• The Qualla Country Trout Tournament
    September 02, 2016 - September 04, 2016

    The Qualla Country Trout Tournament

    Presenting 20,000 reasons to get excited about spring fishing. This tournament requires just an $11 entry fee plus $10 per day permit to compete for $20,000 in tagged fish in the rivers on the Qualla Boundary (excluding the 2.2 miles of catch-and-release waters). Tagged fish will be specially stocked for this event, and when you catch one, you redeem it for cash prizes. Prizes can be redeemed at The Water Beetle Stage (right next to the Cherokee Welcome Center - Hwy 441 N (Tsali Blvd) on Friday and Saturday from 4p-6p and on Sunday from 12p-2p. Open to all ages and for all legal fishing methods. Register to redeem cash prizes anywhere fishing licenses are sold. Contact:  828-788-0034 for more information
  • Rumble in the Rhododendron
    October 28, 2016 - October 30, 2016

    Rumble in the Rhododendron

    Leeettttttt’s geeeeeeetttttt readdddddy toooo rummmmmbbbbbble. This two-person team fly-fishing competition is held on the 2.2 miles of trophy, catch-and-release waters in Cherokee, NC. A modified FIPS-mouche format will be used with a tag out system being incorporated, meaning only one team member may fish at a time. Fishing sessions are three hours long. Registration fee includes tournament registration for two people, competitor swag, several meals during the competition, and more.   Prizes:
The EBCI Fisheries and Wildlife Management Program has provided $10,000 in cash, which will be awarded to the 1st place team ($5,000), 2nd place team ($3,000), and 3rd place team ($2,000). Format:
Two-man teams, FIPS-mouche rules. Registration includes:
Opening dinner on Friday evening, competitor swag, lunch on Saturday, and fishing tournament registration. Schedule:
Friday night is registration, draw of the beat assignments, and dinner. Saturday and Sunday are competition days. This tournament is limited to 30 teams, with 15 competing on Saturday morning and 15 on Saturday afternoon. The top seven from each session will move on to Sunday morning. The top seven from Sunday morning’s competition will move on to fish Sunday afternoon for the cash. To register:
 the fee is $225 per team. You may register by mail with a check or in person with cash or check. Make checks payable to the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce. Cherokee Chamber of Commerce 516 Tsali Boulevard PO Box 1838 Cherokee, NC 28719 ALL PAYMENT IS DUE IN FULL BY OCTOBER 15, 2016, or you risk the possibility of losing your team’s spot. Volunteers and judges for the tournament are needed. For more information, email info@cherokeesmokies.com or call 828.788.0034.