Cherokee, NC (WJHL) - Retired high school principal Alex Bell says he's changed careers, but he's still teaching and coaching, He's a guide along the scenic Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail. According to Bell, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trial is the first and only designated fly fishing trail in the country. There are 15 designated hot spots around Jackson County and one at the 2.2 mile catch and release stream at Raven Fork on the Cherokee Indian reservation.
According to Bell, the trail has just about everything a fly fisherman is looking for and that's bringing in tourist dollars. "It brings a lot of people in from a lot of places and even gets people interested in fly fishing that hasn't been before, " Doug Reed said.
Alex Bell worked with Tim on his form. "Managing line is a big part of trout fishing and fly fishing. You're trying to work on your timing, tempo and technique. Harder is not farther in fly fishing and that's one of the most difficult things to get across to people they want to rear back and sling it instead of letting the rod and the line do what they're designed to do but it's such a relaxing atmosphere once you get involved with it it's very addictive," said Bell.
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By Alex Bell