Boone fly fishing consists of beautiful mountain streams brimming with wild and stocked trout. With delayed harvest trout fishing options, wild trout waters and great places to take a guided float trip for fishing, the High Country is home to some of the Southeast’s best fly fishing. View our guide to the best fly fishing spots in and around Boone, North Carolina and stop by Foscoe Fishing to get more info on where the fish are most active and what flies you can expect to land them on. With destinations ranging from tight mountain streams to dam-released rivers teaming with lunkers, we’ve got a little bit of everything for High Country anglers.
Float The Holston: High Country anglers looking to land the fish of their dreams should look no further than the South Holston. The dam released river is well-known for high numbers of wary wild trout as well as trophy browns and rainbows. Typical techniques call for long, light tippets and small flies presented with flawless drifts. Because the river is dam released, be sure to check the release schedule or, better yet, hook up with a local guide who can help guide you to the fish and let you in on what’s working based on the time of year. Click For Info + Booking
Wild Trout in Small Streams (Boone & Surrounding Area): The majority of trout water in NC is classified as wild trout water and is marked with gold and blue diamond signs. Single hook artificial lures are required and although not advised, anglers are allowed four fish with none smaller than seven inches. Stealth is required to catch fish in these streams due to their wary behavior. Many of these streams can be found a short distance from Boone on Pisgah National Forest Land and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Many of the tributaries of Wilson creek are regulated as wild trout water and offer moderate access.
Directions: To access wild trout water in the Pisgah, take Hwy 105 S for 17 miles to left onto Hwy 221 N. Follow for 4.1 miles under the BR Parkway to Edgemont Rd. on right. The pavement will quickly turn to gravel. Continue on Edgemont Rd. and look for designations.
Smallmouth on the New River (Ashe County): For the angler in search of feisty bronzebacks, the New River is one of the nation’s premier free-flowing smallmouth rivers. This area offers both wade and float opportunities along several sections and presents fishermen with wonderful top-water action during the summer and subsurface patterns work well throughout the spring, summer and fall. North Carolina and Virginia have a reciprocal license which allows anglers to fish to the confluence of the New and Little Rivers.
Info: Contact local fishing guide services for specific directions to certain sections and water level data.
State Managed Fisheries (Boone & Surrounding Area): Boone and the surrounding areas possess several state designated trout waters. The Watauga River and Wilson Creek are the two primary delayed harvest sections in the area, offering relatively easy access. There are several hatchery supported waters including the New River, Howards Creek, Toe River and Dutch Creek. Hatchery supported designation allows anglers to keep seven fish per day with no size limit and no bait restrictions, while delayed harvest is single hook artificial lure and catch and release from October 1 until the first Saturday in June. Hatchery supported regulations are effective on delayed harvest streams following opening day in June. Fishing in the small town of Valle Crucis is a great option that is close to Boone and good for a fun afternoon on stalking stockers. The Valle Crucis Community Park is a 22 acre park just behind the Mast General Store that is a local fishing spot that is ideal for beginning anglers looking to work on their technique and land a few nice trout in the process. Take the easy, paved 1-mile loop along the river to explore great access points to the Watauga River with opportunities to land stocked trout. The Watauga River is also the perfect spot to take the family out for some high country tubing or swimming.
Directions from Boone: To access the Watauga delayed harvest section, take Hwy 105 S for 4.8 miles to right on Broadstone Rd./ Hwy 194. Head 2.8 miles to a right into the Valle Crucis Park. To reach the Middle Fork of the New River, take Hwy 321 S towards Blowing Rock, past Tweetsie Railroad and look for gravel pull-offs on the left.
Private Trophy Trout Water (Boone): The opportunity for the trout of a lifetime can be found just south of Boone. A small section of fly-fish only, catch and release private water has been managed to guarantee anglers a shot at massive, hook-straightening, leader breaking browns and rainbows. A guide and rod fee are required to fish this area, but the adrenaline dump from hooking and landing these fish is worth the price of admission.
Directions from Boone: Contact Foscoe Fishing Company for access 828-963-6556.