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Trout Float Trips

Explore our larger Rivers from our drift boats and rafts

Full Day and 1/2 Day Options Available depending on time of year

Trout Floats:

Suited for: All Skill Levels (maximum 2 anglers per boat)

Possible destinations: the Tuckasegee River, the French Broad River, the Catawba River, the Watauga, and some undisclosed locations.

Trip Description: For those who want to play Huck Finn for a day, a guided float trip in one of our drift boats is the way to go. Spring and Fall are considered the best times to float. After meeting your guide at our river shop for an early morning cup of coffee, we’ll trailer up and drive you through the misty mountains to the river. Setting off, we’ll drift through a pastoral valley of farms and forests, running mild Class I and II rapids and plying rocky pools and riffles with nymph rigs and streamers.

Feel free to stand up and cast, as our boats provide lean bars and stable footing. From time to time, we’ll anchor to allow you to work a pod of rising trout with dry flies. A scrumptious shore lunch on a gravel bar or island provides a nice mid-day break, before continuing downriver in search of “Troutzilla.” Take a nap on the way home, if you like. You earned it!


Full Day- $550 (Up to 2 Anglers)


Our guides have a fleet of drift boats and rafts perfect for navigating local rivers and lakes. 

Gavin Griffin with a musky


Full Day Trout Float: $550  / 1-2 Anglers Anglers

  • A licensed, knowledgeable fishing guide who can assist you with casting, locating fish, and whatever questions you may have.
  • Fly Fishing equipment- Rod, Reel, Fly Line, Leaders, Tippet, Flies
    *** Please request conventional gear in advance — our guide’s default gear on the boat is for fly fishing
  • A North Carolina Fishing License  (you can purchase both ahead of time by visiting
  • A ride to and from the water you’ll be fishing is no longer provided. Your guide will figure out shuttling with you prior to the trip.
  • Lunch, beverages and snacks will not be provided by your guide. Please be ready to provide yourselves lunch, beverages and snacks.

2022 Price Increase

Please Note that due to increase in overhead, we will have a slight price increase starting January 2022 for all fishing trips. 


Best Suited for: Intermediate to more advanced fly anglers. Our Anglers with mobility issues. 

Ballpark Seasons To Fish:  Year Round Options. But avoiding the crowded summer time waters are ideal. 


  • French Broad River
  • Pigeon River
  • Tuckasegee River
  • Catawba River

Trip Description: Early starts around 6:30-7:30 AM and lasts 8 hours for full day or 4 hours 1/2 day. On full days, half way through, you can expect an hour for lunch. ***Started in 2020, lunch is no longer provided by HWO and all clients are asked to bring their own food and drink.*** At the end of your float, you’ll be at your vehicle at the take-out.


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