Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I fish year round?
Yes, don’t let cold air or precipitation deter you! In fact, fishing during late fall, winter and early spring is considered some of the best fishing of the season. With fewer insects alive and active during colder temperatures, the fish are happy to bite at all the flies you throw.

What is your cancellation policy?
A deposit in the amount of $150 per guide is due when the trip is booked. Trips canceled 14 days or more before the scheduled trip date will receive a full refund. Trips canceled within 14 days of the scheduled trip date will result in forfeiture of full deposit. All guides will happily accommodate guests in various weather conditions; however, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule trips if we deem conditions unsafe. Guests whose trips are cancelled by our guides will receive a full refund.

Do I have to be a Chetola guest to take a fishing trip?
No. We welcome the opportunity to guide anyone on a fly fishing adventure, whether you are a Chetola guest, a local resident or a guest at another hotel. Just call the Concierge, Zak Linkins, at 828-295-5509 to book your excursion.

Do I get a room discount at Chetola with a fly fishing package?
Yes. While fly fishing packages are available with or without overnight accommodations, overnight accommodations are priced lower when purchasing a room and fishing arrangements together. Value-priced accommodations are available for Chetola Lodge, the Bob Timberlake Inn, and our 1, 2, 3 and 4-bedroom condominiums.

Do I need to get a fishing license?
Yes, fishing licenses are required and may be purchased the day of your trip. Licenses can be purchased at Village Hardware in Blowing Rock, Walmart in Boone or at or at Your guide can assist with this if you expect to arrive late.

What equipment should I bring with me?
Chetola guides provide all fly fishing equipment, from rods and flies to waders and nets. You don’t even need to bring a camera if you don’t want to; we will be happy to take photos for you and email them to you. Your guide will contact you prior to your trip to answer any questions you may have.

How many people can go on a trip?
The number varies based on whether you choose a wade trip versus a float trip. Guides prefer a ratio of 2 people per guide, so the number will depend on how many guides are available for a particular day and time. Of course we will do our very best to accommodate your needs based on your number of guests.

How should I dress?
Dress for comfort and flexbility (jeans, t-shirts, flannel shirts, etc.) and, most importantly, in layers. We have a saying in the mountains: "If you don't like the weather, just wait 10 minutes." Your guide will provide the necessary equipment for your trip, including rain and snow gear. Please bring sunscreen and wear closed-toe shoes that have good traction, breathe easily and dry quickly after getting wet. Your guide will inform you of any particulars that may be needed pertaining to the season.

Where do I go to meet the guide?
You will meet your guide in the Chetola Lobby unless you and the guide personally plan otherwise. We encourage your party to meet at least 10 minutes before your trip is scheduled to depart in order to take care of any last-minute questions, sign waivers and use the facilities before departing.

Are there restrooms at the fishing locations?
Most of our fishing destinations are located deep in the woods in the heart of the mountains. If you require indoor facilities, please inform the guide when reserving your fishing adventure so that we can best accommodate your needs.

Are any of the locations handicapped accessible?
We are proud to be working with organizations such as Healing Waters that encourage those with special needs to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors, working with others and experiencing the rejuvenating activity of fly fishing. We do our best to meet guests' requirements based on specific needs or limitations. We are currently working on a new section of water that is being specifically engineered for guests confined to wheelchairs.

Is gratuity included in the cost of the adventure?
Gratuity is not included but is accepted and appreciated.

Can I request a particular guide?
All Chetola trips provide an Orvis Endorsed fly fishing adventure. Certain guides are approved by Chetola to guide specific waters. Each trip is customized by the Orvis guide to meet each guest's specific needs and wants. Guide requests are not guaranteed but will try to be honored.


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