Joshua Garris is a North Carolina native who was born and raised in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Josh started his fishing journey at the early age of 4 and has been in love ever since. Starting off in the small ponds of the area, Josh quickly graduated to the small streams and rivers and this is where his love of moving water first started rolling. Josh is now raising his own family in the beautiful Western North Carolina mountains and loves to share his passion and appreciation for what we are so lucky to have in our own back yard. After spending many, many years honing his skills, he is ready to share his experience and knowledge with you. With your experience as his main objective, Josh looks forward to catering a trip to meet your needs. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned angler, he can help you make the most of your time on the water! Let Josh help you with your next trip chasing a trophy Brown, fishing Cherokee’s Special Regulation section, or matching the hatch on one of the area tail waters. There is always a new fishing adventure awaiting you in our back yard!
Josh has used his culinary training and guide expertise to lead our Hosted Fly Fishing Yellowstone Destination Trips for the past five years. He is currently planning two trips for 2013, email Josh at JoshGarrisCWO@gmail.com for more details.
Josh is a member of numerous organizations and volunteers his time for causes such as Casting for Recovery, Trout Unlimited, Project Healing Waters, and Becoming an Outdoor Woman to name a few.
Nick Roberts grew up in Durham, North Carolina, and got started fly-fishing when he was a freshman at Duke University. His quest for trout has since taken him to Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and to the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile. During his three years spent in graduate school for fiction writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, he also delved into salt water fly-fishing around Wrightsville Beach, mainly targeting red drum in the marshes and inlets.
At home in Asheville, he enjoys all the fly-fishing opportunities available for trout, ranging from stalking native brook trout in their narrow creeks to casting small dry flies in the tailwaters of Tennessee and doing battle with the choosy behemoths of the Davidson.
Whether you’re an experienced angler or new to this wonderful sport, Nick would be happy to show you a great day on the water. NickRobertsCWO@gmail.com
Richard Witt began fishing as a young boy in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for species that included trout, bass, walleye, steelhead and salmon. He gained a great deal of fishing experience there which happened to include mastering the art of musky fishing with his bare hands!
Formerly a professional musician, Richard’s musical groups were conveniently booked near a number of the country’s finest fly fishing destinations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado, Montana and Wyoming enabling him to fine-tune his fly fishing skills. He is a former Vice President and member of the Land of Sky Trout Unlimited Chapter, a volunteer for Casting for Recovery retreats, a collector of antique bamboo fly rods and a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.
As the Biltmore Store Manager, Guide and an instructor for our Fly Fishing, Fly Tying and Casting Classes and Fly Fishing Schools, Richard has a great passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge and experience from the 40 plus years he‘s been fishing (20 of which have been in WNC and Tennessee). Whether it’s chasing Backcountry Brookies along the Blue Ridge Parkway, Midge Fishing for lunker trout on the Davidson River, fighting the acrobatic Rainbows of the Cherokee Trophy Water, catching the Sulphur Hatch on the South Holston River, or stalking Smallmouth Bass on the French Broad River, Richard has the knowledge and experience to provide beginners and advanced anglers the Fly Fishing Adventure you’re seeking.
Richard believes in three essentials for a successful guided fly fishing trip:
#1 – Have Fun! Keep things simple, make sure we all enjoy the day and have a good time on the water.
#2 – Learn something – Provide patient personal attention to teach each guest enough about fly fishing so that the next time they go they can do it on their own or advance their existing skills.
#3 – Catch fish! Small fish, big fish, a few fish, lots of fish! Catch fish!
Charlie Downs builds high-quality custom bamboo fly rods at the CWO location in Weaverville. He and his wife Marnie moved to this area from Lexington, KY. in May of 2008.
One of the primary attractions of the area for Charlie is the plethora of wonderful fly fishing opportunities within an hour of his home. He enjoys fishing to the point that he “would rather fish than eat”, and he self admittedly REALLY likes to eat!
Charlie would be happy to take you on a fly fishing trip using one of his custom bamboo fly rods. CharlieDownsCWO@gmail.com
Pete Davis was born and raised in North Carolina. His parents introduced him to fly fishing, and the journey began at an early age exploring his picturesque home waters around Mt. Mitchell. He received his B.A. in Global Studies at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC, and used his spare time to hone his fly fishing skills. A week after graduation, Pete packed the car and moved to a small town in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. He lived and worked there for a year, but mostly fly fished, seeking out new species such as steelhead, salmon, and cutthroat trout. It was Pete’s love for the Blue Ridge Mountains that brought him back to Asheville, and he firmly believes Western North Carolina has some of the best fly fishing available anywhere.
Pete takes full advantage of the diverse fly fishing opportunities in the region, and he enjoys sharing this experience with beginner and expert anglers alike. He is available for float and wade trips throughout Western North Carolina and East Tennessee, and will plan each trip based on our guest’s requests. Pete is a fun and patient guide who insures an enjoyable day on the water for anglers of all skill levels and ages.
Galen Kipar ~ Fly fishing has taken Galen to many exciting destinations including Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, California, Vermont, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina. Galen has been studying the streams of WNC for the last twelve years, seven of which he has served as a guide.
Galen specializes in float trips and wade trips for Trout and Smallmouth Bass.
While studying music composition at Brevard College, Galen was able to learn of the areas intricacies from local fly fishing guru Kevin Howell. Galen enjoys guiding the most skilled fisherman and novices alike. For him, each experience is special as he gets to witness someone falling in love with nature’s currents.
Under pressure, Galen is an easy going, patient, instructive guide who will cater to your experience and expectations. Apart from being a guide he is a; fly fisherman, good cook, musician, architectural draftsman, soccer coach, carpenter, dreamer, believer, jeep lover, and trout ninja! GalenKiparCWO@gmail.com
Don Mallicoat & Ginny ~ Don Mallicoat is a retired Army officer and lifelong bird hunter. After moving to Asheville in 1993 his interest turned from quail to grouse which he and Ginny pursue at every opportunity.
Don has been active with the Ruffed Grouse Society chapter in Asheville for over 10 years and most recently served as the RGS Southeastern Regional Director for three years. He works with the NC WRC and USFS in NC to improve early successional habitat and is a member of the NC Camo Coalition Council.
David Clegg & Gauge~ David grew up fishing the trout streams of the southern Appalachians and the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks. In early adulthood, his outdoor passions grew to include shotguns, wing-shooting, and hunting dogs. David has pursued waterfowl throughout the mid-Atlantic coast and Central/Mississippi Flyways. He has hunted south Georgia & Alabama quail plantations, Kansas pheasants, and North Carolina, Virginia, & South Carolina dove fields and grouse woods.
David is an Appalachian State University alumnus, real estate broker, and small business owner. He volunteers with Ducks Unlimited, enjoys cooking & organic vegetable gardening, and hunting & fishing with his two sons. He lives just outside of Asheville, NC in the Cane Creek community with his wife, Dawn, and the boys.
Gauge, a Verein Deutsch Drahthaar, is an outstanding result of a century of strict German breeding regulations. An extremely versatile dog, he points like an English Setter, retrieves like a Labrador, and tracks like a Bloodhound. David and Gauge have excelled in both North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and Verein Deutsch Drahthaar breed club hunting tests. Well-mannered, eager to please, and close working, shooting over Gauge is a true pleasure.
Nick, Josh, Charlie, Jeff, Thank you! Our first fly-fishing trip was memorable. We couldn’t stop talking about it even while watching the last day of the Masters! You guys really did an awesome job. The whole experience was beyond our expectations and you truly took care of us to the smallest detail. CWO has a great team!" Daniel
"I can not explicitly state how great of a trip I had! Your guiding, clearly far exceeded my expectations. I will be giving your outfit and you in particular a big shout-out to anyone interested in a guide in your country. Fantastic!! Thanks a ton". ~ Doug B.
I just wanted to let you know that I had the best experience. Charlie deserves an award for the man with the most patience! He was great and everything about the day was perfect. I plan to do it again and of course will use your services. Thanks, Lisa
"Great things are happening at Saluda River Trout Unlimited and Curtis Wright Outfitters has played a key role in our success. Best Wishes." ~ Keith C.
"Wow, what fun! Megan and I had a blast and learned so much. Thank you very much for your wonderful teaching and guiding. Just wish I could have caught a darn fish...We also enjoyed Josh very much as our river guide! Again, thanks for a wonderful day. You really are an excellent teachers!" ~Jana Q.
" Thanks again for a great day on the water! My son Aaron and I had a blast. I can't wait until I get out that way again" ~ Terry
"Richard and Nick guided my wife, sister-inlaw, brother-inlaw and myself to the Davidson and what a day we all had. Later that week Richard and I fished for native Brookies all day and what a trip it was. Richard provided everything that I wanted in a back country stream trip. Thank you CWO for all the memories, and thank you Richard Witt for being a good friend."
" You really are excellent teachers!" ~Jana Q.
"Thank you very much for your assistance in putting on what was a wonderful afternoon fishing for our group from the Piedmont Club. I for one had a blast! This was my first fly fishing experience and will definitely not be my last. Thanks to all the guides." ~David W.
Carie Ruth is never completely at home unless she’s knee deep in a body of water, Carie considers Weaverville her second home. She grew up in the streams of West Virginia, wading in anything that looked like it could support aquatic wildlife!
Daughter of wildflower enthusiasts she knows the mountain names of many of the native flora. Carie is excited to learn the art of fly fishing, and if she can’t get a bite she’s still happy to stand in a stream and wave a stick.
Jeff T. Curtis- Prior to launching Curtis Wright Outfitters in March 2003, Jeff worked as an independent fly fishing guide and instructor in Western North Carolina and an innkeeper at Sourwood Inn, a thirteen room inn on 100 acres of land in Asheville, NC.
As part of the design and development team at Sourwood Inn, Jeff was instrumental in creating an outdoor-oriented atmosphere, blending a rustic feel with the amenities of a luxury inn. His responsibilities as innkeeper included advertising, bookkeeping, and guest relations.
Prior to innkeeping, Jeff worked at two psychiatric facilities, Park Ridge Hospital in Fletcher, NC and Marshall Pickens in Greenville, SC. While employed at these institutions, he worked with other team members to create and implement a comprehensive treatment program. Jeff has also served as Director of Programs at Project SOAR, a wilderness-based therapeutic recreation program near Waynesville, NC. His responsibilities included leading team building exercises and ropes course elements, as well as developing and implementing group initiatives. Jeff also served as partner and manager in a multi-store chain of clothing stores in Florida.
Jeff received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Furman University. He runs the two Curtis Wright Outfitters shops from the main office in Weaverville. Jeff makes his client’s trip fun and has even been know to catch a fish or two! JeffCurtisCWO@gmail.com
Carlton Wright Murrey- Prior to launching Curtis Wright Outfitters in March 2003, Carlton worked in the Retail and Consumer Products investment banking division of Wachovia Securities. Prior to business school, he was a manager in Client Services and Business Development for U.S. Inspect, a national property inspection company based in Northern Virginia, and also in the International Project Development Group of the Smithsonian Institution.
Carlton has designed, implemented, and participated in outdoor programs throughout his formative years and professional career. Carlton received a bachelor of arts degree in German from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he was awarded the Russ Reynolds Foreign Language Award and the Manly E. Wright Award for Outstanding Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude with distinction. Following graduation, Carlton was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study in Münster, Germany.
He received his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Carlton is head of the Guide Services division of CWO and he is the one that will help you book your next guided fly fishing adventure in the WNC area. CWMurrey@CurtisWrightOutfitters.com