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A Museum about the Southern Fly Fisherman


The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is located in Bryson City, NC in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.

Through exhibits and videos you’ll learn about legendary "Stream Blazers," 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.

We have moved! You''ll find us next to the Aquarium at 117 Island Street in Bryson City.

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.

There's even more Museum to enjoy when you visit the Appalachian Rivers Aquarium on the banks of the Tuckasegee River in downtown Bryson City. And 7 satellite exhibits across North Carolina.

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.

Carolina Outdoors Podcast

For a good overview of the museum and the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame, enjoy this 11-minute interview with Alen Baker on the February 7, 2019 "The Outdoor Guys" podcast.

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:08 — 10.2MB)

Fly Rod Chronicles’ Curtis Fleming Loves Bryson City

While Curtis Fleming was in Bryson City for the 2022 Fly Fishing Museum Hall of Fame dinner, he filmed this video promotion for our town and our fishing. Thanks Curtis!

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.

Thanks to the following for their generous support