Raven Fork Trophy Water Added To Fly Fishing Trail
The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail has added an exciting new destination for anglers - the Raven Fork trophy water on the Cherokee Indian Reservation.
Raven Fork joined the trail this past spring. It's a 2.2-mile stretch of water northward from the Blue Ridge Parkway bridge outside Cherokee. The water is regularly stocked with large rainbow, brown and golden trout. It's common to catch fish 20 inches or longer, and there are a number of trout that exceed 30 inches in length.
Josh Stephens Brings in a Fish
Raven Fork is designated by the Cherokee as catch & release fly fishing only.
"The Raven Fork trophy water enhances the trail's overall experience because it provides a type of fishing not found anywhere else," said Julie Spiro of the Jackson Country Tourism Authority, which created the WNC Fly Fishing Trail. "It's thrilling to catch fish on that stream. There are a lot of large trout in there."
Local guide Alex Bell, who helped create the trail, has worked with several anglers who have eagerly requested a trip to Raven Fork.
"Cherokee wants to be a destination east of the Mississippi River that every fly fisherman knows," Bell said. "They have different strains of trout coming in and have great vision for their fishing program. I think it's going to keep getting better and better, which will help the trail."
Now that the WNC Fly Fishing Trail encompasses the trophy water in addition to the delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River, anglers have a high probability of catching fish when they visit the trail in Jackson County.
"In our area right now, the popular streams are the Tuck and Raven Fork," Bell said. "Those are the two big boys. And they're both on the trail."
The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail is the first and only fly fishing trail in the US. It is located in Jackson County and includes spots on 4 rivers and 11 creeks.
added: July 22, 2010
updated: September 6, 2010