Smallmouth Bass Whitewater float Trips

We are pleased to bring you a new kind of adventure trip in 2017. Asheville Fly Fishing Company is the only guide service in the Asheville area to now offer a smallmouth bass trip on Class III & IV whitewater.  This trip doesn't target the whitewater, it targets the fish that live within.  When we are navigating a rapid, you sit down and hold on.  As soon as we get through the rapid, you are fishing again.  Some of the rocks have teeth, so we don’t run our drift boats in these waters.  We row rafts with fishing frames where you can stand up and fish in between rapids.  Because this water is far removed from civilization and filled with Class III & IV rapids, it gets very little pressure from fishermen.  These trips offer excellent Smallmouth Bass fishing and flow through some of the most remote, beautiful sections of river found in the eastern US.   Until now, this is the water we fish on our days off.  Now we would like to share it with you!  

This trip is for experienced, athletic anglers and isn’t for everyone.  Lifejackets and helmets required!  Before making an inquiry about this trip we recommend watching the video found below.  We have a screening process that helps ensure everyone is safe and happy at the end of the day.  If you think this trip is for you, please submit your inquiry by completing the application at the bottom of this page.   We look forward to getting on the water with you!

  • Full Day Float ~  5 - 10 mi. of water       

 

All Trips Include:

  • All Gear
  • PFD / Life Jacket
  • Safety Gear
  • Lunch 
  • Digital Trip Photos
  • Cold Bottled Water / Snacks

*All guides are ACA Level IV Swift Water Rescue and CPR/First Aid certified and fully insured.  

 

SMALLMOUTH BASS

Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is renowned as some of the best on the continent.  We target these fish on our float trips on the fly and with tackle.  If you enjoy a tenacious pull from the surface and seeing acrobatic fish dance, then this is for you.  Casting top water flies 30-80 feet on big water, followed by an explosion that sounds like a bomb going off, will do a few things to a person.  One, it will make your wrist hurt; two, it will make you giggle like a little kid.  You will talk to the water, laugh louder than all the banjos playing in Western North Carolina, and want to cancel all obligations for the following week.  To get in on the fun…

Guided Smallmouth Bass Trips - Asheville Fly Fishing Company

 

RATES:

$1,100 Per Trip

Full Day Float  

2-4 Anglers / 2 boats

Rivers:  French Broad River #9, Nolichucky River Gorge

  • No Trips Holiday weekends (Memorial day, July 4, Labor day).
  • Two boat minimum required by law.    

 

Overnight smallmouth bass whitewater trips

Smallmouth Bass Asheville

 

  • Safari Camp 2 person   $2,800   *All meals

 

  • Safari Camp 4 person   $3,500   *All meals

 

 

safari camp

PROVIDED BY GUIDE: 

  • All meals (Day 1: Lunch, Dinner.  Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch)
  • All gear (rods, flies, etc.)
  • Waters and Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Transportation
  • Digital Pictures
  • Overnight accommodations ( tent, cots or sleeping pads, chairs for each person )
  • Campfire
  • Dry bag for personal items

 

meals

* We are happy to accommodate specific dietary needs and vegetarians.  The following are a couple examples of what we can offer. 

LUNCH: Day 1

  • Fresh cold cut deli sandwiches or wraps, chips, chocolate, fruit. 

DINNER: Day 1

  • OPTION 1: Steak, potatoes, green beans, desert.
  • OPTION 2: Low Country Boil ( corn on the cob, sausage, potatoes, shrimp)

BREAKFAST: Day 2

  • OPTION 1:  Bacon and eggs, potatoes, coffee, juice. 
  • OPTION 2:  Bagels and cream cheese, granola bars, yogurt, fruit, coffee, juice. 

LUNCH: Day 2

  • Fresh cold cut deli sandwiches or wraps, chips, chocolate, fruit.

 


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Smallmouth Bass - Asheville Fly Fishing Company

 

before you book a trip

Before making an inquiry about this trip we recommend watching the video shown below.   For reference, the water level in the video was at 2100c.f.s. (cubic feet per second), on the Nolichucky River Gorge.  However, trips will take place when water levels between 700-1900c.f.s. to ensure safe navigation and the best fishing conditions.  The purpose of the video is to show examples of the types of rapids you will encounter on this trip.  While the fishing is great, this video does not focus on fishing.  For that reason, we have inserted the picture to the RIGHT as an indicator of how often you'll be fishing in between rapids.  

If you think this trip is for you, please submit your inquiry by completing the application located at the bottom of this page.

 

 

We have a screening process that helps ensure everyone is safe and happy at the end of the day.  If you think this trip is for you, please submit your inquiry by filling out the following application.

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Please list any physical conditions or restrictions.
Please list any health conditions or restrictions.
Rate your swimming skill from 1-10 with 10 being best.

*All guides are Swift Water Rescue and CPR/First Aid certified and fully insured.

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Photography by Rand Harcz