Winter is the perfect time for fly fishing in Cherokee, North Carolina. The warmer the winter, the better the fishing conditions.

All 30 miles of our enterprise streams are open and stocked, and there are plenty of wild fish waiting to be caught, including rainbow, brook, and brown trout. People come from far and wide to fish Cherokee, which has the longest stretch of privately owned and stocked fishing waters east of the Mississippi.

And it’s not just visitors who get in on the action. Local fishermen are enjoying the sunny skies this winter and catching an abundance of fish, including Michael Bradley, who is one of the top ranked fly fishing competitors in the country.

“I can go out with a long sleeve on and sweatshirt and be comfortable most of the time. I don’t go out and stand in one spot; I go out and walk as far as I can go fishing. I move around a lot,” he says.

Click here to read all about Michael, who is native Cherokee and a Fly Fishing Team USA competitor, and hear why he loves fishing Cherokee more than anywhere else in the country

Bundle up, grab your gear, and explore the crystal-clear waters for a chance to reel in some impressive catches. Whether casting from the banks or wading into the shallows, winter fishing in Cherokee promises memorable moments amidst the scenic beauty of the season.