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Enjoy fishing some of the finest streams that West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest and surrounding areas have to offer. In addition to the fishing, you will also enjoy the breath-taking scenery that lures countless tourists to the "Mountain State" each year.

For the adventuresome spirit, the rugged Black Water Canyon is a must! Make certain that you're in good physical condition because it's a forty-five minute hike to the stream. The trip begins early in the morning and ends near dark. Those who have fished the Canyon have been awestruck by its beauty and ruggedness. The Elk River has some of the most "educated fish" in West Virginia! These are only two of the many streams that meander through the hills of West Virginia. Shavers Fork of Cheat River, Back Fork of Elk River, South Branch of the Potomac, North Fork of the Cherry River, Slaty Fork , and the Williams are also
Popular Streams of West Virginia!!

As an environmentally friendly guide service, a catch-and-release policy is emphasized so that these pristine streams will offer some of the best fly fishing in the East for many generations.

Appalachian Fly Fishing Guide Service is a permit holder of the Monongahela National Forest and an equal opportunity employer.

Guide Service Rates

Full day rates include flies, a bag lunch, and photos of your fishing experience.
Half day rate include flies and photos of your fishing experience.

Trips & Hours Arranged To Fit Your Schedule
I can also assist in obtaining out - of - state fishing license (when necessary).

Licenses can be purchased online by contacting

Accommodations can be arranged at local Inns and Bed and Breakfast establishments in and around the area by contacting Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

I can assist in obtaining lodging in the immediate area.


Fly Fishing instruction is provided for individuals or small groups. The fee is the same as the daily guide rates and the necessary equipment can be provided. Instruction is also tailored to fit the individual's needs, ranging from beginner to intermediate. Classes are arranged to fit your schedule.

Fly fishing supplies and custom made rods are available from Appalachian Fly Fishing Guide Service.

For more goods, services, and river conditions try The Fly Fishing Resource.


    Sam Knotts is a life-long resident of West Virginia and has been an avid fly fisherman for 36 years. Sam is a graduate of Fairmont State College and has taken graduate classes at West Virginia Wesleyan College. He ties his own flies and builds his own rods. In addition to the streams of West Virginia, Sam has fished in the East, West , Alaska , Labrador, and Chile. He is a licensed, certified fly fishing guide with many years of experience. Because of his concern for the environment, he supports the efforts of organizations that preserve the environment for future generations.
    Once asked by a friend King Montgomery, who is a free lance writer and photographer, why he enjoyed guiding, Sam replied, "I enjoy sharing my knowledge of fly fishing and the trout streams of this beautiful state. If I can help someone learn more fly fishing techniques, catch trout, see some beautiful mountain scenery, and have an enjoyable time, then I've accomplished my goals as a guide."

    For your Fly Fishing Supplies, Guide Service, and Instruction contact
    Sam Knotts
    P.O. Box 81
    Pickens, West Virginia, USA 26230
    24-Hour Answering Service-(304)924-5855 or email at

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