Bio for Mac Brown

Bio for Mac Brown

BIO for Mac Brown

Mac Brown is the owner of Mac Brown Fly fish in Western NC. Mac started McLeod’s Highland Fly Fishing in 1987 as an independent guide and educator. The company now goes by the name Mac Brown Fly Fish. He is the first full-time guide service in the Western NC region. Mac was instrumental as well in helping get the first Delayed Harvest on the Upper Nantahala River in early 1993. I would humbly rather let you read testimonials from others over the past three decades.

Mac was Associate Professor at Western Carolina University teaching the Fly Fishing program at the collegiate level. Many of those former students from that era are directly responsible for bringing the competition scene back to this region. This area has been a hotbed for a very long time now in regards to producing some of the top anglers around the globe.

Mac Brown is the author of “Casting Angles” which is a fly casting handbook for those on the journey of understanding the mechanics of the cast. The ACA, FFI, and others have endorsed this text as a reference for instructors as well. Mac is a Master Casting Instructor through the Fly Fishers International.

Mac was inducted into the Southern Appalachia Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame under recreation on August 26, 2017. The induction speech can be on Fly Fishing Guide School page which pays tribute to the many friends that I am thankful. I am proud to claim Bryson City, NC my home since 1987.

I was  Field and Stream “Angler of the Year” in 1999. My teachings have appeared in Fly Rod and Reel, Fly Fisherman, Angling Report, ESPN TV, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Fly Fishing America T.V., Fly Fishing the World, and many others.

Mac is a pro staff member of Ross Reels, Scientific Anglers, Richardson Chest Boxes, Sage, Simms, Regal Vise, Maxima, and many other great companies since early 1990.

Some online sessions which may be of interest can be found at “Ask about Fly Fishing” for many great topics related to fly fishing from a large selection of hosts (including some I had done on casting).

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During the winter months, I enjoy actively participating at the Fly Fishing Shows, IFFF Conclaves around the country doing presentations on casting, fly tying, or fishing tactics. I have enjoyed coaching the Team USA Youth Team during the past 6 years immensely and watching them progress in part because their enthusiasm and drive is contagious. They have had remarkable successes in a very short amount of time with four USA World Champions and many Gold medals as Fly Fishing USA Youth Team.

I have been fortunate to have taught with some of the biggest names in the sport of fly fishing through branching out at the largest national fly fishing shows and conclaves. This has been an exponential journey teaching and gaining information from folks over the past three decades.

Many thanks to Bruce Richards, Al Buhr, Jim Green, Leon Chandler, Gary Borger, Jason Borger, Steve Rajeff, Tim Rajeff, Joan Wulff, Lefty Kreh, Mel Kreiger, Dave Whitlock, Lee Cummings, Paul Arden, Eric Cook, David Lambert, Gary Lafontaine, Leslie Holmes, Ed Jaworski, Rick Hartman, Dusty Sprague, Raz Reid, Peter Morse, Carl Mcneil, Gordy Hill, Lee Cummings, and so many others. I am grateful for these folks willing to share their knowledge of the sport with others and appreciative for their friendship! Through sharing ideas with these top level instructors it helps to push the sport of fly fishing forward.

I am a professional guide and educator, which specializes in guided float trips, guided wade trips, guided lake trips, casting instruction, video casting lesson, fly fishing schools, groups and corporate trips, back country trips, programs and demonstrations, and destination trips! I have fished around the globe many times in pursuit of great trout fishing! I have helped tens of thousands of beginners through advanced anglers become more proficient in the art of fly casting since 1987. I love the office environment of being on a river for most of my days teaching about the art of fly fishing!  Use the contact page, email or call (828)736-1469 for booking questions.