2021 National Youth Fly Fishing Championship

2021 National Youth Fly Fishing Championship

When: November 19-21, 2021

Where: Bakersville, NC and Burnsville NC

Venues: Big Rock Creek and Little Rock Creek (Casting For Hope Retreat Center), South Toe River (Mount Mitchell Golf Course)

Angler Lodging: Anglers will be staying in the condos at Mount Mitchell Golf Course. We have scheduled them to check out on Monday morning, so everyone can take advantage of the Sunday night banquet.

Venue No Fish Period: October 20th. This allows for anglers to fish in the Casting for Hope October Tournament.

# Of Anglers: Up to 24 (up to 12 on each venue, each day)

How to Register: Registration will be sent out via a Google Form on Monday October 4th, 2021.

We have 6 condos reserved for anglers with 2 bedrooms each. Each bedroom has 2 queen beds and its own bathroom. Each condo has a small kitchen and 2 bathrooms. They have a living room and kitchen table for tying.

Cost: This year there will be no fee for lodging or angler meals. This was made possible by a gracious donation to the team.

Each angler will be responsible for their North Carolina fishing license.

Participate: Each Angler is requested to participate in the Casting for Hope pledge platform with a goal of at least $5 per fish caught. I’ll be sharing more details. In the meantime, you can learn more about the platform here: http://tournaments.castingforhope.org/events/9th-annual-casting-for-hope

Casting for Hope is a non-profit that benefits women with gynecological cancers in Western North Carolina. They have a world class reputation and operate a retreat center with a fantastic stretch of private water they are graciously letting us use. This was a huge thing for the USYFFT because our forest service permits were denied after the devastating effects of the recent tropical storm on Western North Carolina. We will have a prize for whoever raises the most money per fish.

Eligibility: Anyone who has completed a USYFFT clinic and is under 18 years old at the time of the National Championship. I’m going off an old spreadsheet for this email list, so please forgive me if you are on this list errantly. Unfortunately, we can’t make exceptions to the rule of completing a clinic before competing in Nationals, however, we could need ghost anglers that don’t have scores counted if someone wants to attend that hasn’t completed a clinic. This all depends on numbers to make the competition work. Please contact me individually if you or your child might be interested in this.

Accompanying Guest Lodging:

Mount Mitchell Golf Course Home Rentals

This is on the premises of of the South Toe venue. There aren’t really any food options close.



Mention USYFFT

Switzerland Inn



A nice hotel with great views, and a great restaurant for people staying at the hotel.

If you book here, call to make your reservation and tell them you are with the US Youth Fly Fishing Team for 10% off your room rate.

Travel Distances and Times

39 minutes: Casting for Hope to Switzerland Inn

31 Minutes: Mount Mitchell Golf Club to Switzerland Inn

51 Minutes Casting for Hope Retreat Center to Mount Mitchell Golf Club

2 Hours Charlotte Airport to Mount Mitchell Golf Course

1 Hour 15 Min Asheville Airport to Mount Mitchell Golf Course

As you will see, everything is pretty spread out. If you aren’t booking at these locations, please do your research as to how far away things are from where you are renting. It’s easy to add an extra hour to a venue location because roads are not easily accessible to get to these places.

Tournament Info:


Friday, November 19, 2021

5 p.m. Angler Check-In at Mount Mitchell Golf Course and Live Draw/Meeting

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Session 1

A: 7:15-9:15 AM

B: 9:30-11:30 AM

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Session 2

A: 12:45-2:45 PM

B: 3 – 5 PM

Sunday, November 21, 2021 

Session 3

A: 7:15-9:15 AM

B: 9:30-11:30 AM

Lunch 11:30-12:30

Session 4

A: 12:45-2:45 PM

B: 3 – 5 PM

Banquet and Awards and Scoring: 6:30 PM

Tentative Plan- Mount Mitchell Golf Course


Volunteers:   Parent involvement is critical to helping make this event a success.

We would love to have parent support preparing a simple breakfast for the kids in the am at the condos. (Saturday and Sunday)Please let me know if you are interested in helping with breakfasts.

We also need help preparing bag lunches and delivering to the Casting For Hope retreat center on Saturday and Sunday. Please let me know if you are interested in helping with lunches.

We will need a little help setting up table decorations for the banquet. Please let me know if this is something you’re interested in helping with.


Sector Judges: 

Joe Clark – South Toe River

John Zimmerman – Casting For Hope – Big Rock and Little Rock Creek


A Few Housekeeping Notes:

I will send an exact address for meeting locations and beat maps closer to the start of the event. For now, use the following.

Mount Mitchell Golf Course

11484 State Highway 80 South
Burnsville, NC 28714

Rockdale Road
Bakersville, NC 28705

Please do not register unless you are coming. For a fly-fishing event, numbers are very important. Please ensure that you can make your best effort at attending if you register. We aren’t asking for a refundable deposit to aim for affordability.

Nearby Airports

Asheville – Check for flights on Allegiant – Baltimore, Denver and Orlando have flights to Asheville on Allegiant

Charlotte – All major US carriers service Charlotte. Also, Southwest and Frontier travel here.


Please call me with questions!

Tucker Horne

Team Manager –  US Youth Fly Fishing Team
Board Member –  US Youth Fly Fishing Team
Board Member –  United States Angling Confederation

About Casting For Hope:

Casting for Hope is committed to providing limited financial assistance to women in western North Carolina who are living with ovarian or other gynecological cancers.  But more than that, Casting for Hope is committed to attending to the emotional and spiritual needs of these same women and their families through fly-fishing retreats, fly-tying and rod-building clinics, and other avenues of personal and family re-creation.

Our financial assistance focuses on women who are experiencing economic hardships due to treatment costs, while our retreat experiences serve women and their families and friends regardless of financial need. Retreats focus on emotional and spiritual healing in the out of doors, chasing trout with a fly rod, and experiencing comfort by running waters.

About Mount Mitchell Golf Course:
The Mount Mitchell Golf Club offers a variety of challenges to the visiting golfer. The course is a four and one half star rating by Golf Digest’s “Places to Play”. Golfweek Magazine ranked Mount Mitchell Golf Club #11 in 2016 – NC “Best in State”. It features bent grass from tee to green, is virtually flat, has a pristine river flowing through it and awesome views on every shot. Just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, one hour from Asheville, Mount Mitchell Golf Club remains a favorite golfer’s haven.

The golf club offers world-class trout fishing on the South Toe River.