Fly Fishing in Transylvania County

Transylvania County is home to some of the most pristine stretches of mountain water in the Southeast, offering an estimated 500 miles of fishable water within an hour drive of Brevard. Opportunities include fly fishing on smaller mountain streams, spinner and reel fishing on the larger rivers and lakes in the County, and drift boat fishing on the French Broad River.

The Davidson River

Pisgah National Forest is home to the Davidson River, one of the best fly fishing destinations in the Southeast. With a 14 mile stretch that’s regulated by catch and release, the river offers opportunities for every angler. The area above Avery Creek offers an excellent, fly-fishing only experience on smaller waters. In the middle section, the Bobby Seltzer State Hatchery produces some of the largest trout in the state, and the proper flies will land you some prize trout. Lower elevation streams offer year-round fishing, the majority of which are private waters accessed by contacting Davidson River Outfitters. Best of all, the both public and private water sections of the Davidson River are walking distance from Pilot Cove!

Other Local Fishing Destinations

Looking to fish in other locations around Brevard? Western Carolina’s abundant rivers, streams, and lakes are a playground for fly fishing or conventional rod and reel fishing. The East Fork of the French Broad, Cascade Lake, and Little River near DuPont State Forest are great fishing destinations for beginners. More experienced fishermen may want to check out Avery’s Creek, Looking Glass Creek, or the South Fork of Mills River. For expert fisherman, the French Broad opportunity offers the opportunity to catch the elusive Muskullenge, also known as the “Muskie” or the “Fish of 10,000 casts”.


Conveniently located walking distance from Pilot Cove, this full-service fly fishing shop and guide service offers the gear, expertise, and local knowledge to make the most of your fishing experience.

Float or fish the majestic French Broad River at your leisure! Located at the confluence of the West Fork and the North Fork of the French Broad River, this full service fly fishing shop also offers guided trips, tubing rentals and shuttle service, a taproom, and canoe/kayak rentals to complete your day on the water.

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