Bob Ivins










Bob started fishing as a boy on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and soon discovered chasing Rockfish (striped bass) and Blues with a fly rod. Later he traveled to the mountains of Maryland and West Virginia and fell in love with trout in those mountain creeks and streams. He now lives in Western North Carolina, where he spends his time fishing and guiding clients on hundreds of miles of rivers and streams. Bob also enjoys fishing and guiding Tenkara, an ultralight and very simple style of Japaneses fly fishing. Whether you are an old pro or you would like to learn fly fishing, a trip with Bob will be a memorable experience.

Cade Buchanan

cade2Cade was born and raised here in the high country. All of the water that we fish in Western North Carolina has been Cade’s “backyard” since he first started fly fishing over 25 years ago. With this much time on the water, Cade’s passion is teaching those new to the sport. If it has fins and lives in the water Cade fishes for it. Anything from musky, bass, trout, carp and the list goes on but stalking big wild brown trout always comes out on top.  As far as local knowledge of the mountain streams in the area, Cade knows it best!

Brandon Burleson








Brandon moved down to the mountains of Western North Carolina back in 2001. He fell in love with the Appalachian mountains right away. In 2008 he thru hiked the 2,175 mile Appalachian trail from Maine to Georgia. With his passion for being in the outdoors,  you can either find him chasing brookies on small mountain streams, or floating the surrounding tailraces for big wild brown trout. That being said Brandon is Mountain Troutfitters tailwater specialist. He strives at teaching the ins and outs of having productive days on the technical tailwaters of the Southeast. No matter your skill level or age, a day on the water with Brandon will be one that you will not soon forget!

Israel Gibson

israelIsrael grew up in Western North Carolina in a little town called Spruce Pine. He has fished the surrounding waters since he was old enough to walk. Fly Fishing became a passion in his early years and he still loves to chase the wild trout that thrive in these beautiful streams in Western North Carolina. He also has a love for bass fishing in which he has traveled the tournament trails across the country pursuing a career as a professional angler. Whether you have the desire to cast the delicate presentation of a dry fly to a rising wild mountain brown trout or scour the rivers and lakes in pursuit of smallmouth and largemouth bass Israel can guide you to an awesome experience on the water!



Jeff Singleton

jeffHere at Mountain Troutfitters we are lucky enough to have Jeff apart of our team. Jeff who lives on the North Toe river in Spruce Pine, NC has been fishing all of his life. He is laid back, and when you fish with Jeff you feel like you have known him your entire life. On most days Jeff can usually be found floating the French Broad or Toe/Nolichucky for smallmouth bass. To put it simply Jeff knows smallmouth! If you want to have an action packed day on the water with a knowledgeable and friendly guide look no further then Jeff.




Chad Styles

chadChad grew up in western North Carolina on the South Toe river drainage. He has been an avid fisher and hunter since a young age with thanks to his Grandfather and Father. They taught Chad how to enjoy the outdoors and conserve our heritage in this small mountain community. He began fly fishing after high school where his passion for fishing grew even more. In his free time he loves chasing the wild trout that inhabit the small mountain streams of western North Carolina. A day on the water with Chad is always an adventure!