If you’re interested in enjoying the best fly fishing in Highlands NC, start by reserving a room at The Park on Main®. This hotel is located near some of the nicest fly fishing spots in the area. If you enjoy fishing, this is the place to be. A variety of fish swim the waterways here.
Fishing in Highlands
When you’re fly fishing in Highlands NC, expect to find plenty of brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout within the network of mountain streams. The best time to start fly fishing is in the fall when the water starts to cool down, but it’s worth noting that some streams around Highlands are designated for “catch and release” from October to June. The delayed harvest streams may be especially fruitful in October, including the Nantahala, the Tuckaseegee and the East Fork of the French Broad.
Know Your Trout
The brook trout can weigh up to 7 pounds and prefers the cold water running in isolated headwater streams with sand, rocks or gravel. The rainbow trout weighs up to 20 pounds and prefers the clear current found at the Chattooga River or Cullasaja River. Brown trout can weigh up to 16 pounds and prefer the slightly warmer waters beneath undercut banks or fallen trees.
Know the Highlands Area
The three delayed harvest streams are ideal for beginner and experienced fly fisherman interested in catch and release trophy fish. Asking around at the local fly shop may be the wisest strategy to find out what fly works best for trout in the area. Veteran fisherman from the area have plenty of advice for what type of fly patterns work best, stream conditions and fishing spots.
Where to Fly Fish
In the stocked streams nearby, locals recommend using flies, spinners, worms or corn and fishermen are allowed to keep up to seven fish. Many have had success fly fishing for large rainbow trout off the Cullasaja River above the falls. Down at the Chattooga River, two of the most popular spots for fly fishing are above the Iron Bridge and Burrell’s Ford.
Making a weekend or week-long reservation at The Park on Main® is one of the best ways to get back to the basics of fly fishing. If you’re ready to start your vacation and do some fly fishing in Highlands NC, call The Park on Main® and make reservations today.
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