North Carolina Fly Fishing | Cherokee, NC

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Plan the Best Fly Fishing Vacation in Cherokee NC                           

Experience the Beauty of Western North Carolina Fly Fishing

Western North Carolina has gotten a lot of notice for its amazing fly-fishing spots. Hands down the best spot for fly fishing in WNC is Cherokee. Cherokee offers streams, creeks, and rivers teeming with trout. Fly fishing enthusiasts flock to Cherokee every year to catch rainbow, brown and brook trout. There are many other spots for fly fishing in this area but none compare to fishing in Cherokee, NC surrounded by the incredible beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Fly Fishing for Trout

In Cherokee NC, the best fly fishing streams and rivers are all about the trout. Cherokee waters are full of stocked and native brown, brook, and rainbow trout. These fish are natural residents of the creeks, streams, and rivers of Cherokee, NC. The Cherokee Fisheries and Wildlife Management adds nearly 400,000 annually. With such a formidable fish population, Cherokee waters offer some of the best trout fishing in the Southeast and the United States.

Cherokee NC Fly-fishing Permits and Regulations

Cherokee fly fishing can be enjoyed by the general public on any of the Enterprise Waters: Raven Fork and ponds, Soco Creek, and the Oconaluftee River. Follow a few simple regulations and you are sure to have a fun, safe time.
When fly fishing in the Qualla Boundary, the only permit you’ll need to purchase is a tribal fishing permit. You can get this permit in one of many stores in Cherokee or you can order it in advance online. Cherokee fly fishing limit is ten fish per day, per permit.

Catch and Release Fly Fishing

Catch and release is wonderful practice for experienced anglers and also a great way to teach children about fly fishing. You can even snag a trophy when you are fly fishing in Cherokee’s catch and release waters. The Parkway Haven, on Raven Fork, is designated for catch and release fishing only. Practice your fly-fishing skills in one of the most beautiful spots in North Carolina with deep pools, riffles, runs, and pockets.

Competitive Fly-fishing Events and Tournaments in Cherokee

Competitive fly-fishing events are fun for everyone from kids to beginners to professional anglers. No matter your skill level, you’ll find a fly-fishing tournament, trout derby, tagged fishing contest, or competition with FIPS mouche rules in Cherokee to suit you. Many NC fly-fishing events offer thousands of dollars in prizes. You can leave Cherokee with a smile on your face and just maybe a wad of cash prize money in your pocket.

Take home some cash prizes when you come fly fishing in NC! In Cherokee we have fishing tournaments that take place every season of the year. Cherokee gives away thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Cash prizes make a fun sport even more exciting. Here are a few of the Cherokee fly-fishing competitions you can enter:

  • Shiver in the River
  • Rumble in the Rhododendron
  • Tagged Fishing Tournaments

Kids can compete in the Talking Trees Children’s Trout Derby, so bring the whole family on a great vacation fly fishing in Cherokee.

Other Fun Activities to Do on Your Fly Fishing Vacation in Cherokee

While you are in Cherokee, NC there are lots of other fun outdoors activities to do from simple elk and bird watching, to outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, road biking or motorcycling on the Blue Ridge Parkway, tubing, kayaking…the list goes on and on. Spectacular mountain scenery, pristine fishing waters, proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Sample Trips