Alyssa began ﬂy ﬁshing at the age of nine in the small streams of Asheville, North Carolina chasing wild brook and rainbow trout. Transitioning to Boone, North Carolina in 2015 to enroll at Appalachian State University, she actively pursued involvement in her local ﬂy ﬁshing community, serving her junior year as the App State Fly Fishing Club President, sitting on the board of the High Country Trout Unlimited Chapter and working for a local ﬂy shop.
Since graduating, Alyssa works as a full-time guide for Boone’s Fly Shop + High Country Guide Service, spending part of the season providing ﬂoat trips on the Watauga and South Holston tailwaters in Eastern Tennessee as well as hosting overnight ﬂoats in southwest Alaska on the Kanektok River.
Fly ﬁshing has given her the opportunity to travel and pursue a variety of ﬁsh- smallmouth, trout, musky, tarpon, redﬁsh, snook, boneﬁsh and permit; and she enjoys the challenge of tying new ﬂies for each species. Alyssa has developed a deep appreciation for river ecology and takes special interest in migratory birds; you can often ﬁnd her boat stocked with a pair of binoculars or an aquatic insect collection kit.