Fly Fishing in Asheville, NC
Abundant waters and mild temperatures year round make Asheville a great fly-fishing destination.
Reba Brinkman, a fly-fishing instructor with local outfitter Hunter Banks, has been fly-fishing for more than a dozen years.
“There is an abundance of water and fishing opportunities in Asheville. We have great waters within a one-hour drive. The Davidson River is the most popular and (is) less than an hour’s drive,” she says.
Also less than an hour away is North Mills, sections of the Laurel, the tail waters of the Tuckasegee and the Pigeon River. The best times to fish are spring and fall, when the waters are cooler.
“Cooler water equals healthy fish,” says Brinkman. “Plus, the spring and fall colors are beautiful.” But an avid fisherman can easily fish 12 months out of the year. “We have great weather year round.”
An eight-mile stretch of the Davidson River that runs through the Pisgah National Forest attracts Asheville locals. The water stays cooler there, Brinkman says, and most of the river is catch and release year round, which means there are plenty of fish and they have a chance to get big.
“It’s not common, but we have heard reports of 30-inch brown trout,” says Brinkman. “A trophy trout is between 24 inches and 30 inches.”
Although warm summer waters (60 degrees or higher) can compromise trout, there’s plenty of good warm-water fishing in the summer – prime time for bass fishing, Brinkman says. “Catching bass on the fly is loads of fun.
“The French Broad River runs through town and is a great small bass fishery. The South East has the most diverse fish to catch.That’s what makes this place a prime spot for fly-fishers.”
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