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Bass Fishing the French Broad River in Asheville

With the French Broad river being the third oldest river in the world there’s no telling what you might catch! Our guides specialize in trophy smallmouth and the elusive musky in the French Broad river in Asheville, NC.  Bass fishing the French Broad river can be one of the most challenging rivers in Western North […]

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Tips on Fly Fishing For Smallmouth

Written by: Ethan Hollifield, Head Guide Arguably the most exciting and fun way to target smallmouth bass in rivers is with topwater flies. There really is nothing more exciting to me than to watch a topwater presentation get pounced on by a big river smallmouth. Throwing topwater flies along with the intricacy that comes with […]

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Types of Fishing in Asheville

When visiting the Appalachian mountains, most anglers think about fishing for mountain trout. While this may be on your bucket list, there are many other fishing trips available to catch multiple species right here in Asheville. Below we will illustrate some of the types of fishing available in Western North Carolina, and specifically Asheville, North […]

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Types of Trout In North Carolina

Wild, Native, and Stocked Trout. What’s the Difference? Written by: Ethan Hollifield Head Guide at Southern Appalachian Anglers The ecological history of trout in Western North Carolina has created a relatively diverse fishery as it stands today here in the mountains.  Our waterways currently hold four primary species of trout: brook trout, brown trout, rainbow […]

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Fishing Report | March 3rd, 2019

With below average lows for March and abnormal flooding conditions, it has been tough to get to some rivers during the first week of March. It will only get better as the weather starts to warm up… NC TROUT STOCKING Trout have been stocked in our delayed harvest streams as of March 1st. With all […]

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Best Trout Handling Practices

How to Ethically Handle Trout By: Ethan Hollifield, Guide at Southern Appalachian Anglers The varying trout species that are found in Western North Carolina are the quintessential essence of what makes our fisheries here so special. In order to keep the trout fishing here as best managed as possible; it’s important for all anglers regardless […]

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Where is Muskie Mile on the French Broad River

Musky mile is a stretch of river that many anglers either choose to float or avoid. Of course anglers may have different reasons to do so. However, musky mile can provide some of the biggest musky in the French Broad River, right here in Asheville. Some anglers avoid musky mile because it can get busy […]

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Trout Fishing Regulations North Carolina | NC Fishing Regulations

NC Trout Fishing Regulations Mountain trout require cold, oxygenated water to thrive. Therefore there are a number of regulations put into place to help protect their environment, and prevent anglers from keeping the desired amount of fish with creel limits. While catch and release is the only practice that we preach at Southern Appalachian Anglers, […]

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Western North Carolina Smallmouth Bass Guide

A Guide To Help You Catch More Smallmouth Bass in WNC When it comes to the battle between the fisherman and the fish, the smallmouth is the one sport fish that is always brought up. With more power than a trout, more fight than a largemouth, the smallmouth is the best fighting fish – pound […]

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Summer Smallies on the Fly

Early Summer Smallies on the Fly Author: Ethan Hollifield River smallmouth are one of my favorite freshwater species to target on the fly. This is my favorite time of year to chase smallmouth, and Western North Carolina has an abundance of smallmouth water ranging from large river basins to low elevation creeks and streams. Pound […]