What’s the difference between Public and Private?
Besides price per angler, private water provides the
client a chance at fish that are less pressured by all the hub-bub happening on the public stretches. We do also get frequent opportunities at larger sized fish in the 20 inch and more range.
You can choose from two stretches:
(1) Horsepasture River (Larger of the two options, suited for big parties)
(2) North Fork, French Broad River (Best suited for intimate parties no larger than 8)
Veteran guide, Chris Franzen, claims to be the best fisherman in the shop and he just very well
• Book float trips with Chris
• Book Musky Trips with Chris
REMEMBER: Request Chris on your trip when you book!
CAPT., TY MOONEY
A new addition to the Headwaters Outfitters guide team, Captain Ty Mooney offers clients an array of largemouth bass lakes to choose from, including
• Small Tackle / Light
• Children age 6+ are welcome aboard
• Sorry, No Dogs Allowed
REMEMBER: Request Ty on your trip when you book!
Gavin is just a “bit better of a fisherman” than Chris Franzen, but yes, of course, this is a highly contested fact among the two guides, or at least to Gavin. Enjoy opportunities for public water trophy brown trout, mountain natives, and access to great stretches of river on his boat.
• Book float trips with Gavin
• Book Musky Trip with Gavin
REMEMBER: Request Gavin on your trip when you book!
Hannah’s a born-and-raised
• Book private water trips with Hannah
• Book High-Elevation Native Brook Trout Trips with Hannah
Hello, this is Chris Franzen
The result is more and more overcrowding of popular public waters and heavily pressured fish that are harder to catch. Realizing this, Headwaters has strengthened its commitment to protecting existing resources, promoting catch-and-release regulations and spreading out angling pressure among different streams. But that, unfortunately, is not enough to provide every fly fisher with the privacy and quality of experience they seek.
That’s where our Private Waters come in. Located 15-20 minutes from our River Shop, our private water offers fly fishing the way it used to be: peaceful solitude, colorful trout in a wild, forested setting. Rainbows and browns on our trophy section run from 9-inch wild jewels to four-pound bruisers who explode into the air when hooked. Because the river bottom is private property (we lease both sides), the only visitors allowed by law are our customers.
All Our Fishing Trips Are Suited For:
Beginner, Intermediate and Expert Fly Fishermen and Woman.
We welcome kids ages 4+ years to join any trip!
Target Trout Species:
Brown, Rainbow Trout
If you want to immerse yourselves in the wild domain of Appalachian trout, this is the trip for you. Enjoy the river all to yourself or with a group in our Private Water Fly Fishing Wade Trips.
Once on private property, we’ll gear up in waders and boots, and work our way slowly upstream as we try to spot trout before they see us. Using short, accurate casts (usually 30 feet, max), we’ll present our flies to visibly feeding trout, or to areas proven to be productive holding spots.
On Full Days, around noon, we’ll munch on sandwiches and enjoy he beauty of the Appalachian forest, the soothing sound of water purling over rock. All of this makes for a relaxing outing in the company of our veteran guides, who will go the extra mile to put you on fish. If solitude and bigger trout are on your wish list, check out our Horsepasture River Private Waters and North Fork of the French Broad stretches.
(1) Horsepasture River in Lake Toxaway, NC and the (2) North Fork of the French Broad River, in Balsam Grove, N.C.
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