Three River Fly Fishing Festival

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, is back again and this year it will be held April 27 – 29.
Three River Fly Fishing Festival
Thursday, April 27th to Saturday, April 29th
Highlands North Carolina

The Three River Fly Fishing Festival, is back again and this year it will be held April 27 – 29. In its seventh year, this fundraiser has raised thousands of dollars for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Fund. Open to veteran and novice anglers, this 3-day event encompasses a wide variety of fly-fishing experiences. Cyprus International Restaurant and The Ugly Dog Pub have already agreed to host some of the festivities so you can be sure it’s going to be a one heck of a good time! Tall tales will abound.    

On Thursday, April 27th there will a casting clinic held at Harris Lake in downtown Highlands. During the clinic, which is free and open to the public, novice fishers will be given casting instructions by experts and more seasoned casters can hone their skills. Should you be of need, equipment will be available to rent for the festival . Committee member Hilary Wilkes explains that it’s not meant to be too serious, “This is a fun weekend,” says Wilkes. “We don’t give cash prizes but have lots of great awards donated by sponsors and vendors given for everything from the most fish caught to the best fish tale, even the ugliest fish.”

The fishing will be held on Friday and Saturday and is open to teams of 2 with registration at any of the Highland Hiker stores in Highlands or Cashiers. Each team may choose to fish either guided or unguided venues but must stay within the tournament map’s boundaries which included the Chattooga, the Cullasaja and Nantahala Rivers. Teams are encouraged to fish a native stream, a delayed harvest stream and a hatchery supported stream and guides are available to hire for any team.     

If you have questions or wish to become a sponsor, go by the Hiker and ask for Hilary or email her at Her phone number is (828) 526-0441. You may also find information on their Facebook page, Highlands Three River Fly Fishing Festival.

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