The Transylvania Times -

By Park Baker
Staff writer 

Headwaters Celebrating 25 Years On The River


April 20, 2017

Park Baker

David and Debbie Whitmire, along with daughter, Jessica, and grandson, James Waylon, have made Headwaters Outfitters a family affair for 25 years.

This summer marks the 25th anniversary of Headwaters Outfitters, the fly-fishing and paddling guide service located on N.C. 215 at the headwaters of the French Broad River.

When they first opened in 1992, the owners, David and Debbie Whitmire, said they had people come in and tell them they were crazy. Some of those people asked, "Who would ever come here to do this?"

The Whitmires started with 10 canoes and one passenger van. Today, they have more than 70 boats.

The company offers tours up and down the French Broad River but also lead trips on Lake Joccassee, along with employing some...

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