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GUIDED FISHING TRIPS ON THE FRENCH BROAD RIVER'S MUSKY MILE

Fly Fish the French Broad River and Famous Musky Mile -- Over 30 Miles of Musky Water
Trip Details & Rates

Guided Fishing Trips On The Musky Mile of The French Broad River

Full Day Musky Float: $500  / up to 2 Anglers

The near 30-mile stretch consisting of the Upper French Broad River (above MSD Dam) is home to a native and hatchery supported population of south eastern musky. The famous “Musky Mile” is right here in our backyard, starting in Brevard.

Gavin Griffin with a musky

Contact our guides about a full day float trip and see if this Western North Carolina Musky Fly Fishing on the Musky Mile of the French Broad River is right for you!

“Suited for: Intermediate to more advanced fly anglers

Destinations: “Musky Mile” of Upper French Broad River

Trip Description: Fly fishing and chucking conventional tackle for musky, known as “the fish of 10,000 casts,” might just be the last frontier of freshwater fishing in the United States. Luckily, for someone interested in the pursuit of these apex predators we have a healthy and expanding fishery of muskies right here in our backyard on the French Broad River.

November through May is considered the best time to pursue these pike relatives, which grow as large as 50-plus inches. As we hit the river, your guide will describe the ins-and-outs of musky fishing, including the unique strategies used to trigger strikes.

Drifting downstream, you’ll be casting fly rods between 10 and 12 weight, running 450-550 grain full sinking lines, and using 7 inch to 15 inch flies. On conventional gear, you’ll be cranking low-profile Abu Garcia 400-500s, lined with 80 pound Power Pro braid while turning figure-8s with a 8 foot to 9 foot heavy St. Croix Musky Mojo rod.

We suggest booking a minimum of 2 days on the water with guides.

 Rates Include

  • A licensed, knowledgeable fishing guide who can assist you with casting, locating fish, and whatever questions you may have.

  • Fly Fishing equipment- including Waders, Wading Boots, Fly Rod, Reel, and Fly Line

Rates Do Not Include

  • A North Carolina Fishing License  (you can purchase both ahead of time by visiting NCwildlife.org)

    DUE TO COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS, THE FOLLOWING HAS CHANGED:

  • A ride to and from the water you’ll be fishing is no longer provided. Your guide will be scheduling a shuttle the day of your trip.

  • Lunch, beverages and snacks will not be provided by your guide. Please be ready to provide yourselves lunch, beverages and snacks.

MEET YOUR  GUIDE / Gavin Griffin

Gavin Griffin with a musky

A Headwaters Outfitters full-time guide, Guide Gavin Griffin is available to anglers on the French Broad River for muksy opportunities.

*Gavin is able to provide both fly fishing and conventional gear

Contact Gavin:
e: gavin@headwatersoutfitters.com

GAVIN’s MUSKY SLED

With Gavin, spend your day in a Outcast PAC-1300. Any angler will comfortably and confidently be able to stand on non-slip hard decking giving you the power to cast flies and lures all day.

MEET YOUR  GUIDE / CHRIS FRANZEN

Gavin Griffin with a musky

Headwaters Outfitters Head Guide, Guide Chris Franzen is available for guided musky trips in the French Broad River.

Contact Chris:
e: chris@headwatersoutfitters.com

 

CHRIS’ MUSKY RIG

With Chris, float the French Broad River for musky in the NRS Freestone Drifter where you’ll find stability as you’re standing, allowing you to confidentially cast big flies.

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