Summer has arrived and the mountains are calling.
What a great summer we are having in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Temps in the 70’s and low 80’s during the day and the 50’s at night. Clear starry nights allow one to see forever. Our fishing remains incredible with several clients catching their personal bests on both our private and public water trips.
We are now in full swing with our 3- day back country trips into the famous Hazel Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Worried about a large crowd? Not on this trip. We only take 3 to 5 people on these trips. It will be special. Trips include two days of guided fishing along with meals served over an open campfire. Hotel accommodations are either a 2- or 3-person tent that is your home for 2 nights. You will awaken to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and sizzling bacon and eggs.
On the trail along Hazel Creek you will see the remains of the town of Proctor. Many buildings remain standing. Artifacts of a time gone by are throughout the area.
Time for fly fishing. No need to worry if you have never fly fished. Our experienced guides will get you on the water and before long you will be netting one of the wild trout that call Hazel Creek home. After a day of fishing, it is time to return to camp where you will be greeted by the camp cook who already has the dinner meal started. Time to share your adventure with your new friends around the campfire. Did we mention that you will not be interrupted by a ringing cell phone? No phone service in this area of the park. Our guides are equipped with a SAT phone in the event of an unlikely emergency. Before hitting your “hotel” tent look at the sky. What a view!! Time to give thanks for all that we have.
We are now offering our guided smallmouth float trips on the Little Tennessee and the Tuckasegee Rivers. We offer 4-, 6- and 8-hour trips. You can use either fly fish or use conventional spinning tackle.
Stay safe and we look forward meeting you in the shop to help with any questions you may have. And no, we did not decorate Main Street for a Hallmark movie. The charm and beauty of the Town of Franklin came naturally. Do not forget, “Pickin’ on the square” every Saturday evening. Grab a lawn chair and join us downtown.