Fly Fishing Oconaluftee River
The Oconaluftee River is a stream that runs right beside 441 through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and merges with the Ravens Fork at the boundry of the Cherokee Reservation (be sure to pay attention to signage where to rivers meet). Fly fishing the smokies is a great way to spend a day, weekend, or even a few hours casting a fly. The Oconoluftee River is full of boulders that create a great habitat for wild trout. Deep holes and springs keep water temps cool all summer. Many streams of the Great Smokies Mountains hold these characteristics. Dry fly fishing is at its best in the backcountry of the most visited National Park in the country. One can walk a few minutes from a parking lot and be alone amongst the towering oaks, hemlocks, and groves of rhododendrons along native brooke streams.