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Fish the Smokies

A family takes it all in during a previous fishing clinic. NPS photo A family takes it all in during a previous fishing clinic. NPS photo

A free youth fishing clinic will coincide with an Old Time Music Jam 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Cherokee.


Throughout the day, a fishing clinic offered in collaboration with the International Game Fish Association will give youth a chance to try their hand at casting a line for local trout and earn their Junior Ranger Angler badge, all while learning about fish conservation and ethical angling practices at fun, interactive stations. All fishing equipment will be provided. The first 25 families will receive a free fishing pole to keep. A valid Tennessee or North Carolina fishing license is required for particiants 16 or older. 

The last music jam of the season will cap off the afternoon 1-3 p.m., on the porch of the visitor center. The musically inclined are welcome to join in with local musicians playing old-time songs on traditional Appalachian instruments like the mountain dulcimer.

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