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Float Trips

The French Broad River

The French Broad River is considered the third oldest river in the world, and one of the best smallmouth rivers in the Southeast. The river is in close proximity to downtown Asheville making it one of our most popular floats from the beginning of May to the end of September. Most of the smallmouth range between 10-12 inches, but 20-inch fish that weigh up to 5 pounds have been brought to the boat. We offer half day and full day trips.

Full Day for 2 anglers (8 hours): $300

 
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The Catawba River Tailrace

The Catawba  River Tailrace is a tailwater fishery below Lake James dam that provides excellent brown trout fishing from September to May. Turbines at the powerhouse provide essential oxygen and minimum water flows to the trout downstream which keeps them healthy. The float is 8 miles long so anglers will have multiple opportunities to catch hard fighting brown trout all day long. If you are looking to catch a “trophy” brown trout, the tailrace will be your best bet. The Catawba Angler only offers full day guided trips on this section of river.

Full Day for 2 anglers (8 hours): $300

 
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The Nolichucky River

The meeting of the North Toe River and Cane River forms the Nolichucky River near the small community of Huntdale, North Carolina. This is an excellent float to target smallmouth bass on topwater lures or flies during the hot summer months. If you are interested in seeing explosive topwater takes, then this float is for you. Catching a 2-pound smallmouth bass on a fly rod or light tackle is something every angler should experience in their lifetime. We offer half day and full day trips.

Full Day for 2 anglers (8 hours): $300

* The Catawba Angler provides transportation, fishing gear, and snacks on all float trips. *