North Georgia Fly Fishing Guides – Let one of our Pro-Guides take you on your next Blue Ridge Mountains fly fishing adventure and experience true “Southern Hospitality”. Fly Fish around small quaint Appalachian Mountain towns like Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Ellijay, Clarkesville, Cleveland, and Dahlonega. Witness the spectacular scenery and fly fishing in some of the most attractive waters in our state! Whether fly fishing for trout in a mountain stream or river, you’ll love the seclusion and peacefulness you get while being out in nature’s beauty. Just imagine yourself passing by towering Hemlock trees, the smell of the woods, and the sounds of a rushing stream as it cascades by. And in all this beauty, just imagine yourself as you land a trout on a fly rod!
Georgia has much to offer the fly fishing enthusiast with the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. The latest research shows over 4,500 miles of water that supports trout and 1,500 miles of this supports natural reproduction.
During winter, you’ll find caddis and stoneflies coming off. Late winter through spring we have great black caddis hatches, Hendrickson’s, March Browns, and black or cream midges. Spring and early summer, the sulfurs and light Cahill’s become the go to fly. Mid-summer will find grey caddis, small sulfurs and cream midges. Fall fishing is tan caddis and midges. Midges and blue winged olives are found coming off year-round so you should always have these patterns. We fish with 9’ 5 weight rods to handle that one big hunk that is lurking around. Usually a 9’ 4X or 5X leader with a dry/dropper combination. When streamer fishing, use a 7 1/2’ 1X leader tied to the heaviest and ugliest one in your box.
There are several streams in this area to choose from and we have two Delayed Harvest streams nearby. Many streams are open year-round and some are only minutes away.
The Toccoa River is one of North Georgia’s longest cold water rivers. It begins up high in the mountains of Union County and flows westward into Blue Ridge Lake turning northward heading to McCaysville and on into Tennessee. Reel’Em In Guide Service™ utilizes almost 18 miles of this river for float trips while fly fishing the upper scenic stretch or through the tailwater below the dam. The Toccoa River is much like Dr. Jekyll and Hyde. What we mean by this is how the water differs on the upper river above the lake compared to the tailwater below the dam.
Starting with what the locals refer to above the lake simply as the “Upper” or “Upper Toccoa”. During the fall and winter months, we float the “Upper” westward through some beautiful meandering to white cascading waters for approximately 4 miles. This part of the river has a constant changing scenery throughout its length and the river varies in width from tight to open. During this time of the year, this section of river produces high numbers of netted fish at times and has some trophy sized fish lurking about. Our prime months for fishing the “Upper” is from November through May depending on the water level, and includes a mile section of Delayed Harvest on National Forest lands. Drift boats require approximately 350 cfs to be able to navigate the river.