Guided Smallmouth Fishing Trips

The smallmouth bass or bronzeback is one of America’s most sought after gamefish. A fight unmatched by many other species. Anglers from all over the world come to Asheville to catch trophy smallmouth. The smallmouth bass is a freshwater predator only found in Asheville’s rivers and deep mountain lakes. The smallmouth bass is highly concentrated in the French Broad River, Nolichucky, Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee rivers. Smallmouth bass favor rock ledges, eddies, grass beds and log jams. 

Smallmouth Fishing in Western North Carolina

During your smallmouth guided trip you will fish for smallmouth using light spin tackle and/or fly fishing. Spin tackle rods are outfitted for 6-8 pound test monofilament to pull soft plastics and small jerkbaits to imitate baitfish. 

Fly fishing rods are outfitted for 7 or 8wts and common patterns are popping bugs and small streamers to imitate crawfish and baitfish. Streamer patterns are most common when fishing for smallmouth. All of our patient instructors will teach you how to properly cast, strip and strip set for big river smallmouth!

Our Service

Our Asheville fishing guides, are knowledgeable and experienced guiders that will provide you with the best smallmouth guide trip in Asheville, NC.

Our guide service is 100% catch and release! Our fishery depends on it to keep producing trophy fish so future generations can enjoy this sport for years to come. 

Float Trip Rates

Full-Day Float Trip: $475

  • Includes:
    • 8-hour trip
    • All fishing equipment
    • Lunch, snacks & beverages

Half-Day Float Trip: $375

  • Includes:
    • 4-hour trip
    • All fishing equipment
    • Snacks & beverages