In the southwestern corner of North Carolina, hundreds of trout-packed streams wind their way through the thick canopy of the Nantahala National Forest and the rugged hills of the Smoky Mountains. Anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts flock to The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail to catch rainbow, brook, brown and even golden and Donaldson trout.
Fly Fishing The High South
There’s not a bad spot to fish on the trail but there are 15 prime spots to reel in some trout. Because the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission annually stocks the waters of Jackson County with around 100,000 trout, beginner and expert anglers will have no problem finding the location, water and fish that match their skill level.
"Welcome to the first and only fly fishing trail in the United States!
The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, situated in Jackson County, features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains." WNC Fly Fishing Trail
Visit the WNC Fly Fishing Trail for more information including finding guided tours of the trail!
Maps of the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail are available online on this web site, or through the Jackson County Travel & Tourism Authority website or visitor center. The map provides detailed information on access points, waterway designations and regulations, as well as the species of fish available and other information relevant to anglers. For a full list of mountain trout fishing regulations, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Content: Jason Frye/ VisitNC.Com
Anglers and Appetite on screen stars and crew filmed another episode in May 2016 for the show.
Phil Proctor and David Zelski were fishing and eating all around the Cashiers Plateau.
In this image, Phil is with then Chef Micheal Moore of High Hampton Inn. Image courtesy High Hampton Inn. May 2016