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Curtis Wright Outfitters

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Weaverville, NC, USA
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About Curtis Wright Outfitters
Curtis Wright Outfitters is a family owned fly shop and guide service specializing in customer service and local knowledge of Asheville’s rivers and streams. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned angler – come visit us at our shop in Weaverville, North Carolina. Let us help you plan your next fly fishing trip to Western North Carolina.
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Risa S wrote a review Jun 2021
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We did an all day wade trip for our family. All 3 novice fishermen. 2 adults and my teenage daughter. This was one of the best experiences we have had in years of traveling. The service from start to finish was wonderful. Craig was our guide and he was amazing. He was knowledgeable, patient and friendly. He made our teenager happy and comfortable. She had success fishing and didn't think about her phone for 8 hours. We have never fished and he had us on the water and casting within an hour. Everything was provided . I cannot say enough great things about our experience. Book this trip, you won't regret it. I would book with them again in a heartbeat.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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McDoris wrote a review May 2021
Raleigh, NC25 contributions32 helpful votes
From the very first call with Curtis Wright Outfitters to the end of our float trip, this company provided outstanding service. We could not have been happier with our guide, Craig Byers. He met us on time, accommodated all our request and needs, was always pleasant, provided us with appropriate advice on techniques and he knew the river well. My husband has some physical limitation and Craig was patient and helpful getting him in and out of the boat. Together on our one day float trip we caught 35 fish, not a bad day for anyone! So often guides will be on their cell phone handling calls from other potential clients or arranging for car transport, etc, but not once did Craig pull out his phone. We could not have been happier with Craig or our experience with Curtis Wright Outfitters
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Robin O wrote a review Apr 2021
Jacksonville, Florida43 contributions45 helpful votes
I’ve wanted to have a close encounter with a raptor for ages. Our girls trip to the Asheville area provided the opportunity. A short drive to downtown Weaverville, a quick lunch at the Twisted Laurel, and a short walk down Main Street led us to Jeff, the falconer. After we paid and signed the releases, we followed Jeff to his home, where he keeps his hawks, owl, and peregrine falcon. A cool, overcast day proved the perfect backdrop for great photo ops with these amazing birds. After some education on the “Sport of Kings,” and fun facts about the birds (they can see mouse pee with their UV vision!) it was time to don the glove and get to know these magnificent creatures. Expertly trained by Jeff, the birds understand that people = snacks, and they showed us their finest flying skills! Each of our party of 3 got to fly Sam Adams the Harris hawk a good half-dozen times before we moved on to Oscar the barn owl. He too performed magnificently, eagerly nibbling the raw beef and mouse bits. Jeff clearly loves and respects the animals and provides a top notch experience you will not forget.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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PaUtahlover wrote a review Nov 2020
PA85 contributions17 helpful votes
We were so glad we were able to do both falconry and fly fishing all in one day! Such great coordination on Jeff’s part. Jeff’s hawks are gorgeous, and we were able to take super amazing videos thanks to his guidance. Will was such a super nice guy and so good at scoping out fish — my husband caught a huge rainbow trout on his first cast!!! We caught so many fish, we are ready to schedule another trip. Thx for such an enjoyable day!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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dwaNtheATL wrote a review Oct 2020
Atlanta, Georgia245 contributions118 helpful votes
Curtis Wright Falconry We had a terrific day with CW Falconry. The Fall weather was perfect and we were fortunate to be the only two on that day’s outing. Our guide was Pete Kipp, one of a very small number of master falconers in the US. He’s definitely doing what he was born to do. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about the history of falconry and the birds used here in the US and around the world. We learned a lot about the equipment used in the art of falconry and also about how the birds are raised and trained. As it turns out the terms “I’ll be there with bells on” and “under my thumb” have their origins in falconry. Our birds were a Harris hawk (Sweetie Boy) and a red tail Hawk (Rufus). Sweetie is more experienced and we worked with him first. He is a powerful 1.5 lb bird – so smart and spirited. We learned quite quickly how to hold the birds properly on the protective glove. The birds are pros so they manage very well despite your inexperience. After you learn how to correctly position your hands so the birds can land, you walk around with them a bit and then it’s time to let the birds loose and learn to call them. Pete coaches very well and he knows his bird’s behaviors. Sweetie likes to do “fly bys” if you don’t feed him as fast as he’d like. (It’s quite like the Top Gun pilots buzzing the tower). He’s quite a character. You are given a little beef to hold in your glove, you call him, hold your arm out and he’s on the way. It’s amazing to see a hawk flying right to you and the slow-mo video Pete takes for you as the bird lands and claims his beef prize are amazing. We had lots of time to practice calling Sweetie and we also learned how to cast the bird as well. When the beef is gone (the birds are weighed prior to working and they come to work “hungry” and get a certain amount of food during their work), then they receive their real prize…a mouse (already dead). They “hide” and quickly eat while hooding their wings to ‘hide” the mouse from any other birds of prey or predators as they would in the wild. Next, it was time to work with Rufus. His eyes are amazing (golden) and he looks very Eagle like in the head. His colors are really gorgeous. Although he is younger and less experienced, he did very well and we enjoyed working with him. He is a bigger bird than Sweetie (2 lbs) and you could really feel the power of his feet and talons on your glove. More great videos and he also received his mouse prize at the end. This is so much fun. It’s worth every penny and it’s a great way to spend some time outdoors in the Highlands NC area. Although, we were just 2 adults, kids also would love this activity.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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