In this episode, we dive into fly fishing North Carolina with the seasoned pro, Mac Brown. With his experience in casting and teaching, Brown shares his knowledge on not only the techniques of fly casting and fishing but also its history and evolution throughout the years.

Whether discussing his journey from the Ozarks to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park or unraveling the intricacies of fly casting. Read on for an insightful journey into the world of fly fishing with Mac Brown.

Show Notes with Mac Brow on Fly Fishing North Carolina. Hit play below! 👇🏻

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Episode Chapters with Mac Brown on Fly FIshing North Carolina

1:30 – Mac shares how he started fly fishing as a kid with his grandfather. He was born in the Ozarks, and then eventually moved to Bryson City, North Carolina.

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“Throwing it back to 68′ fishing in the Ozarks with Doc. Pass it on to the next generation. Fly box over xbox. 😯 Thankful he took the time to take me out often & even helped me pose for the pic. 🤣 We used glass rods & silk fly lines in those days. A great combo overall for the”feel” aspect when casting.” (Photo via:

9:15 – He tells us what he loves about living in Bryson City, including the weather.

14:44 – He helped start the Delayed Harvest on the Nantahala River and the Tuckasegee River in the early nineties with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC).

18:10 – We talk about the fishing techniques he uses in his area in North Carolina.

21:55 – He walks us through the activities they do in his guide school.

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26:02 – He also does fishing shows. He mentions the upcoming shows he’ll be attending to teach casting and tying classes.

33:18 – He gives valuable tips on casting. He also reflects on his experiences learning from some of the best fishers in the world, such as Jim Green and Gary Borger. With decades of teaching behind him, Mac emphasizes the importance of understanding casting techniques comprehensively and advises investing both in formal and informal learning experiences.

36:44 – He walks us through the game he and his kids play to master their casting.

“Fun evening having a casting session with my boys.
This has been a thing since they were babies walking around the house with their MPR and strings flying.
It is really cool to see their understanding of mechanics growing with it now.
I am ready for a fall trip to happen with them soon. 👍🏼” (Photo via:

39:43 – Mac recommends visiting the Fly Fishers International (FFI) website to find a casting instructor.


41:59 – He helps us understand the basics of casting and the importance of a proper casting technique.

44:39 – He talks about casting distance and teaching casting to kids.

48:34 – We dig into the role of acceleration in casting. He says casting is more of a timing game, not a muscle game. He also says that the biggest thing about casting is dealing with external surroundings.

52:46 – He talks about teaching how to roll cast.

55:53 – He’s one of the Board of Governors in FFI’s Casting Instructor Certification Program.

57:18 – He talks about kinesthetic relative to casting.

1:05:23 – We dig into the gear. He prefers a 10 1/2″ 2wt rod. He likes the stealth rod from Temple Fork Outfitters (TFO)

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1:08:05 – We talk about euro nymphing. That’s how he fished with his grandfather in the Ozarks.

1:12:12 – I ask him about his definition of fly fishing. He also gives a tip on casting with heavy flies.

1:14:17 – We talk about music. He likes playing music with his kids and their electric guitars. He likes the Grateful Dead and Robert Johnson. He also mentions some other artists he likes.

You can find Mac on Instagram @MacBrownFlyFish and @FlyFishingGuideSchool.

Facebook at Mac Brown Fly Fish

YouTube @MacBrown3137

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Conclusion with Mac Brown on Fly Fishing North Carolina

Mac Brown has shared valuable insights into fly casting techniques, making this interview a must-listen for aspiring fly fishers. His expertise and passion for the sport shine through as he discusses the nuances of proper casting techniques. Moreover, Mac’s guide school offers a unique opportunity for beginners to learn firsthand from a seasoned professional. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced angler, Mac’s Guide School is the perfect platform to hone your skills and take your fly fishing journey to new heights. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn from the best!