Fly-Fishing Festival Draws Enthusiasts to WNC's Mountain Streams and Asheville Cabin Rentals

For the love of casting, anglers will flock to the Asheville area this May to attend the 2013 Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival. The Blue Ridge Mountains, already a popular destination for the sport, are the perfect setting for casting your fly line, offering picturesque streams stocked with smallmouth bass and brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Ready your rod, reel, and line and make your trip to Western North Carolina a fun-filled vacation!

A Full-Fledged Fly Fishing Festival
The 2013 Southeastern Fly Fishing Festival takes place the weekend of May 17th and 18th at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC, one hour west of Asheville. Festival features will include over forty exhibits by equipment companies and guide services, instructional sessions, fly-tying demonstrations, and guest speakers such as Al Buhr, the two-handed rod guru. The event is organized by the Southeastern Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers, sponsors of numerous local conservation projects, including brook trout restoration in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Casting For Recovery, and Project Healing Waters.
Honing Your Casting Skills
Learn more about coldwater, warmwater, and saltwater fly fishing by tying flies with some of the best anglers in the country. Certified Casting Instructors will be on-hand, teaching classes such as The Five Essentials of Fly Casting, Single Handed Spey Casts for Fishing, and Specialty Casts for Trout. Specialized sessions are also available for women and kids, plus a mini comp competitive fishing event will be run by Paul Bourcq and Team Trout Slayer. Highlights of the festival include the Fly Fishing Film Tour and a final night banquet with auction items.

Fly Fishing in Western North Carolina
The fly-fishing adventure doesn't end with the festival! With a high fish density and easy access from bustling Asheville, the French Broad River offers great smallmouth bass fishing for specimen ranging from 12 inches all the way up to the occasional 5-pound giant. In Brevard, the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education offers year-round fly-fishing classes on the Davidson River and in DuPont State Forest. If you're wanting to do some in-depth exploration of the surrounding mountains, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail spans 15 excellent spots in the Great Smoky Mountains, including open waters and small streams that are teaming with brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

WNC's One-Stop Fly-Fishing Shop
While in Western North Carolina, you'll want to pay a visit to Hunter Banks, downtown Asheville's full-service fly-fishing headquarters since 1985. They take pride in providing the area's largest fly selection and a full assortment of the best accessory items. Hunter Banks offers guided wade and float trips for both wild and stocked waters, welcoming anglers of all experience levels. Free "Orvis Fly Fishing 101" lessons are also available through the store on select spring dates.

Stay in a Streamside Log Cabin
Expand your WNC fly-fishing experience into a dream vacation by staying in a classic mountain log cabin. Carolina Mornings, the area's premiere provider of Asheville vacation rentals, offers dozens of mountain cabins in a wide range of surrounding locations. From properties with million-dollar mountaintop vistas to secluded creekside cabins, Carolina Mornings has the perfect vacation rental to make your getaway the trip of a lifetime. Enjoy perks like personalized concierge service, pet-friendly properties, and the complimentary Mountain Discovery Pass.

Discover amazing Asheville cabins with stream access such as Aqua Falls and Cool Stream (shown here). Call Carolina Mornings today to start planning your fly-fishing adventure!