The basics of Fly Fishing

This story was co-written with Ashley Kairis Fly fishing is immensely popular in western North Carolina. According to The WNC Fly Fishing Trail, Jackson County alone has more than 4,000 miles of trout streams and is the home of the state record for the largest rainbow trout ever caught. Living in an area that has such a […]

New club takes advantage of fly fishing’s growing popularity

In the Fall of 2016, two WCU students and avid anglers combined their passion for fishing as well as the opportunity of the area to start a new student club on campus. Jackson County, home to WCU, has recently been named the trout capital of North Carolina. Cole Cantrell, junior, and Tyler Cornett, freshman, recognized the growing […]

Chilly day for a river clean up

Perhaps it was the cooler temperatures (the mid-50’s) or the impending break, but the 2017 Tuck River Cleanup held on Saturday, April 8 was significantly smaller than in years past. The annual cleanup put on by Base Camp Cullowhee is the largest single day river cleanup in the nation, covering over 27 miles of the […]

Tuck River clean up back for it’s 33rd year

The largest single day river clean-up in the nation kicks off Saturday morning, April 8, on the campus of Western Carolina University. The Tuck River Cleanup is an annual event that takes the Cullowhee area by storm each year. This year is the 33rd annual cleanup, and it’s expected to be nothing less than spectacular. […]

Forget the gym, go backpacking!

Many students need a break from their studies as the semester comes to an end. A great way to escape the hustle and bustle is to take a weekend break to explore and experience new things in the area. Being located near the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountain National Park, WCU offers different recreational opportunities for students, including […]

What it takes to conquer Valley of the Lilies

Western Carolina University’s Campus Recreation and Wellness and School of Health and Sciences hosted the 7th annual Valley of the Lilies half marathon and 5k on April 1. While 300 of WCU’s students, faculty, and surrounding community members participated, little is said about what exactly runners do to prepare for the event. WCU student Keegan Wiggins ran […]