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With over 250 waterfalls to explore in the county alone, there is a reason Brevard is known as “The Land of Waterfalls.” Where there’s water…you’ll find fish and the rivers and streams of Transylvania County are home to some of the regions best fisheries and it’s possible to catch trout, bass, muskie and more.

 



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Brevard Fishing Guide + Fishing Expert: Headwaters Outfitters

25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

828-877-3106 / www.headwateroutfitters.com


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Guided Fly Fishing Excursions With Headwaters Outfitters

Private Water: Fish the beautiful Horsepasture River just a short drive from Brevard. This stretch of river offers incredible scenery and solitude and allows anglers to feel miles away from everything even though it’s only a short drive from the shop. We only run one trip per day on the private water so if clients book it, it’s all theirs. It’s a great place to fish for beginners and experienced fishermen alike. The average size fish is in the 16-18 inch range and anglers have the opportunity to catch rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Fish in the 20-24 inch range are not uncommon.

Wild Water: When it comes to adventure, nothing beats the feeling of stalking trout through wild and scenic mountain streams and rivers. The staff at Headwaters Outfitters loves guiding trips on wild streams like Courthouse Creek or the streams of Panthertown Valley. Panthertown Valley offers some of the best native Southern Appalachian Brook Trout fishing in the region. The fish are small in size but so beautiful in color. Panthertown, Courthouse Creek and other small streams often give the angler a chance to hike in and get off the beaten fishing path. Fishing these small streams is often referred to as “blue lining,” which gets its name from the little blue lines on a map. In the midst of summer when larger rivers warm up and fish become lethargic, these cold mountain streams still offer fantastic fishing. These small streams are perfect for the dry fly enthusiast because fish are often eager to eat a dry fly offering. For many people it is a special experience to catch a wild fish in the stream in which it was born.

Delayed Harvest: Headwaters is just minutes away from the East Fork of the French Broad, which is one of the most heavily stocked delayed harvest streams in the state. The state puts approximately 15,000 fish in this 4.5 mile section of river every year. With catch and release regulations from October through May, losing track of how many fish you catch throughout the day may be your only problem. With easy roadside access and fairly straightforward wading, this stretch of water is perfect for young and old alike. Headwaters Outfitterts is also close to the West Fork of the Pigeon River, another stream designated as delayed harvest. After a scenic drive up to and over the Blue Ridge Parkway clients are met by a beautiful gin-clear mountain stream full of trout. The shop’s central location is a huge benefit. as they are also a short drive from hatchery supported designated streams like the West Fork of the French Broad and the Davidson River.

Directions from Brevard: Take US-64 W out of downtown for 8.5 miles. Turn right onto NC-215 N. Headwaters Outfitters is immediately on the left. Receive a special 10 percent discount on reservations for fly fishing trips by mentioning the WNC Adventure Guide. Headwaters Outfitters also stocks a great selection of flies, fly fishing gear and everything you need to get out and enjoy a day of fly fishing in Western North Carolina.


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Fish The Davidson River: Consistently named as one of Trout Unlimited’s “Top 100 Trout Streams in America,” the Davidson is a very productive freestone river that supports many trophy-class fish over 20 inches. About 14 miles of the river, from its headwaters to Avery Creek, are managed under catch-and-release, fly-fishing only regulations. The lower mile is hatchery supported. The Davidson’s upper reaches, including such major tributaries as Cove Creek and Daniel Ridge Creek, are small and tight, with wild rainbows averaging 7 inches. But the river widens and deepens as it gets below the Pisgah Fish Hatchery, creating long, smooth runs and glassy pools, interspersed with some pocket water. This is where the bruisers lurk, but they are extremely hard to catch due to heavy fishing pressure and gin-clear water.

 


West Fork of the French Broad: The West Fork is a sleeper stream that produces some of our biggest browns each year, yet it is overshadowed by its more heavily stocked cousin to the east. The state stocks only 1,500 trout upstream of the Silversteen Bridge, located on State Road 1312, which parallels the river for several miles. Access is difficult to the Forest Service portion of the river, which is located in a narrow, mostly trail-less gorge between Flat Creek and the bridge. Effluent from several trout farms in the West Fork’s headwaters make this a fecund stream with lots of bugs; sections of the river are known for their profuse, if unpredictable, hatches of burrowing mayflies. Hatchery supported regulations apply, which means the West Fork is closed to fishing in March.


North Fork of the French Broad: Headwaters Outfitters’ home river is also one of the best around. The North Fork is a wide-open stream well suited for fly fishing. Like its sister to the west, the North Fork runs through a deep, rocky gorge, plunging over several major waterfalls on its way to the mainstem of the French Broad near our shop. Several unmarked trails lead into the gorge from Hwy. 215, but they are not for the faint of heart. Likewise, wading can be sketchy at higher water levels. The river’s fast runs and dark holes are home to browns and rainbows averaging 10 inches, but many quality fish are taken by bait fishermen and skilled fly anglers each year. Heavy stonefly nymphs and streamers are effective year-round. Above Macedonia Church Road, the river bisects private land in Balsam Grove and is heavily posted. The North Fork is regulated as Wild Natural Bait, allowing the harvest of four fish per day.


Little River: Located in DuPont State Forest in eastern Transylvania County, the Little River is the most recent stream in our area to be designated Delayed Harvest (which is catch-and-release from October through May.) In season, the state stocks 3,425 fish along just 1.8 miles of river between Lake Dense and Hooker Falls, making for a dense fish population. Despite its name, the Little River is fairly wide and open throughout, and is easily accessed via the Hooker Falls Road and High Falls Trail. Deep-nymphing the plunge pools below the falls is usually productive, but there several long pools and runs below the Staton Road bridge for dry fly fans.


Avery Creek: Avery Creek is a small tributary of the Davidson near Brevard that is a critical spawning ground for rainbows and browns. It is classified as a Wild Trout stream, which has no closed season and allows a limited amount of harvest (though we recommend you practice catch-and-release, due to heavy fishing pressure along the stream.) Access is via the Pisgah Horse Stables road and the 3.2-mile Avery Creek Trail. Avery fishes best in the spring and summer, especially when the Davidson is high and stained from rains. Resident fish are generally 7 to 9 inches long, but wild and colorful. Fish a short 3- or 4-weight rod, bring some attractor dries and explore parts of the stream off the beaten path.


 

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Brevard Fishing Guide + Fishing Expert: Headwaters Outfitters

25 Parkway Road, Rosman, NC

828-877-3106 / www.headwateroutfitters.com

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