Nantahala River

The Nantahala River is an excellent classroom for beginners. There are 2 main sections of the river. These 2 sections are separated by a power plant. Above the power plant there are numerous stocked fish at certain times of the year, and a plentiful amount of wild fish year round. At the powerhouse, a large pipe brings water down from a high elevation lake. The water comes from the bottom of the lake. The water is very chilly year round. Below the powerhouse, many rafters and kayakers spend time on the river. It has some of the best Brown Trout in the east. The wild rainbows are some of the healthiest fish east of the rockies. While fishing here you will enjoy being surrounded by the steep mountain terrain of the Nantahala Gorge. It is a wonderful setting and one of the prettiest rivers that we fish. It is located near the towns of Murphy, Hayesville, Andrews, Topton, Franklin, Bryson City, Robinsville, Cherokee and Whittier. The close counties to the Nantahala River are Clay, Macon, Jackson, Swain, and Graham.


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