Mountains to Coast

Fly Fishing School NC

What our customers say about Mountains To Coast Guide Service


Still Talking about it!!
Hello Carl,

Thanks again for a great afternoon of trout fishing on your Private Creek two years ago. Wow, time flies! I plan to be in the area this year. A road trip to Durham is possible. So I'll book with you soon. If so I'll make every effort to book another trip with you as well. I've had several guided trout fishing trips in Montana and Idaho from a drift boat. I've also had guided bone fishing trips in South Andros, Bahamas, from a poled flats boat and wading trips with many guides. However, I had never had a personal guided wade fishing trip for trout like with you. In that regard, my trip with you was unique and there were several other factors that made the trip unique: It was on private waters so no competition; there were LOTS of fish and they were aggressive; you were very patient pointing out how to best fish the stream and quick to change flies after refusals; I caught more than 25 fish (at least 10 over 20"+) and the "grand slam" of brooks, browns, rainbows on nymphs and dry flies. Finally, the pictures you took and quickly emailed to me were icing on the cake!! By far, you made it the best day of trout fishing I've ever had!!!..... Actually, The Best Day Fishing I've Ever Had. PERIOD...


In my 75 years of fresh and salt water fishing, I have never had a better guide than Carl Freeman. He can expertly assist you to catch more trophy fish in a morning than most fly fishermen can catch in a lifetime.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Bob S.
Ft Lauderdale, Fl.

Thats all I can say about my day on the water with Carl, I saw the pics from previous fishing trips and I was like yeah maybe I'll get one big one if I'm lucky. That was not the case "FISH was a plenty", Carl had the necessary skills to put us on the fish. I caught four species of trout that day and it seemed to be a dream if it was not for the cold water, I would still think I was in dream world.
Thanks Carl, I will see you again.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Dennis M.

Wow!!! Carl, Best trip and Biggest trout ever!! Thank you for a great 3 days on the stream!!!"

Linda P.
Raleigh, NC

I have fished with Carl on a number of occasions and always had a great time. He knows how to work with any level of expertise from beginning to advanced. Carl makes it easy to enjoy the sport. He works hard to put you on fish. His approach is to educate and ensure you learn from your experience with him. He makes sure every aspect of your trip runs smoothly. Carl is a first class guide and he has shown me some of the best fishing I have ever experienced.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Steve M.
Rock Hill, SC

I've known Carl Freeman for 9 yrs and have fished with him as a friend and guide. I have never met a more competent, aggressive, and supportive fishing partner/guide in my entire fly fishing career. When he has guided me and any friends, he is totally focused on helping you enjoy the experience. I have fished all over the US and have never caught the quality of fish that I have when fishing with Carl. If he hunts like he fishes, you're in for a treat. Tight Lines.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Ridgeway, Greenwood, SC

Awesome! Truly a day of fly fishing I shall never forget. Carl was an exceptional guide and was very patient with me and my friend, Wendy. In four hours, we caught close to 30+ fish. BIG fish. My trophy fish was about a 23" rainbow trout. I would highly recommend Carl's guide services.

Thank you, Carl, and I will be back to fish with you soon!"

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Martha B.
Greenwood, SC

It was my best day of fishing ever! Carl is not only a great fishing guide but he made the day so much fun with his terrific sense of humor. My friend and I caught one fish (trout) after another. It was a beautiful day and Carl took us to a very plentiful place on the river and kept us reeling in the fish!

Thanks Carl!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Wendy A.
Wendy A. - Duluth, GA

What a day, during my professional Rodeo career I've had the pleasure to fish all over the US and Canada. I had no idea this caliber of fishing was so close. Carl was not only a great guide but a gentleman, with the patience of a saint. I had two thirteen year old boys with me that spent more time in the tree's than in the water. I could not have scripted a better day of fishing , not only were the numbers good but the amount of fish we caught over 20 inches unbelievable. The final go round was to catch a Big Golden, I think Carl tied on every fly in his bag until we caught one. Thanks again looking forward to our next trip.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Rick J.
Parkland, FL

Carl came highly recommended and he lived up to his reputation. I took my wife fly-fishing for the first time and Carl was excellent in teaching a beginner. His approach and helpful hints really made the day a success for us.. Carl knows the area around the Blowing Rock, NC having been a guide there for many years. His equipment is first rate and his constant, active approach to fishing really paid off in bringing in the trout.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Dirk & Kelly B. ,
          Statesville, NC

We had a great fishing trip with Carl. I am a novice fisherman and he was very patient and helpful. I learned a lot and, most importantly, caught a lot of fish.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Jonathan I. & Bryan F. ,
Charlotte, NC

We absolutely love spending our day fly fishing with Carl. Carl taught me to fly fish when I first moved to the mountains of North Carolina. Each and every time, with Carl as our guide we have caught beautiful large trout. Carl always knows just where the fish are biting. The experience of fly fishing will always stay in our hearts. My 9 year old son, Kehler is a huge fan of fishing and we treated him to a day on the water with Carl. He was star struck at Carl's ability to teach him how to successfully pull trout after trout out of the stream. In Kehler's words, "that was amazing, wading in the creek and being able to get so close to the fish we caught, Hey Mom, is Carl a Fish Whisper??

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

The Hennessee's ,
Charleston, SC

I have caught fish out West, Alaska, and most of the East Coast, and the biggest fish I have caught have been with Carl!!! Book your trip with him Now!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

"Skin" T. ,
Greenwood, SC

Had a wonderful day on the stream with Carl...he is able to read his client as well as the water. If you want help, he'll give it, if you want to thrash away on your own, he'll let you... I always felt comfortable & incidentally caught a lot of big fish!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Burt H. ,

One of my most memorable times is my recent first fishing trip with Carl; that is say: my first ever time fishing. Carl was great at picking flies and changing spots and lures when the fishing dropped off. I guess knowing those things is the intimidating part of fly fishing because we caught a lot of trout, but laughed the hardest at the biggest one, which we netted. Carl is a good teacher and preps you well. Whether you are a novice or experienced fisherman, just listen to him and enjoy.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Mike Havekotte ,

Fly-fishing is one of those things that I always thought I'd enjoy, but for whatever reason, never got around to. On a trip to Blowing Rock last November, Bob Timberlake arranged for Carl to take me out and it was one of the best days of my life. I have a couple of friends who are serious anglers and they were green with envy by the photos of the trout a novice like me caught with Carl's help.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Steve H.,

My son and I fished with Carl at the Refuge in Oct. 2011. Between us, in a half-day of fishing, we caught and released over 20 fish. Carl is among the most knowledgeable, friendly and professional guides I have fished with, and I've fished with many.

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Stu A.,
Miami, FL

Carl was the first fishing guide I ever had. My father had taken me to Chetola to celebrate my 50th birthday and spending it on the river with him and Carl was the most a girl could ask for! I had a fabulous time and caught so many fish I lost count! Carl is so knowledgeable and patient. I learned so much from him and he totally made me feel comfortable. I felt like a pro by the time my trip was over. Thanks, Carl! This was a trip I will never forget!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Teri R. ,
Cary, NC

I've fished in many parts of the world, often with guides; but, none of them found me such great fish, in such pleasant surroundings, and in such good company. I think the best compliment I can give Carl is that I would fish with him anytime, anywhere!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Philip R.,
Cary, NC

Carl, I wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful time you showed my family (husband, father, and brother). Graham, my brother, passed away 2 months after the fishing trip with you. We had not had a family trip in over 25 years!!! He talked about those huge trophy trout he caught and that beautiful water every time we got together. Thank you for making our last family trip together, Awesome!!!!!!

Blowing Rock Fly Fishing Guide - Carl Freeman

Jennifer P.,
Jacksonville, NC

About Your Fly Fishing Guide

Carl Freeman is an Orvis Trained, and Certified Fly-Fishing, Clay Target Shooting, & Wing Shooting Professional Guide. Carl is also a Lifetime Member of Trout Unlimited. He previously has owned two (2) Orvis Fly-Fishing Shops & Guide Services.

Carl is considered one of the top Fly Fishing Anglers, Fly Fishing Guide, Clay Target Shooting Guide, & Wing Shooting Guides in all of The Blue Ridge Mountains and Appalachian Mountain Ranges.

He also offers from The High Country to The Low Country his Upland Bird Hunting & Wing Shooting guests an Action-Packed hunt of a Lifetime. As he says "From the Mountains to the Coast in The Southeast, we have you covered"

His world was opened up to the Great Outdoors over 50+ years ago Fishing and Hunting with his Dad. Carl was first introduced over 25 years ago to his 1st and 2nd passion in 1987, which is Fly-Fishing and His 1st passion is his wife Linda, of course.

He received his formal training from Orvis headquarters in Manchester, VT to obtain his certification. After receiving his certification Carl worked professionally as an owner and a fly fishing guide in NC, TN, VA, & Internationally in Austria.

Carl now owns MOUNTAINS TO COAST FLY-FISHING & SHOTGUN SPORTS GUIDE SERVICE, and also MOUNTAINS TO COAST REAL ESTATE REFERRAL PROGRAM, which helps guest and clients with residential, investment, & commercial real estate needs through LoopNet, #1 in commercial real estate online. Carl was previous owner of High Country Real Estate, Inc. in Blowing Rock, NC.

Carl has hosted guests of all ages and backgrounds in Fly-Fishing and Upland bird hunting. He has taught them The Art of Fly-Fishing & Shotgun Sports and has introduced them to his lives' passion. Your Guide, Carl Freeman is a Veteran of the USA Armed Forces and strongly supports great organizations like, Project Healing Waters Fly-Fishing, Wounded Warriors Programs as well as supporting breast cancer survivors through the organization Casting for Recovery. His firm belief is if he can learn and enjoy these Great Outdoor Adventures, anyone can!!

"I want you to absorb each page of information in hopes; I can help you eliminate the intimidation factors you may presently have."

Whatever your desired sporting activities and destination trips are, Mountains to Coast Fly Fishing and Shotgun Sports Guide Service should be your first and only choice.

When you are a Private Guest of Mountains to Coast Guide Service, you don't have to be a member of a Private Rod and Gun Club, or a member of a Private Fly Fishing Club, or a member of a Private Bird Hunting Club or even a member of a Private Clay Target Shooting Club.

With Mountains to Coast Fishing, Hunting, and Shotgun Clay Target Shooting Sports, it's like you have all the benefits of being a member of a Private Sporting Club without having to pay out thousands of dollars and sign long term agreements and contracts. Hey, you just want to Fish, Bird Hunt, and Shoot Targets. You May view the Sporting Activities and Destination Trips on our Photo Page.

Our booking calendar is filling fast this year for Mountains to Coast Guide Service with, Fly Fishing for Trophy Trout, Wing Shooting, Wetland & Upland Bird Hunting, Clay Target Shooting, Instructional Classes, and Lessons, especially in our North Carolina locations.

We have partnered with numerous Private connections which include fabulous, Waters, Streams, Hunting Preserves, and Shooting Facilities, that will equip you with everything you need for the ultimate Year Round Fly-Fishing or Year Round Shotgun Sports experience.

Mountains To Coast Fly-Fishing & Shotgun Sports Guide Service provides or makes available all equipment and complete instructions that will have you fishing, wing shooting, upland / wetland bird hunting, or clay target shooting, with confidence even if you've never stepped foot in a stream, or shot a shotgun before.

Please go to our Concierge Program Page and consider Booking a Combination of Guide Services.

Mountains to Coast Action Packed Blast and Cast or Cast and Blast Packages

Ask Us About and Book Your Action Packed Blast and Cast or Cast and Blast Packages!


We can assist you in Booking Preferred Lodging as well. Just let us know at time of booking your Action-Packed Trip Of A Lifetime!


Specially Priced All Inclusive Trophy Water Packages!

North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains Professionally Guided Overnight 2 Day Huge Trophy Trout Fly Fishing Trip


You will be special guests of legendary North Carolina Orvis Trained Appalachian Mountain Fly-Fishing Guide, Carl "Trout Whisperer" Freeman. Carl's the owner of Mountains to Coast Fly-Fishing & Shotgun Sports Guide Service.

You will be guests for 1 night lodging, 2 day fly private fishing trip package for 2 people (or up to 6 guests total 3 groups of 2) in Northwestern North Carolina to fish and stay in one of our mountain lodging cabins nearby to fish for Huge Trophy Trout of a Lifetime!

An overnight trip with Professional Guide Carl and or one of his Pro Guide Team guides is what you might call, "The Ultimate Fly-Fishing Adventure for Huge Trophy Trout of Your Lifetime!"

Your accommodations will be a well-appointed Mountain Cabin. Some lodging is just a few short steps from your own personal Private Section of a Trophy Stream. Our overnight trips begin with a full day of fly fishing, with a streamside picnic lunch followed by a gourmet dinner, and a night of relaxing sounds of a pristine mountain stream. You'll wake up to a hearty breakfast followed by another full day of fishing with a streamside picnic lunch. There's no better way to get away to slough off the hectic real world

Tenkara Fly Fishing

Try Action Packed Trip of a Lifetime, Ancient Japanese Tenkara Fly Fishing


Tenkara is the traditional Japanese method of fly-fishing where only a rod, line and fly are used. Tenkara is about fly-fishing simplicity and mountain-stream effectiveness. Eleven to fourteen foot long rods allow anglers to fish mountain streams in a way that is nearly impossible with western fly gear. Telescopic rods collapse down to a mere 20 inches, and few things are needed making tenkara ideal for backpacking. Tenkara is perfect for those in search of a pure, effective and simpler method of fly-fishing.


Letter from David L. Hughes

Dear Carl,
I finally got around to getting my film developed and this one enlarged. It was the best of them and the trout looks most like a 5 pounder in it... maybe we don't have to lie about it! That day with you and James is still the highlight of my fishing year. I haven't much chance to get out since. Best, Dave

Dave Hughes

Dave Hughes is an author of more than 20 books about fly fishing for trout. He has written articles for such diverse magazines as "Salmon, Trout, Steelheader," "Fly-fishing & Tying Journal," "Fly Rod & Reel," and "Fly Fisherman." He wrote the "Fly Fishing Success" column for "Fly Rod & Reel" for five years; those articles, and many others, were gathered into the book Taking Trout. Dave has been a contributing editor to "Field & Stream," and has written for the classy "Gray's Sporting Journal," and for eight years was editor of "Fly-fishing & Tying Journal."

Letter from Bob Timberlake

In my 75 years of hunting and fishing all over the world, I've never had a more helpful and enthusiastic fishing guide anywhere. Carl, The legendary "Trout Whisperer" is also that way with all my friends and everyone I know who has fished with him at Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, NC, The Refuge at Twin Rivers or anywhere. And he's a great friend." "I just can't wait to hunt quail, grouse, turkey or anything else he wants to go out and find - or we can just enjoy talking about it." "

Bob Timberlake

Bob Timberlake is an American realist artist primarily known for his watercolor paintings as well as for designing and licensing lines of home furnishings, clothing and various other products. He began his career as an artist in 1970 and began his home furnishings line in 1990. He founded Linwood Furniture, LLC in 2006. In the fall of 2004, the Manor House Estate House at the Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock was renamed the Bob Timberlake Inn at Chetola Resort. His primary studio was created from a historic barn built in 1809 and moved to its current location in 1986.