September 25, 2017

Whether you live here year-round or you have just popped in for a visit, one thing is clear: There’s a lot to do in Jackson County. So, when trying to decide what to do with your time here in Western North Carolina, you’ll want to carefully consider your options.

Fly fi...

September 1, 2016

Sylva, NC - The delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River, a main stop on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, will be stocked with 19,600 trout this fall.

The stocking will be conducted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in two segments...


Gaze out across pristine Smoky Mountain views, hear the serene sound of cool river water trickling over slick rocks and feel the gentle nudge from a swallowed fly snapping a tight line in a fat rainbow trout’s lip. That’s when you know you’re wading in the heav...

January 7, 2016


 Jackson County moved one step closer to becoming the N.C. Trout Capital on Wednesday, June 1 in Raleigh, as members of the state legislature recognized the county as the state’s Premier Trout Fishing Destination.
     N.C. Senator Jim Davis and N.C. Hous...

Alex Bell’s cup of coffee is within reach, and life is good. It’s 6:30 a.m., the sun has yet to fully rise and the retired high school principal will soon be out the door for another day as a fly fishing guide.

With rods, tackle and waders in tow, Bell is set to lead a...

January 28, 2013

BEND, Ore. — Fishing with sponsorship from the WNC Fly Fishing Trail, expert angler and Sylva native Josh Stephens earned a silver medal in team competition during the 2012 National Fly Fishing Championship in Bend, Oregon.

Stephens captured the medal as a member of o...

June 9, 2012

SYLVA, N.C. — In addition to accessing our weekly fishing report here at, anglers may also get the report on Facebook.

The report is posted each week on the Trail's Facebook page. Therefore, anglers who prefer to use Facebook for this key piec...

April 12, 2012

(from the April 12, 2012, edition of  Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SYLVA, N.C. — Taking a cue from the world of golf is paying off for anglers as well as the tourism industry in North Carolina's Jackson County.

About a three-hour drive from Chattanooga, the county is kn...

June 17, 2011

LANSING, MI – Kudos for the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail continue to roll in, and sometimes from unlikely sources.

A recent article by the Michigan Environmental Council lauds the Trail for helping to steady Jackson County's economy during the Great Recess...

March 22, 2011

SYLVA, N.C. – Media outlets, from television to national websites, are catching on to the great offerings along the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail.

Recently, an outdoors blogger from featured the trail. is the officia...

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