There’s no better way to experience the larger rivers of Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee than in a boat.   Float trips cover between 3-9 miles of river depending on the trip.  So whether you are experienced or a novice, float trips are a great way to see a lot of scenery while catching fish.  You will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the fishing, as our experienced guides lead you down one of these scenic rivers for an unforgettable trip.

Guided float fishing trip on the Tuckaseegee River

What Rivers Do We Float?

Curtis Wright Outfitters leads float trips on the following rivers:

  • Watauga River Trout – Full Day Trips
  • Tuckaseegee River – Trout – 3/4 & Full Day Trips
  • Nolichucky R. – Smallmouth & Trout – 3/4 & Full Day Trips
  • South Holston River – Trout – Full Day Trips
  • French Broad River – Smallmouth – 1/2, 3/4 & Full Day Trips
French Broad Small Mouth Bass
Float fishing the Watauga River

Floating is preferred by many as the most effective way to fish the larger rivers of WNC. The Tuckaseegee River offers great scenery and fishing from October to June. The Watauga and South Holston are big, beautiful tailwaters offering dry fly, nymph and streamer action year round.   The French Broad and Nolichucky are home to an abundance of very large smallmouth that can be taken on the fly or with spin gear.  Smallmouth bass fishing is best from March to December.  Whatever fish species you are interested in targeting, a float trip is an epic way to spend a day!

Rainbow Trout Watauga River

Trout or Smallmouth Bass?

We launch Trout float trips year round and Smallmouth Bass float trips March – December, 7 days a week.  If you are interested in turning your fishing trip into a stay-cation, check out our Asheville Fly Fishing Packages.

How to Book a Trip

To book a trip or for more information please call us at 828-645-8700, visit our Asheville or Weaverville, North Carolina locations, or fill out a Trip Interest Form on the right hand side of the page and we will contact you about the details of our trips and packages.

Half Day Wade

(1) Angler – $200

(2) Anglers – $275

(3) Anglers – $360

Full Day Wade

(1) Angler – $300

(2) Anglers – $375

(3) Anglers – $450

Float Trips

Half Day – $350

3/4 Day – $400

Full Day – $450

Reservations and Cancellation Policy

A 50% deposit is required to book a trip.  We have a seven day cancellation policy.  Any guest who cancels more than seven days prior to the trip  will receive a full refund of the deposit, and guests who cancel less than seven days prior to their trip will forfeit their deposit.