Fly Fishing the Nantahala River
Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service offers guided fly fishing on the upper and lower section of the Nanatahala. Many of our guided trips on this river are in the Nantahala Delayed Harvest Section. This section is more wader friendly than the lower section. For the more experienced anglers the lower Nantahala offers some of the best fishing in the area. Many big rainbows and browns roam these waters. The Nantahala River is known the world over for its great white water action, and is a place that truly exemplifies a great trout river.
The Nantahala is listed as one of the nation’s top 100 by Trout Unlimited. It has also been featured in Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine, North Carolina Sportsman, Trout Magazine, and countless others. The Nantahala River is the most diverse fishery in all of the state. It is arguably one of the finest rivers in the South Eastern United States. Nowhere else can you fish so many different types of water in the same river system! From tight Mountain Laurel choked headwaters, laden with Brook Trout, to a very impressive tailwater supporting some of the baddest Brown Trout in the state, the Nantahala has something for every taste.
The Nantahala above the power house is designated Delayed Harvest, this is a favorite among anglers because of the great action year round, and high fish counts. One can catch numerous stocked trout as well as wild trout, the excitement in this particular section is endless. Below the power house the river changes faces once again to an impressive tailwater fishery. This is the section of the river where the world class white water rafting and kayaking take place. The fishing is great year round in this section too, even during the summer months when the rafting is going on. The Nantahala here features many deep pools, numerous runs and riffles that hold truly large trout. Matter of fact the North Carolina State Record Brown Trout came from this portion of the Nantahala, weighing in over 24lbs 10 oz! Talk about putting a smile on your face! The Nantahala River is truly a place worth visiting while in Western North Carolina.