To Wade or To Float?

When I first started fly-fishing and using CWO as a guide service, we had the option of taking a wade trip or a float trip. Being a newbie, I had absolutely no idea what that meant, but was game for anything. The first few times, we opted for wade trips – I loved the feeling of stalking through the small streams, being so close to nature (even though it included getting my line caught in the trees and particularly the hemlocks on multiple occasions). 

After several wade trips, we decided to try a float trip for variety. This is a great way to fish some of the wider waters, such as the French Broad, Watauga, Tuckaseegee and South Holston. Float trips allow you to cover a longer stretch of water and also to enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountians. CWO offers these float trips in both North Carolina and Tennessee. 

When you take a float trip, that is literally what it means. You are in a small water craft, floating down the river and casting from the boat. These trips may appeal to people who don’t want to do much hiking or climbing in and out of the water. It’s all just a matter of personal taste, but I recommend trying both before you decide if you have a preference. While the experiences are quite different, they are both very enjoyable – as is all fly-fishing! ~ Kristen