Meet our Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Meet our Fly Fishing Guide School Instructors

Meet our fly fishing guide school instructors

Meet our fly fishing guide school instructors based out of Bryson City, NC. These are the top people that I can think of for teaching others how to become a successful fly fishing guide. The experience base is well over 200-240 years with actual rowing, fly fishing, and working as professional guides all over the globe. They all love to teach and have FUN while doing so!

I think you will be hard-pressed to find any Guide School in North America with 5 Casting Masters (FFI), 3 (ACA) whitewater rowing instructors, 3 Fly Fishing Team USA Members, 4 Fly Fishing Team USA Coaches, 1 Field and Stream Angler of the year, book and national magazine authors, and 2 Hall of Fame Inductees into the Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum. Fly fishing is a prideful sport!  I am just humbly stating the facts so you know the high level of professionalism!

It is my goal to create the best fly fishing guide schools for teaching a strong foundation for those choosing to guide as a career. This helps to ensure a very high-quality person for job placement to their dream location around the globe.

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Michael Bradley

Michael is another local talent around Bryson City that has been eaten up with competition style angling which embraces many angling techniques. He is an active member of  Fly Fishing Team USA and is a highly skilled fly fisher! His passion goes much deeper than just trout in that he actively pursues all types of warm water species as well. He is an independent guide for his company Fly Fish Cherokee and he knows his home waters inside and out!

 

 

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Mac Brown

Mac Brown started out as an independent guide and educator in 1987 for his company Mac Brown Fly Fish. He was the first full-time fly fishing guide service in the Western NC region as well as the first Master Casting Instructor (IFFF) in NC. He was Associate Professor at Western Carolina University teaching the Fly Fishing program at the collegiate level in the mid-90’s. Mac 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, IFFF, and others have endorsed this text as a reference for instructors as well.

I am proud to claim Bryson City, NC my home since 1987. He has taught 1000’s of folks casting and fly fishing tactics at conclaves and fly fishing shows all over the world as well as his home area of Smoky Mountains since 1987. Mac has rowed on rivers all over the globe and brings to the table 35 years of rowing experience. He attained his certification through the American Canoe Association in 1990 while working for the NOC. Other accolades include Field and Stream Angler of the Year in 1999. My teachings have appeared in Fly Rod and Reel, Fly Fisherman, Angling Report, ESPN, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Fly Fishing America T.V., Fly Fishing the World, and many others.

 

 

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Eric Cook

Eric is a Fly Fishers International Master Certified Casting Instructor from Atlanta. Eric has over 40 years of fly fishing experience. Being a native southerner, Eric’s fly fishing experiences primarily have been focused on southeastern U.S. waters, targeting every available species from Bluegill to Tarpon.

Eric has fished many other destinations from Puerto Rico to Montana but is always drawn back to one of his favorites – local Georgia waters for common Carp. Eric is heavily involved in the IFFF casting instructor certification program through coaching, Board of Governor (IFFF), certification testing, instructor continuing education and IFFF casting program committee work.

 

 

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Ken Kastorff

Ken is an active fishing guide through his company Endless River Adventures. Ken has over 55 years of whitewater experience and taught the instructor clinics for years for the American Canoe Association. He is one of the most notable whitewater instructors to ever come out of Western NC region.

Ken invented many techniques used for teaching kayaking in the early 90’s. He has vast experience fishing for all types of exotic species throughout South and North America. Most recently, he runs trips regularly to Equador as well as his home waters around Bryson City.

 

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Tom Rueping

Tom has fly fished from Georgia to the Rocky Mountain West, to Alaska, to Mexico, the Bahamas, the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, and a lot of points in between. Tom is an IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor and is currently the Casting Instructor Certification Program Coordinator for the Southeastern Council of the IFFF.

Tom is the lead instructor for both the beginner and intermediate fly fishing courses at Lee University in Cleveland Tennessee. He is a past president of the Appalachian Chapter of Trout Unlimited and is the assistant program lead for the Chattanooga Project Healing Waters program, helping veterans heal through fly fishing.

 

 

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Josh Stephens

Josh grew up fly fishing the Nantahala River as a high school kid. He worked actively guiding out of Durango, CO after completing college at WCU. He has been instrumental in creating a hotbed of competition style angling in western NC when he returned. He has been an active member of Fly Fishing Team USA and has competed in multiple world championships representing Team USA since 2007. He has a wealth of knowledge on efficiency tactics for producing epic numbers of fish to the net!

 

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Wanda Taylor

Wanda has fished extensively for a variety of fresh and saltwater fish species. She was the first woman to become an IFFF Master Certified Casting Instructor. She actively teaches many groups at fly fishing shows around the country. She is an IGFA record holder for many Saltwater world records. Wanda is an Ambassador for multiple industry products. She is an active member and ambassador for Casting Carolinas and Project Healing Waters. She is the first woman inducted into the Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum.  She has taught professional guides and students for many decades.

 

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Woody Woodruff

Grant  “Woody” Woodruff has over 3 decades of instruction experience. Woody has instructed clinics in all types of river craft, taught river rescue to many of the rescue squads throughout Western North Carolina, lead groups rock climbing and consulted organizations in emergency protocol.  He has traveled from Chile to the Grand Canyon leading adventure travel trips since the mid-1980’s.

Woody is a certified instructor in River Rescue and Rafting – Oar / Paddle by the American Canoe Association.  Also a certified Wilderness First Aid and CPR instructor by the American Red Cross. He loves to fly fish near his home in Sylva, NC.

Woody is the current Marketing Director for Wildwater Adventure Centers, www.raftandzip.com and a former Vice President / Board of Director for the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

 

 

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