Catch Small & Large Mouth Bass with Captain Ty Mooney

Captain Ty Mooney provides up-to-date knowledge on the latest light tackle fishing gear, techniques and locations for small and large mouth bass within the French Broad River Valley, and beyond.

We have one collective goal at Headwaters Outfitters: Have every customer and client leave with a smile and memory to go home with.

Mooney’s Top 3 Favorite Baits for WNC BIG BASS:

NO. 1:
Green Pumpkin Jig

NO. 2:
6-Inch Swimbait

NO. 3:
Scrounger Head

All Our Bass Fishing Trips Are Suited For:

Beginner, Intermediate and Expert Fly Fishermen and Woman who want to use light tackle gear. Children ages 6+ years are welcome!

Target Trout Species: 

Small Mouth Bass, Large Mouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striper Bass (Season Depending),

Other North Carolina Inland Game Fish
  • Black bass (largemouth, smallmouth and spotted)
  • Crappie (white and black)
  • Sunfish.
  • Bluegill.
  • Redbreast sunfish (robin)
  • Pumpkinseed.


If fly fishing isn’t for you and you’d like to use light tackle gear and catch species of bass, we’re happy to be able to provide our very own bass fishing guide, Captain Ty Mooney. 

Enjoy a half or full day on Western North Carolina lakes and rivers through out Brevard, Cashiers, Lake Toxaway, Glenville, Lake James, Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, and Lake Hartwell. We do provide trips to private lakes if the client has prior permissions.

All gear will be provided, but are welcome to bring your own. During full-day trips, clients will be provided a picnic style lunch, snacks and waters/beverages. 

Possible destinations: 

Brevard, Cashiers, Lake Toxaway, Glenville, Lake James, Lake Keowee, Lake Jocassee, and Lake Hartwell.

Headwaters Outfitters’ Bass Fishing Charter Rates Include:

  • A licensed, knowledgeable fishing guide who can assist you with casting, locating fish, and whatever questions you may have.
  • Transportation from Headwaters’ shop to and from the stream(s) you will be fishing
  • Fishing equipment- including Rods, Reels, Lures
  • Full Day Trips include: Picnic Lunch including Water and Sodas.

Rates Do Not Include

A North Carolina Fishing License (you can purchase both ahead of time by visiting

Keys To A Comfortable Trip:

Dressing appropriately for the weather!

We recommend wearing quick dry clothing , including a wind-proof jacket while the boat is driving. Wear fleece or polyester layers during colder months, and bring a good rain jacket no matter the forecast. 

Hat, Sunscreen, Lip Balm, Camera, Insect Repellent, and a change of clothes, socks just in case.

Camouflage: Try to avoid brightly colored shirts and hats that may spook the fish. Earth tones are better.

Headwaters Outfitters Operates under permit by the Pisgah National Forest

“In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is   prohibited from discrimination  on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (in education and training programs and activities), age, disability, or retaliation.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) If you require this information in alternative format   (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

If you require information about this program, activity, or facility in a language other than English, contact the USDA agency responsible for the program or activity, or any USDA office.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (866) 632-9992(voice). TDD uses can contact USFA through local relay or the Federal relay at (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (relay voice users).. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

COVID-19 Updates
The current update as of April 1st, due to Governor's Order: Going forward until April 29th or further notice:
  • Our Retail Shop is CLOSED and:
    Offering ONLINE Shopping and Gift Cards
    Orders shipped out next business day
    For Call-in orders or order questions please EMAIL US.
  • The Forks of the River Taproom is CLOSED. 
    To-Go Beer orders available for pick-up Saturday 2-5pm. 
    Custom beer and wine orders available with prepayment
    orders can be placed via email or Facebook Messenger
    EMAIL HERE or Visit Us on FACEBOOK
  • Paddling Trips and Rentals
    We are postponing our opening day of paddling season until further notice
    All special events and guided paddling trips are postponed
    All shuttle services have been suspended
    Canoe and Kayak rentals suspended
  • Fishing Trips and Classes
    All Guide Trips and Classes are Postponed Through April 29th- For inquires please EMAIL

We appreciate your support and patience during this time. We will be available for questions, orders and reservations via phone and email. We will continue to provide updates when necessary. From our Headwaters Family to Yours, we send prayers that you and your loved ones stay safe.

The Whitmire Family