High Country Guide Service
Offering Guided Fishing Trips in the Boone area since 2005
HCGS offers a wide variety of trips catering to each individual angler's needs and expectations. We are a fully licensed and insured guide service that operates out of Boone, North Carolina. With hundreds of miles of trout streams within striking distance we are able to offer a unique platform right here at home. Whether you are looking to hone your skills and learn new techniques to gain an advantage, or just trying the sport out for the first time we can help you along the journey!
Our float trips operate in Eastern Tennessee on the tailwaters of the Watauga and South Holston Rivers, These trips focus on the most productive methods for Trout fishing. We also offer floats on a few smallmouth streams including the Nolichucky. Our walk wade trips typically revolve locally, but wading on the tailwaters is possible with the correct generations.
HCGS offers 7 day 6 night trips on the Legendary Kanektok River in Southwest Alaska. We are partnered with an outfitter who is fortunate enough to have had a permit on this unreal river since the early 80's!
We have guided on the river since 2005 and know every bend and salmon bed. Flywater Travel's highest booked Alaska Floats for 2017.With 10 species to fish for including monster Leopard Rainbow Trout this trip is truly one of a kind and we would love to have you on it!
About this trip
The Tailwaters of East Tennessee
Tailwater Trips 2018 Rates:
2 Person Walk/Wade $425
1 Person Walk/Wade $325
The South Holston and Watauga tailwaters outside of Elizabethton and Johnson City Tennessee offer anglers some of the best fishing the Southeast has to offer. With a long season of dynamic bug life and resident trout these streams can be terrific fishing almost year round! HCGS has guided these well known waters since 2005 and strives to offer that intimate and elusive knowledge to all skill sets. With increasing pressure and privatization it truly takes some dedicated know-how and on the stream solutions that our guides practice day in and day out. If you've fished the streams before and always wanted to see the guides' perspective or just want to try out a full day float - these streams are the best we have!
With an increase in demand for the Alaska expeditions my schedule in the Southeast revolves on Spring and Fall. Spring fishing truly heats up as March approaches with lots of blue wing activity and spawning rainbows, then caddis and sulfur hatches in April/May with beetles popping their heads out of the sycamores into June. June, July, August, and September HCGS is operating in Alaska. In the Fall upon the return - there are still sulfurs dying down with blue wings picking up steam, excellent streamer fishing through Thanksgiving, and the brown trout spawn lasting through February!
A typical Full Day Float Trip starts at 6:30 AM at our Fly Shop in downtown Boone: 444 W King St Boone, NC 28607.
We will load up from there and travel over to our fishing grounds in East Tennessee, usually putting in on the South Holston or Watauga tailwaters. We will disembark floating from a public put in, float a few miles and have a stream side lunch. After lunch we will float a few more miles to a designated public take out where the truck will be waiting after being shuttled. We will then load up from there and return to Boone, back to the shop at 444 W King St Boone, NC 28607.