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Local Address:  United States
Federation of Fly Fishers Inc
5237 Us Hwy 89 S # 11
Livingston , Montana 59047
United States

Company Description: The Federation of Fly Fishers is a 43-year old international non-profit organization dedicated to the betterment of the sport of fly fishing through conservation,...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founding Member
    North Carolina Fly Fishing Team
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Guides | Fly Fishing Trips in the Great Smoky Mountains TN and NC, 17 June 2013 [cached]
Eugene Shuler, Fly Fishing the Smokies, Guide, Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing Guide
Eugene Shuler
Eugene is the head guide of our staff. He was raised on a small farm bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Bryson City NC, later moving to town where his home was on the banks of the Tuckasegee River. He started fly fishing at the age of 6, and has spent his entire life with fly rod in hand, exploring the waters of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala River, and the Tuckasegee. Some may say it was time wasted, however Eugene insists that it has been time well spent. "Fly fishing has taken me to some of the most beautiful places in the world, and along the way I have made so many friends who all share in my passion of chasing fish with a fly rod. Eugene has fished numerous destinations across the US, Mexico, and the Caribbean. To date, he has caught 84 different species of fish on a fly rod.
Eugene is currently guiding his 16th year, and has guided well over 4,600 clients. He has floated the Tuckasegee River more than any guide in the area, having guided over 1,600 float trips just down the Tuckasegee River. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion for fly fishing with his clients, and cherishes sharing the moment of catching their very first trout on a fly rod. "Everyone always remembers the first fish they caught on a fly rod, it's exciting for me to share in that experience with the folks who fish with me. At the end of the day, it's my hope people refer to me as their friend, not just their guide. A great guide must be someone who can not only put you on fish but, is a great instructor who teaches you and provides encouragement. In addition to this, they must be a great companion, someone you wouldn't mind spending a day on the water with".
Eugene is also a competitive fly angler, and has competed in numerous fly fishing competitions all over the US. He has won many events, and set a couple state records in the process. He currently holds the NC State Record for Distance Fly Cast set with a 9 5 wt fly rod that sent a fly 114 ft. He has competed in numerous Fly Fishing Team USA National Fly Fishing Championships, and Regional Qualifiers, and has won numerous regional events. His latest competition was the inaugural Musky Fly Fishing World Championships where he finished a solid 4th place. He is a current and active member of the Federation of Fly Fishers, and Trout Unlimited.
Eugene has built an extensive resume in the fly fishing world. He has appeared on numerous television shows on the following networks, OLN/Versus, The Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports South, UPN and UP40 Networks. He has also been in many publications including Fly Rod and Reel Magazine, Fly Fisherman Magazine, North Carolina Sportsman Magazine, Smoky Mountain News, Smoky's Travel Host Magazine, Montgomery Style, and numerous local and regional newspapers.
When not on the water, Eugene enjoys spending time with his wife and two children sharing their love of the outdoors near their home in Bryson City.
His passion for the sport led to competitive angling, where in 2004 Chris along with team mate Eugene Shuler reached the semifinals of the Fly Fishing Masters Tournament.
While being mentored by Fly Fishing the Smokies very own head guide Eugene Shuler, Jared has the experience to provide you with an excellent fly fishing adventure.
By Eugene ..., 25 Jan 2006 [cached]
By Eugene Shuler
(Eugene Shuler is co-owner and guide of Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing, which leads trips throughout the region and has offices in Bryson City and Cherokee.)
Eugene ..., 29 April 2010 [cached]
Eugene Shuler South Holston Fly Fishing Festival
Eugene Shuler
Eugene is the owner of the South East Fly Fishing Forum and the captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. He has competed across the United States in fly fishing tournaments and has had success in the Fly Fishing Masters Competition as well as many regional competitions. Eugene is an excellent casting instructor and a tactical wizard when it comes to getting the fish to eat. Eugene will host a tactical presentation called Czech Nymphing: How to rig, where and how to fish, why even bother?
"This is the extreme end of ..., 24 Sept 2009 [cached]
"This is the extreme end of the sport," said Eugene Shuler, 34, of Bryson City, a founding member of the N.C. Fly-Fishing Team. "A lot of the older anglers don't understand it. For me, competition is about camaraderie and refining techniques. It makes you a better angler."
Shuler, who placed third in last year's Rumble in the Rhododendron, said he believes competition will help keep the traditionally uncompetitive sport of fly-fishing alive.
"The only way any sport grows is to get kids involved," Shuler said.
Lee and Shuler took third place at the America Cup International Fly-Fishing Tournament in Colorado in August, where fellow N.C. Fly-Fishing Team members Paul Colcord, of Bryson City, and Michael Yelton, of Lake Lure, placed eighth.
Eugene Shuler, of Bryson City, placed fifth at the Olympiad Fly Masters tournament in Lake Lure in April. Shuler will compete with teammate Chris Lee in the Rumble in the Rhododendron this weekend.
Eugene Shuler, of Bryson City, placed fifth at the Olympiad Fly Masters tournament in Lake Lure in April. Shuler will compete with teammate Chris Lee in the Rumble in the Rhododendron this weekend. (Chris Wolfe/Special to the Citizen-Times)
Guide to Trout, Fly Fishing - Smoky Mountains - Cherokee Trout Fishing - Fishing Report, 14 May 2006 [cached]
Contact: Eugene Shuler
- By Eugene Shuler
Eugene Shuler is a Bryson City native and Director of Guide Operations for River's Edge Outfitters in Cherokee NC, and the Team Captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. He can be reached at 828-497-9300 or visit
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