Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Wake Forest, NC

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E.J. Stern

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon919-605-8844 Email iconej@raleighflyfishing.com Link iconraleighflies.com
1706 Main Divide Drive
Wake Forest, NC 27587

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The Story

Go fly fishing in North Carolina and enjoy the expertise of the Orvis—endorsed guides at E.J. Stern. Our goal is to provide our clients with the best fly—fishing experience. We pursue a variety of freshwater and anadromous species. Our clients can choose between floating and wading options on our trips. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Locally we fish the Neuse, Tar, Eno, Haw, and Cape Fear Rivers. Great spring white bass and shad fishing. Summer provides excellent river largemouth bass fishing on topwater.

We provide float trips for trout on the Smith, Catawba, and Jackson tailwaters and smallmouth bass trips on the New and Dan Rivers.


Spring: Striped bass, shad, white bass, smallmouth bass, tailwater trout.

Summer: Largemouth tass, smallmouth bass, longnose gar.

Fall: Largemouth bass, tailwater trout.

Winter: Striped bass, largemouth bass, white bass, tailwater trout


  • Largemouth Bass
  • White Bass
  • Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Gar
  • Carp


All of our river levels fluctuate depending on discharge from rainfall, runoff, and release schedules. We float tailwaters that generate on a release schedule coming out of the dam.

Typical Weather:

Month | Low | High | Precip.

Jan | 29.6°F | 49.8°F | 4.02in.
Feb | 31.9°F | 54.0°F | 3.47in.
Mar | 38.9°F | 62.5°F | 4.03in.
Apr | 46.4°F | 71.8°F | 2.80in.
May | 55.3°F | 78.7°F | 3.79in.
Jun | 63.8°F | 85.5°F | 3.42in.
Jul | 68.5°F | 89.1°F | 4.29in.
Aug | 67.2°F | 87.2°F | 3.78in.
Sep | 61.0°F | 81.3°F | 4.26in.
Oct | 48.2°F | 71.8°F | 3.18in.
Nov | 39.5°F | 62.4°F | 2.97in.
Dec | 32.6°F | 53.3°F | 3.04in.


Rates start from: $200. You can find all pricing information at: http://www.raleighflies.com/rates

What is Provided:

We provide all tackle (rods and reels), flies, leaders, and tippet.
We provide lunch, drinks, and snacks on full-day trips.
We provide snacks and drinks on half-day trips.

Gear Recommendations:

Largemouth bass: 8 wt. rod; Orvis Bass, Power Taper Fly Line.

White bass: 4 wt. rod; Power Taper, Hydros Class V Sink Tip Fly Line.

American shad: 5 or 6 wt. rod: Hydros Class V Sink Tip, Hydros HD Depth Charge Fly Line.

Trout: Nymphs and dry flies; 3 or 4 wt. rod, Hydros HD Trout, Hydros HD Easy Mend. Trout (Streamer) Fly Line; 5 or 6 wt. rod; Hydros Class V Sink Tip, Hydros HD Depth Charge Fly Line.

Striped bass: 8 or 9 wt. rod; Hydros HD Depth Charge, Power Taper Fly Line.

Wading trips with waders, studs, and wading staff in late fall, winter, and early spring.
Wet wading in late spring, summer, and early fall.

What to Bring (Additional):

  • Fishing license for the area your trip is scheduled (NC, VA)
  • Small pack for you extra clothes
  • Water can (no plastic bottles are allowed)
  • Hat
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Long-sleeve UPF 50 shirt in summer
  • Rain jacket
  • Sunscreen
  • Old sneakers or wading shoes with NO CLEATS, SPIKES, OR SCREWS
  • Long pants in cooler months for floats and waders for wades
  • Bathing suit or quick-dry pants in late spring, summer, early fall


We practice catch and release.
We prefer customers get transportation to the trip site but we can arrange for a pickup at your hotel if necessary.
No pets allowed.
We can customize multiple-day trips with a camp and float or cabin and float option.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suttles Smith River - 4/11/21 EJ is hands down one of the best guides we have had on any river. I noticed immediately that EJ concerned himself with being a true professional. He uses great gear so that you can put flies where they need to be and gives you instructions throughout the day to make you more successful. I will be using EJ again and hopefully sooner versus later.
Date published: 2021-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great day on the Eno Great time fly fishing with EJ. He’s fun to be around and put us on some great fish!
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Day Shad Fishing! Today was my second outing with Raleigh Flyfishing and EJ Stern, and it was another successful day on the water. Today we killed it on American Shad and Crappies on the Neuse River. I have fished with many guides, and EJ is right up there with the best of them, besides being very knowledgeable he’s extremely personable. Fishing with him is like a day on the water with a good friend. I had never fished for shad, nor had I ever fished a river that was pumping at 2200 CFM, and he showed me the best technique, and we were super successful. We had a friend along who had never fly fished before snd he had us both on fish, and divided his time between the two of us perfectly. I would recommend him to anyone, beginner through expert, you will always have a great fishing experience. Next time I’m down to visit my daughter I will be spending a day on the water with EJ.
Date published: 2021-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So many fish! We caught a wide variety of fish. It was very fun.
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic guide and great teacher I live only 10 minutes from the Neuse River but I booked a guided half day float trip with Raleigh Flies because I wanted to learn how to fish this water and maybe improve my casting technique as well. EJ is not only a fantastic and knowledgeable guide but also a great and patient teacher. I now feel much more confident about fishing this river and my fly casting has improved as well. The trip was a blast. I caught more fish than I could count including a trophy sized white bass. Very highly recommended for both experienced fly fishers as well as those interested in getting started.
Date published: 2021-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Patient and Professional Ej has taken me on a few trips now and I always have a great time, this week he took my dad and I on our annual trip and my dad had a blast. My Dad doesn’t fly fish much but Ej had him on fish consistently and he even hit the first brown trout on a dry fly of the season! We had 2 doubles and I hit a grand slam for the Smith. I highly recommend Ej for new and advanced anglers, I’ve fished the Smith for 3 years now and I learn something new every time!
Date published: 2021-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Day We had a fantastic time learning how to fly fish. EJ is a great teacher: patient, enthusiastic, and helpful (not to mention his mad rowing skills!). We’re already planning a follow up lesson. Can’t wait to get back on the river!
Date published: 2021-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smith River Float My son and I had a full day float trip on the Smith River in VA with EJ Stern. The overall experience was awesome and EJ is a true professional. EJ was very patient with us and was able to coach but my son on his casting, mending and setting the hook. EJ worked very hard to put us on and to keep us on the fish we could find. Will definitely book again.
Date published: 2021-03-14
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