Why You Should Fish for Rainbow Trout in Highlands
Rainbow trout are native to the Pacific drainages of western North America but have been introduced throughout mountain streams in North Carolina. As with other trout, rainbows inhabit streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes with good water quality and temperatures that rarely exceed 70-degrees. Highlands is one of the highest towns on the East Coast, so the waters in this area are perfect for hatchery-supported and wild rainbow trout. Fly fishing and Highlands are a match made in Heaven; however, people also visit the area for numerous other reasons, including:
- Hiking the many miles of beautiful trails in the area
- Zipline canopy tours of the Appalachian Mountains
- Whitewater rafting, kayaking, tubing, and other water sports
- Excellent food and shopping throughout town
- Stunning views, vistas, and waterfalls
A little town with much to experience, Highlands is just an hour or two from cities like Charlotte, Atlanta, Greenville, Knoxville, and Asheville.
The Cullasaja River gets its start in town, and its fast-moving waters flow down to Franklin. The river and its surrounding tributaries can be tricky to navigate no matter your skill level. The best way to ensure you have a great rainbow trout fishing excursion in Highlands is by booking a trip with the guides at Turning Stone's Fly Fishing.