Wade Trips

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Upper Creek Angler is happy to provide a variety of guided wading fishing experiences.  The mountains and foothills of North Carolina provide thousands of miles of fishable trout water.  Depending on your skill levels, we can tailor a trip to most suit your needs.

What You Can Expect:  After a discussion with you about your skill level, physical condition, and what you want out of the trip, we will decide upon a stream (or two) to fish on your day.  We will provide you with all necessary equipment that you’ll need:  flies, leaders, tippet material, rod/reel outfit if you need it.  Depending on the time of year, you might choose to bring waders or not. We do highly suggest a wading shoe with a felt or Aqua-Stealth or Vibram sole.  Lunch is provided on full-day trips. You are responsible for your own NC fishing license; make sure it has a trout endorsement.

We’ll use the 30 years of fishing experiences we have to put you on as many fish as we can and along the way share as many secrets we have as time allows for.  There are, certainly, things we don’t have control over:  the weather, the water conditions, whether or not the fish are “biting,” the presence of other anglers, and your own skill level.

Delayed Harvest Trips:  Delayed Harvest is a program managed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.  Waters that are regulated as Delayed Harvest have two distinct seasons.  From the beginning of October to the first Saturday in June, the NCWRC regularly stocks trout, but those fish cannot legally be harvested.  Needless to say, the fish pile up quickly and can provide anglers a unique fishing experience.  It’s not uncommon to net 50+ fish in a full-day’s trip to these waters.  At our disposal are creeks of the smallest kind and full scale rivers.  We suggest these trips for the novice to intermediate angler looking to catch a good number of fish and learn new techniques for catching them and for the advanced angler who wants to put up some numbers or knock off some rust.

Wild Water Trips:  While anyone can book one of these trips, fishing for wild trout presents unique challenges to even the most skilled of anglers.  The streams are often shrouded in a canopy of trees, and the fish spook off under rocks without much prompting.  That said, there’s nothing quite like catching a fish born and raised in its home stream.  Be prepared for difficult hiking and hiding behind boulders as you cast to these beauties.  The places where wild trout live are sure to be beautiful and of the cleanest environs known to man.  We suggest these trips for the beginner to intermediate angler who wants to learn to fish–to really, really fish.  If you spent a year learning to fish on Wild waters, you’d be amazed at your skill level by the end of that time.  But be ready to spook more fish than you catch.  And I suggest these trips for the advanced angler who wants to do fly fishing the way it’s supposed to be done.

Hatchery Supported Water Trips:  During the summer months, the NCWRC regularly stocks many, many miles of hatchery supported water and are often the places to catch fish if fishing the Wild waters isn’t your thing.

Cherokee Tribal Water Trips:  On the Cherokee Reservation, we have public access to mile after mile of trout water.  If you want to bring back a few fish to eat after a day of fishing, this might be the trip for you!  Additionally, the outstanding Raven’s Fork fly fish only, catch and release section puts up massive fish every day!

Guide Trip Rates:

½ day wade trip local $150.00 (1 person)/$175 (2 people)

½ day wade trip distant (1 hour + drive) $175.00 (1 person)/$200 (2 people)

Full-day wade trip local $250.00 (1 person)/$275 (2 people)

Full-day wade trip distant (1 hour + drive) $275.00 (1 person)/$300 (2 people)

What’s included in your trip?

On half-day trips, your price includes all terminal tackle you’ll need for the day’s fishing–leader material, tippets, flies, floatant.  You name it, it’s included.  Also, a rod/reel combination can be provided upon request at no additional charge.  Just ask.  Bottled water and light snacks are also provided.  During the late spring, summer, and early fall, wet wading is the way to go.  If you book a trip in the late fall, winter, or early spring, you’ll need wading gear, which we can provide on a limited basis.

On full-day trips, your price includes all terminal tackle you’ll need for the day’s fishing–leader material, tippets, flies, floatant.  You name it, it’s included.  Also, a rod/reel combination can be provided upon request at no additional charge.  Just ask.  A shore lunch with non-alcoholic drinks is also provided.   During the late spring, summer, and early fall, wet wading is the way to go.  If you book a trip in the late fall, winter, or early spring, you’ll need wading gear, which we can provide on a limited basis.

What should you bring? We suggest that you bring the following:  **clothing that is earth-toned in nature (bright colors spook fish) **a hat and sunglasses **your own fly vest if you want and any flies you want to try out **sunscreen **any medication you take **a rain jacket **a camera, though we’ll likely have one, too.

If your group exceeds two fisherman, we will have to hire out a second guide or a helper.  A second guide will proceed at the rates listed above.