was on the fly fishing map. Josh chased Redfish on the flats and Blue Marlin offshore before realizing his true passion- wrangling trout in Western NC and spreading the gospel of fly fishing.
Trevor Carter

Trevor Carter

Guide

Trevor grew up in South Carolina, but has thoroughly covered ALL of the Carolinas fly fishing for fresh and saltwater species with equal passion for both.  He is also an avid big game hunter, chasing many species on DIY backcountry trips with his bow.

Jack Mincey

Jack Mincey

Guide

Jack Mincey was born and raised in Cullowhee, North Carolina, next to the Tuckasegee River where he caught his first trout. As a child he fished the lakes and streams in Western North Carolina. At the age of eight he started fly fishing for pan fish in the local lakes with his father. This progressed into fishing the local trout streams with a fly by the age of twelve. Jack has fished every mile of many of the streams in Western North Carolina and has been guiding the local waters for more than twenty-three years. Over the last few years he has specialized in fishing the Tuckasegee River with clients.

Marc Laurin

Marc Laurin

Guide

Marc Laurin Marc was born and raised in Palm Beach County, Florida. If he wasn’t in school, he was chasing snook and anything else with gills and fins at the local bridges, jetties, and spillways. At age 11, he started spending the summers in WNC with extended family. This is where his passion for fly fishing began. He continued the tradition of coming to North Carolina with his children to share with them his love of the mountains. Marc is now fortunate to spend the winter guiding the flats of Sarasota and Charlotte harbors in hunt of snook, redfish and tarpon, and the summer guiding the many creeks and rivers of Jackson County and the Smoky Mountains.

Jim Mincey

Jim Mincey

Guide

Jim is a native of Jackson County, and fly fishing is a family tradition. His father taught him and his brothers, Jack and Bill, how to fly fish when they were young boys. His dad would take them camping on the White Water River just about every summer weekend. This is where Jim fell in love fly fishing the wild mountain streams. His son Mitch is keeping this family tradition going, he is also a fly fishing guide. There are not very many streams in the Cashiers area Jim hasn’t fished. The White Water River, Caney Fork, Thompson River, Chattooga River, Tuckaseigee River and Big Creek are streams he is very familiar with. Jim is also familiar with several of the streams in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park where he spends a lot of time riding his horse and fishing. He started guiding around 1985 part time, and has always enjoyed taking people fishing as well as showing them this beautiful area. Jim retired from Duke Energy last year with 41 years, and now has plenty of time to do something he really loves, and that is take people fishing. Jim lives with his wife Frances in Cullowhee N.C.

Eddie McCrady

Eddie McCrady

Guide

Eddie McCrady was born in Atlanta, GA, and has been fishing the western North Carolina mountains since he was little. After graduating from UVa and fishing the surrounding Shenandoah Valley, Eddie moved to Victor, Idaho and worked for WorldCast Anglers. He currently lives in Atlanta and guides part time for Brookings.
Ben Chilton

Ben Chilton

guide

Born N’ raised out of Charlotte, North Carolina Ben grew up fly fishing everything from the Blue Ridge foothills, to the high reaches of the Smokey Mountains National Park for almost a decade. He enjoys getting out and having a good time on the water no matter what condition trying different techniques from Euro Nymphing to dry flies! Outside of fly fishing, Ben also likes to surf and snowboard, while additionally spending time working clinical hours as a registered EMT
JT Eigel

JT Eigel

Guide

JT is a recent graduate of Montana State University, where he also did some guiding on the Snake river system.  He has worked for Brookings part time for several years now, and are happy to bring him on full time!

Simons Welter

Simons Welter

Guide

Simons Welter grew up in Statesville, NC, and is currently living in Spartanburg, SC. She graduated from Clemson University in 1988, is happily married and the mother of two grown children.

Simons spends all of her spare time on the rivers of North Carolina and upstate South Carolina, with a special love of fishing small streams for native brook trout on dry flies.

She has been guiding, mentoring and teaching fly fishing for the past 11 years, including working with Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Casting for Recovery and Casting Carolinas.

Simons has fished in a dozen states, numerous foreign countries and is a member of Mountain Bridge Trout Unlimited.

Travis Collins

Travis Collins

Guide

Travis is a native of Waynesville, NC and has spent nearly all of his life fly fishing.  With his extensive career in education, he is one of the best instructors in the area for beginners pursuing the sport of fly fishing.

George Fallon

George Fallon

Guide

George Fallon grew up in Atlanta, GA where he started fly fishing at a young age. He spent his weekends and summers chasing trout in mountains of north Georgia and North Carolina. In 2015 George made the U.S. Youth Fly Fishing Team where he competed at a National level. He now attends Clemson University while chasing trout, striper, smallmouth, and anything else he can catch.

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Location

828-743-3768
49 Pillar Drive
Cashiers, NC 28717

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