About Me

A lifetime of angling and a career as a Coast Guard helicopter pilot somehow led me  to beautiful Asheville and the wonderful trout streams of western North Carolina years ago.  I am a fully licensed, insured guide in the state of North Carolina and proud to be a member of  Tenkara USA’s  Tenkara Guide Network.     Unreel Fly Fishing is one of a select group of outfitters that hold a permit  to guide and  fish the rivers within the Pisgah National Forest.  I am also a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and maintain current Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification. I am a certified Fly Fishing with Disabilities Instructor.

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Over the past  few years I have fallen in love with the fun and simplicity of tenkara style fly fishing and introduced it to many other converts.  There is nothing I enjoy more than teaching someone new to fly fishing this beginner-friendly approach or seeing “old pros” slowly come around to a new, cheaper and highly effective way to enjoy our sport.

Through a leadership role with the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, I am an active advocate for cold-water fisheries conservation.  At Unreel Fly Fishing we practice catch and release only fishing and endeavor to leave every stream a little better than we found it.

I also have the great privilege of a long association with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, an outstanding organization that utilizes fly fishing and related activities as a therapeutic outlet for recovering wounded warriors and disabled veterans.  Please check out the link on my home page to learn more about their tremendous work.

John Miko
Owner/Guide
Unreel Fly Fishing LLC