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OUR FISHERIES

The diversity of our fisheries surrounding the Asheville, North Carolina area is enough to keep any angler satisfied for a lifetime.
There are literally thousands of miles of trout streams and smallmouth bass rivers at our fingertips. For world-class rainbow trout and brown trout fishing the Watauga River, South Holston River, and the Tuckaseegee River provide without a doubt some of the finest tailwater trout fishing in the country. These are dam controlled rivers providing clean, clear, and consistant flows of water YEAR-ROUND. This not only benefits our guide service, but more importantly the trout and the aquatic life thrive in these rivers.
The French Broad River and the Nolichucky River are two amazing resources we have for both impressive scenery and impressive smallmouth bass fishing. Both rivers are unique and provide some of the greatest river smallmouth habitat imaginabl e. There are an abundance of crawfish and hellgramites combined with a multitude of small bait fish which help keep our smallmouth bass populations healthy and strong. We offer float trips on the French Broad River and Nolichucky River from March-October, but will always make an exception for any hard-core smallmouth bass finatics.

THE FRENCH BROAD

The French Broad River in North Carolina is where the majority of our smallmouth bass trips take place. From Brevard, NC, the French Broad flows through Asheville, NC, into Madison County and eventually into Tennessee.
There are over 40 miles of world-class smallmouth bass fishing available on the French Broad.
Summer through fall we are able to catch these chunky fish on top-water, providing an explosive day of fishing. If you have never tried smallmouth fishing, you are missing out.

THE WATAUGA

The Watauga River is located just an hour north of Asheville, NC. The ‘trophy section’ of the Watauga River is one of the most scenic stretches of water in the region.
The Watauga River provides outstanding, year-around, habitat to rainbow trout. There is most often some type of insect hatch allowing anglers to fish dry flies on a regular basis.
There are also several nice places to get out of the boat and do some wade fishing. We recommend the Watauga River for both beginning and experienced anglers.

SOUTH HOLSTON

The South Holston River is another one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the South East. We offer fly fishing on the South Holston River year-around, with summer-time providing one of the greatest sulphur mayfly hatches anywhere.
The South Holston River is primarily a brown trout river holding fish comparible to any Western stream. We recommend the South Holston River for intermediate to advanced anglers searching for the fish of a lifetime.