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We’re a fly fishing and bass charter team. Even deeper, we’re a close family with a French Broad River Valley shop full of friend.

Our guides are all unique individuals, local and transplanted, and forever passionate about fishing Western North Carolina’s mountain streams, rivers, and lakes.

We have one collective goal at Headwaters Outfitters: Have every customer and client leave with a smile and memory to go home with.



Chris Franzen has been a Fly Fishing Guide since he was 16 years old.  He has guided from Alaska to Patagonia, Chile and many places in between.  He grew up in Lenoir, NC and thanks his dad for sparking his passion of Fly Fishing.  Chris has been with Headwaters for 5 years, and when he’s not out on the river with clients, you can find him tying flies and spending time with his 3 year old son, who also loves to catch fish. 

• Book float trips with Chris
• Book Musky Trips with Chris

REMEMBER: Request Chris on your trip when you book!



A new addition to the Headwaters Outfitters guide team, Captain Ty Mooney offers clients an array of  bass charters to choose from, including optortunities at largmouth and smallmouth bass, striper bass and hybrids. Enjoy his luxurious bass boat as you charter the lakes and rivers of Western North Carolina.

• Small Tackle / Light Tackly Only
• Children age 6+ are welcome aboard
• Sorry, No Dogs Allowed

REMEMBER: Request Ty on your trip when you book!



Gavin B. Griffin is a Western Pennsylvanian transplant that’s had a good many days spent fly fishing the rivers across the country over the last decade, plus. After spending seven of those years between Boulder, Colorado and Ketchum, Idaho, he’s successfully fly fished some of the North West’s biggest and most reputable technical waters: from Silver Creek’s gin-clear flows to the Frying Pan River’s famous blue ribbon Toilet Bowl and the legendary black caddis hatches on the Madison River.

Located just a few minutes up the road from the shop in Rosman, Gavin’s chances to get you on local fish are high; they’re practically his neighbors! He’s always happy to have any level of angler–beginner to trout fanatic–because he’s just happy to be sharing his life’s most meaningful part with you, your family and friends.

Book float trips with Gavin
• Book Musky Trip with Gavin

REMEMBER: Request Gavin on your trip when you book!



Hannah is a native to Transylvania County, growing up just a few miles from the shop.  She has had a passion for the outdoors since day one and has been fly fishing since she was 16.  She has been part of the Headwaters team for over 5 years, and has been guiding for the past three years.  Hannah enjoys working with young anglers, and provides and energetic and passionate approach to guiding.  

• Book private water trips with Hannah
• Book High-Elevation Native Brook Trout Trips with Hannah

Remember: Request Hannah when you book your trip!


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Katie CahnKatie is a native of the Chattooga River Watershed on the border of South Carolina and North Carolina. She commutes over the mountain to guide for Headwaters Outfitters. For Katie, guiding isn’t just a job, but a way to spend time on the river with good people. With a background in whitewater kayaking, Katie takes time to teach her clients how to read water and think like a fish, which goes a long way! And it isn’t always about catching a fish! Katie enjoys being able to laugh at the goof-ups and come away from a day on the river with a good story and a smile on her and her client’s faces.


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Alan found his love for fishing at 6 years old throwing bait casters off his Grandfathers pier. “10 years later I picked up my first fly rod at my families farm pond, and it was all down hill from there”  Fly Fishing has lead him on a journey across the United States. Fly Fishing and shooting photos in more then 18 states, and landing dozens of different species along the way. Alan has designed fly patterns for large fly distribution companies, and has even been published in multiple magazines for his fishing and photography.   He has been guiding part time for Headwaters for the past four seasons.


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Brett Walker Meany was born and raised in Transylvania County and grew up along the French Broad.  After graduating from Brevard High School, he went on to earn his B.S. in Geography with a concentration in GIS.  Brett has always had a passion for the outdoors, and is excited to put his newly acquired skills to use.  Working with GIS systems goes seamlessly with his love for fly fishing, the outdoors, and wildlife.  Brett will be starting his 3rd season guiding with Headwaters.


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Ryan Kaufman, has been an avid outdoors-man from a very early age. As a young boy he spent countless summer weekends with his father chasing walleye, bass, and crappie in the Midwestern lakes surrounding his childhood home. Winters were spent walking pristine hunting grounds in search of pheasant and quail. After moving to Gunnison, CO in 2002 to attend Western State College, the transition to fly fishing seemed natural. The trophy streams of the Gunnison Valley provided a perfect classroom for fine tuning the skills of an accomplished fly fisherman. Relocating to Western North Carolina in 2012 introduced Ryan to a new venue for perfecting his craft. He developed a passion for pursuing native Southern Appalachian brook trout in the remote mountain streams of the region. However, Ryan prides himself in his ability to consistently put clients on fish regardless of the destination or conditions. In addition to a passion for fly fishing, Ryan has a passion for teaching. Sharing the art of fly fishing with novices gives Ryan a thrill, especially working with youngsters in developing the next generation of great fly fishers. Ryan truly lives and breathes the sport whether it be fishing on his own, working with clients, or sitting for hours at the fly tying table. He has the knowledge, skills, and work ethic to provide a great day for those who share his love of this great pastime.