It’s often said that variety is the spice of life, and if that’s so, then fishing in the Smoky Mountains is extra spicy. Nationally recognized for native and stocked trout, fishermen are happy to explore the many lakes, creeks and rivers that run through the area. Cherokee is a former site of the US National Fly Fishing Championships and offers some of the best fishing in the US. You’ll fall in love with the beautiful freestone streams stocked with trout that flow through Qualla Boundary. Jackson County has a fly-fishing trail that is sure to amaze, considering it was the first of its kind in the country. If that isn’t enough, now Swain County has one too.
Nonresident and resident fishing permits can be purchased online. Special tribal fishing permits can be acquired to fish on the Qualla Boundary of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at www.ebcis.sovsportsnet.net.