Jackson County, NC, is home to the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail®, the first fly-fishing trail in the county. With over 92,000 trout stocked annually, the rivers that flow through the mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva, serve as a fly fisherman’s paradise year-round. As the leaves change and the temperatures cool, changes are also taking place along our rivers. October and November are the optimal time of year to angle the Tuckasegee River, known affectionately by locals as ‘the Tuck’. Cooler waters mean more active fish, longer feeding periods, lengthier fly hatches, and plentiful stocking for your fly-fishing adventure. Longer Nights = More Bites Summer’s long warm days are pleasant and bright for many, but the warmer water can have an adverse effect on the fish population. Warmer weather can create stress for the fish, making them conserve energy and spend the majority of the day not actively feeding. According to local guide shop Tuckasegee Fly Shop, autumn provides longer, cooler nights making the season a “sweet spot” for anglers. The benefit of long nights in the fall means more consistent water temperatures. The cooler the water, the more oxygenated it is, meaning more active fish and longer feeding periods throughout the day. Longer Hatches = More Snatches The fly hatches that fish feed on reap the benefit of the cool weather as well. Four main fly hatches can be found along the Fly Fishing Trail® in the fall: Midges, Stone Flies, May Flies, and Caddice […]
The Best Lakes in the NC Mountains are in Jackson County! Check out hidden gems like Lake Glenville, Wolf Creek Lake, Balsam Lake, and more.
As the leaves change and the temperatures cool, changes are also taking place along our rivers. October and November are the optimal time of year to angle the Tuckasegee River, known affectionately by locals as ‘the Tuck’. Cooler waters mean more active fish, longer feeding periods, lengthier fly hatches, and plentiful stocking for your fly-fishing adventure.
After months of being cooped up, many of us are ready to safely get out and explore again. With 494-square miles of awe-inspiring vistas, wide open spaces, multi-level trails and more, you’ll enjoy a plethora of natural socially distant activities in the NC Mountains. To give you a head start, we’ve compiled the best way to spend a weekend in the mountains – from hiking the oldest mountain in the world to enjoying award-winning craft beverages along the Jackson County Ale Trail. Forty-eight hours is the perfect amount of time to explore the very best places in Jackson County’s mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva.
From the relaxing sound of a gentle tumbling, calm stream to the thrill of reeling in that once-in-a-lifetime catch, the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail® offers an experience for everyone willing to cast a line here in Jackson County, NC.
Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the NC mountain towns of Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro, and Sylva, which make up Jackson County, have a deep connection with the streams and rivers that flow through the area, as well as the sports and activities that take place in them. Famously known for our clear, clean and fully-stocked water, it is no wonder that we are known as the NC Trout Capital.®
Labor Day is the only US holiday dedicated to celebrating the working people, so take advantage of the holiday weekend and treat yourself to a trip to the North Carolina mountain towns of Jackson County! Not only is it conveniently located in the Great Smoky Mountains just a short drive from the Southeast’s major cities, but Jackson County also provides visitors the chance to try many different activities throughout their stay in the area.
Home to thousands of miles of rivers and streams that support trout, a great deal of the water in Jackson County is stocked by the state, but much of the habitat supports a sustaining population of wild trout. This means that the trout are stronger, pickier, and paint a genetic canvas through different patterns and distinctive marks.
Cozied up to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and overlaid by the peaks of the Plott Balsam and Great Balsam Mountains, Jackson County is home to a considerable cache of outdoor adventures—perhaps more than any other corner of the state.
As temperatures start to rise, beat the heat and cool off in the picturesque mountain lakes of Jackson County, North Carolina. Home to Cashiers, Cherokee, Dillsboro and Sylva, Jackson County is 495 square miles of beautiful nature and outdoor fun. Around each corner, the lakes of the county delight with opportunities to view pristine scenery and take a dip into the crisp water to beat the summer temperatures.
The picturesque Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail® in Jackson County, North Carolina, features three Mountain Heritage Trout Streams, offering some of the best trout waters to fish in the state and the Southeast. The trail boasts more than 4,600 miles of water and is the first and only fly fishing trail in the country. Whether this is your first time fly fishing or you are a seasoned angler, here is a list of some of the favorite spots to cast a line in Jackson County.