The fisheries of our area offer some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the Southeast region. Our guiding waters include in high country first order creeks for wild brookies, browns and rainbows in medium size mountain and foothill streams and the Holston and Watauga TVA tailwaters in nearby NE Tennessee. We also offer Hyde Boat drift trips on the tailwaters for trout and for smallmouth bass on the New and James Rivers.

Individual Instruction

We hold US Forest Service Special Use permits to guide in The Mt Rogers NRA - Jefferson Forest and the Watauga District of the Cherokee Forest. Our guided trips are catch & release only. See below for more information on guided trips, weekend schools and private instruction.

Trestle & Tailrace Fly Fishing, Inc.
Fly Fishing Guide & Instruction Service
Southwest Virginia Highlands / Mt. Rogers NRA
Northeast Tennessee tailwaters and mountain streams

Bruce Wankel, Guide

Bob Viers, Guide

Guide and Instructor Staff Members

Bruce Wankel Bob Viers
16501 J.E.B. Stuart Hwy.
Abingdon, VA 24211
Ph/Fax (276) 628-3826
2820 Berkshire Lane
Kingsport, TN 37660
Phone (423) 612-8815

Guiding Waters

Trout streams – High country brookie and quality trout streams in SW Virginia-Mt Rogers NRA and northeast TN. We hold permits in the Jefferson & Cherokee National Forests


Trout Tailwaters - South Holston and Watauga tailwaters in nearby northeast Tennessee


Smallmouth bass - North Fork Holston, New River, James River


Destination trips, including saltwater fly fishing in Bahamas ; Charleston , SC and Key West

Weekend School

Introductory Trips / Fly Fishing Lessons

Want to get in the water and find out what fly fishing is all about?  Our introductory trips on a stream or tailwater cover the basics of casting, fundamental knots, equipment, wading safety and we leave plenty of time for the fun of fly fishing.  Or maybe you just finished your dry land casting lesson and now want to learn to fish.  Our professional guides will teach you basic fishing skills in a stream or tailwater covering fishing the dry fly and nymph fishing, line control methods, fishing out the cast techniques, stealth tactics, and the “what to do’s” after a fish takes the fly.   Rental wading apparel and tackle available.


6 hours: $280 for 2 people; $230 for one person

Highland Streams


Guided Walk-In Trips

Our professional guided trips are on a year-round basis.  Our tailwater fishing can be very good for the winter months of November through March.  We also offer Introductory outings and fishing lessons on the water.  Rental waders & tackle available.  We also specialize in corporate/group outings and prefer a maximum of 2 anglers per guide.


8 hours: $330 for 2 angler; $280 for one angler

High Country Creeks


Hyde Drift Boat Trips


Holston and Watauga Tailwaters for rainbow and brown trout

New River and James River for smallmouth bass (additional $30 fuel surcharge for these trips)


8 hours: $380 for 2 angler; $330 for one angler


Our guide service offers rental Simms Gore-Tex waders and wading shoes available in most sizes for $20/pp; rod/reel/line rentals for $12/pp.

Licenses are not included but can be purchased for the angler in advance of trip.

All trips are fly fishing only and all fish will be released.  Photos of the fly fishing experience are provided as part of the trip fee.

Box lunches can be arranged in advance upon request.

$50 deposit required to reserve trip date.                                     


Office Address:

16501 J.E.B. Stuart Hwy
Abingdon, VA 24211
PH/Fax (276) 628-3826

All rates quoted are effective 1 January 2015.