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We’re a family of 7-Day-A-Week fishing guides based along the headwaters on the French Broad River. Our everyday job is making sure you walk into our shop and feel right at home with our fishing guides and store staff. We truly do love our clients like family, and can’t wait to have you become part of ours, too!

Here at Headwaters Outfitters, we care about educating our anglers, finding new and exciting experiences on the water, and most importantly, giving you, your family and friends great memories during your trip!

Enjoy getting to know our fishing guides below:

Headwaters Outfitters Guide Staff:


Fishing Guide, Patrick Weaver

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More About Patrick

Fly Fishing Guide,

Fly Fishing Guide, Patrick Weaver is a former biology teacher and instructor for North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and fly fishing experience to our education program.  Patrick guides and instructs all of the education classes for Headwaters Outfitters.  He is an avid dry fly fisherman, fly tier and takes great pride in matching the hatch with his creations.  


Patrick is our Education Coordinator and has designed a premier line-up of classes to help anglers advance their knowledge and skills.  You will get a wealth of information to take with you when taking a class with Patrick. 


Fishing Guide, Jeremy Shurites

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More About Jeremy

Fly Fishing Guide, Jeremy, a PA native, grew up in the Pocono Mountains. In high school he found the sport of fly fishing as something to do when the snow melted and snowboarding was no longer a viable option. Jeremy quickly dove head first into the sport dedicating all of his time to hunting down big fish and specific target species.

Out on the water, Jeremy values fun, learning, conservation, and helping to create memories that will last an angler a life time. In Jeremy’s spare time you can find him fly tying, hiking, and camping in his roof top tent with his dog, Captain.


Fishing Guide, Brett Meany

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About Brett

Fly Fishing Guide Brett Walker Meany was born and raised in Transylvania County and grew up along the French Broad. Brett has always had a passion for the outdoors, and is excited to put his newly acquired skills to use. Formerly working with GIS systems goes seamlessly with his love for fly fishing, the outdoors, and wildlife.

Hire Brett on full days and half days wade trips for trout.


Fishing Guide, Ryan Kaufman

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Who is Ryan?

Fishing Guide, Ryan Kaufman has been with Headwaters since 2014. He has been guiding in Western North Carolina for almost 10 years.  Before making his way to the Blue Ridge Mountains, this Kansas City native soent time Colorado guiding. Ryan now owns his own Chimney Business, Smokey Rise Chimney Service, along with wife Lee.  He guides part here at the shop but is very much a big part of who we are. 

Shop Assistant Manager & Guide, Hannah Myers

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Get to know hannah

Guide and Outdoor Shop Assistant Manager, Hannah Myers, was born and raised in Transylvania County.  Her dad had her hunting and fishing before she was in grade school, and he sparked her passion for the great outdoors. She graduated from Rosman High School in 2013 and continued her education at Blue Ridge Community College.

Hannah joined the team at Headwaters in 2016 and took on a leading role in the Retail Shop. When Hannah is not working in the shop, she is out on stream with her fly rod or in a tree stand with her bow.


Captain Ty Mooney

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More about Ty

Captain Ty Mooney offers clients an array of largemouth bass lakes to choose from, including optortunities at smallmouth, striper bass and hybrids. Enjoy his luxurious bass boat as you charter the lakes and rivers of Western North Carolina and South Carolina.

You can Hire Ty for trout wade trips and lake bass for:


  •  Small Tackle / Light Tackly Only
  • Children age 6+ are welcome aboard
  • Sorry, No Dogs Allowed

every day.

Fishing Guide, Gavin Griffin

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More about Gavin

FLY FISHING GUIDE, Gavin Griffin is a full time guide since 2017 with Headwaters. Previously located and fishing between Colorado and Idaho, he’s fished over 200 rivers in the United States. He now brings his lifelong angling knowledge to his clients here on the French Broad River.

Gavin also fronts and guides our Southern Musky Program here, while running expedition trips for Tarpon, Great Lake Steelhead & Salmon, Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass.

Hire Gavin on your next trip for whatever WNC species you’re looking for!


Head Guide, Chris Franzen

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Who is Chris?

Head Fly Fishing Guide, Chris Franzen found his passion for Fly Fishing at the age of three, while running through the isles of his dad’s Fly Shop. He started guiding at 16-years-old in the foothills of North Carolina. Upon graduating high school Chris moved to Colorado where he guided in Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes.

Over the past few years Chris has spent time guiding the rivers of the Bristol Bay region of Alaska and the Patagonia region of Chile. Chris is well versed in a wide variety of techniques and enjoys sharing his knowledge with clients.  Nothing makes Chris happier than seeing his clients grasp the same passion that he has for the sport.


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