Operating Year Round
9AM-7:30PM, Seven days a week

Meet Your Guide

Learn about Jesse Tolliver's background and experience.

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Photo Gallery

See photos of clients and the fish they caught on past trips.

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Book a Trip

Get in touch with us and book your guided fishing trip.

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Thanks for your interest in Tolliver's Guide Service, a proud recipient of the “Best Of The Best” award, published in the Watauga Democrat newspaper. If your individual booking request consists of 1-2 clients and your requested date(s) are still available, then I will get back to you within 24 hours. For your convenience, my current availability is regularly updated on my Facebook business page and also on my Google business listing. It is best to contact me with email as cell phone service is very unreliable in these mountains, even though I have Verizon. My business email account is very reliable.

Tolliver's Guide Service now carries two special use permits for the National Forest Districts surrounding Boone. These 5 year permits are only issued to outfitters who are properly licensed and insured, and have a long track record of safety and conservation while guiding on federal lands.

Operating independently out of the Boone, North Carolina region, Tolliver’s Guide Service offers guided fly fishing trips to high country veteran explorers and newbie vacationers alike. Book trips in either Virginia, Tennessee, or North Carolina, and all necessary equipment will be provided free of charge with every experience. Newcomers will love the varied opportunities to enjoy the sport, and experienced anglers will learn more about the area than they knew before.

Your guide, former park ranger Jesse Tolliver, comes with 20 years of experience fishing the high country streams of Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. He has three years of guiding experience, including two at an Orvis endorsed lodge in Virginia. In addition to knowledge, he is fully licensed and insured, so you have nothing to worry about when planning your trip.

Why Choose us



As a former park ranger, Jesse has fished nearly every stream in the area. He also has years of experience guiding fly fishing.

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Solo or Groups

Solo or Pairs

We offer guide trips for up to two anglers. We provide a safe & fun learning activity for children.

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Equipment Provided

Equipment Provided

If you don't have your own, waders and fly rods are provided at no additional cost.

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Private Access

Private Access

Unlike other guide services, we have private access to one of the most prolific wild trout streams in Tennessee.

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My Rates

Thanks for your interest in Tolliver's Guide Service, an award-winning sole proprietor outfitter. Visit the book a trip page if you need to schedule your guide trip. The new rates posted here take effect on 6/1/2023.

Please note that I guide 1-2 clients per individual booking

I only offer wade trips, but all boots and waders are provided to you free of charge. At this time, the only trips offered are full day excursions.

  • ½ Day, Four Hours, One Angler: $275
  • ½ Day, Four Hours, Two Anglers: $300
  • Full Day, Eight Hours, One Angler: $400
  • Full Day, Eight Hours, Two Anglers: $425
  • Note: these rates do not include gratuity for your guide. 20 percent is considered the industry standard for a tip on a guided fly fishing trip. I give 100 percent of my effort to my clients to ensure that they have a great time on the water.
  • Let me know of any dietary restrictions before booking a trip.

Is there a deposit required?

Tolliver's Guide Service requires a 50% non-refundable deposit to book a guide trip, just like every other outfitter in the region. The full value is non refundable within 7 days of the guide trip. We go fishing rain or shine, unless if the guide deems weather or river conditions as unsafe. In the event of dangerous conditions, the trip will be rescheduled on a future date.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept paypal or cash. Tolliver’s Guide Service can now process credit card payments through Square.