5 of the Best Waterways for Bountiful Fly Fishing in N.C.

There’s nothing more relaxing than a day of fishing in the mountains, and the rivers and streams of Western North Carolina are a haven for anglers of all ages. This beautiful region is home to the finest fly fishing opportunities east of the Mississippi, so pack your tackle box and cast your line. Read on to discover five excellent places for fly fishing in N.C.! And, don’t let the fun stop there. Take a look at our free Vacation Guide for insider tips on the area’s best-kept secrets, including restaurants, breweries, hiking trails, and more.

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5 Great Places to Cast Your Line for N.C. Fly Fishing

1. The Rocky Broad River | Self-Guided

Anglers will feel at home on The Rocky Broad River. This warm river is full of large rainbow trout, brown trout, and brook trout in its upper sections near Batcave, but you can still catch these beautiful trout all the way to the river’s lower sections near Lake Lure. For easy access to the river, consider booking our Rocky Broad River Cabin for your next trip.

2. Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail | Self-Guided

Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail is the first fly fishing trail in the United States. It is here that anglers quickly learn why North Carolina is the trout capital of the South. The trail takes you to 15 excellent spots where you can catch massive brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Take a look at the trail’s detailed map to decide where to cast your line. No matter where you go first, you’re guaranteed some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains.

3. Hunter Banks Fly Fishing | Guided

If you’re new to flyfishing, then plan a day trip with Hunter Banks Fly Fishing. This fishing school will teach you the basics and have you casting like a professional in no time. Hunter Banks Fly Fishing has served the Asheville community with top-notch instruction on fly selection, knot tying, and reading water since 1985. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, fishing doesn’t get much better than this!

4. Asheville Fly Fishing Company | Guided

Asheville Fly Fishing Company is another excellent choice for learning the basics or even refining your practice. Their guides specialize in teaching techniques, tactics, and fish psychology. After your lesson, you’ll embark on a tour to the finest waters in the area. Personalized experiences are available for every skill level. You’ll find everything here from day trips to multi-day getaways. The French Broad River, Pisgah National Forest, and the Pigeon River are just a few trips that you can look forward to with Asheville Fishing Company.

5. Brown Trout Fly Fishing | Guided

Brown Trout Fly Fishing is another one of our favorite guides in the Asheville area. Half-day and full-day trips are both available, and your experienced guide will show you the ins and outs of trout to smallmouth bass fishing. Every trip includes fishing rods, waders, water, and soft drinks, so you never need to worry about packing your gear. Lunch is also provided on full day trips.

Relax by the Rocky Broad River at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant

When you plan your trip at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant, you never need to travel far for the best fly fishing in North Carolina. Rocky Broad River Cabin River ViewOur Rocky Broad River Cabin is only a few feet away from the Rocky Broad River, so you can cast your line in your own backyard, and take in the gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains. After a wonderful day of fishing, take it easy and enjoy our inn’s greatest amenities. Our restaurant menu features award-winning Southern food,  and our extensive beer menu is full of the region’s best craft beers.

Complimentary breakfast is always included in your stay. And, if you’d like to make your trip even more relaxing and convenient, take advantage of our Picnic Lunch for Two. This package includes your choice of sandwiches, chips, cookies, fresh fruit, and two bottles of water.

The fish are jumping in Western N.C., so check our availability today. We can’t wait to host you at The Esmeralda Inn & Restaurant!