Trout Guide Services

Trout Guide Services

From small, remote rhododendron choked streams tucked high under the Blue Ridge Parkway, to the large wide open tail water streams, most anglers get their introduction to fly fishing by wading. Whether you are just beginning or an expert angler looking for trophy trout, you will enjoy a wade trip with Davidson River Outfitters.

There are countless miles of public trout water in Western North Carolina and Brevard is at the epicenter of the great trout fishing. From here, our guides have literally fished every brook, branch, stream, river and pond in Western North Carolina. There has even been one reported sighting of a DRO guide fishing in a mud puddle!

Our Public water wade trips are available for any public stream in Western North Carolina. So you name the stream or ask your guide what has been fishing the best. Regardless of your skill level, you will enjoy a day with our guides. Our guides are excellent instructors and a large part of their day involves teaching the finer points of fly fishing. From the beginner who needs help tying a knot, to the expert who wants to target the largest fish in the river; our staff will do whatever it takes to make your fly fishing experience at D.R.O. one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

If you are just getting started, you do not need to worry about gear for your trip as your guide will have everything you need except for your fishing license. If you have your own gear, by all means please bring your gear that you are familiar with.

Current Public Water Rates:
One Person - Half Day $200.00
Two Person - Half Day $275.00
Three Person - Half Day $375.00

One Person - Full Day $300.00
Two Person - Full Day $375.00
Three Person - Full Day $475.00

For our Private Water Wade Trip prices, click here: https://www.davidsonflyfishing.com/private-waters

In the early 1990s, our owner, Kevin Howell, purchased the first drift boat ever delivered to Western North Carolina. Since that time, we have floated nearly every river in the Southeast that holds trout. Our seasoned drift boat guides have spent countless days on the water learning where the trout live and where every last rock is located; we have even decorated some of them with gel coat from our boats over the years.

Our trout float trips are primarily on the Tuckasegee and Watauga. We occasionally guide on the Catawba and the South Holston as well. The Tuckasegee River, also known as “The Tuck,” offers great drift boat fishing from October through early June. The fishing will be a mix of dry fly, dry-dropper, and nymphing. Fall on the Tuckasegee offers spectacular scenery coupled with great fishing. The Watauga and Catawba offer great year-round tailwater fishing. While you will catch some fish on small dries, or occasionally on terrestrials in the summer months, the majority of fishing will be done with small nymphs under a strike indicator. The South Holston offers great fishing year-round as well. However, the water generation schedule will determine whether you will be fishing tiny size 24 nymphs on a twelve-foot leader or casting large size 2/0 streamers on a sink-tip.

Regardless of your skill level you will enjoy a day on the water with Davidson River Outfitters. Our guides are excellent instructors and a large part of their day involves teaching the finer points of fly-fishing. Whether you are a beginner looking to land your first trout on a fly, or a seasoned angler who wants to target the largest fish in the river, our staff will do whatever it takes to make your fly-fishing experience at DRO one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

Current Rates:
Full Day Float (6-8 hrs): $500.00

All boats will have a cooler with ice, snacks, and drinks. Lunch is not provided. If you do need lunch, please ask your guide.