The Guides

Brown Hobson

Brown is the owner and head guide for Brown Trout Fly Fishing LLC. He started fly fishing in Western North Carolina as a teenager and the passion for catching trout on the fly created in NC propelled Brown’s move to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Brown spent 4 years in the ORVIS store in Jackson Hole as a sales associate, fishing manager, and store manager and was fortunate to learn from many of America’s great fly fishermen while there. Seeking milder winters and closer proximity to family, Brown moved to Asheville and started Brown Trout Fly Fishing.

Brown is a member of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team, Fly Fishing Team USA, is a former ORVIS Trout Bum of the Week, and a 2014 ORVIS Guide of the Year nominee. His fly fishing experience combined with his ORVIS customer service background give Brown a skill set that allows him to provide exceptional days on the water.

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Jake Chiles

Jake Chiles is a true native of Asheville, NC and has spent his entire life hunting and fishing in the surrounding mountains.  Jake attended NC State University and earned a degree in landscape technology and business management.  He returned to the mountains and started a small landscape company in Asheville but soon realized that teaching people to fly fish is his true calling. 

Jake enjoys pursuing picky tailwater trout, smallmouth bass, and giant striped bass.  His diverse fishing experience ensures he will help you find the right flies and rigs to make the day a fishing success.

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Debbie Gillespie

Debbie grew up in upstate SC, and learned to fish from a very young age. She spent much of her formative years chasing bass and catfish with her dad in the large reservoirs of SC. While attending college in the mountains of SC, she became a competitive mountain bike racer and spent her free time exploring the hills of western NC. While ripping around the local trails had taken her all over the Appalachians, the explorer in her longed to see parts of the mountains you can’t get to by mountain bike.

Picking up a fly rod was a natural progression, and Debbie was immediately hooked. She has spent time on most of the popular trout streams in wnc, and some that most people have never heard of. She is also a member of Team Stonefly, a competitive fly fishing team. Always up for an adventure, Debbie prefers small difficult to reach wild trout streams…..which are plentiful in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Always excited to teach aspiring fly anglers, Debbie realizes fly fishing is a sport that can take a lifetime to master. She is constantly looking for ways to turn your next trip into an adventure.

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Jeremy Edge

Jeremy Edge is a jack of all trades and a master of none. This son of the south grew up fishing the warm water rivers and lakes of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina before discovering the beauty of Western North Carolina. He moved to Asheville, NC for the mountain biking and fell in love with the fishing! Jeremy has a “Do What You Love,Love What You Do” mentality which shows through his passion for fishing.  In addition to guiding for Brown Trout Fly Fishing Jeremy is also on the fly fishing staff at ORVIS Asheville. An avid angler, fly tyer, father, streamer junkie Jeremy enjoys chasing warm water species ranging from Bass, Carp, Musky, Gar during the warmer months and you can find him looking for “Ole Leroy Brown” during the winter months. His overall enthusiasm, knowledge, and love of fly fishing are all the right ingredients for a good time on the water.

Book By Phone: 803.431.9437