WORLD CLASS FISHING IN THE FRONT YARD….
The Nantahala River Lodge sits on the bank of the Nantahala River and is centrally located between many of the best trout streams in the state. The upper section of the Nantahala, which is a delayed harvest stream, flows through the front yard. The beginning of the lower section, which is hatchery supported, is within walking distance.
The Nantahala River truly exemplifies a great trout stream. The Nantahala is listed as one of the nation’s top 100 trout streams by Trout Unlimited and has been featured in numerous magazines. The Nantahala River represented two of the five venues for the Fly Fish Team USA National Championships in 2011 and the 2012 Youth National Fly Fishing Championships. The Nantahala River is the most diverse trout fisheries in all of the state and is one of the finest rivers in the Southeastern United States. The Nantahala has something for everyone.
In addition to the great trout streams, several wonderful lakes and rivers are nearby. If you would like a guide service or decide to explore other fishing areas here are a few of our favorites.
NANTAHALA ON THE FLY
Contact: Dakota Rogers
Phone: 800-468-7238 or 828-361-9386
***10% discount offered to our guests***
- Guided float trips
- Guided stream side or wet wading
- Fly fishing instruction
- Equipment provided
- Full and half day trips available
NANTAHALA FLY FISHING COMPANY
Contact: Daniel Boone
Phone: (828) 479-8850
- Guided Wade Trips
- “No Fish, No Pay” Guarantee on guided wade trips
- Fly Fishing Instruction (all levels, including entomology)
- Team Building & Corporate Outings
- Custom Built Fly Rods
ENDLESS RIVER ADVENTURES
Contact: Ken Kastorff
Phone: (800) 224-7238
- Guided Drift Boat trips
- Guided Oar Raft trips
- Stream side or Wet Wading with guide
- Fly Fishing Instruction
- Outfitters store
Contact: Captain James McManus
Phone: (828) 421-8125
153 Charters is captained by James McManus, a U.S. Coast Guard licensed charter boat captain. Captain McManus focuses on the area lakes, but will combine trips to incude some fly-only stream trips into the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. He can accommodate up to three people. Methods are dependent on the species and time of year, but can include casting artificials, bait fishing, trolling, fly-fishing and night fishing. Book a trip and let Captain McManus share what is one of the most diverse fishing experiences that can be had anywhere in the country.
Contact: Dale Raxter
Dale is a Native American and also a Nantahala native with years of fishing experience on Nantahala Lake. Dale is a retired Park Ranger with 13 years experience as a certified boating instructor and a wildlife technician. Dale has great knowledge of our area lakes and provides guided fishing and sightseeing trips on Nantahala, Fontana, Hiawassee, Santeetlah and Nottely Lakes. Dale has all of the knowledge needed to provide you with a safe, funfilled fishing trip or a leisurely boat tour.
REEL ANGLING ADVENTURES
Contact: Bob Borgwat
Toll Free: (866) 899-5259
More guided fishing destinations than any outfitter in the southern Appalachian Mountains
Wade trips on the region’s best trout waters, including treks to the area’s remote wild-trout waters
Drift boats for trout and smallmouth bass on the Tuckaseegee, Hiwassee and Toccoa Rivers
Bass fishing – largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass on Nantahala, Chatuge and Blue Ridge lakes.
TUCKASEEGEE FLY SHOP – Bryson City
Contact: Bobby and Dale
- Full Service Fly Shop
- Local Fly Patterns
- Fly Fishing Gear
- Guided trips
- Fly Fishing advice
Contact: Ron and Kathryn Jenkins
Phone: (828) 337-4165
- Fly tying classes
- Local Orvis Dealer
- Everything Inside for the Outside
- Located in Murphy on Tennessee Street
THE NANTAHALA RIVER
A first-class trout stream, offering a mix of wild trout waters in its upper reaches, delayed-harvest fishing in its mid-section, and a mix of healthy stream-raised and stocked trout in its lower portion. Because of the white water activities during the day, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission allows night fishing downstream from the power house.
The 2011 Fly Fish Team USA National Championships and the 2012 Junior USA National Fly Fishing Championships were held on the Nantahala River. The Nantahala River Lodge enjoyed supporting and participating in these events.
SLICK ROCK CREEK
Slick Rock offers the best opportunity in the state to catch a really big wild brown trout and offers native trout fishing in the headwaters.
SNOW BIRD CREEK
Snowbird provides trout fishing opportunities with stocked trout (Rainbow, Brown and Brook) in the lower section and Native Brook trout fishing in the upper section. Big Snowbird Creek has a 2.8 mile section (USFS foot bridge at the old railroad junction to USFS Road 2579) of Delayed Harvest waters which opened October 2013. More Info
Remote, beautiful, accessible only by boat or foot, a stream that truly lives up to its legend. Hazel Creek is the most popular stream on the park side of Fontana Lake. More Info
Fires Creek, a great stream off the beaten path, has reclassified a 2.2 mile section in Clay County from Wild Trout Waters to Delayed Harvest Trout Waters (USFS Road 340A to the foot bridge in the USFS Fires Creek Picnic Area).
CHEROKEE INDIAN RESERVATION
The 30 miles of streams on the Cherokee Indian Reservation provide both food and fun for serious and amateur anglers. Regular stocking of the streams each year adds nearly 400,000 trout to an existing population of fish swimming in the crystal clear mountain waters. A new Cherokee Trophy Trout catch-and-release section has been added with great results. A tribal permit is required to fish on the Reservation. More Info
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
The Park has about 2,115 miles of streams within its boundaries and protects one of the last wild trout habitats in the Eastern United States. The Park offers a wide variety of angling experiences from remote, headwater trout streams to large, coolwater smallmouth bass streams. More Info Even More Info
Located high above the Nantahala River Gorge at a 3,000-foot elevation – a pristine and serene lake with just 30 miles of shoreline. Many anglers enjoy fishing the Nantahala reservoir due to the low number of boaters and the breathtaking scenery. Fish in the lake include Walleye, Crappie, Sunfish, Trout, and Bass. And it’s the only lake in the South with a population of freshwater Kokanee Salmon. There are two public boat launching areas – the Rocky Branch Ramp is on the east shore just off Wayah Road and the Choga public access area is on the west shore. Lakes End Marina, on Wayah Road, rents pontoons, fishing and ski boats.
You can fish from the bank. There is a small park with a picnic table, boat ramp and a handicap fishing pier. Canoe or small boat fishing is recommended. Fish in the lake include Crappie, Sunfish, Trout, Bass and Catfish.
Features over 76 miles of mostly natural shoreline and has a wide variety of fish. The most popular being bass, largemouth bass and walleye. There is also a good population of crappie, bream and lake trout. Boats can be rented at several locations on the lake, but paddling a canoe into the prongs is our recommendation. Cheoah Point Recreation Area has picnic tables, a protected swim area and restrooms. More Info
A popular place for fishing, boating and swimming. Boat docks and launching ramps are located at various sites on the lake. It boasts one of the most diverse fish populations anywhere in the country. With depths of over 400 feet, many northern fish such as walleye, muskie, and smallmouth bass are among favorites of local fishermen. More Info
Clear, deep and very river like in character. Current pushes through the whole lake when power is being generated through Cheoah Dam. Trout fishing is best when the water is running. Trout are plentiful on Calderwood, and they tend to grow large. Rainbows are the main species, but recent NCWRC stockings also have included brook trout and brown trout.
FISHING REGULATIONS FOR NANTAHALA RIVER LODGE
The Nantahala River Lodge is located on Delayed Harvest Waters. These are stocked trout waters open to fishing year-round, but trout caught between October 1 and the first Saturday in June must be immediately released. Single hook, artificial lures or flies are required during the October-June period. Beginning the first Saturday in June, harvest of trout from these waters is allowed, and anglers can use natural bait. “Hatchery Supported” trout regulations apply during this time. Beginning October 1, these waters revert back to “Delayed Harvest” trout regulations. We encourage catch and release year round.
Note: The River Lodge has a circular drive to provide easy access and plenty of room to maneuver your boat and trailer.
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A SMOKY MOUNTAIN FISHING STORY READ HERE Tom Randles recounts an experience on the Nantahala River, and describes why, if he were forced to choose only one of the many streams and rivers he has had the good fortune to fish, he would choose, the “Land of the Noon-day Sun.”
“A river is more than an amenity, it is a treasure.”
-Oliver Wendell Holmes-