Find your fly-fishing destination

Fishing in an area that is plentiful with fish is the most basic key to angling success.

No matter how proficient the angler, if the location is not good, success is unlikely.

Being where the fish are plentiful is a key factor, and the ability of the fly fisherman to do his research in finding those locations is a great attribute.

Let’s discuss some likely recommendations that will increase the success rate of many anglers.

WNC Fly Fishing Trail

Jackson County, NC is home to some of the best fly-fishing water in the state. The designation of 15 special locations in the county has provided successful destination information for numerous sportsmen over the last few years.

Many of these recommendations are either on the Tuckasegee River or its tributaries. As you may know, the Cherokee Indian Reservation is in the northernmost part of Jackson County. And Raven Fork, designated as Cherokee Trophy Waters, is located there. Several key recommendations are on the famous Tuckasegee River that wends its way to the southern end of the county.

An online search of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail will reveal valuable information to the inquiring mind. The waters in Jackson County are stocked with around 100,000 trout annually. And that, along with the natural reproduction, provides sport for myriads of fly fishermen.

The Fly Fishing Trail website features a section that details categories of water recommended for Expert Anglers, First Time Fly Fishers, those seeking Trophy Fishing and great areas For Kids.

With an abundance of good water to fish, you can be assured of uncrowded holes to pursue brown, brook and rainbow trout as well as a few locations that feature golden and Donaldson trout.

Contact Info

If you are interested in learning more about the Fly-Fishing Trail, you can contact the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce at 828-586-2155 or the Jackson Tourism Development Authority at 800-962-1911 for more information. They will also provide complimentary fishing maps and lodging details. These sources can provide information about stream flows, flies of choice and angler success.

The fishing map will detail 15 recommended areas that provide excellent opportunities for fly fishermen with all levels of proficiency. These are not all of the fishing locations, but suggested excellent spots for starters.

Other info

I suppose that we all have gone to places recommended by friends that turned out to be an exercise in futility. But once in a while, they turn out to be real gems.

Another source of information is to talk to the local fly shop personnel. They have an inside track on the places that yield good results. Fly fishermen that frequent their shops will often share information about streams that have yielded exceptional results for them.


Many sportsmen are reluctant to reveal those special “honey-holes,” but sometimes just asking can uncover a wealth of information. The worst that can happen is that you are snubbed. Take it in good humor and be thankful for the old-timer that is willing to share information.

Online research can produce some good information with minimal effort. Review posts from guide services, fly shops and other sites of interest.

Lastly, if you have time to spend in the local fly shops, you can pick up a lot of good knowledge from the clientele. A considerable amount of great information flows around the fly-tying table over a cup of coffee.

Don’t be afraid to ask:

While some anglers are tight-lipped about any area they’ve had success fishing, most are happy to share their fishing stories, along with general areas that can lead to your success as well.

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