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Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide

  • Haysville, North Carolina 28904
  • Vendor Type: Guides
  • Fishing Type: Freshwater
  • Fishing Style: Fly Fishing, Spin / Bait Casting



Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide

My name is Tom Hopkins and I am a Western North Carolina fly fishing guide for trout fishing and Smallmouth Bass fishing in the Tuckaseegee River, Nantahala River, Oconoluftee River, Ravens Fork River and Pigeon River. I guide fly fishermen from Sylva, Dillsboro, Waynesville, Asheville, Maggie Valley, Cherokee, Franklin, Highlands, Cashiers, Brevard and Murphy North Carolina.

These are fly fishing charters for trout that last 1/2 day or full day and include all the fly fishing equipment necessary, including rod, reel, waders and even the flies.  We may catch a few.  We may catch a lot, but we always have a wonderful fun day on the trout stream. Western NC is also known for it’s Smallmouth Bass streams.

I guide both fly fishermen and spin cast fishermen on the Tuckaseegee River and the Little Tennessee River.


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Call today (802) 347- 4550 or fill out the form below to plan your next fishing adventure:

The Fish

The Tuckaseegee River  is wide and easy to fish and has a “Delayed Harvest” season Oct-May.  It is stocked* and you have a great opportunity to hook a Brook, Brown or Rainbow Trout. I guide the Tuckaseegee River more often than others because it is easy wading and the fish count can be from a few to several dozen in a fishing day.  NC Fishing License with Trout Stamp or Freedom Trail license is required. In the Delayed Harvest section the 5 1/2

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mile section is stocked with 50,000 (yes that’s 50 thousand!) Brown Trout, Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout each year.  For members of he party/family who prefer to watch and enjoy the river, but not get into the river, there is plenty of room onshore to do just that. The Tuckaseegee River is probably the best river suited for fly casting/fly fishing instruction “in the water”  When I guide the Tuckaseegee River, however long it takes you to get your waders on is how long we spend out of the water when we get there.  My fly casting/fly fishing instruction involves fishing…….imagine that!  My instructional procedure has you casting within a few minutes.

The West Fork of The Pigeon River is a beautiful day on the water with lots of surprises.  Some stretches are “Delayed Harvest” Oct-May and the upper reaches are “Hatchery tom hopkins teaching fly fishing western nc fly fishing guideSupported”.  It is very picturesque and there is a wide range of size of fish and catch.  NC Fishing License with Trout Stamp is required. This beautiful river is in the Pisgah National Forest.  You will remember this trip forever.

The Ravens Fork Trophy Section is a part of the Ravens Fork River you might have heard about. This a 2 1/2 mile run on the Cherokee Reservation and stocked well to attract the fishermen/fisherwomen who want a chance to catch the largest trout they have ever caught.  It is catch and release, fly fishing only.  It wades easy and requires a Rod Permit and a Day Fishing Permit from the Reservation.

The Nantahala River runs through the Nantahala Gorge and is the tailwater to the Lake Nantahala.  Popular for its fast and turbulent waters for kayakers and rafters it is also a Western NC & Tuckaseegee Fly Fishing Thomas Hopkinswonderful fishery.  The river can be fished before and after the release of the water by Duke Power which is approximately before 9-10 am and after 5 pm, though the schedule is quite flexible. The schedule is available on the web.

A wonderful part of the Nantahala are the waters above the power plant…..all year long, not just the Delayed Harvest times Oct-May. This river is surrounded by breathtaking beauty, including a 250 ft water falls.  The fish tend to be a bit smaller further upstream you go, but the whole experience is really big!

The Caney Fork is a lovely stream south of Sylva about 10 minutes.  It is small but has some real nice surprises.  If you like small streams in beautiful surroundings you will love the Caney Fork.  If you are good at reading a stream or want to learn, the Caney Fork offers every conceivable characteristic you can imagine.  Great for the novice to the expert. Lots of easy ‘pull off’ access along the 10 mile stretch from Hwy 117.  A NC Fishing License with Trout Stamp is required.

The Cullasaja River flows from the beautiful Town of Highlands, through the Cullasaja Gorge into the Little Tennessee River in Franklin.  The scenery on this river is breathtaking.  The Bust Your Butt Falls and Bridal Vail Falls are hugely popular photo opps.  There are many pull offs and picnic areas that make it quite accessible.  This river is Hatchery Supported and is seldom fished.  It is a beautiful day on the river….fish or no fish.

Smallmouth Bass fishing rivers:
The Little Tennessee River from Sanderstown Road, Franklin, NC to Lake Fontana and the Tuckaseegee River from US441 bridge, Dillsboro NC to Lake Fontana.


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