One of the most diverse fishing habitats in the world with four rivers, dozens of mountain streams throughout the Smoky Mountains and the deep, cold waters of Fontana Lake.
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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s streams and creeks offer natural populations of brook, brown and rainbow trout while most other streams are routinely stocked, including areas of the Cherokee Indian Reservation with trophy-size trout.
Trout are also common in the county’s four rivers — the Nantahala, Oconaluftee, Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee. Two of those, the Tuck and the Little T, offer much more, including bass, crappie, walleye and the fierce muskie.
The crown jewel of Swain County fishing is Fontana Lake. Record size muskie and walleye have been pulled from its 400 foot depths. And many believe it’s one of the best smallmouth bass fishing lakes in the country.
DELAYED HARVEST SECTION NC Wildlife Resources Commission has designated 2.2 miles of the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City as Delayed Harvest Waters. Learn more
Fly Fishing Museum Moving to Bryson City
The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is moving from Cherokee to Bryson City. The new location is 210 Main Street, across from the Swain County Visitor Center. Grand opening is September 24, coinciding with the Museum's inaugural Hall of Fame Induction. More information.
Bryson City is one hour west of Asheville, just three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte, and two hours from Greenville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.
To learn about area lodging, dining, shopping, events, activities and attractions, go to GreatSmokies.com – the Travel Guide to Bryson City and the Great Smoky Mountains.