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.

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


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 your fishing philosophy?

We practice catch and release.

How do I get there?

We prefer customers get transportation to the trip site but we can arrange for a pickup at your hotel if necessary.

Can I bring my dog?

No pets allowed.

Do you offer different experiences?

We can customize multiple-day trips with a camp and float or cabin and float option.

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