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Fly Fishing Hazel Creek in the Smokies

Posted by on March 8, 2016

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service offers both day trips and overnight trips to Hazel Creek.  Hazel Creek is one of the most famous streams located in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  This stream is a tributary of the Little Tennessee River and flows out of the GSMNP and into Fontana Lake.  This area offers some of the best fly fishing in the Smokies.  It is also a fantastic place to hike and camp.  You can start at Fontana Lake and hike all the way up to Clingmans Dome but most hikers usually start at Clingmans Dome and hike down.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Avery with a nice lake run brown on lower Hazel Creek.

We have several options to get to Hazel Creek.  We can hike in, boat in or even paddle in.  Hookers Fly Shop can help you customize a trip that will make memories to last a lifetime.  Boating in from Fontana Marina is the quickest option.  

We can hike in, boat in or even paddle in. Hookers Fly Shop can help you customize a trip that will make memories to last a lifetime.

Campsite at Protor on Hazel Creek

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Camping here is remote.  There are not any motorized vehicles here except for the occasional park maintenance vehicles.  On these trips we take care of everything.  We use large garden carts to get all of our gear in there and we will set up camp while you explore the area.  All meals are provided and campers can choose from guided or unguided options for fly fishing.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Setting up camp on Hazel Creek.

Our Back Country Trip leader, Jason Cole, has a degree in Outdoor Leadership and has experience leading small and large groups into backcountry settings.  He is also CPR and Wilderness First Responder Certified.  Jason has over 30 years of backcountry experience.  He has led numerous backcountry trips with clients, family members and classmates for the past 17 years.  Jason began backpacking, camping and fishing on Hazel, Forney and Eagle Creeks when he was only five years old.  His grandfather Henry Lambert taught Jason how to fish, backpack, setup backcountry campsites and how to respect the land and animals in the backcountry.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Hookers Fly Shop guide Jason Cole teaching his daughter Stella how to fly fish for bass.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Our back country trips practice Leave No Trace camping. We are fully insured and registered to operate inside the GSMNP and Nantahala National Forest.  Trips include three backcountry meals per day.  All the necessary fishing equipment (i.e. rods, waders, boots, leaders, tippet and flies).  Tents, sleeping bags and packs can be provided Hookers Fly Shop.  You will need to bring toiletries, appropriate clothing for the outdoors and various weather conditions including proper rain gear, and any prescription or non-prescription medicines you may need.  It is recommended that you talk to your Backcountry Trip Leader about proper gear/clothing, prior to your trip.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains.

If you have any questions or concerns about our backcountry trips please feel free to call or email our trip leader, Jason Cole.    828-587-HOOK

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Fly Fishing Hazel Creek Overnight Prices

Number of Days/ Nights Solo Camper Double
2 days 1 night $550 $850
3 days 2 nights $995 $1295
Our guides can accommodate two people per guide on back country trips.
Groups are welcome.  Call or email for group rates.  Additional guide and/or transportation/shuttle fees may apply.

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

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We also have lower rates for anyone looking for an unguided back country trip.  Click our online store tab for more pricing options.

Call 828-587-4665 for more information or email us at

Fly Fishing Hazel Creek

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