The Raven Fork of the Oconaluftee River
The Raven Fork of the Oconaluftee River flows directly out of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and is on the Cherokee Indian Reservation. This stretch of river is stocked with massive numbers of fish.
Most of the fish stocked in this section are monsters. This is often called the fly fishing only, or the catch and release section. The owner of Turning Stone’s Fly Fishing, Gordon Vanderpool, spends many days doing guided fly fishing trips on this river every year. I guess you could say it’s one of his favorites, and for good reason!
This is an absolute must for a fly fisherman who likes to have a chance at giant fish.
This river doesn’t require a North Carolina fishing license, but requires a Cherokee tribal trout license. This section of river is in the town of Cherokee North Carolina, within 45 minutes to the towns of Highlands, Cashiers, Waynesville, Sylva, Franklin, Bryson City, and Dillsboro.
This river is also known for some awesome summertime dry fly action. So, if 20+ inch fish creeping their way to the surface for a big dry sounds great to you, then you’re going to be in heaven!