Carolina Fly Fishing Club


CFFC Fly Fishing News 

"Trout Bum Tribune"

                                                Stories and photos of CFFC club outings and fly fishing trips

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Carolina Fly Fishing Club’s 5th Annual Meeting and Banquet at the NorthStone Country Club in Huntersville, is Wednesday, November 14. This is the biggest and best social event of the year for CFFC. A great time to mix, socialize and meet members, spouses, and friends. And, the food, everyone has always spoken well of how good the food and service is. We will have Prime Rib and Mahi Mahi and all the best sides to go with it, along with some great deserts. A cash bar will be provided and we will have some light Hors d’oeuvres.

This is our biggest fund raiser of the year. You will be surprised at how many items we will have and what a great chance you will have to win one or more of our great prizes. Rod, reels, rod cases, chest and waste packs, fishing tools, flies, guided fishing trips, and much more.

So, please get registered on our web site as soon as possible so we will know how many tables we need and how much food to plan for.  Banquet time, cost and directions are posted on our registration page.  We will also elect CFFC Board members for 2019. More details of the event will follow.

Non-members may also register and we hope you will consider joining our club.


Helton Creek
November 3, 2018

by Dan Hebert

Helton Creek outing was a fairly decent fishing day! Browns and Rainbows and a few wild ones were caught on  More »


Be sure to join us in Bryson City on October 13th for more info »

"Healing Saturday"
Saturday, September 29, 2018

CHARLOTTE – Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is pleased to announce that its program will be hosting  “Healing Saturday,” on Saturday, September 29, 2018 to raise funds and awareness of their cause and the injured and disabled veteransthey serve.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans. PHWFF is unique in that volunteers are teaching fly fishing classes on an on-going, long-term basis. It is much more than a one-day fishing trip. Program activities include fly fishing instruction, fly tying classes, fly casting workshops, rod building and fly fishing outings. Last year, PHWFF served more than 7,000 veteran participants at their 200-plus programs nationwide. 
More info >>

Fly Casting 101 & 102

Lake Norman State Park
Saturday, August 25, 2018

by Dave MacBurnie, Director of Education

The Carolina fly casting team (Gary Jones, Jack Cunningham, Lee Butler, Jim Mackey and Dave MacBurnie) was at Lake Norman State Park on Saturday, August 25th. They provided fly casting instruction to eleven students. The students ranged in age from six years old to fifty plus years. The skill levels ranged from beginners to intermediate. Significant improvement was observed in all students. One student that never cast a fly rod caught several fish. They all were very appreciative for the casting instruction. The club thanks Gary, Jack, Lee, Jim and Dave.


New River Camping/Float/Smallie Outing - Joint event with Psycho Fly Fishers
August 2, 2018
by Dan Hebert

What a weekend.......rain, pouring rain and more rain! Met some great folks who know how to make the best of it. Drinking, eating, laughing and storytelling were the main events! Even had a couple of guitar players, playing jazz songs at its best. No fishing, wading or drifting because the river was about 3-5 feet above its normal flow and very murky. Several folks did take their crafts on Saturday, our only day of sunshine, for a ride on what normally would have been an 8 hour float and made it in 4 hours. Fast water for sure. Zaloo's Outpost is a good campground with easy access and plenty of room to spread out. Will say the showers could have been better though. Can't control the water flow, just a pull cord and no hot water. Cold showers make for a very quick one. Must be to save the water, HA! All in all, a disappointing weekend, but made some great acquaintances. Look forward to their fall outing at Camp Stonefly in October.......See you on the water on the next one.


Fly Fishing for Carp in NC 

August 8, 2018
Henry Fowler

Hello my name is Henry Fowler and would like to take you sight fishing for carp in NC. This is a sight fishing game. We will be patrolling the shallows searching for feeding fish. When we locate a fish we will make careful casts in front of it to elicit a strike. I must warn these fish are difficult at times to get to eat. If you connect to a fish it is on. The average size of these fish is  5 to 10 pounds.

Link to Henry's website.

Camp Stonefly Outing
June 21-24, 2018
by Dan Hebert

Watauga river campout at Stonefly was a wash out! Rolled in Thursday 6/21 and set up camp. Good thing I brought my 10' canopy to cover my tent. Rained every night around 4 AM to 6 AM. Wilbur dam was releasing every day too, from 1 PM to Midnight on 2 generators. So fishing was solo and only during the first thing in the morning. It takes 4 hours from the dam to the camp to raise the water level 3-4'. (See Photos below)  Friday caught several Rainbows on Pheasant tail-18, Zebra Midge-20 rig right behind the camp with my 8'6"/5 Wt. G-Loomis IMF rod. Water clear and 48. Went up Broad Street to the Doe river bridge behind O’Reilly Auto store in the afternoon and caught a nice Brown on BWO-18 and San Juan worm-18 rig. Saturday the rain pounded the night before and water was very murky next morning. Drove up to the Holston and the river was very busy with drift boats everywhere. John and Debby Cachiaras were very hospitable. Even met the owner Jud Gee who help steer us to wadeable places. Camp grounds are very neat and clean with a great bathroom (Hot/cold running water/shower.) and several campfire stations. See you on the river on the next one........

“There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of mind.”  WASHINGTON IRVING


Press Release, June 4, 2018

Joyce Shepherd - Inducted in the Humanity category for her...more

Helton Creek, June 1, 2018
by George Yezbak

Where is everybody!?

Hmmmmm, no one else showed up for the outing today, so around 9:10 I found a spot to fish and started to enjoy the day. Along comes a very nice lady Kathy Lindenberger who is also a member of the club and newer to the sport than me. We spent the day fishing together, in beautiful weather in some very nice clear water, but it was fast moving. I caught several nice trout, example in picture. The best flies were a green San Juan worm and a rubber leg bug with an orange bead.

Got to use my new rod, a Redington Crux 9' 5 wt and it was fabulous. It has a very informative feel, easy to cast and a pleasure to use. Special shout out and thanks to Richard at Carolina Mountain Sports for helping me get the rod/reel set up yesterday.

Looking forward to the next opportunity.

Greetings to all our membership 
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

I must pass on the following news to our membership; we have lost a great Fly Fisher, Instructor and Ambassador today Mr. Lefty Kreh.  I am sure all of you have been touched or influenced by his...more...

Nantahala/Tuckasegee River - Whistle Stop Lodge.
by Rick Meeks

On April 12 through April 15, eleven members of the CFFC traveled to the Whistle Stop Lodge, near Robbinsville, NC, for 3 days of fishing. Members fished a variety of streams including Big Snowbird DH, Nantahala DH, Lower Nantahala, Deep Creek, and Tuckaseegee DH.  Everyone caught fish, especially on Friday. Saturday...Read more

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Sponsored by Jesse Brown's, more...

Congratulations to our very own Roger Lowe!

Roger Lowe, Brookings' Head guide inducted into Southern Appalachian Hall of Fame

We would like to take a moment to congratulate Roger for being inducted into the Southern Appalachian Hall of Fame. Recognition couldn't have gone to a more deserving person.  Roger has spent a lifetime in this industry.  Prior to coming on board with Brookings, Roger owned and operated his own fly shop, "Lowe's Fly Shop" in Waynesville for 15 years.  Prior to that, he tied flied commercially for retailers all around the south.  He's authored books, and taught one hell of a lot of people to fly fish and tie flies.  Roger has had a tremendous impact on the sport of fly fishing in this region, but must importantly he is just a great guy.  We are proud to have him on our team.

Saturday and Sunday
FEBRUARY 24 & 25, 2018

MC Benton Convention Center
301 W. 5th Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101

$10.00 per person per day
$15.00 for Saturday and Sunday

There is absolutely no other event, seminar, gathering, etc., that comes anywhere close to the Expo! This is the world's LARGESTmore

CFFC Swap Meet / Garage Sale
December 13, 2017


There were three rows of tables full of really good stuff for swapping and or buying at the meeting!  Also, Ben showed a great video on Nymphing with Devin Olsen of Tactical Fly Fisher that was full of good information.  

CFFC 2017 Annual Banquet and Meeting
November 8, 2017

Great job Rick Meeks on hosting another successful banquet! Great fellowship, food and fun. If you didn't go, you missed out on a great evening. Better go next year. Plenty of quality raffle prizes were won by newcomers. Congratulations to Richard Griggs, Gary Jones and Dave MacBurnie for special recognition's.


See more pictures here

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Expo
Bryson City, NC
October 7, 2017


CFFC presented Dale and Bobby of the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop an award of appreciation for all they have done for our club.

We were also set up in a field where people could come and be given casting instructions.

CFFC 2017 Annual Banquet and Meeting
November 8, 2017

Great job Rick Meeks on hosting another successful banquet! Great fellowship, food and fun. If you didn't go, you missed out on a great evening. Better go next year. Plenty of quality raffle prizes were won by newcomers. Congratulations to Richard Griggs, Gary Jones and Dave MacBurnie for special recognition's.


See more pictures here

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Expo
Bryson City, NC
October 7, 2017


CFFC presented Dale and Bobby of the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop an award of appreciation for all they have done for our club.

We were also set up in a field where people could come and be given casting instructions.

Mitchell River Outing, 
Saturday, November 4, 2017

By Jim Mackey

Six brave souls showed up for the Mitchell River outing, four adults and two up and coming junior fishermen. The weather was a bit damp with drizzle, fog and moderate rain.  Other than a little discomfort from the rain it was great to be outside and on the water.  There was a lot of fishing with not too much catching.  However, as evidence shows, at least one nice fish was brought to net. 


Wilson Creek Outing, October 7, 2017
by Ben Bishop


It went well. Everyone showed up. We got everyone rigged and set up. People met and talked and helped.

Different groups went different ways. Tons of people on stream as expected.

We gathered for lunch and reviewed. Most people caught a fish or two. Everyone seemed happy. Some left right after lunch and others stayed a bit longer.

Fishing for me was a bit slow. Fish were unsettled as would be usual with a stocking earlier in the week. Water was as expected low and slow.

It was a good day with sharing, learning fellowship and enjoying the outdoors.

If I were to break down the parts of the day that were covered it would include: rigging, equipment basics, knots , fly selection, casting, mending, reading the water, on stream etiquette, and safety. All of those things are quite an agenda to accomplish in one day for multiple people. 

We are fortunate that we have so many members of the Carolina Fly Fish Club who generously give of their time and share their experience  to enable other people to grow their Fly Fishing abilities and enjoyment. Everyone was very helpful.

Thanks to all who attended and participated. I had a great day.

October 7Saturday Oct. 7, 2017 will be the Fly Fishing Festival in Bryson, NC. CFFC and the FFI will have a booth there and will be tying flys, casting lessons and having a good time. Hope to see you all there. Plus great fishing real close, plan to spend some extra some time there.

Healing Saturday – Charlotte

Check out this video about Healing Saturday by Mike Krzyzewski(head basketball coach for Duke University):
 When:   Saturday, September 30, 2017
              11:00 am to 2:00 pm
 Where:  JHG Financial Advisors
              1370 Briar Creek Road
              Charlotte, NC  28205
Please come out and join us with the family for Healing Saturday

  • Have some good BBQ from Midwood Smokehouse with Sir Purr from the Carolina Panthers
  • Meet and greet with some of your local veterans
  • Kids and adult fly tying classes
  • Casting demonstrations
  • Raffles and silent auctions for Fishing Trips, Fishing Gear and Flies from the following area fly shops and outfitters:
    • Jesse Brown’s
    • Great Outdoor Provision Co.
    • Madison River Fly Fishing Outfitters
    • NC Fly Fishing Guide Service
    • Orvis Charlotte
    • The Sporting Gent
  • Bid on several boxes of hand tied flies provided by some of our veterans and volunteers 

Click to see more information!

2017 CFFC Picnic @ Lake Norman State Park
September 16, 2017


The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for a perfect picnic.  The catered food came on time and was fantastic…especially the mac & cheese along with all the pot luck side dishes, salads and desserts.  There was no need to go away hungry.


The Raffle committee put together a very nice raffle. And with the help of a young gentleman picking tickets out of the ticket shuffler, kept things moving smoothly.

The Deck of Cards Raffle for the TFO Reel was drawn also.  And the lucky winner was Gary Lautzenheiser from Concord, NC.  Congratulations Gary!


There was a nice group that attended Tradd Little’s fly tying session with at least five new tiers.

There was a nice number of beginner and intermediate fly casters attending the casting clinic in the morning.  

A big thanks goes out to Gary Jones and Lee Butler for organizing and running the clinic and the casting competition in the afternoon. And thanks also goes to Pam Johnson for her great pictures of the picnic activities.


Mark your calendar for August 25-27, 2017

WCNC Friday, July 21, 2017 

In case you missed the 11:00pm news, there was a great clip about Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and how fly fishing has helped veterans with PTSD.  Click here to view the clip.

July 18-20 CFFC Outing to the South Holston River in East Tennessee
by Rick Meeks

Six club members traveled to East Tennessee to fish the South Holston River and the Watauga River for several days. The weather was clear but very hot all 3 days. Generation schedules were not ideal but, were workable enough to allow for plenty of fishing hours each day.

On the upper SoHo, Sulphur hatches were strong. Fish were active. The water was a bit low and very clear, allowing for some nice site fishing. Two members chartered a float trip in the Watauga one day and had good fishing success. Other members concentrated on the SoHo and most everyone caught fish, both up river and down river.

Just as FYI, the fishing access restrictions at our housing location did limit access to some of our usual wade fishing water but, there was still plenty of river access and a number of nice fish were caught.

Overall, everyone had a good time fishing and socializing even after the air conditioner broke down on our second day. Everyone took it in stride and we all survived the night.

Largest fish of the trip was a nice 20” brown caught on 7X tippet. Thanks to the nice gentleman who waded up after the netting and offered to take a picture. 

Watauga River Camping Trip

June 22, 2017
by Steve "Nightcrawler" Patterson

Everyone had a great time and caught a lot of fish on the Watauga River at several locations. The fishing was great in front of the campground (Camp Stonefly) where several nice Brown Trout were caught: one by Ben Happach and one by Steve Patterson. Of course, Ben’s was larger than Steve’s!  The South Holston was also fishing great. There was a good Sulphur hatch. A big thanks to Rich Puco for sharing where to fish and what flies to use. 



First Fly Fishing Merit Badge Program at Belk Scout Camp A Success

by Bill Kalbas

On Saturday, May 13th, twenty boy scouts gathered at the Belk Scout Camp in Midland, NC, for a day of instruction on Fly Fishing.

Nine members Carolina Fly Fishing Club, including club president Dave MacBurnie, Rick Meeks, Jim Mackey, Gary Jones, Jack Cummings, Herb Broegmann, Charlie McDaniel, Frank Perry, and Bill Kalbas, along with Ms. CC King, a wildlife education specialist with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Scoutmaster Dr. Stuart Tucker and several fathers from Troop 55, and Bert Fox, Scoutmaster of Troop 165.

Dave, Frank, and Herb taught the scouts how to tie a San Juan worm and a Woolly Bugger, which the scouts used to catch fish later in the day.  Gary, Jack, and Charlie taught casting, and Rick and Jim taught knots, rigging and entomology.  Bill was the merit badge counselor, and eight out of the 20 scouts earned their Fly Fishing merit badge.

“All hands were on deck” when it came time to mentor the scouts in catching a fish at the lake.

Though a long day, everyone had a good time.

A number of scouts and fathers said they want to do more fly-fishing and attend future CFFC meetings and functions with their sons.

Well done CFFC!


Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21, 2017
Davidson River Four Day Camping Trip
By Rick Meeks

On Thursday, May 18, 10 CFFC members headed to the Davidson River Campground for 3 nights of camping and fishing. For fishing, the members spread out and covered a number of streams, including the Little River, upper and lower South Mills River, North Mills River and the Davidson. Fishing was fair with various results by the fishermen. Some rainy weather and high water impacted some fishing time. Everyone enjoyed the outing and especially the camp fires at night. We did have to pack up in the rain Sunday morning.
On Friday I got a real big surprise. In the AM we heard lots of thunder and had dark clouds but no rain. It seemed to clear up in the afternoon so I headed out. As I was getting my fishing gear ready at the car, a group of bicyclists rode by coming down the mountain. As they went by one of them said "heads up, there is a ton of water coming your way". I did not think too much of it as we did not have any rain to speak of. After fishing for about 30 minutes I was changing a fly and noticed something did not feel quite right. I looked up and the water was definitely moving faster and the trail that I had walked along to get to my starting point was under water. Water had already come up a foot or more. I said "wow, get out of here now", and I did. In just a few more minutes the river was even higher, rushing very fast, unwadeable and totally brown.
When I got back to camp, one of the guys new to the river asked me if the Davidson was a tail water. I laughed because I knew he had gotten caught in it as well. The storm we heard in the AM was at the top of the mountains, away from us. Looking Glass Creek was the one that was gushing into the Davidson and caused the high and brown water.
Now I will know that in bad weather, keep a better look out for sudden rising water.
It did come down a lot and cleared up by next morning.


April 18-20, 2017 SoHo Trip
Ramblings from a Rookie
Ben Happach


Caddis, trichoptera, sedge-flies, and rail-flies; whatever your name for this pattern, there’s nothing I can write about it that hasn’t been written 1,000 times before. I CAN mention how underappreciated that this particular pattern was by me until last week, when I found myself on the Watauga River in Elizabethton having possibly the best day of fishing I’ve experienced. (continued)

CFFC April 12th Meeting @ Bass Pro Shops

Kevin Howell of Davidson River Outfitters (DRO) came with five different presentations.  So our Director of Programs, Susan Hinsen decided to put it to a vote by the meeting attendees.  It was a unanimous vote for his "Improving your Trout Fishing Tactics".  It was an awesome presentation...thanks Kevin!

The Director of Membership, Jack Costa took some great notes of the program that can be accessed here -> Kevin Howell fishing tactics.pdf


 March 18, 2017 - North Toe River in Mitchell County, Spruce Pines NC. 

They had heavy rain in the mountains and when we got there the river was very muddy, trashy, high and fast. Only three members showed up at 09:00 and waited around till 10:00. We then decided to head over to Wilson Creek where the water was up (more of a normal level) and slightly off color. Fishing was very good with lots of fish caught by all.

Ft. Mill, SC
Spring Fly Fishing Classic

Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, 2017
The club is demonstrating Fly Tying at Cabela's and needs tiers.  We also need helpers to help promote the club and fly fishing. You don't have to be a tier to be a helper...just have an interest in fly fishing!



Fly Tying 101

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lake Norman State Park Visitor Center

The program was very well received.  We ended up with more students than expected.  Thanks to Dave MacBurnie, we had ample vices and material for everyone. Fortunately we had four tiers from the club helping with overseeing students.  All seemed to catch on quickly to the fundamentals of tying.


Everyone had a good time tying the Green Weenie, red San Juan Worm, and black Wooly Booger which are great fish catching patterns.

Stay tuned to the website as we are trying to figure out a good date for more fly tying in February or March.

Wilson Creek DH Day Trip
January 14, 2017

It was a cold threatening day for fishing but out of 19 registered members there were 12 that came out to brave the weather.  The water was quite low but a few good fisher-persons were able to catch and land fish.


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