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Feedback from our guided trips.

Feedback from our guided trips.



Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip today.
Chris is a fine young man who did a great job showing me how to fish for trout in these creeks.
I would never have thought we could catch that many or that size fish in such a small area.
I hear you had a little car trouble… better stop parking near those hostile power poles.
Thanks again, I hope to get back for another trip in late August.
Chris really impressed me with his knowledge and easy manner.

Jim Davis – Half Day Guided Wade Trip on July 8th, 2015 with Christopher Maney.



Tuckasegee Float Trip


From guided float trip in May 2015.  I would like to thank Jason for a Great float trip on the Tuck last Friday. My son Gray, who is a student at WCU set up the trip as a Birthday present, he couldn’t have done better. Jason is a really great guide, patient, knowledgeable, and easy going. He was a pleasure to fish with. We are thinking of doing another trip also bringing my older son and wife either late summer or fall. Please let Jason know that he is appreciated.

Jim Clark

Aaron spent a great deal of time with me, the newbie, teaching me proper technique. He was very encouraging and positive and I ended up with lots of succesful casts and fish”
Raleigh, NC


Tuckasegee Smallmouth Float


“Jesse and Aaron were wonderful! My sons and I came down to have some time together before they both get married this year and the fishing experience was everything that we had hoped for. . . You guys are great!”

The Mullers. New Orleans, LA

5 star Had a great time on the Tuck, we were catching fish, several casts we hooked two fish at the same time, while everyone else was just throwing out line!!
Thanks again Jason!!!!!
Ralph F. longtime repeat client.
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Repeat clients Avery and Paul.

“Fun to talk with, very helpful on my casting, also taught me some very good knots.”
LeRoy. Clarkston, MI

” Jesse told me to ‘show up and we’ll go fishin’. That’s what we did. I thought the weather was going to mess up my trip but it turned out to be a great day. Jesse was outstanding and put up with all my snags and bad casts. I went home with 8 nice trout and I hope to come back during peak fishing season. Thanks for the great time!”
Dave. Saint Mary, GA

“(Our guide) was great. He was extremely knowledgeable, patient and determined to make our experience a nice one. We had our 12 year old with us and he was great with him. Plus I caught an 18 inch trout. What a 1st time reward!”
Angela. Charlotte, NC

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Guided Trip on Ravens fork with Hookers Fly Shop guide Jason Cole.

Tim – Most enjoyable! Even though I am an accomplished fly fisherman – learned valuable info from my guide on trout fishing. He was very polite and very personable which made for a great trip.”
Don. Ahoskie, NC

“Our guide was very professional at all times with a vast knowledge. He could answer all questions without hesitation. He is truly an asset to the business. The best time fishing I have ever had!”
Donna. Lillington, NC



“We enjoyed our trip so much we haven’t stopped talking about it yet! You guys are awesome!”
Jacksonville, IL

“Brilliant guiding, Very friendly. Excellent instruction. Beautiful spot. Top rate experience.”
United Kingdom

My son and I recently enjoyed a trout wading trip with Jason as our guide. Everyone at the store was knowledgeable and helpful. Jason was patient with our many snags and we caught several fish! – Kristen Sanderson    Guided Trip June 2012


Intro to Fly Fishing with Troop 999

Intro to Fly Fishing with Troop 999


 This is the shop I use to teach my son about fly fishing.   It is his first stop every trip to the mountains.
Steve Wells
Biff with a very nice Rainbow

Biff with a very nice Rainbow

Did a float with Jason and my Dad last year – plenty of fish, great guide, and learned enough to enjoy the rest of the season. Thanks Jason! – Biff Jennings   Guided Float Trip 2010 on the Tuckasegee River
Nancy with a nice trout!

Nancy with a nice trout!

Great trip with Jason and Clint last Nov. with five ladies from Tallahassee who (mostly) had little fly fishing experience. Great day, super guides, over 45 fish caught, and we can’t wait to get back. Thanks!

Nancy Linehan
Awesome experience!!!  Could not of had a better guide!!   Such a great lunch cooked for us as well!  Defiantly recommend them!  🙂
Emily Martin
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Guided Fly Fishing Trip on Ravens Fork

My son and I recently enjoyed a trout wading trip with Jason as our guide.  Everyone at the store was knowledgeable and helpful.  Jason was patient with our many snags and we caught several fish!
Kristen Altman Sanderson
Smallmouth Float Trip on the Lower Tuck

Longtime client Karl B.  on a Smallmouth Float Trip on the Lower Tuck

 Jason was an awesome guide, put us on the fish fast.
Chase Edwards

Fly Fishing the Tuckasegee River

We have been dealing with Hookers Fly shop for several years. Each time I go out on a fishing trip with Jason, he never ceases to amaze me. He knows the area well and we always catch fish wherever it may be. I have done several wade trips and floats as well. Jason is a great teacher and if you know nothing about fly fishing and would like to learn, he will teach you along the way. The shop is very nice, not pricy like some around, but there is everything that you would need to learn the art of fly fishing. He will even take pictures of your trip and make sure that you have that special moment on film….even if the fish decides to slide out of your hand! I highly recommend Hookers Fly Shop in Sylva for everything fly fishing and then some……ladies, my wife has even bought several purses in the shop. She loves them!

Ed Frost
I have used Hooker’s Fly Shop for three different trips, the last one was with my son, over the last three years and have been very satisfied with each trip. I wanted more from a guided trip than just to catch fish I was wanting to learn how to fish the different types of rivers and streams in the area, Jason provided that experience. I recommend Jason and Hooker’s Fly Shop to anyone visiting the area.
Earl Brinkley
I am a full time student at Western Carolina and picked up fly fishing not too long ago. Hookers Fly Shop is just a short drive down the road from the university. When I first got into fly fishing I KNEW NOTHING!!!! Every time I visited the shop it was a learning experience for me. Hookers Fly Shop always took the time to teach me new things about what flies to use, ways to present them to the fish, and also how to tie them no matter how busy they were or how much they had going on at the time. I buy all of my materials from Hookers Fly Shop and they have always worked with me on things and made sure that I was getting the best deals. Hookers Fly Shop is not a customer environment like most stores but it is a friendly environment where I have always felt welcome and felt like more than just another customer.The Experience level of all of the guides at the shop is tremendous and they always put you on the fish! Whether getting a guide or just asking for advice, Hookers Fly Shop is the “Go To” shop for all of your needs! I highly recommend the shop and will be a lifetime customer for sure!
Jalen Morton
NC Fly Fishing Guides
I spent one of the best fishing days of my life on the Occonolufte with Clint on Wednesday. 11 Rainbows to 22″ and 6 Brownies up to about 14″. Broke off a SLOB that will always be a picture in my mind. Call em, book em and have a great day in the Smokies!
Capt. Paul Flannery    Guided Trip July 2012
Great shop.  Outstanding service.  They don’t mind taking the extra time with us new guys.  I found my fly shop here WNC.
Dale Cody Bermester