Southwest of Asheville and south of Sylva, the Tuckasegee River is popular with trout fishermen.
The Tuckasegee River south of Sylva is a NCWRC Designated Public Mountain Trout Water. It has a Delayed Harvest status from October 1 to first Saturday in June (only single hook artificial lures and no fish may be possessed all other times).
To reach the Public Fishing Access for fly fishing on the Tuckasegee River from US19 South/74 West, take the Bryson City exit (Exit No. 67). Go 1.1 miles, cross the Tuckaseegee River and a railroad track to a 4-way stop intersection. Turn left onto SR 1321 and go 1.75 miles. Where the road forks, take the left fork onto "Old 288" (SR 1321) and go 0.75 miles. The fishing pier and boat launching area is on the left. A 12 ft. x 36 ft. fishing platform that is accessible to the physically challenged has been built on the Tuckaseegee River arm of the Fontana Reservoir.
Alternately, to reach the CJ Harris boat access for the Tuckasegee River from Waynesville, take US 23 south/74 west (Great Smoky Mountains Expy.) toward Sylva. In Sylva, take Exit 81 to US 23/441 south toward Dillsboro and travel 0.8 miles. Just before crossing the river, turn left on N. River Rd. and travel 0.4 miles to the entrance on the right.
Overall, Tuckasegee River is the 1st most popular fly fishing river of all 19 fly fishing spots in North Carolina.