Grab some extra boots and waders, because you’ll need them to fully explore the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail in Jackson County, North Carolina. As the only fly fishing trail in the United States, it features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fly fishing is a rejuvenating activity that encourages gradual skill development, and the family-friendly sport has special appeal to women and children.
This area hosts some of the most picturesque trout waters east of the Mississippi River. With a large concentration of rainbow, brown and brook trout, there is daily year-round opportunity to achieve the fly fishing grand slam: catching all three species on the same day.
The trail includes 15 spots for casting your lures. With the mighty Tuckasegee River as the primary location, the trail includes Moses Creek, Rough Butt Creek, Tanasee Creek, Panthertown Creek and Whitewater River. The multifaceted sport encompasses hiking, water safety, environmental appreciation and a whole lot of unspoiled nature.
I enjoyed my day fly fishing on the Tuckasegee River with Laura and Camille from Greensboro. Laura (aka Trout Slayer) had a great day including a large brookie. Camille joined us for the last hour and also enjoyed her time on the river.
By Alex Bell