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 possible. 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!


Capt. Will Paul - Owner

Will is the owner 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 expand and open the Tar River Company in hopes of further developing and protecting his home waters in Eastern North Carolina.