All of the guides here at Turning Stones Fly Fishing live for fishing backcountry locations! As I touch on this style of fishing I will not disclose any names or locations of the streams, this is strictly done to protect the true wild nature of their setting.
With that being said, western North Carolina has hundreds upon hundreds of miles of truly wild trout water. There’s a wide variety available, from high altitude native brook trout, to streams holding wild brown and rainbow trout. Some are right along the road, while others are miles off of the beaten path and seldom fly fished.
Our guides all have a soft spot for this type of fishing and know plenty of great spots to get away from the crowds. When you take one of these guided fly fishing trips you need to know that most of the fish will be small, in the 6- to 12-inch range. The trophy is not the size here, it is knowing that you fooled a fish on the fly that has probably never seen the human hand -- and that is worth its weight in gold.
These are some of the most beautiful fish you will ever see here in western North Carolina. The colors will be perfect little examples of what these three trout species really should look like.
Even though these fish are wild and not easy to catch, this trip can be for any age or skill level. However, I do recommend it for those who are physically fit due to the strong possibility you will be hiking over rough terrain at times.
It does not matter where you will be staying; just know that there will always be wild trout opportunities within minutes of Franklin, Cherokee, Highlands, Cashiers, Scaly Mountain, Clayton Georgia, Dillard Georgia, Sky Valley Georgia, Dillsboro, Sylva, Bryson City, Whittier, and Nantahala!
We hope you choose wild fish the next time you book. I promise you will be happy that you did!!