Dillsboro is one of three townships in Jackson County soon to receive a “Mountain Heritage Trout Water City” designation. The designation allows tourists from out of state to purchase a three-day fishing pass for $5 instead of purchasing a NC fishing license. The license is valid for waters with the Mountain Heritage Trout Water designation. This gives tourists the opportunity to fish in North Carolina affordably and may benefit the townships economically by the influx of sportsmen and their families.
Dillsboro, Sylva and Webster have approved a memorandum of agreement with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for the Mountain Heritage Trout Water designations and maps are currently being drafted. Once the maps are approved by the townships, they will be published in a series of individualized pamphlets for each town. The pamphlets will be made available to the public at each township, through retailers, fly fishing guide services and at the upcoming Southeast Fly Fishing Federation Festival at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Center May 17 and 18.
There will be trout signage to clearly mark the Mountain Heritage Trout Waters. The intent of the boundaries is to enable fishermen to fish continuously between the three townships while remaining in the designated waters.
In addition to the Trout City designations, a tackle loaner program is being established at three local retailers: Hookers Fly Shop, Caney Fork General Store and Brookings Outfitters.
The program is intended to encourage trout fishing as a tourism activity in western North Carolina. Dillsboro, Sylva and Webster will be added to the following list of existing Mountain Heritage Trout Cities in North Carolina: Bakersville, Burnsville, Maggie Valley, Newland, Old Fort, Spring Creek, Spruce Pine and Waynesville.
For additional information about Mountain Heritage Trout Waters and to purchase a license, call 1(888) 248-6834 or visit this link.