Green River North Carolina

Wild, Delayed Harvest, and Hatchery Supported Water


The Green River is located not far above the North Carolina – South Carolina state line on the North side of the Saluda Mountains near Hendersonville North Carolina. There are two lakes along its way – Lake Adger and Lake Summit. It has a population of rainbow, brook, and brown trout.


The most popular access point is at Fishtop on the Green River Cove Road in Saluda, NC. From Asheville, take I-26 East to Exit 59 and make a left turn, go approximately 150 yards and make a left turn on Green River Cove Road. Follow the road until the bottom of the hill and Fishtop parking area will be on the left.

The upper end of the Wild Water can be accessed by taking a right turn at Exit 59 and go approximately 4.5 miles and make a right turn on Pot Shoals Road. Follow the road approximately 0.7 miles and park in the parking lot across from the power plant. This can be a very busy road when they are generating electricity as the kayakers need the water flow to go down the Green.


The Green River offers wild, delayed harvest, and hatchery supported water. The Wild water starts at the power plant and ends at Fishtop. The Delayed Harvest section starts at Fishtop and ends at Cove Creek approximately 3 miles away. The Hatchery Supported water starts at Cove Creek and ends at Lake Adger approximately 4 miles away.


Streamers are very effective during the water release. The usual patterns such as wooly buggers, sculpin patterns, leeches, and minnow patterns will help you get fish to hand. During lower flow dries include elk hair caddis, BWO’s, and Adams. Nymphs are extremely productive and include Princes, Pheasant Tails, Gold Ribbed Hare Ear, and Rockworm Caddis. A dry/dropper rig seems more productive than a double nymph rig.


The Green River is a tailwater and you should always be aware of the release schedules. The water will rise suddenly as the Green River Narrows will force the water downstream very quickly. Also, this river is a kayaker’s playground. Most of the serious kayakers put in at the power plant and take out at Fishtop. The large pool at Fishtop is a training area for kayakers to learn how to roll over their kayak and other techniques. During the summer the river is often busy with float tubers.

The river is stocked with brown, rainbow, and brook trout. There is also smallmouth bass in the lower regions of the river. There are two stocked tributaries that connect to the Green. They are the Big Hungry River and Cove Creek. There are also several trails along the river that makes it easier to change locations on the river.