Barefoot guides

Guided Fly Fishing

North Carolina Trout

Immerse yourself in our tranquil mountain waters as our experienced guides lead you to the best local trout waters.

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Barefoot Guides Deliver Memories

Welcome to Barefoot Guides, where nature meets traditional fly fishing in the unique trout habitats of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Our expertly guided trips and comprehensive lessons are designed to cater to both beginners and seasoned anglers, ensuring an unforgettable experience for everyone.

Typical Barefoot Trip

We are committed to making your fly fishing journey memorable, whether you’re casting your first line or perfecting your technique. Join us for an experience that blends the serenity of the mountains with the challenge of the set and the thrill of the land.

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Tailored Lessons

Our lessons, tailored for all skill levels, provide a comprehensive introduction to fly fishing.

Mountain Waters

Immerse yourself in our tranquil mountain waters year-around as our experienced guides lead you to the best local trout waters.

Exploration

Each journey promises an intimate exploration of the region's rich trout fisheries.

Wade Trips

Wade trips allow fishers to reach the remotest of our local trout waters by foot.

Float Trips

Float trips available in-season to easily reach the local trout waters with the assistance of a flotation and fishing guide.

What's Included?

Expert Guidance

Knowledgeable guides with extensive local experience.

Equipment

High-quality rods, reels, and flies. Waders, boots, walking staff.

Meal

Lunch provided on full-day guided trips, with gourmet options available.

Transportation

From the outpost to the fishing sites.
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What do I need to bring?

Goals and Expectations

Are you looking for knowledge to continue the art of fly fishing or looking for the basics to get fishing quick? Do you want to understand the tradition and history of fly fishing or just catch fish. Let us know!

Sunglasses

Polarized sunglasses are essential for trout fishing as they significantly reduce glare from the water surface, allowing anglers to see more clearly into the water and spot trout. They also protect our eyes from rogue hooks. Don't forget a strap!

License

Purchasing a North Carolina fishing license provides crucial support for conservation efforts, habitat management, and recreational fishing opportunities.
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Cash Tip

Tips are important to guides as they serve as recognition of their hard work, expertise, and the quality of the experience they provide, often supplementing their income and reflecting client satisfaction.

Sun Protection

Sunscreen while fishing is essential to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. A hat additionally provides protection from rogue hooks. Don't forget fluids!

Change of Clothes

Fishing can lead to getting wet, either from wading in the water, handling fish, or due to weather conditions like rain.

Barefoot Guide Principles

At Barefoot Guides, we are committed to making your fly fishing journey memorable, whether you’re casting your first line or perfecting your technique. Join us for an experience that blends the serenity of the mountains with the challenge of the set and the thrill of the land.

Conservation First

We prioritize the health of our ecosystems. All fishing practices are aligned with local conservation laws and best practices to maintain the integrity of the wild trout populations and their natural habitats.

Catch and Release

To support the sustainability of our trout populations, we practice catch and release fishing. This approach helps maintain the balance of the ecosystem and ensures future anglers can enjoy the same thrilling experience.

Wild Fisheries Over Stocked Fish

Our focus is on wild trout fishing, providing an authentic experience that reflects the natural biodiversity of Western North Carolina. We avoid fishing in areas with club-managed trout to preserve the authenticity of the fishing experience.

Educational Emphasis

Our guides are not just experts in fishing; they are also educators. Trips and lessons include information about the local ecosystem, the life cycle of trout, and the importance of preserving these natural habitats. We believe that a well-informed angler is a more responsible steward of the environment.

Environmentally Friendly Gear

We encourage the use of eco-friendly fishing gear and practices. This includes barbless hooks to minimize harm to fish, and the use of non-toxic materials in our fishing equipment.

Small Group Sizes

To minimize our impact on the environment, our trips are limited to small groups. This approach not only provides a more personalized experience but also helps reduce the ecological footprint of our activities.

Promoting Local Conservation Efforts

We actively support local conservation initiatives and encourage our guests to participate in or contribute to these efforts. This includes educational programs, habitat restoration projects, and local environmental organizations.
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Lead Barefoot Guide

Jim Stein

Owner, Experience Deliverer

As the lead guide and owner of Barefoot Guides, Jim Stein brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for fly fishing to the serene waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. Jim’s approach to guiding is deeply rooted in a respect for nature and the preservation of wild trout habitats, ensuring that every adventure with Barefoot Guides is not just about the thrill of the catch but about connecting with the environment in a meaningful way.

Jim’s passion for fly fishing is matched only by his dedication to teaching and sharing his love for the sport with others. Whether he’s working with beginners taking their first steps into the world of fly fishing or seasoned anglers looking to refine their technique, Jim’s patient, educational approach makes every trip both enlightening and enjoyable. His commitment to conservation and ethical fishing practices is woven into every lesson, aiming to inspire a new generation of anglers to become stewards of the environment.

As the lead guide and owner of Barefoot Guides, Jim Stein brings a wealth of experience and a deep passion for fly fishing to the serene waters of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western North Carolina. Jim's approach to guiding is deeply rooted in a respect for nature and the preservation of wild trout habitats, ensuring that every adventure with Barefoot Guides is not just about the thrill of the catch but about connecting with the environment in a meaningful way.

Questions? We are here to help!

Text
+1 828 222 0153
Phone
+1 828 222 0153
Email
info@barefoot.guide