About Us

Up-Close Outfitters Fly Fishing is a full-time North Carolina fly fishing guide service, near Asheville, in Western North Carolina. Owner, Frank Askew started its parent company Up-Close Outfitters in 2008, which primarily focuses on bass fishing and hunting. Over the years, he received more and more demand for his fly fishing trips, so in 2015, after seven years of successful hunting and fishing trips, he decided to branch out to develop a subsidiary fishing guide service, directly targeted at trout.

Our goal

Up-Close Outfitter’s goal is to become the most respected fly fishing outfitter in the region. We are fortunate enough to have access to amazing and highly productive waters in Western North Carolina. For our fishing guides, fly fishing is not just a job, it’s an obsession! We are addicted to the artistry of fly fishing, and we hope our clients will feel the same after a trip with us. We aim to get beginners hooked and help veteran fly fishers hone their skills. Up-Close Outfitters is constantly growing and improving to provide the best trout fishing experience in North Carolina. Book now at Up-Close Outfitters Fly Fishing or visit our parent company – Up-Close Outfitters for additional fishing and hunting adventures.

What to expect

Up-Close Outfitters cherishes the relationships with our clients. Our guides make personal contact by phone prior to the fishing trip to introduce ourselves, address any concerns that clients may have, and to coordinate trip details. We are also available to discuss which fishing trip is most appropriate for your party. Our personal touch helps make your trip one to remember!

Our guide service runs both wade and float fishing tours. A typical day will begin anywhere from daylight to 10:00 a.m., depending on the clients wishes. Your guide will provide reasonable transportation for clients to and from the stream. Typical travel time is 15-45 minutes to our wading streams and 45-90 minutes for our float trips. On our full-day trips, we often include a hot lunch on the bank of the creek, featuring first class cooking.

While fly fishing is our specialty, we also accommodate many fishermen wishing to use spinning reels. Our guides place our float boats precisely next to fishing holes, making fishing both by fly and spin very easy for our clients. All equipment and lures will be provided free of charge by your Up-Close guide, with the exception of a proper state fishing license. Your guide can certainly help you secure a proper license, or you can purchase one online from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

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