David's Story

David Wood is a true Southern Appalachian outdoorsman. He knows the streams, rivers, mountains and trails of the Nantahala National Forest in Cherokee, Graham, and Clay counties like the back of his hand.

David has deep roots in Cherokee County, NC dating all the way back to original white settlement in the early 1800s. His ancestors were mountain people that lived off of the land. Hunting and fishing was (and still is) a way of life. David’s grandmother came to Copper Creek in the Unaka Community in 1923 to become the first teacher in a one room log school building. She also taught for many years at the Unaka School. Copper Creek is where David learned how to fish as a boy.

David is an experienced fisherman and river guide. And although there may be others who have similar expertise, what sets David apart from the others is his depth of knowledge about these rivers, lakes, and streams that is only achieved over years of observation and experience. And, he has great stories to tell!

Why Hire A Guide?

There are more great reasons why you should than why you shouldn’t. First of all, it saves you time and hassle, making your day off or your vacation that much more relaxing and enjoyable. Local guides know where the best fishing is and what the fish are likely to bite. A local guide knows the flow regime for our managed rivers, what lake levels are likely to be, and where to put in and take out boats. Our guides also know where the wildflowers are blooming or where the gobblers are.

For fly fishing, hiring a guide is one of the best ways to learn more about the sport. Guides are out on the rivers more in one year than most folks will be in a lifetime. Guides have seen, tried and heard it all. They are patient teachers who are passionate about sharing the art of fly-fishing with others, whether it is a beginner or expert. Even the most experienced fly-fisherman can pick up a thing or two from a good guide. There are an infinite amount of fly-fishing variables that a guide has wisdom about: patterns, rigging, presentation, hole selection, reading structures, gear, and on and on.

For canoeing, the rivers of Cherokee and Clay counties, NC are the best kept secrets in Western North Carolina! It is only recently that designated public access has become available, making short float trips possible. Guides know the rivers, where the tricky spots are and the good swimming holes. Plus, with Wood’s Outdoor Adventures, the canoes, paddles, lifejackets and everything are provided. All you have to do is show up! Guides bank on a different currency, and most aren’t getting rich taking others into the outdoors.


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