Smallmouth Bass Whitewater float Fishing Trips


We are pleased to bring you an adventure that is hard to find on the east coast.   We are fortunate to have access to the French Broad River section 9 and the Nolichucky Gorge and offer a truly remote wilderness experience.  Asheville Fly Fishing Company is the only guide service in the Asheville area offering a Smallmouth Bass fishing trip on Class III & IV whitewater.  AFFC guides are trained to the highest level: ACA Level IV Swift Water Rescue, CPR / First Aid certified and fully insured.

This trip doesn not target the whitewater, it targets the fish that live within.  We prefer lower water levels for best fishing conditions which also means the rapids are not as intense. When we are navigating a rapid, you sit down and hold on.  As soon as we get through the rapid, you are fishing again.  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.   This is the water we fish on our days off.  We would like to share it with you!  

This trip is for experienced, athletic anglers and isn’t for everyone.  Life jackets and helmets required!  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

2-4 Anglers / 2 boats

Rivers:  French Broad River #9, Nolichucky River Gorge

Trip Duration: 6 - 10 mi. | 10-13 hrs.

  •   No Trips Holiday weekends (Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day)

  • Two boat minimum required by law

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Trips Include:

  • All gear (rods, flies, etc.)

  • PFD / life jacket

  • Safety gear

  • Helmet

  • 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.  


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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 *
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