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Fly Fishing the Horsepasture River, or North Fork of the French Broad River
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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 may be. A seasoned guide between Colorado, Patagonia, Alaska and more, Chris offers clients access to secret spots for “locals only.” Enjoy oppotunities for musky, smallmouth bass and float trips are available through Chris.

• 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 largemouth bass lakes to choose from, including optortunities at smallmouth, 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 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 Rosmanian, the town the shop is located. Her local approach to guiding brings clients coming back. With Hannah, you can expect wild rainbow, brown and native brook trout opportunities in the small streams around the French Broad River Valley.

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

Remember: Request Hannah when you book your trip!

Hello, this is Chris Franzen writing you. As professional and veteran guide who spend over 200 days a year on the water, we here at Headwaters Outfitters recognize that public trout waters in the Southeast are under a lot of stress. The Pisgah National Forest and surrounding area where we work are within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the nation’s population, and even the most remote brook trout streams are seeing more angling traffic as an ever-growing population of anglers seek out the solitude of wild trout water.

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. 

Possible destinations: 

(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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Headwaters Outfitters’ Fly Fishing Trip 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
  • Full Day Trips include: Picnic Lunch including Water and Sodas.

Rates Do Not Include

Keys To A Comfortable Trip:

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, socks just in case.

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

Headwaters Outfitters Operates under permit by the Pisgah National Forest

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