River’s Edge Outfitters Cherokee is located in the heart of the Smoky Mountain National Park on the Cherokee Qualla Boundary. With over 3,000 miles of trout streams within an hour radius of our shop, this area boasts some of the best fly fishing on the East Coast. The Tuckaseegee River, the Nantahala River, the Oconoluftee River, the Raven’s Fork, and the Little Tennessee River are just a few of the river systems that we fly fish. Just a few miles from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The North Carolina side of the Smokies contains several world renown fisheries. Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Forney Creek, Eagle Creek, Raven’s Fork, and Straight Fork are just a few of the wild trout fisheries that lie on the eastern slope of the Smoky Mountain National Park. Looking for trophy trout on the fly? The Raven’s Fork catch and release fly fishing only section is one of the best public trophy water fisheries in the southeast. With most trout averaging 18+ inches this fishery offers the fly fisherman the opportunity to catch trophy trout on one of the most scenic river systems in Western North Carolina. We are a short drive from the Tuckaseegee River Delayed Harvest, Nantahala Delayed Harvest/ Tailwater, and Fires Creek Delayed Harvest.
We guide all the streams on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, including the new Fly Fishing Only Catch and Release section of the Raven Fork in Cherokee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala River, Tuckasegee River, Little Tennessee River, Cullasaja River, Horsepasture River, Chattooga River, the South Holston and Watauga River. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is our backyard and as such we specialize in guiding backcountry wild mountain trout excursions to Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Noland Creek, Eagle Creek, Bradley Fork, Straight Fork, Oconoluftee River, Little River and many others.
If you’ve read about a stream in the park and would like to fish it, just let us know, we can make it happen. All of our guides were chosen not only for their skills and local stream knowledge, but for their personalities and abilities to teach. A great guide is someone who not only is an excellent teacher and instructor who seamlessly passes along his/her knowledge, but someone who is a great companion, one you don’t mind spending a day with on the water.
All of our guides are the best in the business and have a wealth of experience in a variety of fly fishing settings. All of the guides have a simple goal: they want you to have fun and learn how to become a better fly fisher. We have chosen to spend our lives fly fishing and invite you to come join us on the water.
Guide - Patient & Knowing
Hunter picked up his first fly rod at age 9, and has had a difficult time putting it down ever since. Growing up on Lake Norman he spent countless days casting to largemouth, stripers, and just about anything willing to eat a fly. As time went on Hunter began to develop a passion for cold water streams and the trout that call them home. Along with spending a great deal of time fishing in Western North Carolina, Hunter also fishes the tail waters of Northwestern Montana, and chases large big-game fish off the coast of the Carolina’s. Hunter has a tremendous amount of patience and will go to any extent to put you on fish.
Guide - Rules the Tuck & Raven
Johnny has spent the past ten years guiding and fly fishing here in Western North Carolina. He guides out of both of our shops, Cherokee and Spruce Pine. His favorite rivers are the Tuckasegee River and the Ravens Fork Catch and Release in Cherokee. Johnny is a great guide and goes to great lengths to make your trip both fun and successful. Rivers Edge Outfitters is proud to have him part of our tremendous guiding staff.
Guide - World Champion USA Youth Fly Fishing
Andrew is a BACK to BACK to BACK 2013-15 World Champion USA Youth Fly FIshing Team member (IRELAND , POLAND AND COLORADO) 2013 America Cup Team Gold Medalist and 2014 America Cup Team Silver Medalist. Andrew has grown up fishing both upstate Georgia and western North Carolina and is great to have aboard and goes to any length to make sure your fly fishing experience with Rivers Edge Outfitters is filled with fun and success. Andrew knows how to put you on fish no matter where the trip may lead you!!!!
Guide - Smallmouth Bass Expert
Terry knows the smallmouth fisheries of Western North Carolina better than anyone. He has fished virtually every mile of smallie streams in Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. Whether fly fishing or spin fishing, Terry knows what it takes to catch the most aggressive freshwater fish & the smallmouth bass! Rated by ESPN as one of the top smallie fisheries in the United States, The North Toe River/Nolichucky is the place to fish if you are looking for trophy smallmouth bass. If you are ready to experience a trip of a life time, you need to spend a day smallie fishing with Terry.