With nearly 500 miles of creeks, streams and rivers, Transylvania County is known as one of the top destinations in the state for fly-fishing. East Fork French Broad The East Fork of the French Broad River is a favorite destination because of its easy access and large population of trout. The drop and pool-style river is home to countless brown, rainbow and brook trout.
The diversity of the river’s environs forces anglers to either adapt to what the fish are feeding on or get shutout. The size of fish that can be caught in the river run the gamut, but the average is between 10 and 12 inches.
The state-owned hatchery located behind the Pisgah Wildlife Education Center near the headwaters of the river creates ideal conditions for trout.
While most of the Davidson River is only a “stone’s throw” from the road, it doesn’t feel that way. Above the hatchery, the river narrows into a smaller stream that offers a true wilderness setting. Around 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.
North Fork French Broad
The North Fork of the French Broad is in a rugged location, making it less popular with the average fishermen. The challenge facing anglers is the limited number of access points. The North Fork isn’t for the everyday recreational angler looking to land big stocked trout just minutes from the road. For the most part, the river holds rainbow and brown trout, but occasionally a brook trout from one of the small tributaries will wash into the river. The two most well-known guide services in the county are Davidson River Outfitters and Headwaters Outfitters. For more information about Davidson River Outfitters, call (828) 877-4181 or go to davidsonflyfishing.com. For more information about Headwaters Outfitters, call (828) 877-3106 or go to headwatersoutfitters.com.