Fly Fishing Team USA Southeast Regional


The 2017 Southeast Regional Qualifier for Fly Fishing Team USA returns to western North Carolina February 24th and 25th.  Cherokee, NC, host of the 2011 National Championships, will serve as competition headquarters.  Venues include the Upper and Lower Nantahala, the trophy waters of the Raven's Fork of the Oconaluftee, and the general waters of the Raven's Fork of the Oconaluftee.  

February 24th and 25th (Friday, Saturday)

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Event Format
4, 2 hr competitor controlled sessions.

Competition Sectors
Sector I: Catch and Release Waters of the Raven's Fork, Cherokee, NC
Sector II: General Waters of the Raven's Fork, Cherokee, NC
Sector III: Upper Nantahala, Wesser, NC
Sector IV: Lower Nantahala, Wesser, NC
Backup Sector:  General Waters of the Occonaluftee

Official Practice Waters
Sectors I and II - All tribal waters downstream of Cherokee Trophy Water (Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge)
Sector III - All waters upstream of Wayah Rd. and Old River Road junction
Sector IV - Waters between Big Wesser Falls and Little Wesser Falls (NOC);  waters above Twin Bridges Road to confluence at powerhouse on Old Wayah Rd.


Wild and Stocked Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout, 18 cm or larger

Thursday, February 23rd
6:00pm :: Registration and Check In:  River's Edge Outfitters.

River's Edge Outfitters
61 Big Cove Road
Cherokee, NC 

Friday, February 24th
7:30 - 9:30am :: Competition Session 1-1
10:15 - 12:15pm :: Competition Session 1-2
1:15 - 3:15pm :: Competition Session 2-1
4:00 - 6:00pm :: Competition Session 2-2

Saturday, February 25th
7:30 - 9:30am :: Competition Session 3-1
10:15 - 12:15pm :: Competition Session 3-2
1:15 - 3:15pm :: Competition Session 4-1
4:00 - 6:00pm :: Competition Session 4-2
8:30pm :: Final Standings and Medal Awards - Kleinrath Hall, NOC Campus

Transportation must be provided by the anglers.

Medals to top 3 individuals.

Angler Limit
This event will be limited to 24 anglers.

Registration Fee

A comp water no-fish policy will be in affect starting Tuesday, January 24th at dark.  All other water will remain open.

Host Fly Shop
River's Edge Outfitters
61 Big Cove Road
Cherokee, NC 

License Requirements
All anglers must possess the following licenses:
1. A valid NC fishing license (including trout stamp)
2. A valid regular day permit for the Cherokee tribal waters (for practice days only)
3. A valid catch and release special permit for the Cherokee trophy water (for practice days only)

Lodging Options
Anglers wishing to stay in Cherokee should visit  for more information.   There are numerious lodging options.  

Anglers wishing to say near the Nantahala should consider the Dogwood Hotel at the Nantahala Outdoor Center .  This 'lodge' is on the lower Nantahala and hosts the Team USA Youth clinic each year.  

There are 4 King rooms with bath @ $104.65. There are 4 Queen/twin bunk rooms w/bath @ $81.39, and 2 Queen/twinbunk rooms which share  a bath with one of the other Queen/twin bunk rooms @ $58.13. 

Call Diane Walowic for reservations.  If you plan to bunk with a teammate, one individual should be able to arrange payment.

Diane Walowic
Group and Custom Sales Rep
Nantahala Outdoor Center
13077 Hwy 19 W. Bryson City, NC 28713
Direct line: 828-366-7513
Cell number: 706-244-1917


1 - 1 2/24/2017 7:30am - 9:30am
1 - 2 2/24/2017 10:15am - 12:15pm
2 - 1 2/24/2017 1:15pm - 3:15pm
2 - 2 2/24/2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm
3 - 1 2/25/2017 7:30am - 9:30am
3 - 2 2/25/2017 10:15am - 12:15pm
4 - 1 2/25/2017 1:15pm - 3:15pm
4 - 2 2/25/2017 4:00pm - 6:00pm


michael norton well that didn't take long to fill
December 22, 2016; 10:19pm EST
April Drake Any word on host hotel yet? Thanks.
January 11, 2017; 2:12pm EST
Christopher Smith Hi April. It's difficult to secure a host hotel in Cherokee, so more than likely you'll get to choose your own. I am working with the NOC to see if I can secure the Dogwood Hotel for those interested. More next week on that possibility.
January 14, 2017; 9:38am EST
April Drake Not a problem. We will just go ahead and book one. Thanks.
January 15, 2017; 8:00pm EST
Michael Bradley Cherokee beats are marked. Feel free to go check them out and get a little familiar with their locations.
February 22, 2017; 2:03pm EST
Scott Brown Which ones are the best MB? What should I use for flies? Can I look in your fly box?
February 22, 2017; 7:00pm EST
Michael Bradley Only if we get paired up Scott! I may let you take a glimpse at all 7 of my flies.
February 22, 2017; 11:16pm EST
Christopher Smith All beats are scout away. Roadside pulloffs for parking are heavily taped. We will see everyone tonight at REO.
February 23, 2017; 8:24am EST
Christopher Smith Please note that transition and lunch times will be tight, as we have limited daylight this time of year. Pack a lunch to eat on way to 2nd venue.
February 23, 2017; 8:26am EST
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