The links below do not constitute endorsement of the organizations or their views.  We present them to our guests as opportunities for recreation, engagement in the community, and otherwise fun for fishing!

Fishing Information:

Bo’s Tips are the recorded experience and expertise of legendary WNC angler Bo Cash.  These treasurers offer guidance for the beginner to expert angler!

Our in-house guide and vice-president John Zimmerman attempts to keep the fishing reports section of his webpage up-to-date.  But always, feel free to e-mail him at for up-to-date info–just in case he’s been spending too much time on the water and not enough time updating webpages!

Check here for the release schedule for the Catawba River below Lake James.  You should be looking at the Bridgewater report.

Check here for the release schedule for the South Holston in eastern Tennessee.  Contact us at for specific information on where the high water will be for the generation schedule.

Local Guides and Outfitters

Upper Creek Angler is co-owned and managed by our Vice President John Zimmerman. UCA fishes across western NC and eastern TN.

The Watauga River Lodge operated by Brownie Liles is an incredible source for fishing the Watauga River in Elizabethton, Tennessee.

If you’re headed to the South Holston, be sure to stop in at the South Holston River Fly Shop.

TRTU’s Partnership with Local and Regional Non-Profits

Casting for Hope serves women and families in western North Carolina following a diagnosis of ovarian and/or other gynecological cancers through financial assistance and retreat and recovery programs.

The Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians is the brain child on one of TRTU’s best friends–Alen Baker.  The FFMSA is located in downtown Cherokee, North Carolina in the newly renovated Chamber of Commerce building.  It’s a wonderful space dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of fly fishing in the Southern Appalachians.

RiverCourse is a wonderful summer program for youth who want to learn about fly fishing, etymology, fly tying, and conservation.  TRTU sponsors one youth angler each summer.

Lake James Environmental Association is a partner organization with whom TRTU often partners regarding local and regional environmental issues, especially as they relate to Lake James and the Catawba River.

The Institute for the Environment at UNC Chapel Hill produces excellent short videos of climate-related briefs.  Check them out.