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The mountains of north Georgia, northeastern South Carolina, and western North Carolina have inspired writers, artists, musicians, and outdoor enthusiasts for centuries. One of the oldest mountain chains in the world, Native Americans called the Blue Ridge home long before European settlers arrived, living on the resources the land provides. While there are several small towns and even a relatively large urban area within these mountains, there is still more untouched land wilderness in the Appalachian Mountains than anywhere else east of the Mississippi River. 

From Atlanta to Charlotte, Greenville to Raleigh, the mountains call millions every year to explore the thousands of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, hundreds of miles of pristine water, and catch a glimpse of one of the few elk herds in the South. 

Are you in desperate need of a Blue Ridge Mountain getaway? One of the best ways to reconnect with nature is to schedule a fly fishing trip along the Tennessee River. There is nothing quite like putting on a set of waders and stepping into the flowing rivers and creeks that have shaped these hills and valleys. Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing is ready to guide you along with your Little Tennessee River smallmouth bass fishing getaway.

Fly Fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains and Smoky Mountains | Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing

The Blue Ridge Mountains have some of the best fly fishing waters in the world. 

Raven Fork/Oconaluftee River

The Blue Ridge Parkway runs along the trout-rich waters of the Raven Fork of the Oconaluftee River. Located just north of the town of Cherokee on the Cherokee Indian Reservation, this area is home to one of the few elk herds in the southeastern United States. Raven Fork is one of the favorites of owner and guide Gordon Vanderpool, as it is stoked with giant, monster-sized fish. It is a must-visit for anglers who love to catch “the big one.” Raven Fork is within 45-minutes of Highlands, Cashiers, Waynesville, and Franklin. It is just down the road from Bryson City and Dillsboro. 
Raven Fork Oconaluftee River Turning Stones Fly Fishing

Little Tennessee River (5149475130) Turning Stones Fly Fishing

The Little Tennessee River

This river originates in northern Georgia, flowing into North Carolina and right through the town of Franklin. Known locally as The Little T, it has a reputation for being one of the most sought out Smallmouth Bass fisheries in western North Carolina. When you wade into the Little T, you may hook a Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Red Eye Bass, Walleye, Brown Trout, Steelhead, or some combination of them all. We are based nearby, so you often find our guides in the Little Tennessee River.

Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing Guide Trips

There is no shortage of water to explore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Whether you want to be right on the river or are keen to experience backcountry fly fishing, the guides at Turning Stone's guides are here to make sure you have the getaway you deserve. Whether you are starting from scratch or are an experienced angler, we would love to hear from you. Contact us to schedule your fly fishing tour of the Blue Ridge today