Cherokee North Carolina Cherokee is a unique place and offer’s some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the South East. The Cherokee Indians manage over 30 miles of stocked water that are loaded each week with some of the healthiest fish in the south. Cherokee has a special Fly Fishing Only section aptly named the “Cherokee Trophy Section” that is 2.2 miles long and is home to some rather large resident trout. Brown and Rainbow Trout caught here are regularly in the mid to upper 20 inch range with the occasional Brown approaching 30 inches. These “Cherokee River Monsters” fight hard and have been known to break rods. Fly Fishing here is a unique opportunity. Fish here are generally measured in pounds, not inches! Come catch the fish of a lifetime in Cherokee, your next personal best trout is waiting for you! Little Tennessee River The Little Tennessee River is a great Small Mouth Bass river, with healthier populations of Smallies, it’s here you will have the best shot at some truly citation sized bass on the fly. The history of the Little Tennessee sheds some light on how important this river really was to early civilizations. The Little Tennessee River and its immediate watershed comprise one of the richest archaeological areas in the Southeastern United States, containing substantial habitation sites dating back to as early as 7,500 B.C. Archaeologist, Cyrus Thomas, conducted a mound survey in the area for the Smithsonian Institution in the 1880s. He wrote that the Little Tennessee River was “undoubtedly the most interesting archaeological section in the entire Appalachian district.” Pretty impressive words considering the expansiveness of the Appalachian Mountains. While we don’t know much about archaeology, although we did watch Indiana Jones once, what we do know is the Little Tennessee River is one heck of a Small Mouth Bass fishery. The “Little T” as we call it locally offers some great wading opportunities. The river currents are slow and gentle flowing and the bottom layout is medium sized rocks, with shelves and ledges. The waters, when undisturbed by rain, are emerald green to a tannic clear. There are some areas of grasses that grow in the stream bed offering perfect places for smallmouth bass to ambush prey and our flies. Some areas of the river offer old swinging bridges which make getting across the river to far banks a snap. Come join us on a Wade Trip or a Float Trip down the Little Tennessee River, the Smallies here are sure to send chills down your spine! Fontana Lake Fontana Lake is the 4th deepest lake in the US, and the deepest lake east of the Rocky Mountains. Fontana Lake is 31 miles long, and has 211 miles of shoreline, average lake depth is 121 feet. Bordered entirely on one side by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Fontana is one of the most gorgeous lakes in the world. With emerald green waters that are met by towering mountains, Fontana Lake is a great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. The fishing on Fontana Lake can be nothing short of spectacular when conditions are right. Large Mouth Bass, Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, Muskie, Spotted Bass, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, landlocked Steelhead, Carp, Catfish, and numerous different species of panfish are abundant in the waters here. We offer guided fly fishing only trips on Fontana Lake. All our guided trips to Fontana Lake are either 1/2 Day trips and 3/4 day trips. Please give us a call at (828)488-7665 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help custom tailor a fly fishing trip that is right for you. Let us help make your trip to the Smokies a memorable one! Fly Fishing the Smokies is fully insured, licensed, and operates under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the National Park Service.