• Mac Brown is the original fly fishing guide in the GSM region. I chose Mac because others had advised me of his willingness to teach beginners as well as more advanced Flyfishers. I have recommended Mac Brown to many down under…George Forster, Wodonga, Australia, Jan. 2017.
  • Fishing with Mac Brown has been an incredible experience both times. I enjoy fishing with a guide who educates me throughout the day. I’ve left both times being better on the water at the end of the day. I carry a notebook now with me to keep the salient points he makes, that I want to look into further. I’ve found my mentor to make a better well-rounded fly fishing angler…. Carolyn Emery, Atlanta, GA, Jan. 2017.
  • The best fly fishing experience. I have been going out with Mac a number of times over a year and a half. This is simply the best fly fishing experience you will have. Great fishing but much more. Always learning with Mac, always- on casting, reading water, choosing flies, presentation, hook setting and more. One of the best days you will have on the water. Frank Conlon, Raleigh, NC, Feb. 2017.
  • Mac Brown is a gifted teacher and exceptionally patient with children. He knows where to find fish. When the bite is off he spends time teaching technique and how to crack the code. The best. Ursula Whalen, Winston-Salem, NC March 4, 2017.
  • Mac Brown is at the top when comes to guiding on the 2000 miles of trout streams around his home in Bryson City, NC. I would highly recommend any opportunity to experience a day on the water with Mac. Miranda Wolf, April 21, 2015
  • Greg Stuart, Feb. 8, 2017, Mac is extremely knowledgeable and enjoys sharing many years of expertise with others!
  • Mac offers the highest quality private instruction and backcountry trips in the Great Smoky Mountains. ­ The International Angler, April 1995, Vol. 57, No. 2.
  • Mac Brown is a very knowledgeable guide with years of experience teaching entomology, casting fundamentals, reading water, line control, and many other topics.­ The Flyline, NC Council of Trout Unlimited, Spring 1993, Vol. 11, No.1.
  • If fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is a religion, guide Mac Brown is its most ardent disciple. ­ The Times Picayune, May 15, 1994.
  • Brown makes it his business to know what trout feed on. An important factor that gives him a decided edge in guiding is that he fishes about 300 days out of the year. Brown teaches techniques that can be used anywhere in the world to catch fish on a consistent basis.­ Asheville Citizen Times, May 1994.
  • For those committed anglers, there is McLeod’s Highland Fly Fishing. Mac will take you to “where a river runs through it.” ­ Prince William Journal, March 8, 1995.
  • I heartily endorse guide Mac Brown as a source of information and on-stream guidance. The results from a day on a stream with Mac were astounding. I caught scores of trout on dry fly patterns, with a few 20-inch-plus fish. ­ The Angling Report, Feb. 1994, Vol. 7, No. 2.
  • The hottest name these days is Mac Brown, a fly fishing guide, writer, and lecturer who has received both national and international acclaim. He has been considered by many to be the top fly fisherman to ever have worked the streams in the Smokies.- The Asheville Citizen Times, June 4, 1996.
  • Serious fly fisherman wanting to perfect their skills can participate in McLeod’s Highland Fly Fishing programs. ­ Woodall’s Southern Journal, May 1994.
  • A day on a stream with Mac left me quite impressed. What you get is more than just a day of guided fishing. It is more a personalized instruction tailored to the client’s wishes. I landed and released over 50 browns, bows, and brookies in the 10 to 16-inch class. I strongly recommend Mac Brown to anyone wishing to fish the Smokies. ­ The Angling Report, June 1993, Vol. 6, No. 6.
  • Mac’s insights and techniques of the world of fly fishing are endless. His knowledge and expertise as an instructor and guide are only outdistanced by his ability as an angler and innovative fly tier.-Tommy Bradford, Fayetteville, NC.
  • Mac is by far the most knowledgeable guide I have fished with anywhere in the world. ­ Serge Hayez, Brussels, Belgium.
  • The backcountry trip was excellent and the fishing was wonderful. Your many tips and techniques have helped me a lot. ­Gene Armstrong, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Mac is certainly a professional with the art of fly fishing. The day was very informative and through his detailed and sequential instruction, I look forward to an ongoing education about fly fishing and the many challenges of the sport.­Michael McLure, Chattanooga, TN.
  • It is rare to see someone so dedicated and so in love with their occupation. As beginners in this sport, you motivated us to further ourselves in the art of fly fishing. I was energized by your wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm. I am truly appreciative of the way in which you shared this knowledge. ­Lindy Maracic, Hollywood, FL.
  • Mac has an extraordinary knowledge of casting, aquatic entomology, and NEW techniques to improve anyone’s fishing skills. He is among the top fly fishing experts in the country. I never fail to learn from him. These techniques are the best tips I have received to enhance my abilities. ­Jim Zifer, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Guide Mac Brown from Bryson City convinced me to join him for a day on a stream. Dozens of fish later, with the trout running up to 20 inches in length, I had become an enthusiastic convert to the gospel of delayed harvest. ­ Blue Ridge Outdoors, March 1994.
  • Brown is a scientist as well as a fisherman. He carries a briefcase full of aquatic insects and statistical data to use for his programs. He gathers many of these insects with a stomach pump throughout the year to see which insects are the meal of the day. He lectures often to Trout Unlimited chapters and other fly fishing conclaves around the country. ­Chattanooga Times, April 8, 1993.
  • Brown has stomach pumped more than 13,000 local trout before releasing them. His daily journals have been translated into a computerized data base. He has spent over 30,000 hours learning the art of fly fishing. The Asheville Citizen Times, June 4, 1996.
  • Mac Brown is undoubtedly one of the best casters in the United states, even more so an angler. He has fished just about anywhere and everywhere. His ability to instruct is superb. He is also by far one of the best dry fly fishermen in the country. Jonathan Dietz, Team USA Youth Angler, 2015.

Area Attractions Near Bryson City

Other area attractions can be found through contacting the Bryson City, NC Chamber of Commerce. The number is 800-867-9246. Swain County is the trout mecca of the southern states. Over 75% of the county is either Nantahala National Forest or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Park visitors exceed 14 million people per year! When you consider all of the whitewater rafting, Smoky Mountain Railroad, Appalachian Trail hikes, hundreds of waterfall hikes, great mountain biking, and many other outdoor adventures it is not hard to see why our little mountain town of Bryson City is always expanding.

The fly fishing guided wade and float trips tend to be the most popular excursions throughout the season. Many great new restaurants and lodging in Bryson City for hosting large groups. Cherokee, NC is about a 10-minute drive from Bryson City. Gatlinburg, TN is a 45-minute drive over the hill to Bryson City. We are about an hour drive from Highlands and Asheville NC. Knoxville and Chattanooga TN is about 2 1/2 hours away. Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC are about a 3-hour drive. Plan your next get-a-away to the trout mecca town of Bryson City, NC! My favorite addition to the town is the Nantahala Brewery which also provides some very good bands all through the season!

What you need to bring

Let us show you what it will take for learning to fly fish on your own in some of the best waters in western North Carolina! Our guides have decades of experience instructing you for a memorable adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! You should bring rain gear, warm cloths, sunscreen, lip balm, a hat and polarized glasses. It will benefit your success on the water to wear clothing that blends into the surroundings.

You can also check the weather here for layering considerations of clothes. If you plan to fish and are older than sixteen, you can purchase your valid NCWRC license here online or by phone at 1-888-248-6834. You will need a trout stamp for everything outside the GSMNP and Tribal Waters in Cherokee, NC. You need either an NC or TN fishing license for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tribal license can be purchased at many of the stores in Cherokee. Use the contact page or call (828)736-1469 for booking.


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  1. Frank Conlon

    The best fly fishing experience. I have been going out with Mac several times for over a year and learn more about fly fishing each trip than any other. Yes, he puts you on great fish but he also teaches you what to do when you are on your own. Mac provides know how on casting, reading water, choosing flies, presentation, setting and more. One of the best instructional days you will have on the water.


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