Fly fishing on the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Fly fishing on the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Where to Go Fly Fishing in Georgia

You don't have to go far in Georgia to experience fly fishing for most of the year. Trout season runs from March to October. It's easy to pick up a fishing license from a nearby outfitter or to purchase one online for those 16 and older. Go for the day or longer!

Where to Go

Fly Fishing in Georgia. Photo by Chris Dore, @chris_explores
Fly Fishing in Georgia. Photo by Chris Dore, @chris_explores

North Georgia

The communities of Blue Ridge and Clarkesville in the North Georgia mountains are two of the best places for fly fishing around, especially for trout because of the cold water.

Blue Ridge is considered to be the state's trout fishing capital with dozens of outfitters on the Toccoa River. But the smaller creeks like Rock, Cooper and Noontootla creeks also offer trout fishing.

Clarkesville has rainbow and brown trout in the waters of the Soque River and at privately managed ponds.

Chestatee Wildlife Management Area's Dukes Creek, north of Dahlonega, also offers fly fishing.

Atlanta & Farther South

You can even go fly fishing on the Chattahoochee River, a short drive from downtown Atlanta. The river is a blue ribbon trout stream and has been named one of the top streams in the country.

In Georgia's stretch of the Flint River, for instance at Sprewell Bluff Park in Thomaston, anglers can fly fish for the shoal bass, a unique species of black bass that can be caught like a trout but grows to over 8 pounds. The spring is the best season to catch them.

Outfitters and Guides

Georgia has dozens of fly fishing outfitters and guiding services for amateurs and experts. Pick up the gear you need when you arrive and ask a local for the best spots. Below are a few outfitters, and you can find more more fly fishing guiding companies at ExploreGeorgia.org/fishing.

Appalachian Anglers, Blue Ridge

Appalachian Anglers is one of the top outfitters in Blue Ridge with guides offering a deep knowledge of local waters.

Blackhawk Fly Fishing, Clarkesville

Blackhawk Fly Fishing is one of the guides that operates in Clarkesville on the Soque.

The Valley at Suches

The Valley at Suches is set on six acres on the headwaters of the Toccoa River in Suches with brook, brown and rainbow trophy trout.

Unicoi Outfitters, Helen

Unicoi Outfitters is located in Helen's section of the Chattahoochee River and has classes on fly fishing and fly tying.

River Through Atlanta

In Atlanta, there's an Orvis store that offers guiding services, but River Through Atlanta is another Orvis-affiliated company on the Chattahoochee River.

Experiences and Events

The actual fly fishing is only a small part of what makes Georgia a great destination for fishermen.

Trout fishing in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Trout fishing in Blue Ridge, Georgia

Schools

Amateurs can take lessons from one of the state's fly fishing schools.

Spring Creek Anglers Fly Fishing School in Cumming offers instruction year-round and offers guided catch-and-release trips.

Guests at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain can attend the fly fishing school, which has two-day classes, or go on a guided fishing trip.

Visitors can take classes to make their own bamboo fly fishing rods at Oyster Fly Rods, a company that hand crafts award-winning rods.

Brigadoon Lodge is the only fly shop on the Soque River and is a favorite of CEOs and celebrities like President Jimmy Carter. They also have lessons and onsite accommodations.

Events

The Blue Ridge Trout Fest & Outdoor Adventures is an annual event in Blue Ridge that brings in avid anglers every April. It has live music, food and more.

Where to Stay

After a long day of fishing, rest your head at one of the accommodations tailored to outdoors lovers.

Oyster Cast & Blast Inn in Blue Ridge, Georgia
Oyster Cast & Blast Inn in Blue Ridge, Georgia

In downtown Blue Ridge, Oyster Fly Rods also runs the Cast & Blast Inn, which has four cozy bedrooms.

In Clarkesville, Blackhawk Fly Fishing also an 1800s farmhouse furnished with antiques where fly fishers can stay.

Near Clayton, Hatch Camp and Art Farm is a beloved campground with six sites inspired by the local traditions of fly fishing, music and art. They have a catch-and-release stream, a private guided trout stream, a fly shop and music venue.

Find more places to stay at ExploreGeorgia.org/places-to-stay.

Published: June 2019
Written by: Caroline Eubanks