North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide

The state of North Carolina is known for many different things. It is the birthplace of some of the most storied team rivalries in college basketball history. It is known for producing some of the most mouthwatering barbecue in the Union and it is also the birthplace of world famous musicians like saxophonist John Coltrane and soul legend Roberta Flack. North Carolina is also home to world class universities like Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. 

In the midst of all the good food, good schools and good music the Tarheel State also has a number of fishing destinations that make it the envy of the country. If you are interested in learning more about which fishing destinations in North Carolina are worth your time you can check out the destinations highlighted in the brief North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide below. 

North Carolina Fly Fishing Guide: 

North Carolina’s mountains are resplendent with streams that are home to a number of species of trout including brook trout, brown trout and rainbow trout. Anglers that choose to fish in these mountain streams will be treated to a beautiful landscape as they seek out a worthwhile catch. According to sources these mountains are home to 3,000 miles of streams that are teeming with trout. This bountiful amount of trout ensures that any Angler that is making the trip to North Carolina will be sure to get their money’s worth. 

There are several fishing destinations in North Carolina that stand out from among the rest across the state. Those fishing destinations include places such as Stone Mountain State Park, Watauga River, Big Helton Creek and Shenandoah National Park. Each of these locations stand apart either for their tranquility, their abundance of fish, their accessibility to anglers who are just starting out and the quality of fish that can be found there. 

Stone Mountain State Park is the perfect destination for anglers. The park has a sector that is dedicated to fishermen and that allows fishermen to pay for an exclusive fishing spot along the streams located there so that they can fish undisturbed and to their heart’s content. 

Watauga River, which is located outside of Boone, North Carolina, is best suited for anglers that have put in a lot of hours behind a fishing pole. Skilled fishermen will probably be able to catch a large fish in this river. Anglers that are new to the craft of fishing however will probably enjoy spending time fishing on the shore of Big Helton Creek. 

Shenandoah National Park is a large wilderness reserve that has many options for fly fishermen. The reserve contains more than 200,000 acres of land. Within the picturesque natural beauty of Shenandoah National Park are scores of streams that are home to many brook trout. While visitors to the park will have to be open to spending a little time searching for the sweet spot among the parks many streams chances are the catch that they will leave with will have been worth it.

Carla Arbuckle
Carla Arbuckle

Carla is a staff writer for and She is an avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer. She can be found most weekends fishing and exploring the wilderness.