Rushing streams, sparkling rivers, rippled ponds, and serene lakes are plentiful in Haywood County. And a unique feature of the water here is that it all originates here; none of it actually flows into the county from elsewhere. Filled with native mountain trout, the creeks, streams, rivers, and ponds are ideal for fly fishing. So grab your tackle box, get ready to cast your fly rod and enjoy the pleasures and peacefulness of fishing in our mountain waters.
Cast a LineFerguson's Trout Pond
: Catch an unlimited number of trout (the only fish stocked in the pond). Fishing poles and equipment
available. Call for current pricing and hours. 828-627-6404. 11571 Betsy's Gap Road, Clyde, NC 28721
.Soco Gap Trout Ponds
: Everything is supplied. No limit on the amount of fish caught. Rainbow trout available. Call for current hours and pricing. 828-926-3635. 43 Rena Drive, Maggie Valley, NC 28751
.Sorrell's Creek Trout Farm
: Visit the Cold Mountain Trout Company's Fishing Park. Full of quality trout. No license required and no limit. Picnic areas (and grills for the fresh catch) alongside the catch-out ponds. Equipment available for rent. Reservations accepted for group events, from birthday parties and reunions to family get-togethers and church activities. 828-648-9903. 443 Sorrells Creek Road, Canton, NC 28716
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in Western North Carolina.
Rules & Regulations
Individuals 16 and older are required to have a valid fishing license, $20 per year for North Carolina residents. Non-residents may purchase a 10-day license for $10 or an annual license for $30. Trout stamps, an additional $10, are required to fish on any state-supported streams. On the Cherokee Indian Reservation, no license is required, only a $7 daily tribal permit. For more information on rules and regulations, visit the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Beginning July 1, 2008, residents and visitors alike will have a new (and cheaper!) way to enjoy trout fishing in Haywood County. As part of the state's Mountain Heritage Trout Waters Program, to be established and implemented by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Maggie Valley and Waynesville have been designated as two of only a handful of Mountain Heritage Trout Cities. Three-day fishing licenses will be available from authorized locations for only $5. This entitles the license holder to fish in Mountain Heritage Trout Waters (Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley and Richland Creek in Waynesville) for three consecutive days. Specific areas of Jonathan and Richland creeks with public access will be designated for those with the three-day license. This special 3-day license can be purchased at the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce located at 2961 Soco Road or online at www.ncwildlife.org
or by telephone Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 888-248-6834.
Guide ServicesGreat Smoky Mountains Trout School
: Classes taught by professional biologists and guides for beginning and advanced
anglers. Lessons cover trout biology, stream ecology, basic entomology, fly-casting and regional techniques. "The natural beauty to amaze with an educational experience to remember for life." 828-648-9903. 443 Sorrells Creek Road, Canton, NC 28716
. Please call to make reservations.
Lowe Guide Service
: Half- and full-day trout fishing and float trips within a 100-mile radius and in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A wide variety of trips and packages are offered to meet the needs of anglers of all skill levels. Guides are fully licensed and insured for Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Pisgah National Forest & Gamelands. North Carolina fishing license required. 828-452-0039. Waynesville.Panther Creek Outfitters
: Guided camping, fishing and pack trips all on horseback. "Escape the City! Experience the ride of a lifetime in our country, the Great Smoky Mountains. Come experience wildlife firsthand!" Fly fishing and spinner trips offered. 828-627-1913. 1114 Water Wheel Cove Road, Clyde, NC 28721
.Tender Mercy Retreat
: Schedule a gourmet lunch, head out for llama trek on 36 acres or just go hiking with a llama leading the way. Pond stocked with fish (for catch & release or dinner). 828-648-3524. 383 Heath Retreat Road, Waynesville, NC 28786
.Waynesville Fly Shop
: Offers fly-fishing and fly-tying classes (group or individual), guide services (fully insured, licensed, all required permits), and a shop with everything you'll ever need to start reeling in the trout. Only full-service fly shop in Haywood County. 828-246-0306. 168 South Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786