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A Museum for the Southern Fly Fisherman

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The Museum is also home to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce
  • The Museum is also home to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce
  • The rustic interior reinforces the outdoors theme
  • Dozens of exhibits describing the history of fly fishing
  • The evolution of the fly rod throughout the 19th and 20th centuries
  • A hand-built McKenzie-style drift boat
  • Gift Shop with Museum-branded apparel and merchandise

Visit Cherokee NC’s newest attraction – the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about past fly fishing legends, the evolution of rods and reels, basic knots, fly-tying, types of gear, types of gamefish, regional fishing waters, and the history of fly fishing in the Southeast.

Once considered a sport only for the wealthy, today fly fishing is one of the hottest trends in outdoor activities for both men and women. Whether you are a long-time fly fisherman, or have only attempted or never tried fly fishing, you will find something to enjoy and to learn from in the museum.

The rustic interior reinforces the outdoors theme of the museum. An entire tobacco barn was dismantled in Surry County, North Carolina. The entire barn and many additional loads of barn wood were used to make exhibit cases, partitions, benches and other furnishings; local rhododendron branches were used as decorative elements.

The museum is centrally located in Cherokee - next door to the Visitor Center, and across from the Fairgrounds and the Museum of the Cherokee Indians. The back deck of the museum building overlooks the Oconaluftee River; and the Museum is within walking distance of Oconaluftee Islands Park.

Cherokee is the home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian and some of Western North Carolina’s most acclaimed trout waters. Adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee is 1 hour west of Asheville, 2 hours from Knoxville, Greenville/Spartanburg & Chattanooga, and 3 hours from Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Atlanta.

The museum is also home to the Cherokee NC Chamber of Commerce & Area Information Center as well as a Gift Shop with Cherokee and museum logoed jackets, t-shirt hoodies, caps, umbrellas, camp fire mugs, water-proof maps, water bottles, waterproof holders, fishing maps, locally-roasted special blend coffee, and much more. Free wifi is available.

Southern Appalachia's Trout Waters

There are more than 14,700 miles of accessible trout streams in the nine Southern Appalachian States of North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama; the Qualla Boundary, home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians; the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; and the Blue Ridge Parkway.