Current Fishing Conditions- 10/14/2018

Current Fishing Report   10/14/2018 We somehow dodged two Tropical Systems in the past 30 days at the Headwaters of the French Broad. Last week we only saw two days of high water and tough conditions. The cold front has moved in, and it feels like fall out on the...

Elements of High-Water Paddling

With winter finally dwindling away and spring pushing in heavy rainfall, many paddlers are anxious to get out on the water! Here at Headwaters Outfitters we want to give a heads-up reminder that high-water brings additional increase of hazards and risks during these...

How to Dress for WNC’s Fall Paddling Season

Dressing for WNC’s Fall Paddling: Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worse As many would say, it is always a practical idea when paddling to “hope for the best, but to plan for the worse”. Paddling naturally holds an inherent risk of the water-sport to possibly get wet,...

Fall Paddling Along the French Broad River

Fall is finally here, waking to the crisp misty mornings, following into the shimmer of the afternoon falling foliage of leaves. Vibrant colors consisting of red, orange, yellow, and green fill the Appalachian Mountains; telling a farewell story to those blazing...

When Should I Hire A Guide?

I’ve heard before that there are several stages of one’s fly fishing evolution.  There is a great article discussing the subject called “Atop the Angling Mountain,” by Todd Tanner, that appeared Hatch Magazine on June 24, 2014.  I also recently had a question from a...

A Day on the North Fork with Katie Cahn

I met Lisa and Nick early on a late summer morning. Thirty minutes later we were all in waders at one of the best private fishing spots I have the luck to guide on. Western North Carolina just experienced powerful winds and lots of rain from our recent visitor,...

Looking For Big Fish in Little Creeks

We all want to catch big fish.  Feeling the headshake of a two-footer is a great feeling for a fly angler.  Truly massive fish tend to live in bigger bodies of water and around here, except for tailwater streams, those bigger bodies of water do not fish well in the...

Swinging Soft Hackles

The fly fishing world is ever-evolving. There are constantly new fly patterns, fly line tapers, rigging techniques, rod designs, etc. offering the promise of more productive fishing. Given the “newer is better” mentality of anglers, and society in general, it seems...