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Whistle Stop Lodge - Nantahala River Outing

  • 12 Apr 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • 15 Apr 2018
  • 11:00 AM
  • Whistle Stop Lodge on Lake Fontana- Near Bryson City, NC
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  • Whistle Stop Lodge on Fontana Lake
  • Whistle Stop Lodge on Fontana Lake
  • There are 4 rooms that will accommodate couples.
    Room selection will be determined by registration date.

Registration Deadline Lifted!
Registration will close at 4:00 pm Saturday, April 7.
Two Private rooms still available for couples!
Registration is closed

Nantahala River - Whistle Stop Lodge
Swain County, NC
Thursday to Sunday, April 12-15, 2018

Registration Deadline Lifted !
Two Private rooms still available for couples!

Check in: Thursday 4:00 pm
Check out: Sunday at 11:00 am

OK, CFFC Members, the event everyone has been waiting for will soon be upon us.  The annual CFFC spring Nantahala Trip. That's 3 nights and 4 days in some of the best fishing country North Carolina has to offer.

This year the club will be staying with our old friends at the Whistle Stop Lodge in Almond near Fontana Lake.  It is 15 minutes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, 25 minutes from the Delayed Harvest Section of the Nantahala, and 20 minutes from the Tuckaseegee River in Bryson City and the Tuckaseegee Fly ShopThere are many more streams within easy reach, such as Deep Creek, Noland Creek, Oconaluftee River, Cherokee Reservation trophy water, the Tuck at Dillsboro, Snowbird Creek, and many more Hatchery Supported and Wild Trout streams close by.  Actually, more than you could fish in a year.  

For more information on where to fish, what flies to use and the current active steams, contact the Tuckaseegee Fly Shop in Bryson City or Sylva. You can also look at on the NC Wildlife Commissions Interactive Fishing Access Map web page to see just how many places there are to fish in the area.

The Whistle Stop Lodge will accommodate 12 comfortably.  There are 4 private rooms with queen beds.  A spouse or significant other staying in the same room will be $75.  As always, couples and single ladies will be getting priority on the private rooms.  Room assignment will be based on registration date.

Cost for the entire weekend is $150 for 3 nights per person which is Thursday thru Sunday.  And $120 for 2 nights per person which is Friday thru Sunday.  We will discuss meal options as we get closer and see how many sign ups we have.

For those who have not been before, Volunteers for cooks and cleanup are always asked for, if you do not volunteer, you will be drafted :>).

If you are new to fly fishing, or want to hone your skills on different types of water this is the trip and the best time to learn.  Let us know if you would like some help by clicking HERE.

Suggested length of 8’ to 10’ works well with 3 to 6 wt line.  Leader to match rod length in 3X to 5X.  Shorter leaders make casting weighted flies a little easier.  If desired, you can always add more tippet to lengthen leader.

DH Flies- Typically start unweighted, if no action, add weight (split shot) 6"-10" above fly to get flies down to where the fish are.

Natural flies- Fish dry flies mid to late afternoon or if you see a hatch coming off.  Size is not cast in concrete, so experiment with fly size and pattern.

 Insect  Emergence  Pattern
 Delayed Harvest Flies All Day 

Egg Patterns
Mop Flies
Woolly Buggers (black, brown, olive, orange)
San Juan Worms (red, pink are good color.)
Squiggly Wiggly (red, pink, green, purple, etc)

 Blue Winged Olive
 Caddis Flies
 (Dry Flies)

12-18 Blue Winged Olive
14-24 Black CDC Comparadun 
12-16 Elk Hair Caddis

 Stone Flies
 All Day

14-16 Girdle Bug
12-16 Pats Rubber Leg
14-18 Black Adult Stone Fly

 Nymphs and Midges  All Day

18-24 Zebra Midge
16-20 Pheasant Tail Nymph
18-24 Olive Midge
14-18 Black Stone Fly Nymph

 Quill Gordon Early Afternoon 

12-14 Quill Gordon, Wet Fly & Dry Fly

Google “Fly Hatch Charts in NC” or…read more > > >
See pictures of Fly Patterns > > >
Chart - Fly Size by Season.

Need Help?
If you are new to fly fishing, or want to hone your skills on different types of water this is the trip and the best time to learn.  Don't be bashful, we're here to get you started on the right track. Click HERE to send an email request > > 

Sign up is on a first come first serve basis.  YOU MUST PAY FOR THE TRIP WHEN YOU SIGN UP!! No Exceptions, a spot will not be held simply by registering.

We have to do this because of the costs involved.  

Whistle Stop Lodge
620 Eagles Nest
Almond, NC  28713

GPS is NOT reliable.
Please follow directions below.
NO cabin Phone

• Travel I-40 West of Asheville-
• Take Exit 27, US 74 West, Great Smokey Mountains Expressway
• Travel on HWY 74 W just past mile marker 59
• Turn right onto Hwy 28 North toward Robbinsville
• Drive .7 Mile, after crossing the bridge, turn left onto Watia Road.
• Drive approximately 1.2 miles and turn left into Eagles Nest (there will be a barn gate and several real estate signs here) (it is a gravel road)
• You will pass a cabin on the left with a wooden fence, Continue.
• The road will wind around several curves
• The road ends at Whistle Stop Lodge

Carolina Mountain Vacations
Emergencies only after 9:00 pm, please call:
828-788-2257 OR 828-736-8937
Toll Free: 877-488-8500 or Local: 828-488-7500

Click for Google Map from Charlotte to Whistle Stop Lodge.

If anyone has questions about the trip, fishing the area, or accommodations feel free to email Steve and he will answer as best he can.  If anyone has special dietary requirements, or medical conditions, please again email Steve (by clicking his name) in confidence and arrangements can be made.

Club Outings: Due to CFFC liabilities anyone attending a club outing must be up to date with their CFFC and FFI memberships. Guests or lapsed members must sign a release form at the gathering or you can link to the release form. You can print, fill it out and bring it with you to the outing. Release Form

Looking forward to seeing everyone.  This is always a great trip.

Carolina Fly Fishing Club 

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