Bell County Adventure Tourism Director John Grace spoke at a Bell County Tourism Commission presented information on an upcoming activity — fly fishing.
Southeastern Kentucky offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and attracts tourists from all over the United States, he said.
Fly fishing, which can be done in both fresh and salt water using an artificial “fly,” is relatively new to the area.
This method of fishing is significantly different from traditional casting.
The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife classifies fly fishing streams by categories one through five, with one having exceptional conditions.
Grace said that there are two category one streams within the area.
The head of Martins Fork Lake and Shalaylee Creek are both considered to be category one streams.
Grace said it is believed there are native populations of trout in the streams and that classified them as category one.
“Native trout are basically non-existent because streams usually restock year to year,” said Grace.
Grace hopes to begin fly fishing in the upcoming warmer months.
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