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A Museum for the Southern Fly Fisherman


Fly Fishing Hall of Fame Induction & Fly Fishing Museum Grand Re-Opening

Saturday, September 24, 1 pm - 5 pm

Join us for a double celebration in Bryson City, NC as we welcome the inaugural inductees into the Museum's Hall of Fame. The 2016 inductees include Jim Casada (Communications), Walter Cary (Crafts), Wanda Taylor (Recreation) and Phil Bracewell (Conservation).

Tickets: $35; kids under 16: $20. Seating is limited to 120 so please reserve your place by calling 828-488-3681 or emailing

Following the Hall of Fame luncheon, we'll celebrate the grand-reopening of the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians at our new home in Bryson City.


At the Southwestern Community College
Swain Center / Almond School

1:00 pm Hall of Fame Luncheon

2:00 pm Hall of Fame induction

At the Fly Fishing Museum
210 Main Street

4:00 pm Dessert and tour the new Museum

The Almond School is west of Bryson City on US 19 / 74 (60 Almond School Rd.)

From the Bryson City exit 67, drive 7.4 miles west. The school is on your right.

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is closed right now as we move 15 miles down the road to Bryson City, NC. Our new location is 210 Main Street, right across from the Swain County Visitor Center.

The Grand Opening Celebration is Saturday, September 24. (See above) The Museum will be open to the public September 26.

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.

Adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Bryson City is 1 hour west of Asheville, 2 hours from Knoxville, Greenville/Spartanburg & Chattanooga, and 3 hours from Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Atlanta.

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.