Transylvania County Fishing Information

Avery Creek: A very popular spot for wild rainbows is along U.S. 276. Highway 276 accesses Avery Creek by turning onto FS 477. Coming from Brevard, FS 477 is the first gravel road on the right after passing the Pisgah Ranger Station on Highway 276. This stream is not heavily fished mainly due to the fact that it’s a bit tough getting to it but the effort can be quite rewarding.
Carter Creek: This is a small stream which can be reached by Craggy Gardens Road or the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a great location but is recommended for anglers well versed in fishing in tight spaces.
Davidson River: Orvis ranks this as one of the top 100 trout streams in the country. Located west of Brevard, N.C., this river is a very popular spot. Due to this fact, even experienced anglers may have trouble catching fish. The trout in the Davidson are not easily fooled as they have become very accustomed to foiling the best efforts of even the best fishermen. If you are skilled enough to catch of these trout, it very well could be a trophy fish. There is a fly-fishing only section. Catch and Release.
French Broad River: From the junction of the west and north forks all the way to the bridge at US 276.
Looking Glass Creek: This is a great area for the angler going for wild rainbows. The famous Looking Glass Falls is located right off of U.S. 276. From Brevard, take U.S. 276 north, about 5 miles past the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. The falls will be on your right. Tough going keeps down the traffic to this stream.
North Fork-French Broad River: This stream features some very big trout which tend to hide in the deeper pools. Accessible from Hwy 215, this is a pretty rugged and steep area but well worth the slog. This is a wild trout/natural bait regulated stream. Anglers must use either artificial lures or natural bait on a single hook. As with all wild trout streams, there is a four fish limit and they must be at least 7 inches.
South Mills River: One the best streams in the county for wild trout, South Mills River is accessible near the Cradle of Forestry or off of Hwy. 280. Well over 10 miles of the river are fishable in between those two points of access either by hiking the adjacent South Mills River trail or walking the river itself. Due to the strenuous nature of this stream, it is not heavily fished and as a result, there have been some monster brown trout taken here. These big browns tend to lurk in the deeper pools while rainbows are generally taken in the swift moving water.