FLY-FISHING IN NORTH CAROLINA'S
WATERS WITH WOODY PLATT
Woody has been fishing since he was a kid. In sixth grade, he learned how to cast a fly rod, and from there was obsessed. He fished a pristine Davidson River before it had gained a reputation as one of the best rivers in the entire country and spent endless hours on its banks and in its pockets.
He began to teach his friends the art of fly fishing in the cradle of the Pisgah National Forest. That passion led Woody to become one the first fly fishing guides on his home waters by age 18. Nearly 3 decades later, Woody still guides fly fishing trips in the mountains of Western NC with the same passion and excitement.
"I still love sharing the experience of fly fishing! You learn to be in tune with the way a river moves and flows, where the water stacks up and slows down, how the fish orient themselves in the water."
Woody endorses and is sponsored by Hardy fly rods and reels and alongside partner Warren Givens, has launched Rigged + Ready, which offers a new line of fully loaded fly-fishing bags. Rigged + Ready features Hardy, Filson, Greys and Brodin Nets. Learn more about Rigged + Ready here
Life on the River
Hardy's 150th Celebration
Conservation & Giving Back
If we want to pass on this magic to our children — the soundscape of rivers, jewels of light in flowing water, the cold clear pools that harbor trout — what can we do? Woody reached out to Kieran Roe with Conserving Carolina to inquire about restoration.
No restoration could happen without the support of the neighbors across the river, Carl and Lois Ganner, who joined the project. A wide cast of partners came together, including Conserving Carolina, NRCS, USFWS, Wolf Creek Engineering, Transylvania County Soil and Water Conservation District, Conservation Advisors of North Carolina, North State Environmental, Resource Institute, NC Land and Water Fund, NC Department of Justice, and NC Division of Water Resources.
Rachel's is a fly-fishing destination and event barn along the banks of the East Fork River providing some of the best fly fishing in Western North Carolina.