Chattanooga Fly Fishing Guides



From Head Guide & Owner, Chachi Avirett:

“Our guides have an intimate knowledge of the local waters, and their dedication to client satisfaction is unwavering. Our main guide team is Chachi, Adam, Casey, Ashton, and Nathan, but we also have a few part-time studs that fill in the gaps when we are busy and need extra help.

So why a spotted dog? We had dogs growing up and throughout college, but it wasn’t until I was into my guiding career a few years that I brought home my first English Setter. Hank was a special dog. He was always down for an adventure. He was humble, kind full of joy. He made my life and experiences more enjoyable with his adventurous attitude. Long before he passed, he became the logo.”

Meet The Team


Chachi (Charles) Avirett
Head Guide & Owner

Chachi grew up in South Georgia but has been in Tennessee for the last decade. He is the main engine behind Spotted Dog. Anyone who knows Chachi, knows that he is constantly passing along his knowledge on fly-fishing, hunting and conservation.

Despite his baby-face and beardless appearance, he has over 3500 days guiding under his belt. He has been guiding backpacking, fly-fishing, and hunting trips in the Southeast and out West since 2003. He and his family currently reside outside Cleveland, Tennessee.

Adam Reuss
Wade & Float Fly Fishing Guide

Adam is a North Carolina native, currently living in Tennessee. He has been guiding outdoor adventures off and on since 2003. He has 3 young adventurous boys and an amazing daughter so he understands the patience needed to educate beginners and seasoned anglers alike.

Adam is a fantastic guide that has a knack for staying positive no matter the weather or fish count, as long as the boat is right-side up.

Casey Hayman
Float-Only Fly Fishing Guide

Casey grew up in Tennessee and Central America and currently resides in Ooltewah, TN with his wife and daughter. He has spent his whole life in the outdoors between fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping, but his true passion is fly fishing.

Casey has fly fished throughout the country for many different species, but he loves chasing trout throughout the southeast more than anything. One of his true joys in life is passing along his knowledge and experience to help others fall in love with the sport of fly fishing.

Capt. Nathan Ball
Float-Only Fly Fishing Guide

Growing up in a fishing family, Nathan was born to guide. He started guiding whitewater at 18 and has spent his life chasing big fish and adventure. Nathan currently lives in Cleveland, TN with his family, raising the next generation of guides. Throughout all the adventures, fishing has been the mainstay.

Whether chasing tarpon in the Keys or native brookies in the Smokies, Nathan’s love of fishing shines through in his dedication to clients. He is genuinely stoked about getting people onto fish. His favorite trips may be teaching new anglers to fly fish. Big fish or small, the stoke is real!

Ashton Owens
Wade-Only Fly Fishing Guide

Ashton grew up in North Carolina, and currently resides in Tennessee. He grew up in a small mountain town and spent most of his upbringing in the outdoors hiking and fishing.

Ashton is passionate about fly fishing and loves seeing clients experience the same joy and passion.