ABOUT

The Tar River Company is Eastern North Carolina's freshwater fly fishing specialist located in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on the Tar River. The coastal river systems of North Carolina provide endless fly fishing opportunities for beginner and advanced anglers alike. We strive to provide our guests with the most professional and complete experience in the area. We have built a fishing program around our area's unique warm water river systems. Throughout the year we target a variety of resident and migratory species with both fly and conventional tackle. We provided all the gear and knowledge required for our clients to have a fun and safe day on the water. Our guides are experienced and patient teachers for guests of all ages and experience levels. You can visit our booking page to see all our different trip and instruction options. If you don't see what you're looking for, contact our staff; we are always happy to build custom trips for our guests!

OUR PROGRAM

Here at Tar River Co., our goal is to share our passion for our local waters with our guests by giving them an unforgettable fishing experience from start to finish. Our guides are expert watermen and patient teachers that love to share their experience with our guests. All of our staff is fully licensed, insured, and professionally trained. 

 

We operate primarily on our coastal rivers in and around Rocky Mount, NC. We offer walk & wade trips, raft float trips, and powerboat trips so that we can access all the best water our area has to offer. Most of our trips are designed for groups of 2-3 guests however we are always happy to coordinate group trips with multiple boats and guides for those interested. Our office manager, Kortney, works with all our guests to coordinate their trips and travel if needed. On all our trips we provide our guests with high-end tackle & flies especially suited for our local waters. On all our trips we provide our clients with water, soft drinks, snacks, and their choice of local craft beer from our friends at HopFly Brewing Company! On many of our full-day trips, you will also have the option of a shore lunch prepared riverside by your guide.     

For guests coming in from out of town, we coordinate with the Rocky Mount Mills to provide a unique lodging option at either the village guest homes or tiny homes. The Rocky Mount Mills is home to wonderful restaurants and breweries for our guests to enjoy and is located conveniently on the Tar River. Contact our team for more information about booking a stay at the Mills with your fishing trip.  

STAFF

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Capt. Will Paul - Head Guide

Will is the owner and head guide of Tar River Co. He is an Eastern North Carolina native, born in Greenville, North Carolina. Since a teenager, eastern North Carolina's warm water and migratory fisheries have captivated him. Will has spent his years exploring and learning every part of this unique region. He started his career in the fishing industry with The Orvis Company as a fly fishing instructor in Raleigh, NC. Shortly after Will accepted a seasonal position as a guide at one of Alaska's most prestigious fishing lodges, Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. After cutting his teeth in Bristol Bay Will left Orvis to start his own operation on the rivers of eastern North Carolina while still migrating to Alaska every summer to work with and learn from some of the best guides in the world. In 2020 Will made the decision to expanded and open the Tar River Company in hopes to further develop and protect his home waters in Eastern North Carolina. 

Graham Jackson - Float Guide

Graham has been helping us develop our fishing program for years, and has now joined us as a float guide. Along with all his on the water experience, Graham also has four years of experience teaching fly fishing courses for The Orvis Company in Raleigh. Graham shares the passion for our local rivers and has more knowledge than anyone we know about our small stream warm water fishing. Graham guides Spring float trips for Shad as well as warm water float trips during the summer. Graham is a patient and experienced teacher that loves to introduce new anglers to the sport.

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Kortney Williams - Office Manager

Kortney has been helping behind the scenes here for years. She has now officially come on as our office manager. Kortney deals with all our logistics around here and keeps our guides straight during the busy season. Not only does she keep us organized, but she's also an incredible fly fisherwoman that has grown to love targeting fish of all kinds in our local rivers.