Tuckaseegee Fly Shop Bryson City • Sylva • Waynesville [caption id="attachment_174058" align="alignright" width="300"] Bobby Bennett (left) and Dale Collins, co-owners of Tuckaseegee Fly Shop, opened their first location in 2014,
Tuckaseegee Fly Shop
Bryson City • Sylva • Waynesville
With a larger-than-life brown trout displayed outside of its downtown Bryson City location, Tuckaseegee Fly Shop lures passersby ready for an adventure. Anglers on staff across Tuckaseegee’s three shops — located in Sylva, Bryson City, and Waynesville — have more than two decades of combined experience. Join them for a full day of guided trout fishing, or — if you’re not quite ready to set out on the water — check out their informative YouTube videos and listen to their podcast, The Tuck Cast … with a Splash of Bourbon. Learn about fishing strategies, changes in the industry, and conservation from the guides at “Tuck” — all with some whiskey-induced humor.
For more information, including locations, visit tuckflyshop.com.
Fish Tales Outfitters & Guide Service
A mannequin dressed from head to toe in fishing gear greets visitors at the front door of this shop. Fish Tales Outfitters offers everything from an easy, two-hour wading introduction in the headwaters of the Nantahala River to a three-day adventure in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. If you’re looking for a place to stay while you fish, the shop also has a partnership with Creel Lodge, 15 minutes from downtown Franklin. Beyond their in-store and riverside instruction, guides regularly hold classes for local students in an effort to spark curiosity about fly-fishing and careers in the outdoors industry.
Rivers Edge Outfitters
The anglers at Rivers Edge Outfitters know that there’s no bad day to fish — that’s the shop’s motto, after all. In addition to guided catch-and-release tours and the gear sold at its storefront on the Qualla Boundary, Rivers Edge gives novices an opportunity to do some homework before putting on their waders: If you’re having a hard time figuring out how to tie a “squirmy,” or you’ve always wanted to know about Euro-nymphing — a method that uses weights differently than traditional fly-fishing — the store’s YouTube channel has a collection of explanatory videos created by its staff.
Maggie Valley Fly Shop
Not only is Maggie Valley Fly Shop well-stocked with nets, fly lines, vests, and packs, but it also takes part in organizing North Carolina’s biggest fly-fishing celebration. The two-day Maggie Valley Fly Fishing Festival in June features a derby for kids, vendors, lessons, and demonstrations, all against a backdrop of lush mountain scenery and waterways packed with trout. The festival helps educate those who aren’t familiar with western North Carolina as a fly-fishing haven, and offers resources for those already hooked on the sport. If you leave the festival yearning for a fishing trip, the fly shop also offers a variety of guided excursions.
Fly Fishing the Smokies
A short walk from the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City, Fly Fishing the Smokies is the largest family-owned fly shop in the Smoky Mountains. Whether you’re an angler eager to spend hours wading and casting in serene waters like the Tuckasegee River, a Scout looking to earn a merit badge, or a family excited to introduce fly-fishing to a new generation over the course of a two-hour trip in Cherokee, this shop offers an array of excursions.