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Guides & Lessons

Guide services and casting lessons are an extension of the personal touch we pride ourselves on at Escatawba Farms. Both are available for any visit as long as you schedule them with us in advance.

They are also great ideas to consider if you’re planning a corporate or group outing as everyone in your party may not be at the same skill level.


Guide Services

Demian Wiles of First Light Outfitters is happy to serve as your guide during your visit. All you have to do is make a quick call ahead of time and we’ll arrange for him to accompany you on your trip. A native of Monroe County, West Virginia, Demian has been fishing since he was twelve and guiding other anglers since 1994. As if it weren’t enough to be an expert fisherman, Demian is also a great cook. Tired of dry bologna sandwiches on fishing trips, he learned to cook and now offers amazing gourmet lunches. A special treat of a day out with Demian is one of his five seasonal menus featuring such entrées as seared scallops with red onion marmalade or braised pork loin with sweet potato succotash. So, whether he’s offering expert angling advice out of his 26 years of experience or memorable and delicious lunch breaks, we’re proud to offer the services of such a great guide. Demian, too, enjoys his time teaching at Escatawba Farms and notes that “you learn faster here, because you catch great fish.”

If you are interested in fly fishing lessons in casting and fly tying, we can help. Our fly fishing instructor is Jeffrey Wilkins, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Fly Casting Instructor with 22 years of teaching experience. He currently teaches the curriculums in fly fishing and fly tying techniques at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Guilford Technical Community College. In addition to his higher education responsibilities and providing fly fishing lessons at Escatawba, he also maintains several fly fishing-related websites, sells his handmade flies and kits all over the world and has even appeared on TV a few times. You won’t find better fly fishing lessons anywhere else than from Jeff and we are privileged to offer his expertise here at Escatawba Farms.


Casting Lessons

Fly fishing for beginners can be a frustrating experience, but not with our proven fly fishing lessons and instruction that helps our newcomers embrace the sport early on through proven and easy to learn casting techniques on our spring-fed lake.