1 Day Smallmouth Float Trips

Headwaters Outfitters

Headwaters Outfitters is dedicated to providing family-friendly outings for everyone: from big groups of 20 family members to the most elite fisher men and women! Our customer service is unmatched and we’re proud of that. That’s why as a small family owned and operated outfitter, we are passionate about sharing our knowledge of WNC’s natural resources, our love for Appalachian Mountains, and the outdoor recreation opportunities found along the French Broad River Watershed!

About this trip

Suited for: All Skill Levels (maximum 2 anglers per boat)

Possible destinations: the French Broad River, the Tuckasegee River or the Little Tennessee River

Trip Description: Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of this trip, because the hard-charging smallmouth bass have moved out of the depths and into feeding positions where we can more easily tempt them with flies.

Fueled by coffee and breakfast biscuits, we’ll put in at the boat ramp and drift through woods and old Indian weirs as we work poppers and streamers along the banks, grass beds and mid-stream shoals. If our luck holds, the quiet serenity of the river will be broken by the explosive strikes of smallies, which have been aptly called “pound-for-pound, the hardest fighting fish in freshwater.” Occasionally, a toothy muskellunge will follow our fish to the boat in a predatory frenzy that is not to be missed!

Osprey, herons, beavers, muskrats and waterfowl will be our regular companions as we drift lazily downstream to the take-out. Sunbathing spouses enjoy this trip almost as much as the anglers.

Float Trip Rates:

Full Day- $450 (Up to 2 Anglers)

Rates Include:

A licensed, knowledgeable fishing guide who can assist you with casting, locating fish, and whatever questions you may have.

Transportation from Headwaters’ shop to and from the stream(s) you will be fishing

Fly Fishing equipment- including Waders, Wading Boots, Fly Rod, Reel, and Fly Line

Picnic Lunch including Water and Sodas.

Rates Do Not Include

A North Carolina Fishing License with Trout Stamp (you can purchase both ahead of time by visiting NCwildlife.org)

Dressing appropriately for the weather- We recommend wearing quick dry clothing even though your Waders will be waterproof. Wear fleece or polyester layers during colder months, and bring a good rain jacket no matter the forecast. Wear thick wool socks.

Hat, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Camera, Insect Repellent, and a change of clothes just in case.

Camouflage- Try to avoid brightly colored shirts and hats that may spook the fish. Earth tones are better.

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Payment
100% paid in-person when the trip begins
Minimum People:
1
Target species:
Bass (Smallmouth)
Type of guiding available:
Guided
What's included?:
Fly Fishing Equipment
Rods, Reels & Tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch Cleaning & Filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Fishing License
What type of fishing?:
River
Which fishing techniques do you use?:
Light Tackle
Fly Fishing
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