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 holds a permit to guide on the rivers within the Pisgah National Forest. I am a member of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and maintain current First Aid and CPR qualifications. I am also a certified Fly Fishing with Disabilities Instructor.


I love the fun and simplicity of tenkara style fly fishing. 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 North Carolina Council 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
Unreel Fly Fishing LLC