Our Guides

LAKE & SPINNER FISHING:

 

Dave Whisman

My name is Dave Whisman. I am a local lake fishing guide for Bear Tracks Adventures. For over forty years I have fished the waters that are nestled in our beautiful mountains that I call home. Mainly, we offer trips to lakes within 45 minutes of our location. Lake Glenville (Thorpe Reservoir), Wolf Creek Lake and Bear Creek Lake as well as Lakes Keowee and Jocassee in SC.  All are pristine, crystal clear and are excellent fisheries. Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Trout, Walleye, Crappie and Bluegill are available in most of these lakes.

As for my qualifications, I have been involved in the sport fishing industry since the mid 1980's. I was a founding director and NC State Director of Smallmouth, Inc, a 501C nonprofit foundation and served as tournament director, magazine editor and contributing author. I served on the National Board of Directors for Smallmouth, Inc, Smallmouth Magazine and The Black Bass Foundation. I have spent thousands of days fishing the waters of Western North Carolina and have been a full service guide for the past seven years. I have much more fun watching someone else catch the fish of a lifetime and I do my best to make sure that happens.  It will be a learning experience and fun for all, myself included.

 

Stacy Adcock

Stacy Adcock

My name is Stacy Adcock and I am the local guide for Bear Tracks Adventures. I've had the joy for over 25 years to fish these beautiful waters. These crystal clear, deep, cool lakes here in WNC are absolutely breathtaking. The fish are fat and sassy not to mention gorgeous because of the water quality that we have. The whole experience of catching fish and making memories with friends and family is what we are all about. We will be fishing out of a tournament rigged 18 foot Ranger boat with a Yamaha VMAX 150. We have both Lownance and Garmin Electronics to help us find the big ones.

With 25 years local knowledge of these lakes, along with many days of tournament fishing under my belt I will assure you that we will have a great time on the water. I highly recommend that you bring a camera because the waters we fish are not only breathtaking but could very well give you the fishing memories of a lifetime. Feel free to take a look at some of our photos and see for yourself. We are here to teach you how to catch these fish because we believe in the saying... "give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime".  

FLY & SPINNER FISHING:

 

Brandon Galloway

Brandon Galloway

Hi, I am Brandon Galloway, I have lived in this area for most of my life and have fished and guided on most of the rivers and streams in Western North Carolina. From a very early age I have had a passion to fly fish for trout and have been very fortunate to continue this love of fishing and turn it into my work. I have been guiding fishing trips for 16 years through many of the fly fishing shops in Western North Carolina. I have been very fortunate to learn my trade from some of the well known anglers in the area like Bob Wolf, Dwight and Don Ray Howell.

I have learned the art of rod building and repair and have become a successful fly tyer with many of my flies being sold in local area fly shops. I have two beautiful children that I like spending time with when I’m not on the water, Sage age 5 and Ansel age one. I like the idea of guiding because I like to teach the young and old about the fish, their habitat, how to read the water, local trout water history and stream entomology. I spend a lot of time on the water, I have a passion for catching large trout in small streams. I guess you would call me a Brook Trout "Junkie" because of their beauty and for being our only native fish. Come go fishing with me and Bear Tracks Adventures and we will have a great time in the most beautiful mountains and streams in the world.

HIKING:

 

Robin Lurie

Robin Lurie

My name is Robin Lurie. I am a retired Assistant Principal from South Florida for students with emotionally and behavioral disabilities.  I have always loved the outdoors and the hiking experience. I started a hiking business seven years ago in preparation for retirement. I take people to places they couldn't find themselves. I design hikes to the level of the people going to waterfall vistas and/or mountain views. I am enthusiastic and upbeat by nature and people enjoy spending the day with me in the wilderness. I am CPR and First Aid certified. I take digital photos and send them to my clients by the end of the day free of charge!!! I also make gourmet lunches that my clients rave about!