Rainbow trout photo by L. Ross and angler photo courtesy of Jackson County Tourism Authority.
The Jackson County, NC, Tourism Authority launched the Fly Fishing Trail in February 2009. The Trail now has 15 prime spots listed and free maps are available. They highlight excellent quality streams in Jackson County and references to lodging near each fishing destination.
The map is a handy reference with information on trout stream regulations for each location listed. In addition, access information is provided with highway numbers and details about parking or pull off areas.
In 2010, the Raven Fork (Cherokee Trophy Water) was added to the Trail. It offers excellent trophy opportunities. The locations listed offer a variety of streams including: hatchery supported water, wild trout water, delayed harvest water, wild trout with natural bait and catch and release, single hook, artificial lure.
Fly Fishing Trail Maps are available by going online to www.FlyFishingTrail.com or calling 800-962-1911. In order to receive a map you must take the trail pledge: “As a true sportsman, I pledge never to litter and to avoid trespassing on private lands. I will respect the rights of property owners, and always leave the streams in better condition that I found them”.
Over 20,000 of the free, water-resistant, full-color maps have been distributed, and the website has received more than 46,000 visits. If you are a fly fisherman, don’t miss the opportunity to secure one of the maps and take advantage of the fly fishing opportunities.
The fly fishing trail is an easy drive from upstate South Carolina. Many of the destinations are day trips, but for convenience, planning an overnight stay is a good idea. Non-resident freshwater license is $30 and a trout stamp in $10. That is a good investment for some top quality fun on the water.