Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Throughout history, casting nets and hooks into the sea and rivers provided people the opportunity to provide food for themselves and their families. And to maximize the size of the catch, the development of fishing methods and equipment has evolved.
The popularity of fly-fishing in America peaked in the early 1920’s. With the development of cheap fiberglass rods and synthetic fly lines, fly-fishing became even more popular. But it was in the early 1950’s that fly-fishing popularity really soared.
Cherokee, North Carolina is one of the best places to find excellent fishing waters. Each year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Fish and Wildlife Management division stocks nearly 400,000 trout in its tribal waters, a stream system connecting 30 miles of streams set in secluded forest settings, suburban road side areas, and even right through the center of town.
Fly-fishing provides people time to enjoy and learn about nature and relax. For many it is a way of life and just spending a few hours out on the water can help put life back into perspective.
In the Fall of 2013, the Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPF) awarded a grant to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce for environmental upgrades to the renovation of an old building they acquired from the EBCI to serve as their new offices and to build the fly-fishing museum.
“We’re averaging over 50,000 fishing permits issued each year on the Cherokee Indian Reservation,” said Amy Parker, executive director of the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. “What better way to benefit from the fishing-tourism industry than to build a museum that highlights the history of fly-fishing?”
The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians opened its doors to the public on June 6th, 2015. The museum is located on Tsali Blvd beside the Cherokee Welcome Center. The Cherokee Chamber of Commerce owns the non-profit museum, and it features an assortment of vintage reels, flies, and memorabilia from legendary fishermen across the Southern Appalachian region and beyond.
And to further celebrate the opening of the museum, Southern Trout Magazine generously donated an advertising campaign valued at $20,000 over the next three years. “We are so grateful for the exposure we’re going to be getting as part of Southern Trout Magazine,” said Parker. “Their support means so much to us.”
The museum provides anglers from across the country with a place to become acquainted with regional fishing culture and also receive information about fishing sites in Cherokee and local retailers.
Click here for more information regarding the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians
To view Southern Trout magazine, click here