The festival features fly fishing guides and fishing industry vendors; food trucks; children’s activities; music by two bands; clean water, outdoor activity and wildlife advocates; and WNC craft beer vendors.
The second annual pre-festival Tuck Trout Trot self-timed fun run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. that morning on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Jackson County Greenway. A portion of net proceeds from the Tuck Trout Trot benefit Jackson County Parks & Recreation’s outdoor programming, including the annual “Fishing With Kids Day.” Each paid participant will receive a cool commemorative T-shirt. To register, please click HERE.
There is always live music by two of the region’s most popular bands. In our first two years, we’ve welcomed classic hit artists Terri Lynn Queen & the Stingers (2017) and A Social Function (2018), as well as progressive bluegrass bands Unspoken Tradition (2017) and Fireside Collective (2018). We have another stellar music lineup in 2019. The progressive bluegrass band Another Country will perform from 3-4:45 p.m., followed by Leeda “Lyric” Jones, who will close out the festival from 5:15-7 p.m., with a sizzling set of soul/R&B/rock originals and favorites.
Admission to the family friendly Hook, Line and Drinker Festival on Saturday is FREE with donations encouraged. Reusable Hook, Line & Drinker souvenir cups will be available for purchase, along with commemorative T-shirts and stickers. Souvenir cups are required for craft beer vendor purchases. A portion of net proceeds from the festival will benefit Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” programming for 2019-2020.
Jackson County is the proud home of the WNC Fly Fishing Trail® and the NC Trout Capital®. The WNC Fly Fishing Trail® features 15 hot fishing spots that run from the northern end of the county to the southern end along the Tuckaseigee River. Jackson County is stocked with more trout than any other county in the state and is home to the largest recorded rainbow trout caught in N.C.