Cast your line on the nation’s only fly-fishing trail
With more than 3,000 miles of trout streams and 1,100 miles of hatchery-supported trout waters in the mountains alone, North Carolina is a fly-fishing haven. It’s also the only place in the nation with a designated fly-fishing trail. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail takes anglers to 15 prime spots in the Great Smoky Mountains to catch trout. Sites feature a variety of options ranging from wide-open rivers to small, secluded streams. The trail’s website also includes helpful links on licensing, guide services and places to stay for visitors ready to take to the water. The trail was designed by two outdoorsmen and fly-fishing guides. Fly fishing is popular throughout the mountains and foothills. Several mountain destinations offer Community Fishing Programs with rod and reel “loaner” programs for first-timers and novices. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission also conducts annual fly-fishing clinics for beginners.
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