Watauga River fly fishing literally lines the byways and highways in the North Carolina mountains. The Watauga River, the New River, and several smaller streams are filled with trout, smallmouth bass, and other species. Once you spend a day fishing in the High Country, you’ll understand why investments in mountain property are on the rise. This is simply one of the best ways to enjoy the mountain scenery along the blue ridge.
Most streams don’t require rigorous hiking to get into the river beds, but there are a few that need a day in the woods. Going for a day trip in most areas throughout Banner EIK is a good way for you to get out and enjoy the fishing in the North Carolina Mountains plus many other hidden places in the area. Here are three fly fishing spots you can visit to enjoy fly fishing.
Grandfather Trout Farm
The Grandfather Trout Farm is a must visit location to warm up for fly fishing or for first time fishermen. The ponds at this farm are stocked to the brim, and you only pay for the fish you catch. No license is required at the farm. After fishing, you can either clean the fish yourself, or request the attendants to do it for you. You can also have a cooler with you to pack your catch on the mountain ice which means you can have a fresh trout dinner. A miniature putting and a gem mining course are also available at the farm.
Watauga Lake in Hampton, TN
The Watauga Lake, which is along the northern North Carolina boarder, is a 6,420-acre reservoir that makes it among the top bass lakes in the United States. Smallmouth bass, walleye, and trout are the major fish species found in this great lake, but the lake also contains white bass, largemouth, crappie, sunfish and bluegill.
It also has multiple boats and marina ramps. Known by many as the largest bank fishing friendly lake, there are more than 100 miles of coastline to approach from the water or land. The lake is has numerous family boats, pleasure boats, ski boats and all other types of fishing boats including canoes, pontoon, and kayaks. Also, plenty of cabins and camping are available for family fly fishing and weekend fishing trips.
Valle Crucis Community Park
Vale Cruces Park is located behind the mast general store in Valle Crucis. It is a beautiful park that offers a fish pond for fishing, a paved walking trail along the Watauga River, picnic pavilions, space for sporting activities and a children’s playground. The fish pond provides an ideal environment for fly fishing activities.