Fly Fishing Frequently Asked Questions
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?
For all outdoor adventures, we require either a deposit of $150.00 per guide, per trip, to be able to hold any dates- Or full payment made at the time of booking. A deposit of $150.00 for your trip (or full payment if within 36 hours of trip date) will need to be taken to be able to consider your trip booked. There is no charge for trips canceled 15 days in advance and will receive a full refund of their deposit. Trips that are canceled within our 14-day cancellation policy will forfeit the entirety of their deposits. -No Show's or trips canceled day of by guest will forfeit 100% of trip total- Our guides will be happy to accommodate our guests in various weather conditions; however, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule trips if we deem our conditions are unsafe. We do not routinely cancel trips due to rain or snow and will provide necessary equipment based on weather conditions. Guests whose trips are canceled by our guides due to unsafe weather will receive their full refund. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our concierge Zak Linkins at Chetola Resort 1-800-CHETOLA. Guides are reserved based on availability, please let our concierge know at the time of booking if you have a guide preference. Guest preferences are taken into consideration when booking trips but are not guaranteed. Signed Waivers are required for every participant.
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 ncwildlife.org or at tn.gov/twra. 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.