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Fishing in Sevierville
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trip description for French Broad River Fishing in Sevierville

The French Broad River is great fishery that produces some nice fish. The section that has fish runs from Douglas dam all the way to Knoxville. This stretch of water offers great bass and walleye fishing. We typically fish for about 4 hours. If you are visiting the Gatlinburg /Pigeon Forge/ Sevierville area this stretch of river is a great choice. Read More

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trip description for Tennessee Musky Fly Fishing in Knoxville

Muskies are known as the fish of 10,000 casts. They are the ultimate angling challenge, but as long as you have a good attitude, patience, and a great guide like Steven, you'll be able to accomplish it too! On this trip, Steven will help you land a trophy musky on the fly. This half or full day trip is catered to all skill levels, and will have all equipment provided. After booking, you'll work with Steve to find out where the best fishing spot will be at the time of your trip. Between surrounding swift rivers, small streams, and large lakes, there's plenty of great places to catch a musky on the fly no matter what time of year. Read More

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trip description for Tailwater Trout in Johnson City

If you've been looking for a truly exceptional day on the water, go no further. Ellis is a fly-fishing expert, and we would argue that there are few better guides east of the Mississippi. He offers trips tailored to the local waters around Johnson City, Tennessee, and his goal is to tie, fish, and guide in ways that are perfectly suited to the rivers that you'll be fishing. Trout are fishable all year long, but other freshwater species are more seasonal. Just ask Ellis and he can tell what will be biting when you want to fish. The options are endless, whether that's casting for Musky in the fall and winter, streamer fishing for Trout year round, hunting rising fish on dry flies, going after Stripers on both fly and conventional tackle, mousing for big Browns, hitting Carp on the lake, or enticing big Smallies. With Ellis as your guide, you'll be able to try your hand at all of these kinds of fishing, and aim for a wide range of freshwater species. He's fished this water obsessively, putting in long days in every season and every kind of weather, and he knows the best spots like the back of his hand. Ellis will provide everything you need for an amazing day on the water. He ties all the flies used on his trips, and his care and expertise are evident as soon as you step onto the boat. All you need to bring is a good attitude, proper clothing, sun protection, and a pair of polarized sunglasses. You'll also need a Tennessee fishing license! Book a trip to see what fly-fishing in East Tennessee is all about! Read More

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Fishing in Knoxville
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trip description for Tennessee Musky Fishing in Knoxville

Getting out in the Melton Hill Reservoir and catching a trophy Musky has never been easier. Captain Steven—the current state record holder for Musky in Tennessee—will guide you on your trip to catch your own personal best. Picture this: you're waking up at the crack of dawn, excited for a day of adventure on the water. As you step outside, the cool morning air hits your face and you can already feel the excitement building inside you. As you make your way to the dock, you see your charter boat waiting for you, ready to go. You climb aboard and introduce yourself to Captain Steven, who starts to talk to you about Musky fishing and the local environment. As you cast your line into the water, you feel a rush of excitement as you wait for a bite. Suddenly, you feel a heavy tug on your line and you reel it in with all your might. As the fish breaks the surface, you can see the distinctive pattern and know you've hooked "The Fish of A Thousand Casts"! As the sun starts to set, you reluctantly head back to the dock, already planning your next Musky charter fishing trip in Tennessee. It's been an exciting and unforgettable day on the water, and you can't wait to do it all again! Captain Steven is a real pro when it comes to Musky fishing, and he'll do everything possible to help you get hooked up on one of these challenging fish. Get out there and give it your best! Read More

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trip description for Float Trips, Full/Half Days in Leicester

Float your way down the river with Doug and get ready for an action-packed day of fishing in Leicester! On this fly-fishing trip you'll be targeting Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout. This float trip is Doug's most popular guide trip option. Anglers will get to cover miles of river that are often inaccessible to the wading public, and will have the opportunity to float a wider variety of rivers and flow conditions to keep you on the water during peak fishing periods. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Doug is eager to help. He has been fly fishing rivers his whole life so don’t be surprised when he puts you on a fish! He’ll help you reel ‘em all in throughout your 4-hour (half-day) or 8-hour (full day) adventure through North Carolina's beautiful rivers. Doug gears his trips toward education, conservation, river awareness, and of course leaving you with an unforgettable outdoor experience in the beautiful North Carolina mountains that he calls home. Doug will outfit you with all equipment needed (Flys, Rods, Boots, Waders). He will also provide snacks and cold beverages. Enjoy your day out on the river with Doug! Read More

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trip description for North Carolina Wade Trip in Leicester

Wade your way into the water with Doug and get ready for an action-packed day of fishing in Leicester! On this fly-fishing trip you'll be targeting Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Doug is eager to help. He has been fly fishing rivers his whole life so don’t be surprised when he puts you on a fish! He’ll help you reel ‘em all in throughout your 4-hour (half-day) or 8-hour (full day) adventure through North Carolina's beautiful rivers. Doug gears his trips toward education, conservation, river awareness, and of course leaving you with an unforgettable outdoor experience in the beautiful North Carolina mountains that he calls home. Doug will outfit you with all equipment needed (Flys, Rods, Boots, Waders). He will also provide snacks and cold beverages. Enjoy your day out on the river with Doug! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a Fishing Guide in Leicester

What are the best fishing trips in Leicester?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 6 trips in Leicester, and the most popular trips in the area are North Carolina Wade Trip guided by Doug and Float Trips, Full/Half Days guided by Doug.

Our guides in Leicester are rated a 5 out of 5 based on 2745 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides / fishing lessons in Leicester? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Leicester.

What types of fishing trips are common in Leicester?

River fishing is the most popular in Leicester as well as lake fishing.

The most commonly sought after species in Leicester are: 1. brown trout, 2. rainbow trout, 3. muskie, and 4. brook trout.

The most common fishing techniques in Leicester are fly fishing, drift fishing, and light tackle fishing but topwater fishing and sight casting are popular as well.

How much does a Leicester fishing trip cost?

in Leicester prices can range anywhere from about $300 to $500, but the average price for a half day trip in Leicester is $344. The average price for a full day trip in Leicester is $457.

What month is best for fishing in Leicester?

The most popular season for fishing in Leicester is fall, and most anglers book their trips 91 days in advance.

Do I need a Leicester fishing license and what are the bag limits in Leicester?

See here for more information on fishing licenses in Leicester, bag limits for target species, and fishing season regulations in Leicester. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right rules and regulations in Leicester.

What is fishing in Leicester all about?

Leicester, North Carolina, nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, offers a tranquil setting for fishing enthusiasts to enjoy. While Leicester is primarily known for its mountainous terrain and lush forests, it also boasts several picturesque rivers, streams, and lakes that provide excellent fishing opportunities. Anglers can cast their lines into these pristine waters in search of a variety of freshwater species, including trout, bass, and panfish. Whether fly fishing in the rushing currents of a mountain stream or casting from the peaceful shores of a serene lake, Leicester offers a diverse range of fishing experiences against the backdrop of its stunning natural beauty.

One of the most popular fishing destinations in Leicester is the French Broad River, which flows through the heart of the region, offering anglers miles of accessible fishing waters. Known for its scenic beauty and abundant fish populations, the French Broad River provides opportunities to catch a variety of species, including smallmouth bass, trout, and catfish. Whether fishing from the riverbanks or exploring the river by kayak or canoe, anglers can enjoy a peaceful and immersive fishing experience amidst the tranquil surroundings of Leicester's riverine landscape.

In addition to the French Broad River, Leicester is home to several smaller streams and creeks that offer excellent trout fishing opportunities. These mountain streams, fed by cold, clear water from the surrounding hillsides, provide ideal habitat for trout species such as rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Anglers can test their skills by casting dry flies, nymphs, or spinners into the riffles and pools of these pristine mountain streams, enjoying the challenge of fooling these elusive fish in their natural habitat. Whether you're a seasoned angler or new to the sport, Leicester offers a peaceful and rewarding fishing experience amidst the natural splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What are the most popular months to fish in Leicester?

Located in the picturesque mountains of North Carolina, Leicester offers fishing enthusiasts a variety of seasons to enjoy their favorite pastime. The fishing seasons in Leicester are influenced by the region's climate and geography, providing anglers with diverse opportunities throughout the year.

During the spring months, which typically span from March to May, Leicester experiences a rise in temperatures and an increase in precipitation. This seasonal transition triggers the spawning activity of many fish species, making it an excellent time for freshwater fishing in the region's rivers, streams, and lakes. Anglers can target popular species such as trout, bass, and catfish, which become more active as they prepare for the breeding season.

Summer in Leicester brings warm temperatures and longer daylight hours, creating ideal conditions for fishing excursions. With the abundance of sunshine and ample waterways in the area, anglers can explore a variety of fishing spots, including scenic mountain streams, tranquil ponds, and expansive reservoirs. Summer is prime time for catching a wide range of fish species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, and rainbow trout, providing anglers of all skill levels with plenty of opportunities to reel in a big catch.

As autumn arrives in Leicester, the foliage begins to change, and temperatures start to cool. This transitional season offers unique fishing opportunities as fish species transition to their fall feeding patterns. Anglers can take advantage of the quieter fishing spots and breathtaking fall scenery while casting their lines for trout, bass, and other cold-water species. Whether fishing from the shore or embarking on a scenic boat trip, autumn in Leicester promises memorable fishing experiences amidst the stunning backdrop of colorful foliage.

What types of fishing are popular in Leicester?

In Leicester, North Carolina, anglers have the opportunity to explore a variety of fishing techniques in the region's diverse freshwater habitats. One popular method is fly fishing, particularly in the numerous mountain streams and rivers that wind through the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains. These cold, clear waters are renowned for their populations of trout, including rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Fly fishermen can test their skills by casting delicate flies to mimic the insects that trout feed on, enjoying the challenge of presenting their bait with precision in the swift currents of these mountain streams.

Another favored type of fishing in Leicester is bass fishing, which enthusiasts can pursue in the region's lakes, ponds, and larger rivers. Smallmouth bass and largemouth bass are prevalent in many of the area's waterways, providing anglers with exciting opportunities to target these prized game fish. Whether casting from the shore, trolling from a boat, or maneuvering through submerged structure, bass fishing in Leicester offers a thrilling angling experience against the backdrop of the region's scenic beauty.

Additionally, Leicester offers opportunities for panfish fishing, which is popular among anglers of all ages and skill levels. Bluegill, crappie, and sunfish can be found in abundance in the region's lakes, ponds, and creeks, providing anglers with plenty of action and excitement. Panfish are often caught using simple tackle and bait, making them an accessible and enjoyable option for families and beginners. Whether you're fly fishing for trout, casting for bass, or targeting panfish, Leicester offers a diverse range of fishing experiences amidst the natural splendor of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

What species are popular in Leicester?

Leicester, North Carolina, offers anglers a diverse array of fishing opportunities with its abundance of freshwater bodies. One of the most sought-after species in Leicester's waters is the trout, including both rainbow and brown trout. These prized game fish thrive in the cool, clear mountain streams and are particularly active during the spring and fall seasons. Anglers can enjoy fly fishing or spin fishing for trout in the numerous creeks and rivers that meander through Leicester's scenic landscape.

Another popular species for anglers in Leicester is the largemouth bass. Found in lakes, ponds, and reservoirs throughout the region, largemouth bass provide exciting fishing experiences year-round. Spring and summer are prime seasons for bass fishing, as these fish become more active in warmer water temperatures. Anglers can employ various techniques, such as casting lures, using live bait, or trolling, to target largemouth bass and reel in impressive catches.

In addition to trout and bass, Leicester offers opportunities to catch a variety of other fish species, including bluegill, crappie, and catfish. Bluegill, known for their abundance and willingness to bite, are popular targets for novice anglers and families. Crappie, on the other hand, present a challenge for more experienced anglers, with their elusive nature and preference for cover. Catfish, including channel catfish and bullheads, can be found in Leicester's larger bodies of water and offer anglers the chance to hook into hefty fish that put up a strong fight. Whether targeting trout, bass, or other species, Leicester provides anglers with diverse fishing experiences amidst its scenic natural surroundings.

What are the best places to fish in Leicester?

Leicester, North Carolina, boasts several prime fishing locations that cater to anglers of all skill levels and preferences. One standout destination is the French Broad River, which flows through the heart of the region, offering abundant opportunities for fishing enthusiasts. Known for its scenic beauty and diverse fish populations, the French Broad River provides anglers with the chance to catch a variety of species, including smallmouth bass, trout, and catfish. Whether fishing from the riverbanks or launching a boat to explore its waters, anglers can enjoy a peaceful and immersive fishing experience amidst the tranquil surroundings of Leicester's riverine landscape.

In addition to the French Broad River, Leicester is home to numerous mountain streams and creeks that offer exceptional trout fishing opportunities. These cold, clear waters, fed by springs and mountain runoff, provide ideal habitat for trout species such as rainbow, brown, and brook trout. Anglers can explore these pristine mountain streams by hiking along their banks or wading through their shallow pools, casting flies or bait into the riffles and runs where trout congregate. With its breathtaking scenery and abundant fish populations, trout fishing in Leicester offers anglers a chance to connect with nature and test their angling skills in some of the most beautiful waters in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Furthermore, Leicester is surrounded by several scenic lakes and ponds that provide excellent fishing opportunities for bass, panfish, and other freshwater species. These bodies of water offer anglers a chance to cast their lines from the shore, launch a boat, or fish from a kayak or canoe while enjoying the serenity of their tranquil surroundings. Whether you prefer targeting bass in the shallows, casting for panfish along the shoreline, or trolling for trout in deeper waters, Leicester's lakes and ponds offer a diverse range of fishing experiences for anglers to enjoy amidst the natural beauty of the North Carolina countryside.

Other things to do in Leicester

While Leicester, North Carolina, is renowned for its excellent fishing opportunities, visitors to the area can also enjoy a variety of activities beyond angling. Nature enthusiasts can explore the stunning landscapes and hiking trails that abound in Leicester and the surrounding area. From leisurely strolls along scenic nature paths to more challenging hikes in the nearby mountains, there are outdoor adventures suitable for all skill levels. Visitors can immerse themselves in the region's natural beauty, spot wildlife, and take in breathtaking views of the picturesque countryside.

For those interested in history and culture, Leicester offers several attractions worth exploring. The area is home to historic sites, museums, and cultural heritage centers that provide insights into the region's rich history and traditions. Visitors can learn about Leicester's past through exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays that showcase the area's unique heritage. Additionally, art galleries and craft shops in Leicester and nearby towns offer opportunities to admire and purchase locally made artwork and handicrafts, providing a glimpse into the vibrant arts scene of the region.

Leicester's charming small-town atmosphere and friendly community make it an ideal destination for relaxation and rejuvenation. Visitors can unwind in cozy cafes, dine at family-owned restaurants, and browse quaint shops and boutiques offering a variety of goods. Whether savoring a cup of coffee while chatting with locals, sampling delicious Southern cuisine, or discovering one-of-a-kind treasures, Leicester invites visitors to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of small-town living. With its blend of natural beauty, cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Leicester offers a memorable getaway experience for travelers seeking to explore the best of North Carolina's countryside.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip

    Jeffrey S. with Jason J. of Sevierville, Tennessee

  • ★★★★★
    Rainy day but lots of fish were available. Very technical fishing but productive. Water was crystal clear. Thanks.

    Chris B. with Doug M. of Leicester, North Carolina

  • ★★★★★
    What a great day on Melton Hill Lake with Steve. He knows the water like he has been fishing it all his life. Exactly what our group was looking for and he moved things around to make it work for us. Awesome guy and expert Musky guide!

    Jeff L. with Steven P. of Knoxville, Tennessee

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