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All Are Welcomed

The North Carolina Fish and Hang is open to everyone and is not exclusive to women or fly-fishing. iFishiBelong’s mission is to advocate for all species, techniques, and people. The aim is to create a welcoming environment where diversity is celebrated and discrimination is not tolerated.  

iFishiBelong’s Fish and Hang events offer attendees the chance to explore, engage in DIY fishing, and partake in social gatherings. Additionally, these events serve as a platform for highlighting local businesses and guides.

iFishiBelong has prepared an event checklist containing links to all necessary items. This checklist will help ensure that everyone is well-prepared and informed for the event.  Print the checklist HERE.

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Weekend Logistics

Thank you for registering for the third annual North Carolina Fish and Hang Weekend.  This is an inclusive event where like-minded individuals can connect, empower each other, and have fun. The registration fee is instrumental in offsetting the costs associated with travel logistics, online platforms, the extensive hours dedicated to research, meticulous preparation, and the ongoing correspondence that happens behind the scenes to ensure a seamless experience for all participants. 

Participants fish during the day and hang out in the evenings, with various accommodation options available. The event takes place in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest near Rosman, North Carolina, from May 10th to May 12th, 2024.

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Event Questions

Please utilize this webpage and the NC Fish and Hang Facebook Group as most of your questions will answered.  Otherwise email [email protected].

Facebook Group

Join the Facebook Group to network with fellow attendees, seek advice, and exchange travel and event photos/videos. Co-hosts will share further event details there. Join the Facebook Group HERE.

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Live Q&A Session

  • Wednesday, April 24th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm ET
  • Register HERE

Dates

May 10th – 12th, 2024

Check-In Time

For camping, arrive at Headwaters Outfitters between 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm on your arrival day. If arriving later, contact Headwaters Outfitters at 828-877-3106. Refer to the weekend schedule for additional meet-up times.

Location

The social hangout activities during the North Carolina Fish and Hang Weekend will primarily take place at Headwaters Outfitters or their private campground, located in or near Rosman, North Carolina.  Due to the spotty cell coverage in this part of North Carolina, we recommend opening Google Maps while in an area with reliable service to get your directions started to these locations.

  • Campground – Map Link HERE
  • Headwaters Outfitters – 25 Parkway Rd, Rosman, NC 28772
  • Pisgah National Forest – Area Website Click HERE
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What's Included

Thank you once again for registering for the 2024 North Carolina Fish and Hang event. Below is a breakdown of what is included and what is not covered by the registration fee.

  • This Exclusive Webpage Established Specifically for Registered North Carolina Participants
  • Choice Between a Hat or T-Shirt ($25 Value)
  • Interactive Live Q&A Session
  • Online Access to the “Summer Trout Fishing Techniques” Live 5/6/24 or Pre-Recorded Class
  • Nightly Social Events
  • Fishing Social in Cherokee, NC on Friday
  • Detailed Location & Fishing Research
  • Dedicated Co-Hosts Focusing on Education, Community, Fun
  • Commitment to Support Local Businesses and Highlight Women and Underrepresented Owners and Guides
  • 20% Off TroutRoutes Pro Account
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What's Not Included

  • Transportation to and from Rosman, NC
  • Accommodation/Camping Options
  • Meal Arrangements
  • Fishing Gear
    • Equipment Lending Options Available
    • Fill out the “Borrowed Equipment” Form HERE
  • North Carolina Fishing License
  • 4hr “Independent Angler” Workshop on Saturday 5/11/24
  • Guided Fishing Opportunities

Tentative Weekend Schedule

Each day is centered on fishing adventures, concluding with social hangouts in the evenings.  We urge individuals to engage with each other in the Facebook Group to form fishing friendships and coordinate weekend adventures. 

  •  Thursday 5/9/24
    •  Some Arrive and DIY Fish
  • Friday 5/10/24
    • Social Fishing at Fish Cherokee
    • Evening – Headwater Outfitters Campground Hang Time
  • Saturday 5/11/24 – DIY Fishing and Exploring
    • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm – Independent Angler Workshop
      • (FEE Applies, Register HERE
    • 6 pm – Evening Social Hang at Headwaters Outfitters
  • Sunday 5/12/24 – Fish and Depart
    • DIY Fishing
    • 9 am – 11 am – Mindfully Bloom Yoga & Art Workshop with Miranda Ryan
      • Location at Headwaters Outfitters or the Forks on the River Taproom (if weather is poor).
    • Camping is available for those who want to depart on Monday, 5/13/24.
  • Monday 5/13/24 – Depart

To further plan your trip check out explorebrevard.com for restaurants, lodging, and local attractions go to https://explorebrevard.com/.

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Friday Social Fishing Day

Friday offers a perfect chance to enjoy a communal angling experience. Join us for an early morning departure on a day trip to Cherokee, NC, where we will engage in fishing in the pristine waters. 

Choose from two fishing options tailored to your budget.

  1.  Join a half-day guided fishing expedition with Cherokee Native Guide and renowned fly fishing world champion, Michael Bradley, for $150, which includes a 20% tip and online payment processing fee.  Up to 6 anglers.
  2. Experience DIY fishing in Cherokee and rendezvous with the guided anglers at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians at 2 pm on Friday, May 9th, 2024.

Please note that the fishing permit and travel expenses are not included. Purchase your fishing permit HERE, and go to https://fishcherokee.com/ to learn more.

Independent Angler workshop Available

The Independent Angler workshop is designed to enhance your fly fishing abilities and boost your confidence on the water. Participants are encouraged to have basic equipment and a foundational knowledge of fly fishing. Prior to the workshop, attendees will have access to pre-recorded online classes, ‘Intro to Fly Fishing’ and ‘Reading Trout Water’, to prepare for the hands-on session. No equipment is required for the workshop.

Workshop Topics – 

  • Leader and Tippet Talk 
  • Basic Fly Fishing Knots and Leader Set-Ups
  • Fly Types
  • Casting Drills
  • Mending Demonstrations
  • ABCs of Fly Fishing
  • How to Approach the Water
  • Searching vs Targeting 
  • How to Choose the Correct Fly
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Camping

To locate the campground, you can search for “Headwaters Outfitters Campground” in Google Maps or click on this link HERE which will take you directly to the location in the app.  Camping  Reservations available 5/9/24 – 5/13/24.  Register for camping HERE.

  • Check In – Arrive at Headwaters Outfitters between 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm on your arrival day. If arriving later, contact Headwaters Outfitters at 828-877-3106.  Everyone camping must sign a liability waiver through Headwaters Outfitters.

Camp Equipment Suggestions

For your camping trip, you have the option to sleep in either your car, van, trailer or tent. Make sure to bring essential items such as a tent, sleeping bag, air mattress, water, and food. Other useful items to pack include a headlamp, camp chair, and bug spray. It is advisable to bring your own water supply as well. 

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Lodging

If you’d rather not camp, then there are several other lodging options.  We recommend staying in the Rosman or Brevard NC Area.  Need help with lodging? CLICK HERE.  

Food

You’re in charge of your meals.  On Saturday, 5/11/24, we’ll meet at Headwaters Outfitters, offering a food truck and taproom. Additionally, there are several local grocery stores, eateries, and delis in the vicinity for your convenience.

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Education Opportunities

    • Live Q&A Session: April 24th, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET
      • Dive into event logistics and gain valuable fishing information.
      • Register HERE.
    • Engage on Facebook:
    • Co-Host Guidance:
      • Our co-hosts will be available throughout the event.
      • Get answers on topics like knots, leaders, flies, and prime fishing locations.
    • In-Person Workshop Opportunity:
      • Participate in the “Independent Angler” Workshop.
      • Led by Heather Hodson and Hannah Meyers Overgaard
      • Duration: 4 hours.
      • Learn More HERE.

We’re here to help, so don’t hesitate to ask!

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Area Resources

The NC Wildlife site, https://www.ncwildlife.org/, is a valuable resource for fishing enthusiasts in our area. They offer a wealth of information, including detailed maps with fishing regulations, the ability to purchase your inland fishing license, and comprehensive information on the species found in our area. Make sure to visit the North Carolina State Wildlife Resources page to enhance your fishing experience.

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Fishing

The western mountains of North Carolina host approximately 4,000 miles of coldwater streams, surpassing any other southeastern state in trout-supporting waters. In Transylvania County, there are nearly 500 miles of coldwater creeks, streams, and rivers. This abundance ensures exceptional trout fishing opportunities, from intimate brook trout streams to lively rivers meandering through deep gorges inhabited by rainbows and browns.

Water Safety

Western North Carolina is a rainforest.  Please be prepared for water conditions to change quickly.  We will keep you all updated on the conditions to keep everyone safe.  This event will happen rain or shine.

Fishing License

North Carolina fishing licenses are required.  Do Not purchase Mountain Trout.  You will need an Inland Fishing License for our area.  Purchase a NC fishing license HERE.  

Fish Species

These are the fish species tha you might encounter while fishing in western North Carolina.

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Brook Trout – Native

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Brook Trout – Stocked

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Brown Trout

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Rainbow Trout

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Smallmouth Bass

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Mark your calendars for the Live Q&A Session on April 24th at 6:30 pm, where we’ll explore weekend logistics and share local fishing information. The Fish and Hang events involve some preparation and proactive involvement. To provide attendees with the essential information for a successful weekend, please utilize this website outlining the weekend’s logistics to assist in crafting your fishing itinerary.

DIY Fishing Blogs

Hire a Fishing Guide

We recognize that not everyone wants to DIY Fish and may prefer the expertise of a fishing guide. If you need last-minute gear and professional guidance for the weekend, check out these two local fly shops where you can find everything you need and hire a knowledgeable fishing guide.

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Clothing

Weather in our area can be very unpredictable, so plan for anything. Spring is generally cool.  Temperatures range from the 30s to the 70s, depending on the day.  These temperatures can happen on the SAME day! Be prepared with shedable layers to either add or shed throughout the day. 

Another fun fact, the Pisgah National Forest is also considered a temperate rainforest.  Do not forget a rain jacket!  A thick pair of wool socks will be in your favor while wearing waders. Everyone should have a pair of polarized sunglasses as they are extremely beneficial to see what is going on under the water–whether that be for spotting fish, finding a sturdy rock to stand on or protecting your eyes from flies.  A typical outfit for a day on the water here consists of leggings, long wool socks, a light baselayer shirt, a vest, a light puffy jacket, a hat, and sunglasses. 

  • Fly Rods – 4wt – 6wt. 
  • Rod Length – Average 9’.
  • Fly Lines – Typical Floating Fly Lines
  • Leader – 9’ 4x – 6x 
  • Tippet Spools – 4x – 6x

Pisgah Area Flies

Here are the top 20 flies for the Pisgah National Forest.

  • Chubby Chernobyl
  • Crackback Slim Shady
  • Elk Hair Caddis
  • Girdle Bug
  • Goddard Caddis
  • Guide Choice Hare’s Ear
  • Fat Albert
  • Jedi Master
  • Jig Duracell
  • Micro Girdle Bug
  • Parachute Adams
  • Pat’s Rubber Legs with Tied Legs
  • Pink Dry Flies
  • Smethhurst’s Heater Bomb
  • Rio Foam Fly
  • Sparkle Caddis Pupa
  • Soft Hackle (Bead and No Bead)
  • Trina’s Montana Prince Nymph
  • Yellow Sally
  • Water Walker

Need to Borrow Equipment?

Each angler is expected to bring their own equipment and flies.  We have rod/reel setups, boots and waders available for borrowing on a first-come, first-served basis. Please fill out the “Borrowed Equipment” form by April 25th if you wish to borrow equipment.  Click HERE.

Pisgah Area Hatch Chart

Leader Examples

Here are a few commonly used leader examples for fishing in the Pisgah National Forest Area. Please note that these examples are intended for personal use only and should not be distributed. © Copyright 2020 Fly Fish Instruct, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Local Fisheries

Below are a few local places to find fish, along with a general 1-5 scale on angling difficulty and wading difficulty. 1 being the easiest, 5 being the most difficult. 

  • Avery Creek (3) 
  • Davidson River (4) 
  • Davidson River Gorge (5) 
  • Davidson River Hatchery Area (3)
  • East Fork of the French Broad (2) 
  • Little River (Hooker Falls Access Lot) (2) 
  • Mills River (North & South) (3) 
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Safety Policy

For the safety of all, if you show any signs of illness or have a positive test result, kindly remain at home. Stay informed about the weather, dress for the occasion, and stay alert to any shifts in water conditions.

Weekend Disclaimer

We aim for a memorable weekend, emphasizing community for everyone present. Educational resources will be available, and connections among anglers encouraged. We expect a drama-free setting and clarify that while co-hosts will be around, the weekend is self-guided. Attendees can coordinate fishing plans with other participants via the Facebook Group. This is not an exclusive women’s weekend. Partners, friends, and family are encouraged to join.

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