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The freestone rivers of Western NC and East TN are some of the finest smallmouth bass fisheries in the world.
It is not uncommon to catch 50-75 fish in a day including shots at several trophy fish. From April-October we catch most of the smallmouth using topwater baits. This explosive action should not be missed by anyone.

All smallmouth trips take place in top of the line drift boats, and self-bailing rafts.

Typically during our smallmouth trips, we cover 6-10 miles of river, floating through some of the most spectacular country in the Blue Ridge Mountains. All equipment is included and on our full day trips, a gourmet shore lunch is included as well.

Float fishing trips for smallmouth bass are offered on the French Broad River and Nolichucky River. 

Full Day Float Trip - $550

Half Day Float Trip - $395

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There are over 4,000 miles of trout water surrounding the Asheville area. At Asheville Drifters, LLC, we have access to the top trout fishing destinations in NE Tenn. and western NC.

Whether you want to experience a float fishing trip for big trout in our tailwaters, wade fish our spring creeks, or hike into one of our pristine backcountry streams we can make it happen. There are trout rivers here to suit anglers of ALL skill levels. Asheville Drifters, LLC offers trout fishing trips on the South Holston River, Tuckaseegee River and Watauga River.

Full Day Float Trip - $550

Half Day Float Trip - $395

1 person full day wade trip - $400

2 people full day wade trip -$450

1 person half day wade trip - $300

2 people half day wade trip - $350



Asheville Drifters in Asheville, North Carolina, is the gateway to some of the greatest freestone rivers and tailwaters in the country.
We offer float fishing trips for every season and every skill level.
Asheville Drifters, LLC’ guides have spent several years guiding on the complex river systems of Western North Carolina and are confident that we can provide the ultimate float fishing experience.
Whether we’re casting Sulpher dry flies to big brown trout on the South Holston Tailwater or going for the 100 fish day on the Trophy Trout Section of the Watauga River, it’ll be float fishing that will rival most western trout rivers. If it’s the rod-ripping smallmouth bass you wish to pursue, the French Broad River and Nolichucky River provide world-class opportunities for the drifting fly caster. Both the French Broad and Nolichucky also hold good numbers of the elusive muskie; the Tuckaseegee River provides us great opportunities for winter trout fishing.
Not only will the fishing be splendid, the scenery will also impress you. Just about every stretch of river that we float takes us into some beautiful places that are accessible only by boat. A typical float fishing trip begins around 6:00 am at the shop with a fresh cup of coffee. Then a ride in one of our SUV’s to the river of choice for a day of nonstop, float fishing action – stopping only on a desirable beach for a gourmet, hot, streamside lunch. In a day’s float trip we normally cover 6 to 10 miles of river. With the truck waiting at the take-out and a comfortable ride back to Asheville, we’ll conclude an excellent day of tight lines and good friendship.

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