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CAST YOUR LINE IN BRYSON CITY: FLY FISHING CAPITAL OF THE SOUTH

Bryson City is a charming town in the heart of North Carolina's Smoky Mountains and has officially been named the Fly-Fishing Capital of the South. This prestigious designation is no surprise, considering the town's abundant fly-fishing opportunities and stunning natural beauty. Fly fishing enthusiasts from across the country flock to Bryson City to indulge in their passion and experience world-class fly fishing in the breathtaking surrounding landscapes.



Located next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City boasts crystal-clear mountain streams and rivers teeming with trout, making it a paradise for avid anglers. Whether you're a seasoned fly fisherman or a beginner looking to learn the art of casting, Bryson City offers a diverse range of fishing spots suitable for all skill levels. One of the key factors that sets Bryson City apart as the Fly-Fishing Capital of the Smoky Mountains is its thriving fly-fishing community. Local guides and outfitters know the area's waters and provide anglers with unforgettable experiences. These experts offer guided fishing trips, fly casting lessons, and valuable advice to ensure visitors enjoy their time on the water. Bryson City in North Carolina is a "Mountain Heritage Trout Water City" with public access to the Tuckasegee River, a trout stream that flows through the city. The city also has a fly fishing museum that showcases the history of fly fishing. The museum displays intricately hand-tied flies, centuries-old fly rods and reels, and various gadgets and tools used in the activity.


North Carolina has designated a two-mile section of the Tuckasegee River as a Delayed Harvest stocked trout stream. From October 1 through the first Sunday in June, the section is restricted to single-hook, artificial lure, and catch-and-release fishing. This restriction helps conserve resources and prevent overcrowding and overfishing. North Carolina stocks the Tuckasegee River five times a year, in March, April, and May for the spring season and October and November for the fall season. This provides fly fishermen an excellent opportunity to fish these rivers without risking environmental damage.


There are several outfitters in town, including Carolina Bound Adventures, Endless River Adventures, Nantahala Outdoor Center, and, Fly Fishing the Smokies. A local fly-fishing "celebrity," Euguene Shuler of Fly Fishing the Smokies, has caught 99 species on a fly and has been going after 100 for over seven years.

"If you go out west and want to change streams, you may have to drive an hour to go to another watershed or stream. But here in Swain County, you just go around the curve to the next little holler, and there will be another creek, says Shuler. "Because of our mountainous terrain with hollers, creeks, and streams, we have tons of trout in these waters. When people call me to book a trip and ask what fish they can catch here, I ask them, 'What do you want to catch?' We have wild trout, stocked trout, and the rare Appalachia native brook trout, which can only be found in certain places, including Bryson City."




In addition to the exceptional fly-fishing opportunities, Bryson City also offers a variety of other outdoor activities. Hiking, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting are just a few adventures awaiting outdoor enthusiasts in this picturesque town. Bryson City is also home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, with galleries, shops, and local events that showcase the town's unique heritage.

While activities are endless in Bryson City, so are the accommodation options. Experience everything from staying in town in an elegantly restored historic bank at The Everett Hotel to a uniquely designed and expertly themed glamping unit or tiny home at Gorgeous Stays. The endless adventures make the area the true outdoor adventure hub of North Carolina.


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