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Fly fishing Raven Fork, NC

Fly fishing Raven Fork, NC at it’s finest!

Our guides have been fly fishing Raven Fork, NC for decades.  Let us show you what this stream has to offer.  The Ravens Fork flows out of the Smoky Mountains National Park through beautiful historic Cherokee N. C. home to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians.  The Ravens Fork is a freestone river that begins life high up in the Smoky Mountains National Park.  Many small feeder streams make up this beautiful river, to form one of the largest rivers that flows inside park boundaries.

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Longtime client Matthew Vann with a huge Raven’s Fork Rainbow. Summer 2014.


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Big Ravens Fork Rainbow on a guided trip with Hookers Fly Shop guide Jason Cole. March 2015

Once outside the park, the “Luftee” as us locals refer to it, flows inside the Qualla Boundary where it’s waters are stocked with numerous healthy Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout. The Cherokee Indians are long know for taking care of their natural resources, and the Oconoluftee is no exception. The Tribe stocks the Oconoluftee River and other streams located on the Qualla Boundary twice a week, so there is no shortage on trout in the waters of the Oconoluftee. The Tribe does offer fishing permits, and the daily creel limit is 10 fish with no size restriction. The previous North Carolina State Record Brown Trout came from the waters of the Luftee weighing in at 15 lbs 9oz!

A Raven Fork Palomino

The relatively new designation of the Cherokee Catch and Release waters on the Raven Fork offer yet another wonderful fishing opportunity. Fish average about 20 inches on this 2.2 mile stretch of water. Managed by Cherokee Fish and Game, the regulations are different from the state of North Carolina. Please be sure to visit out Regulations tab for more information.



28″ Ravens Fork Rainbow. Winter 2014

Our lead guide, Jason Cole grew up in this area and has a vast knowledge of the 30 miles of streams located on the Cherokee Reservation.  From the smaller streams of Bunches Creek and Soco Creek to the larger streams of Raven Fork and the Oconaluftee, Jason has fished these waters for over 30 years.  He has also guided hundreds of clients on these waters over the past 12 seasons.  It would be tough to find a more experienced guide for these waters.

Nice Trophy Rainbow from Raven Fork

To book a trip please email us at or call us at 828-587-4665

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Hookers Fly Shop guide Jason Cole with a beautiful Raven’s Fork Rainbow. Winter 2014.



Big Raven’s Fork Rainbow. Winter 2014













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