Fall Foliage Asheville NC

The Asheville, NC fall leaf color show attracts people from around the world. With 5,000-foot elevation change from mountain peaks to lower elevation drives along the parkway, the Fall Foliage Asheville NC color change is remarkable and a site worth seeing.

Fall Leaf Color Forecast and Fly Fishing Asheville’s Streams

We are always asked by our clients when is the best time to visit Asheville to watch the color change. While every year is different, October through early November is the safest time to come and watch the leaves change.

Fly fishing with Southern Appalachian Anglers in October and November is by far the peak season to catch trophy trout and huge smallmouth, while enjoying the fall foliage color change by river front or on a boat on one of our high reservoir mountain lakes. Our fly fishing guide trips in Asheville are most popular in early October through mid November when the water begins to cool down and the fishing begins to pick back up from the warmer summer months.

Very popular among our guided fly fishing trips are waded trips in our Southern Appalachian Mountain creeks where fish diversity from wild brookies to larger brown trout are very common. Depending on the type of river or creek our guides decide to fish on that day, throwing streamers for smallmouth and larger sized rainbow trout and brown trout and small midges for shallower creeks in little pools  for stocks and wild trout are very effective.

Tips on Booking Your Fall Foliage Trip

When scheduling a fly fishing trip in Autumn with Southern Appalachian Anglers there are a number of tips that can help to make your vacation more memorable in our Southern Appalachian Mountains.

  • Book your fly fishing guide trip early. Many times our schedule becomes booked up. But last minute cancellations are always worth checking for!
  • When preparing for a full- or half-day wade trip or one of our specialized “A Day in The Mountains” trip, come prepared with sweatshirts and an extra pair of pants. The morning hours are normally colder than the afternoons, so better to be warm and shed clothes after!
  • Although our guides carry extra pairs of wool socks, we recommend wearing two pairs of socks just in case. The water is very cold at this time of year!
  • Take a camera! The fall foliage is just too beautiful to stare at for the day, make your trip memorable by showing your friends and family back home with a picture!
  • Bring binoculars! When scheduling a bass fishing trip, sight seeing at long distances can be very rewarding. Many times black bear and bald eagle sightings are common!
  • Relax! Our guides will take care of you and your party! We will provide all equipment as well as warm, riverfront lunches.


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