High Country Fly Fishing

Favorite Fishing Locations

The High Country of North Carolina is incredibly fortunate to have an abundance of local streams, creeks and rivers. These waterways are filled with a variety of Fish. You can catch trout, small-mouth bass and brim

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Whether a novice or expert fly-fisherperson, the Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk area are a perfect place to cast a rod. Some of 828 Real Estate’s favorite places to fish include the Valle Crucis Community Park.  This wonderful park is located in the heart of historic Valle Crucis, just behind the Mast Store! Here you will find the beautiful Watauga River. Make a day of it and bring the whole gang! There is something for everyone at this 100% Community Funded park. This portion of the Watauga River is frequently stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

      

Delayed Harvest and Hatchery Supported Streams

Make sure you check out The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website, to get the full scoop on where the best spots are for Delayed Harvest and Hatchery Supported streams. If you want to blaze your own trail, our area is bursting with streams that allow you to get lost in the wilderness of Pisgah National Forest! These waterways are home to the beautiful and NATIVE Brook Trout, local folks refer to these beauties as Speckled Trout.

Local Fly Shop and Guide Services

If you need help finding the right fly or setting up your rod and reel head down to Boone’s Fly Shop in downtown Boone off Depot Street. Here you can find everything you need to have an epic fishing adventure. If you want to hire a guide, we highly recommend it! A local fly-fishing guide will make your time spent on the water that much more productive and educational. High Country Guide Service is located within Boone’s Fly Shop and there you can find a wide-range of guides to fit every level of angling ability! Fly-Fishing is something for all ages, make sure you incorporate this fun activity during your next visit to Boone!

                                                                 

About the Author

Susan is proud to be a native Tarheel, but as a military brat she also spent many years growing up in Kodiak, Alaska. Her father was a helicopter pilot in the Marines and then the U.S. Coast Guard, which allowed her to experience and appreciate both the South East and the Pacific NorthWest. After spending most of her High School years in Kodiak, her family was stationed back to Elizabeth City, NC. When the time came to choose a college to attend, Susan longed for something that reminded her a bit of the beautiful mossy forests of Alaska and the mountain culture that she had grown to love. Upon arrival in Boone in 2002 she immediately felt like she had come home. Although Susan is not a “true Wataugan,” she now considers the High Country of North Carolina her home. Susan loves to travel and even spent a semester abroad in County Cork, Ireland. Susan graduated from Appalachian State University in 2006 with a Bachelors degree in History, Secondary Education. Susan met her husband, David Stelling, while attending ASU. David is originally from Georgia and is a Professional Fly Fishing Guide and Outfitter in North Carolina, Tennessee and Alaska. Susan has dedicated the past 10 years of her life teaching at risk youth in western North Carolina in the award winning Blue Ridge Academy. Located in Avery County, it is a progressive and holistic approach to public education on a secondary level. Susan and David had their first child in 2015. Sophronia Woods Stelling is the light of their lives and both are grateful to have the awesome experience of parenthood. Susan and David feel fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places and supportive communities on earth. The High Country is a wonderful place to not only vacation, but also to raise a family. Susann decided to expand her career portfolio and became a licensed real estate broker in North Carolina this past year. Susan is eager to begin this new journey and excited to bring the joy of living in the High Country to her future clients.