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    Question Advice on Fishing the Cherokee Reservation

    Does anyone have advice on fishing in the Qualla Reservation? I know they have both regular and catch and release trophy streams. I never keep my catches but not sure I want to pay the hefty fee for fishing the trophy waters. Are there recommendations on good places to fly fish in the non-trophy streams on the reservation? Are the hatches similar to the Smokies? Is it worth the tribal fee to fish the reservation or am I better off fishing the NC side of GSNP? Any insights would be welcome.

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    I like fishing straight fork very close to the reservation but not in it

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    Don't worry about the hatches. They are stocked fish, put your nymphs or streamers on and just fish. Trophy section is fun, but not worth the price in my opinion. .. their are very large fish in the normal stocked rivers as well. Seems we catch a 20 inch plus fish everytime we fish the reservation. They stock more fish in a month than tn stocks all year, so lack of fish is no issue. It's worth the 10 bucks.

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    Default Thanks for the information

    I appreciate the insight. I have 2 days, so we will likely fish the reservation on 1 day and the park the next. Will post my experiences.

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