Guided Lake Trips: $550.00
Fishing for trout on still water lakes is among my favorite guided fly fishing trips. Fly fishing lake trips vary with the seasons throughout the year. The spring is excellent right below the town of Bryson City where the Tuckasegee River meets Fontana Lake. This offers some great fishing in early April for rainbow and brown trout. There is also excellent white bass, walleye, small mouth bass, large mouth bass, perch, crappie, bluegill, and many other fish to pursue this time of year. There are many great trout fishing lakes nearby to Bryson City.
Among my favorite lakes for trout are Fontana, Cheoah, Calderwood, Bear, Tanasee, Wolf, and Appalachia. The lakes tend to be most productive in late fall through early spring for the fly fisher. Fontana Dam in the picture above is the second tallest dam in North America. That means lots of very cold water year round for Cheoah Lake which is located right below the dam.
Cheoah Lake can be productive all year. It is among my favorites in this part of the country. Still water fishing is so very different than the tactics we use on the rivers. We carry dozens of lines with various sink rates and patterns to help with cracking the puzzle of catching trout.
The benefit of lake fishing for trout is that the work pays off since the trout tend to run much bigger than the average trout caught on the river. They are strong fighters on the lake as well because they actually swim all the time in search of food. The benefit of having so many cold mountain lakes for trout is that it enables us to make it convenient to accommodate many nearby towns.
Area Attractions Near Bryson City
Other area attractions can be found through contacting the Bryson City, NC Chamber of Commerce. The number is 800-867-9246. Swain County is the trout mecca of the southern states. Over 75% of the county is either Nantahala National Forest or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Park visitors exceed 14 million people per year! When you consider all of the whitewater rafting, Smoky Mountain Railroad, Appalachian Trail hikes, hundreds of waterfall hikes, great mountain biking, and many other outdoor adventures it is not hard to see why our little mountain town of Bryson City is always expanding.
Many great new restaurants and lodging in Bryson City for hosting large groups. Cherokee, NC is about a 10-minute drive from Bryson City. Gatlinburg, TN is a 45-minute drive over the hill to Bryson City. We are about an hour drive from Highlands and Asheville NC. Knoxville and Chattanooga TN is about 2 1/2 hours away. Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC are about a 3-hour drive. Plan your next get-a-away to the trout mecca town of Bryson City, NC! My favorite addition to the town is the Nantahala Brewery which also provides some very good bands all through the season!
What you need to bring
Let us show you what it will take for learning to fly fish on your own in some of the best waters in western North Carolina! Our guides have decades of experience instructing you for a memorable adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! You should bring rain gear, warm cloths, sunscreen, lip balm, a hat and polarized glasses. It will benefit your success on the water to wear clothing that blends into the surroundings. You can also check the weather here for layering considerations of clothes. If you plan to fish and are older than sixteen, you can purchase your valid NCWRC license here online or by phone at 1-888-248-6834. You will need a trout stamp for everything outside the GSMNP and Tribal Waters in Cherokee, NC. You need either a NC or TN fishing license for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The tribal license can be purchased at many of the stores in Cherokee. Use the contact page or call (828)736-1469 for booking.