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2018 Fly Fishing Tournament Lineup in Cherokee, NC

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The fish in Cherokee, NC, are so plentiful, you’ll almost catch as often as you cast! That’s because we have the best and longest stretch of privately-owned and stocked fishing waters east of the Mississippi. Picture 30 miles of streams, stocked to the gills with trout: rainbow, brook, golden, and brown.

Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro, Cherokee has something for every level of experience. More than 40 shops and stores offer authorized fishing permits, and a growing number of tackle shops supply both expert and novice gear including flies, tackle, and bait. Just make sure you carry your permit with you when fishing on the Qualla Boundary. You can’t drop a hook or enter a tournament without one.

Insider Tips From the Pros

First time fishing Cherokee? Here’s a primer on everything you need to know. Looking for some insider tips from local Cherokee anglers? Check out our blog with Michael Bradley, the Cherokee fly fishing champion on Team USA who has been fishing the waters in Cherokee since he was a child. Michael dishes on his favorite places to fish, and the lures that have helped him achieve “100-fish days” in Cherokee.​

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Ready to put your fishing to the test? Here’s the 2018 tourney lineup!

 

Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament

When: March 31–April 1

Entry fee: $11

Purse: $20,000

Register: Anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

Location: Cherokee Enterprise Waters. View the full map at FishCherokee.com.

For Cherokee’s Annual Opening Day Fishing Tournament you’ll be competing in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Prize redemption will run from 4 to 6 p.m. each tournament day.

Cherokee's Memorial Day Trout Tournament

When: May 25–27

Entry fee: $11

Purse: $10,000

Register: Anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

Location: Cherokee Enterprise Waters. View the full map at FishCherokee.com.

Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you can redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail off Hwy 441. Prize redemption will run from 4 to 6 pm each tournament day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

The Tim Hill Memorial Trout Tournament

When: July 14–July 15

Entry fee: $11

Purse: $10,000

Register: Anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

Location: Cherokee Enterprise Waters. View the full map at FishCherokee.com.

In honor of Tim Hill, a longtime employee at our very own trout hatchery who sadly passed away far too soon, we’re inviting you to fish and compete in this fun and lucrative tournament in his name. A portion of your $11 entry fee will be donated to a charity (yet to be determined) to help us pay tribute to Tim. Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you can redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 44, between 4 and 6 pm each tournament day. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

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Talking Trees Children's Trout Derby

When: August 3–4

Entry fee: Free

Eligible participants: Children ages 3 to 11

Purse: Lots of amazing prizes for tagged fish!

Register: August 3 from 10 am to 5:30 pm at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

Location: Oconaluftee Islands Park, 545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee, NC 28719

Introduce your kids to a love of fishing! This beloved and free annual two-day event is exclusively for children between the ages of 3 to 11. (Take a look at last year’s event.) Pre-register at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds on August 3 from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The derby kicks off at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds on Friday, from 10 am to 6 pm, with entertainment, attractions, and free fishing gear for eligible participants. On Saturday, arrive at Oconaluftee Islands Park for hours of fishing fun with prizes, face painting, balloon animals, and more. Entry is free and includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

When: August 31–September 2

Entry fee: $11

Purse: $20,000

Register: Anywhere fishing licenses are sold.

Location: Cherokee Enterprise Waters. View the full map at FishCherokee.com.

Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you can redeem it for cash prizes ranging from $25 to $5,000 at the Natural Resources Enforcement Office located at 5175 Sequoyah Trail of Hwy 441. Prize redemption will run from 4 to 6 pm each day. Fishing will start one hour before sunrise and end one hour after sunset each day. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods.

Rumble in the Rhododendron Fly Fishing Tournament

When: November 3–4

Entry fee: $250

Purse: $10,000 for the top teams (subject to change)

Register: At River's Edge Outfitter, 61 Big Cove Road, Cherokee, NC 28719; 828.497.9300

Location: Cherokee Catch-and-Release Waters at Raven’s Fork. View full map at FishCherokee.com

Are you and your best fly-fishing buddy ready to rumble with the top anglers around? Then get your $250 entry fee together for this two-person team competition held exclusively Raven Fork, in the catch-and-release section of Cherokee’s “trophy waters.” To enter this tournament you must first acquire a Cherokee fishing permit (a list of permit-selling locations may be found at FishCherokee.com), then register for the event at River's Edge Outfitter.

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