2012 Hosted Fishing Day Locations
All fishing locations are within an hour of the hotel
The Watauga River is located just an hour north of Asheville, NC. The "trophy section" of the Watauga River is one of the most scenic streches of water in the region. The Watauga River provides outstanding, year-around, habitat to rainbow trout. There are prolific hatches, allowing anglers to fish dry flies on a regular basis.
There are also several nice places to get out of the boat and do some wade fishing. The Watauga River is recommended for both beginning and experienced anglers.
South Holston River
The South Holston River is another one of the most beautiful stretches of river in the Southeast. Fly fishing on the South Holston River is available year-around, with summer providing one of the greatest sulphur mayfly hatches anywhere.
The South Holston River is primarily a brown trout river holding fish comparable to any Western stream. The South Holston River is recommended for intermediate to advanced anglers searching for the fish of a lifetime.
The Tuckaseegee River provides great float fishing. Beginners love the Tuckaseegee because there are more trout per mile on this river than any other in North Carolina.
It provides outstanding streamer fishing at higher levels, however, fish can always be taken on nymphs or dry flies. The Tuckaseegee is a great classroom for learning the skill of fly fishing.
French Broad River
The French Broad River in North Carolina is where the majority of our smallmouth bass trips take place. From Brevard, NC, the French Broad flows through Asheville into Madison County and eventually into Tennessee.
There are over 40 miles of world-class smallmouth bass fishing available on the French Broad.
Summer through fall anglers are able to catch these chunky fish on top-water flies, providing an explosive day of fishing. If you have never tried smallmouth fishing, you are missing out.
North Mills River
North Mills heads up in northwestern Henderson County and is part of the city of Hendersonville's water supply. Coming out of the reservoir, North Mills begins its journey to the French Broad. The stream meanders through laurels, hemlocks and evergreens. Cool in winter it begins to heat up in early June due to the reservoir at its head. This stream runs clear and clears fast after rain due to the settling in the reservoir. Not deep or wide it allows for easy wading and some overhead casting but generally it is considered tight fishing. This stream is managed for delayed harvest and has no closed season, but has different regulations during the season.
West Fork of the Pigeon River
Located in Haywood County, the West Fork of the Pigeon River begins along the Blue Ridge parkway. The tannic colored water falls rather quickly and picks up volume from a small stream flowing from Little Sam's Mountains, as well as numerous springs along the way. Near the upper end, mostly brook trout will be caught with a few browns mixed in. As the stream descends the mountain, browns become more and more prevalent. Large boulders and rocks make for interesting fishing. This stream will remind you of fishing a small western trout stream with its fir canopy up near the parkway. This stream is hatchery supported and has a closed season from March 1 until the first Saturday in April.
The Davidson River is ranked as one of Trout Unlimited's top 100 trout streams in North America and is the "home water” for Asheville fly fishers. Located in North Transylvania, the stream is a fly fisherman's dream. Large pools abound, as well as long runs with pockets and eddies with large trout (some 18 to 24 inches)cruising its waters. The water runs crystal clear even during the rains of spring. Much like a spring creek, it must be fished with light tippet(6x to 8x is desirable in 9 to 12-inchlengths). Though the river can get quite crowded, there are many areas on the river where one can find solitude. This stream is classified as a catch-and-release, fly fishing only fishery.