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.
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
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, Brook Trout
If you want to immerse yourselves in the wild domain of Appalachian trout, this is the trip for you.
Although some of our trips are done on roadside rivers, most wade trips involve some walking (typically less than a mile, unless you ask your guide for a backcountry adventure.)
Once on the water, 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.
The Davidson River through Brevard, North Carolina; The East Fork of the French Broad River, North Fork of the French Broad River, West Fork of the French Broad River through Rosman, North Carolina; Courthouse Creek; Looking Glass Creek; North Mills River or South Mills Rivers; the West Fork of the Pigeon River; or our Private Water section on the (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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