Brookside Guides
Brookside Guides
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Guided Fly Fishing and Fly Fishing Instruction. Western NC's premier fly fishing guide service. We specialize in teaching new anglers learn to fish the beautiful trout rivers and streams in the western NC mountains. The temperate climate of Western NC makes it possible to fly fish all year long! Never held a fly rod but always wanted to learn? Sign up for a lesson on the water with our skilled and patient instructor/guides.
Asheville, North Carolina
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Valerie B
2 contributions
Apr 2021
My husband and I along with our 16 year old daughter took a half day guided trip with Tony over springbreak when we visited Hendersonville. My husband had some experience fly fishing, but my daughter and I were rank beginners! Tony was very knowledgeable and patient with us. He took us to a great spot with lots of trout, almost guaranteeing that we would catch something! My daughter and I had success! We didn’t set any records, but we did catch about 4 fish. My husband pulled in about a dozen. All in all a fun trip and we would highly recommend the experience!
Written April 19, 2021
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Deano D
Duffield, VA242 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Recently my wife and I took a fly fishing / instructional guide trip with Tony Brooks. He spent a couple of hours explaining and teaching different methods and casts for fly fishing. He brought really nice gear (waders, rods and reels.) We fished in the South Mills River and we had a blast. We caught several trout and had a wonderful day with Tony. He was patient and very knowledgable. He was most importantly very excited about fly fishing and it shows through his positive teaching. He has both us wanting to go fly fishing again real soon and hopefully with him again. Thanks Tony for go fishing with us.
Written June 22, 2021
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We really appreciate these great reviews.. Brookside Guides welcomes anglers of all skill levels from beginning -advanced.
Written February 14, 2024
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Ludzoo
Reston, Virginia5 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
As complete novices, we were a little intimidated with flyfishing. We wanted to give it a go, though, as something new and connecting with nature in a different way. Tony, our guide, made us feel totally comfortable and explained everything thoroughly. He was patient and taught us only what we needed to know without making us feel inadequate--yet also showing us some things to aspire to if we decide to try again. The water was cool but really comfortable and refreshing. I fell in a couple times with my newbie river feet but was still comfortable the whole time. The half day trip was just enough for us both to catch a few fish and get a feel for flyfishing and the gear without getting too tired of it. Highly recommended!!
Written June 30, 2020
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Glad you had a good day on the water!
Written July 1, 2020
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Nicole C
Palmetto Bay, FL12 contributions
Jul 2020
Tony was an excellent teacher of the technical subtleties involved in fly fishing. He communicated with us prior to the trip to get a better understanding of our experience levels and what we were looking for. He was well prepared, checking the forecast up until the day before to determine the best location for our experience. My son and I had an overall great experience and we highly recommend Tony.
Written July 30, 2020
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William T
Marietta, GA8 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We have fished with Tony Brooks several times with different family members. He is knowledgeable, and an excellent teacher, so he’s good with novices and experienced anglers. We always come away with improved skills!
He knows the local spots, and can help put you on the fish, for sure! We’ll be back, again.

PS: that’s my 16 yo daughter with the monster rainbow in their web site!😃
Written April 16, 2021
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elderflower10
Beverly Hills, CA8 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
I bought the half-day guided tour for two with a reservation in November 2016. Our guide, Tony, was very professional and easy going. Right from the start he wanted to know our expectations for the trip so he could cater to our wants/needs. We spent 4 hours out on the river and both caught fish almost immediately. He's patient, but firm and really takes the time to teach and explain and put your where you need to be with the right equipment. Equipment was top-notch and although it was chilly with a little drizzle, we were comfortable all day. Tony is wide-open as far as questions so soak it all in from being prepared for what to wear to technique on the river. He knows his stuff and has been fishing in the area for years. I 100% recommend Brookside Guides!
Written November 14, 2016
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Mark C
Columbia, SC23 contributions
May 2016 • Family
My wife gave me this fly fish trip for Christmas and I wasn't sure I wanted to go but after a day with Tony from Brookside, I might take up fly fishing. He was very patient with us and showed us the ins and out of this art. As bad as I was he kept on showing how not to do the wrongs things. We also caught alot of trout. I would recommend even if not interested in taking up. They made it that much fun. Thanks again to Tony for a great day on the River.
Written June 3, 2016
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Chris K
9 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
I have been wanting to do this a long time with my son; we worked it in on this trip. He is 12 years old and enjoyed every minute of it. Tony was great and patient especially when my son had a laughing fit (he still hasn't shared what made him laugh). We had a great day!
Written August 1, 2015
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Stephen H
Rockville, MD7 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Starr, Chris, and Tony provided a terrific half-day fly fishing experience for 3 generations of novices. None of us had ever been fly fishing before. We caught lots of fish and fun.
Written April 4, 2015
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Kelsey B
West Palm Beach, FL6 contributions
Jul 2019
Our experience with Brookside Guides was fantastic! Our guide Tony met my husband and I for a half-day fly fishing lesson. I'm completely new to the sport and my husband had done a bit of it. Tony gave a thorough, easy-to-understand lesson on the physics, technique, and strategy of fly fishing, all on land, before taking us to a lovely part of the Green River to put our new skills to the test. He was informative, helpful, and patient (even when I got a bit frustrated by losing fish on the line.) We had a great time and would totally recommend Tony and Brookside Guides to anyone visiting the area! We'll most likely book him again as well.
Written August 13, 2019
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