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Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA

Mountain Sports is a locally owned business that has been in operation since 1981. At Mountain Sports Ltd., the guide service is provided by veteran guide Patrick Fulkrod. Patrick is a local to Bristol and has been fly fishing since he was 10 years old. Patrick brings a lineup of credentials and accomplishments to his resume including: national recognition as a 2012 Orvis-Endorsed Guide of the Year Finalist, graduate of the Western Rivers Professional Guide School (2006), Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide since 2007, and a Clackacraft Pro Staff Member.
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163 of 164(99%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
Review 1 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Watauga with Patrick & Doug,
August 19, 2014
By: FishWhispererNo2
from Abingdon, VA
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Additional Thoughts:He is a trasure to the fly fishing world.
"Great experience. Had an absolute blast! Patrick is THE best. Despite mediocre fishing conditions, he utilized his know how and set us up so we could catch some beautiful fish. He taught us new fishing techniques we will use for a lifetime. Can't wait to do it again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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1st Trip with Patrick,
August 19, 2014
By: Doug1999
from Abingdon, VA
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Additional Thoughts:A+
"I have known Patrick for several years but this was first time I was able to use his skills on a float trip. Great day fishing with him and my best friend on the Watauga River."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Patrick rocks!,
August 15, 2014
By: ESHayden
from NYC
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"Yesterday my dad and I had our second float with Patrick, this time on the South Holston. Knowing Patrick, we expected another amazing trip and that is exactly what we got.
Patrick knows the South Holston and Watauga rivers down to their every seam and deep cut, so we knew we would catch plenty of nice trout. And we did - to the point of losing count.
But what really elevates Patrick from the rest is his personality and the atmosphere he creates on his boat. His enthusiasm for just being out on the water and enjoying the experience is contagious. He's real encouraging and gives you the direction you need to fish your best, without being overbearing. Not sure how anyone could be that patient with tangle after tangle, snags on rocks, etc, but he handles it all with humor.
Patrick's a great guide and you'll learn a ton, but at the end of the day he's just a really good dude that you want to hang out and fish with.
Highly, highly recommended. A++"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Birthday float,
July 30, 2014
By: vinedezine
from Kingsport, TN, USA
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"A great way to spend my birthday. Not only was it a great fishing adventure but my guide brought lunch and birthday cake! Fishing was good but Patrick Amadeus the trip wonderful. Patrick educated us about the river, the varieties of trout caught, fly fishing protocol etc. patrick is passionate about his profession and loves his office. He handles all personalities with ease. Thanks Patrick"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Perfect day,
July 28, 2014
By: JohnH0802
from Watauga River, Tennessee, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Amazing guide
"This is my daughter and my second trip with Patrick, and I didn't think he could top the last trip, but he did. An amazing day with some more great memories of family and friendship!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Tennessee Fishing,
July 27, 2014
By: Fishlady223
from Pennsylvania
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Additional Thoughts:Fantastic
"We had 2 fun days fishing with our guide Patrick Fulkrod. Patrick, as he was last year was a great guide. He is knowledgable, enthusiastic, a true professional. We had some low water issues but Patrick managed to get us into fish on the South Holston and on the Watauga."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Watauga WOW!!!,
July 23, 2014
By: HugeOrvisFan
from Northern VA
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Additional Thoughts:Five stars aren't nearly enough to describe the experience that patrick Fulkrod is capable of creating for his clients--you need an entire stellar constellation for this guy!
"I recently enjoyed an EPIC day on the Watauga river with Orvis Guide of the Year Patrick Fulkrod. Sure it was a gorgeous day: high pressure delivered a preview of Fall--crisp morning air, cobalt blue sky with just enough white puffy clouds to complement the dark green majesty of the surrounding mountains, BUT the "epic" part of the day was delivered not by Mother Nature, but by Patrick Fulkrod! This guy is PHENOMINAL!!! There simply are not enough superlatives in the English language to adequately describe the experience that Mr. Fulkrod consistently delivers to his clients on the water. Smart, articulate, well-read, and conversant on just about any topic you can imagine, Patrick is a true "Renaissance Man" that makes you feel like you've known him your entire life--within minutes of meeting him for the first time! Oh--and let's not forget that razor sharp wit and terrific sense of humor!!! The hours drift by faster than his ClackaCraft drift boat on a class IV current! I could go on forever, but do yourself a favor: stop reading about MY trip and book one for yourself--I guarantee you too will experience the trip of a lifetime with Patrick! And yes--he will put you on the fish: your arm will get tired of setting the hook!!!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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An excellent day trout fishing.,
July 23, 2014
By: Don321
from Virginia, USA
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"Patrick is an excellent guide. He is very experienced and clearly knows the water and the fish. He is very pleasant company. We had a great day catching lots of trout. Our lunch on the boat was great."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Great trout guide,
July 19, 2014
By: SwampGuide
from Everglades, Florida
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"Patrick Fulkrod is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide on the Tennessee tailwaters. His boat is fully equipped and he bring beautiful and effective flies along for your use."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? No
Review 10 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Another great day with Patrick!,
July 8, 2014
By: Bristolfishman
from Watauga River
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"I had another wonderful day fishing the Watauga River with Patrick. We caught too many trout to count, including a couple of very nice browns. He is very knowledgeable, a true gentleman, and fun to fish with. Anyone looking for a guide in east Tennessee should look no further than Patrick Fulkrod!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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First guided trip I will never forget!!!,
July 7, 2014
By: jwoody
from Johnson City, TN, USA
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"This was my first guided trip from a drift boat and could not ask for a better experience. Was able to spend my birthday fishing with my best friend and the best fishing guide I have ever met. He really knew his stuff and we will def be returning in the bear future"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Best experience ever,
July 6, 2014
By: dzimm
from Short Pump, VA, USA
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"Patrick is an excellent guide. He clearly has mastered the local waters in and around the Bristol, TN (and surrounding areas) and will put you on the fish! Patrick is a true professional at providing instruction and will improve your skills while having a great day on the water. I have fished with Patrick on two occasions and he comes highly recommended."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Awesome day for browns,
July 4, 2014
By: SHYoungJr
from Bristol, TN, USA
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"Patrick, is a good friend of mine and have gone on three trips with him. Every trip has been awesome. Today for a friends birthday I treated him to a trip on the Watauga river where we were surrounded by great views and some great fishing. Caught a dozen or so browns about 16-18 inches. We caught about 20-25 browns and rainbows in the 12-15 inch range. Patrick gives you a great experience and is full of knowledge of the sport and surrounding area. So if you want to kick back and escape the fast pace world we live in and catch some great fish in size and quantity, get yourself in Patricks boat! Great young professional with a ton of passion for the sport."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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South Holston & Wataga,
June 29, 2014
By: Sheffield
from South Holston above Bluff City
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Additional Thoughts:Keeps getting better
"Another great day with Fulkrod. Caught fish using at least 8 different techniques on two beautiful rivers."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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COO,
June 29, 2014
By: TerryDickson
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"As usual, Patrick did a fantastic job. He does such a great job taking care of and is a pleasure to fish with. He goes out of his way to make sure everyone has fun."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Great Fishing Trip,
June 28, 2014
By: BillyAR15
from Bristol, TN, USA
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"My girlfriend and I had a great time. We caught lots of trout. It was the first time she has caught trout on a fly rod and caught many.It was all day action. Patrick was fun to fish with. The lunch was great also . We look forward to another trip to fish with him again."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Great Fly Fishing Guide Trip,
June 23, 2014
By: Utopianfish
from Waynesboro, Va
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"The fly fishing guide trip I had with Patrick Fulkrod was excellent. Patrick clearly knows the water and has an excellent customer service attitude. It was a joy to fish with him."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Intro to fly fishing & the Wautaga,
June 20, 2014
By: Bill51
from Bristol, VA, USA
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"Patrick Fulkrod showed exceptional patience and positive support during my first real intro to fly fishing for trout. The day was enjoyable and went way too fast given the scenery, successful catches, and "learning" experienced."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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big smiles,
June 17, 2014
By: smithandhayes
from Bristol, VA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:great guide great tips great personality
"bill caught his first
ever trout on a fly rod .
that made for a perfect day
only guide in the world who would enter the water pass the rod and reel under a submerged tree limb and pass the rod back with the fish still on the line
unbelievably cool
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Mountain Sports (Patrick Fulkrod), VA
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Great Day On The River,
June 9, 2014
By: andyrey
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"Patrick was a great guide. He was incredibly nice and, most importantly, incredibly patient with us newbies to the sport of fly fishing. The trip was extremely well planned. We couldn't have asked for a better guide on our first drift fishing trip."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes