Fly Fishing Cherokee









The Fly Fishing Guides, Trips, and Instruction in Cherokee North Carolina with Fly Fishing the Smokies is hard to beat!

Fly Fishing the Smokies is the undisputed Kings of fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains. All of our guides grew up fly fishing on the many rivers, streams, and lakes they will be guiding you on. It’s sort of like as kid how you knew every detail of your own backyard, we know the waters in the Smoky Mountains the same way.

Fly Fishing the Smokies is not a Fly Shop, we aren’t trying to sell you anything other than a great time fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains. We are actually the largest Guide Service/ Outfitter in the Smoky Mountains, and have been in business since 1999. Our passion is teaching you the nuances of fly fishing and how to catch the many trout we have in the creeks, rivers, and lakes in the Smoky Mountains.

Learn to Fly Fish with the best outfitter in the Smokies. Our guides are members of the Federation of Fly Fishers, an organization that teaches guides and individuals to become better teachers of fly casting and the sport of fly fishing. We teach fly fishing to people of all ages and skill levels, so no worries if you have never tried fly fishing before. We are happy to teach you how! Children are more than welcome to come along too, and we have gear the to fit them! All of guided trips include your gear and all flies at no additional charges. We also include a stream-side lunch and drinks on all of our Full Day Trips.



For reservations call us at (828)-488-7665 or you can easily book your trip online from our website!

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Gift Certificates

Since it’s the holiday season, we would like to mention Fly Fishing the Smokies does offer Gift Certificates for all of our Fly Fishing Trips. You can pick up a Gift Certificate for family and friends for Christmas and they can book their trip anytime in 2014! Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to get one out to you! We email our Gift Certificates to you, with your loved one’s name in the certificate, that way you don’t have to wait anxiously on the mail hoping it’s there in time for Christmas. Just print it off, wrap it up, and you’re all set!

We look forward to helping you make this Christmas Holiday a special one!

Our office number is (828)-488-7665 or email us at


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Winter Trophy Trout Special

Take advantage of our Winter Trophy Trout Special with a 3/4 Day Wade Trip that puts you chasing the biggest and baddest Trout in the Smoky Mountains during the best time of year! Winter is your best chance at catching your own River Monster in the Smoky Mountains. The biggest trout in the land come out of the cover of night and prowl the shallows during the day in search of prey, and to spawn. There is no better time to catch a big fish in the Smokies! No previous fly fishing experience necessary!

We fish in two locations for Trophy Trout during the winter months. The Cherokee Trophy Section on the Ravens Fork in Cherokee, North Carolina, and the Gatlinburg Catch and Release Waters in Gatlinburg Tennessee. Both areas offer the best action for the biggest fish in the Smoky Mountains! The trout in these waters are rumored to give small children nightmares! We are only teasing, but they are huge and put up one heck of a fight!

We supply a patient, professional fly fishing guide, all the gear you need including, waders, wading boots, fly rods, fly reels, leaders, flies, and tippet. We also bring a nice stream-side lunch consisting of hot soup or chili, sandwiches, and drinks. Our guides do bring along cameras to get pictures of you with your catch!

Trip Details;

Our Winter Trophy Trout Special is a 6 hour Wade trip that is Catch and Release Only!  We supply all the gear you need plus lunch, drinks and an adrenaline filled day!  All you need is a fishing license and to dress for the weather.

Children are welcome on all of our trips, and we do have waders and gear to fit them!


One angler $190.00

Two or more anglers $112.50 per person



Our Winter Trophy Trout Special is the best deal going, and the best time to be on the water! Winter is when you catch the biggest fish in the Smokies!

Book your trip with Fly Fishing the Smokies and make your cast to the fish of a lifetime!

For reservations call (828)488-7665 or book your trip online from our website, just click the “Book Online” tab at the top right hand of the screen.

See you on the water!

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Fly Fishing in Cherokee



Fly Fishing the Smokies offers Guided Fly Fishing trips in Cherokee North Carolina on the famed Trophy Fly Fishing Section and the Tribal Enterprise waters.

November and December are the best months of year to catch the biggest fish of the season and possibly the trout of a lifetime! Let our guides take you to some of the best fly fishing in the southeast and catch a true River Monster!


We offer Half Day and Full Wade Trips in Cherokee, and supply all the gear. We also provide you with a nice stream-side lunch and drinks on our Full Day Trips. Whether your new to the sport, or an old pro, we have a trip that’s right for you! Let our professional staff teach you a new sport or some new tricks and catch a Trophy Rainbow, Brown, or Brook Trout on your next visit to the Smoky Mountains.


Fly Fishing the Smokies is proud to outfit our clients in the best waders and boots from Simms, and fly rods and reels from St Croix rods, and Waterworks/Lamson reels. We also use nothing but Rio fly line, leaders and tippet. You can be assured you’re fishing with top quality gear while your battling your trophy catch. Nothing like worrying about what junk your guide has you fishing with while you’re battling it out with the fish of a lifetime.


We also have gear for the little anglers too. We guide kids of all ages, and have no age restrictions. So bring the kids and grand-kids along for the fun too, we have gear that will fit those little hands and feet.


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Cherokee Fly Fishing in Summer

The Fly Fishing during the Summer in the Great Smoky Mountains is amazing! We are blessed with year around Trout Fishing and the Summer time is the best time to fly fish in the Smokies for dry fly action!


Fly Fishing during the summer with with dry flies is the absolute most fun you can have with a fly rod! Something about watching a trout grab your fly off the waters glassy surface and disappear with a splashy rise is something special. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers 2150 miles of perfect water conditions for casting flies to wild Brook, Brown and Rainbow Trout! Beat the heat this Summer with the Smoky Mountains coolest guides. Get out on the water with Fly Fishing the Smokies and let your Summer Adventure start right here!


Summer time is also the perfect time to be fishing for Smallmouth bass in our larger rivers. We chase Smallmouth with both fly and spin tackle, and the action is nonstop on the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee Rivers. We offer both Wade and Float Trips during the summer for “Smallies”. Of course we also have some fine fly fishing on these two magnificent rivers for Rainbow and Brown Trout, landlocked Steelhead, Muskie, Walleye, Crappie, Bluegill, and Yellow Perch. Be sure to check out our Float Trip Special and and take advantage of the Best Deal on the Water!


Fly Fishing the Smokies offers guided fly fishing for Trout near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Seveirville and Townsend Tennessee, plus Cherokee, Bryson City, Maggie Valley, Franklin, Highlands, and Sylva North Carolina. We are the largest independent, family owned Fly Fishing Outfitter in the Smoky Mountains

For booking and information call us at (828)-488-7665 or email

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Fly Fishing Trips and Guides in Cherokee

Enjoy fly fishing in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee, and Bryson City North Carolina. Discover the majestic streams and mountains while enjoying a day of guided flyfishing with some of Cherokee and the Great Smoky Mountain’s best fly fishing guides. Since 1999 we have guided anglers of all ages and skill levels to some of the most beautiful trout streams in all of North Carolina and Tennessee. Welcome to Fly Fishing the Smokies, a professional outfitters and guide service operating guided fly fishing trips daily out of Gatlinburg, Cherokee, and Bryson City. We also serve the surrounding mountain towns of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Asheville, Sylva, Franklin, Highlands, and Dillsboro.

We offer guided flyfishing trips for anglers of all skill levels and ages. With Wade Trips, Float Trips, our Signature Beginner Classes, and the option of Half Day and Full Day Trips, we offer something for everyone and for every budget. For the adventurous soul, we also offer Back Country Camping, and Multi Day Float Fishing. We offer a great day of fly fishing and instruction, along with all necessary gear and equipment, without the price gouge. We offer better prices than any of our competitors, if you don’t believe us, check them out!

There are so many opportunities for Fly Fishing in the Smoky Mountains near Cherokee that it’s hard to list them all. We guide the following areas, plus a few special ones we don’t advertise;

  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • The Nantahala River
  • The Little Tennessee River
  • The Tuckasegee River
  • The Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest
  • WNC Fly Fishing Trail
  • Cherokee Fly Fishing Only Trophy waters, Cherokee Tribal Rivers, Raven Fork, Oconoluftee River
  • The Cullasaja River
  • Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • Bryson City and Cherokee, North Carolina
  • Highlands and Cashiers, North Carolina
  • Sylva and Dillsboro, North Carolina

Be sure to check out our Float Trip Special on the Tuckasegee River which will run throughout Winter 2012! Stay warm and fly fish comfortably from our Catarafts and Drift boats. Best Deal on the water anywhere!

Also check out our Spring 2012 Hazel Creek Group Camping Trip May 17th-20th. Don’t wait to book, this fills up fast!!

Call us at (828)488-7665 or send us an email to and we’ll be happy to help custom tailor a fly fishing trip that is right for you. Come fly fish Cherokee and the Smokies with us, we’re sure you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime!

Fly Fishing the Smokies is fully insured, licensed, and operates under a special Commercial Use Authorization from the National Park Service.

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Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountains in Winter

The fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mounatains National Park has been pretty good this winter. We have been blessed so far with a very mild winter, and the cold weather has moved way for rain, and more rain followed by days reaching the mid sisxties. 60′s you ask, in winter? Yep that’s right, we did say we had been blessed.

The trout are now kind of confused as what to do. They know they shouldn’t be eating as much, but the weather and bugs hatching off have them feeling like its spring time, so when in Rome as they say.

We’ve been seeing steady hatches of Little Winter Stone Fly Nymphs, along with tons and tons of Caddis flies. Most are small and black to dark grey, but nonetheless the trout are keying in on them and we are having a ball.

The best time to fly fish the Smoky Mountains have been mid morning until mid afternoon. At times, you can fish solely dry flies. we know, dry flies in the Smoky Mountain winter, that sounds crazy right? But it’s true.

Old Man Winter may not be over by a long shot yet, but we are sure not going to sit around and wait him out either. We’re going to be on the water enjoying this mixed up crazy winter season we’ve been having.

Come on out and fish with us. We’ll be the ones out catching trout while others have dened up for the winter

For booking information call 828-488-7665 or email us at

Tight Lines

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Fly Fishing the Cherokee Trophy Section

The Cherokee Fly Fishing Only section, dubbed “Cherokee Trophy Section” is fishing great right now.!

Last week saw a new fly fishing competition on the water there, and with it came a fresh 4,000lbs of trout stocked just add more fish for the event.

Fish size is exactly what you would expect, big aggressive Rainbow and Brown Trout hungry and fighting with each other for everything that hits the water and catches their attention.

We’ve been catching tons of big fish there this winter anyway even before the stocking for the event. This week so far has been a slam fest of big fish and plenty of smiles and laughter as fish after fish of a lifetime are being brought to the net. Local and visiting anglers alike are calling Cherokee one of the best new fly fishing destinations in the country. We couldn’t agree more.

If your jones’n for the fight of your life and the biggest trout you have ever seen, book a trip and come fly fish Cherokee North Carolina with us, you’ll be glad you did!

For booking a trip either call 828-488-7665, or you can email us at

See you on the water!

Tight Lines,

the guides

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Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing Guides, Guided Float Trip

Monday we floated the Tuckasegee River Delayed Harvest section, guiding clients Barry and Fran from South Carolina.

Despite the current winter bite in the air, we stayed dry and happy aboard our cataraft. Gortex and fleece are your best freinds in these types of conditions. As the old saying goes, “no theres no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear” The cold air never stopped us today. Simms provides us with the best gear on the market and we live in our Simms waders and jackets all year long.

The trout were happy to see the sunshine out today and would take our flies as expected. The bite is a little more subtle in these conditions, but careful attention and you’ll be into fish in no time.

Barry and Fran are long time fly anglers and freinds of ours, and are no strangers to fishing in winter. They knew the drill and proceeded to stick trout after trout on nymphs fished deep in the main runs. Fran scored a Grand Slam today, and Barry lost his needed Brown Trout almost at the net. He did however land a monster Rainbow that put smiles on all our faces today.

It was a great day to be out on the river, even in the cold, you can still have a good day floating the Tuckasegee River near Dillsboro and Sylva North Carolina.

Tight Lines,

the guides

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Guided Fly Fishing in Cherokee

Planning your vacation to Cherokee and Bryson City this spring and summer?

Plan ahead, and book now to reserve your spot for Guided Fly Fishing with the guides at Fly Fishing the Smokies!

Take advantage of our new Online Booking and Reservation system with Flybook. Just click the Book Online! button to the side of the screen, and follow the simple instructions. Our reservation system allows you to view our calander and make your choices for the many great guided fly fishing trips we offer. Just choose the trip that YOU want, and pick the date from the calander, it’s that easy. Our reservation system accepts all major credit cards and takes only seconds to book your trip. You’ll know in real time if the date and trip you have selected is available and if not an alternative date will be shown on the calander. Talk about a bunch of country boys gone Hi Tech!

So join us on the water this year and fly fish the Great Smoky Mountains with us. You’ll have a great time and experience a side of the Smokies that few ever see.

Fly Fishing the Smokies is a kid freindly guide service and outfitters. We have gear and rods that are sized for the little ones. As parents ourselves, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend quality time with your family than a day of guided fly fishing.

See you on the water!

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