The Fly Fishing Tournament in Highlands, North Carolina

The Highlands Cashiers Plateau and the rivers headwatered here are known far and wide for trophy trout fishing. Last year The Highlands School Scholarship Fund sponsored its first Three River Fly Fishing Tournament.  Open to everyone, this fundraiser had its highly successful first edition in May of 2011.

And now we have the Second Annual Tournament, scheduled for May 17th through 19th in Highlands NC…so you know this event will be a winner.   Mark your calendar.

This competition is open to all; men, women and children at all experience levels. It is FUN and your entry fee is 100% Tax Deductible.    You can fish as a team; you can even hire a guide if you wish. You may attend “pre-tournament” activities on Thursday, including a casting exhibition/instruction/contest put on by the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. You can have your rods and reels tuned up, purchase some flies, or just relax in Highlands.  A great opportunity to see and appreciate this great out door activity.

Teams will fish one native, one hatchery-supported and one delayed-harvest stream.   More than 2,200 miles of public water will be available to fish during the tournament.

Clinics and Casting Competition on Thursday, May 17, 2012, Harris Lake

9am – 12pm: Ladies’ casting clinic with Joan Cabe. Open casting clinic with local guides.

12pm – 4pm: One on One Coaching for Tournament participants with NC Fly Fishing Team.

12pm – 4pm: Equipment Tune Up, Highland Hiker Cabin Deck

Casting Competition, Pine St. Park

12pm – 4pm: NC Fly Fishing Team.

5pm – 6:30pm: Tying the Jack Cabe Hopper with Bill Clary  Fly Tying Clinic, Lobby at Old Edwards Inn

Rules and Regulations:

  • Catch and release only tournament
  • Artificial flies used only
  • All team members must have valid fishing licenses and trout stamps for streams being fished in each state
  • Team must be checked out anytime after 7:30 a.m.
  • Team must be checked back in by 6 p.m.
  • Team members must adhere to honor code on quantity and length of fish caught
  • All teams are encouraged to digitally photograph catches
  • Photos will be collected at the end of each day
  • Teams must fish within the designated tournament boundary

Boundaries:   From Highlands the fishing boundary will have a northern boundary of US Hwy. 74, a western boundary of the rafting and delayed harvest sections of the Nantahala River, a southern boundary of the Hwy. 28 bridge on the Chattooga River and an eastern boundary of the Davidson River and the East Fork of the French Broad River.

A map designating all streams within this boundary will be provided to each applicant.    If you have any questions please refer to the website:  for more details.   Additional information is available by contacting Steve Perry at: [email protected]     Again, this is a fundraiser for the Highlands School Scholarship Fund and is especially important to them this year.

For more information of what’s happening in Highlands or on real estate in the mountains, call Bill Peavey at Meadows Mountain Realty at 828.526.1717 or email Bill at [email protected].    Visit our website at for a complete look at everything Highlands.

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