David Hise

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Hickory, North Carolina

David Hise


Dave has more than 27 years of guide/instructor experience. He has access to nearly 13 miles of private water on 6 streams scattered throughout western North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. Experience fly fishing at its best: Dave was named one of four finalists for the Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Book now!

Date Range

This is a year-round operation with the exception of the "dog days" of summer.

What is Provided to Customer

Everything is provided with the exception of layering, waders, and boots. Full-day trips include a grilled streamside meal.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Walk-and-wade trips on just over 10 miles of private trophy waters located in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. Not to mention, miles and miles of public waters throughout the region.

Typical Weather by Season

September through December is generally mild. Cool morning temperatures and mild daytime highs with very little rain. This part of the year offers some of the best fishing of the year.

December though late February is generally a bit nippy but daytime highs can often be mild compared to those in the north. The fishing is generally best during the warmest part of the day.

March through May offers some of the best fishing of the year. Spring rains and thunderstorms, however, can often throw a wrench in the equation. Generally cool mornings and ideal daytime temperatures make for great fishing all day.

May though July is the tail end of the trout season in the southeast but fishing can often be decent in the high elevation/low canopy streams. There is often very little precipitation during this time of the year so our streams are generally low.


Sample of Typical Itinerary

We are generally on the water from 8-8:30am to 4:30pm for full-day trips. A grilled streamside meal is part of the excursion.

Half-day trips generally go from 8am to 12pm, with the exception of winter, where we are on the water during the warmest part of the day.

Meeting points are dependent on what works best logistically for both parties. Scheduling and fishing times are dependent on various factors but we do our best to meet the angler’s needs.


Species You Fish for by Season

Trout (mostly rainbows but some browns and brook char are mixed in).


What Should Customers Bring?

  • Waders
  • Wading boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Appropriate layering/clothing pieces
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Fishing license


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where are you located?
A. We are located in Hickory, North Carolina, which is an hour north of Charlotte and the streams we fish are between an hour to 3 hours north of Hickory. Other airports and overnight accommodations are also an option.

Is it customary to give a gratuity?
A. Please provide a gratuity if you feel that your experience was up to your standards. Dave does his best to provide the best service available.


David Hise
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide
3034A North Center St.
Hickory, NC 28601

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