Since Western North Carolina fishing is something we haven't tried yet, we asked Melissa to share some information on fishing with us, and to keep us updated with any good spots she finds. (She's getting quite good at it!)
To start, she told us about Big Creek, just about 40 miles and just under an hour from us. This beautiful trail follows the creek and is an easy one, so no strenuous hiking involved! There are many good fishing holes along this 5.2 mile trail, but if its a hot summer day, it's important to remember you may have to compete with swimmers. But no worries, fishing in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is permitted year round with a Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license, and has over 2000 miles of streams with wild trout and many are within an hour of us, so need to wait until summer!
A beautiful waterfall, Mouse Creek Falls is also accessed by Big Creek Trail, so why not put out that "Gone Fishin'" sign and come enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Western North Carolina mountains, the sounds of nature and feel rejuvenated by the sunshine and fresh air after being cooped up all winter long!
Don't know where to get a license? Need supplies? Melissa found a great one stop shop where you can get a license and any other fishing gear you need called Waynesville Bait & Tackle not far from here. She's going to get the details and we'll share them soon!