Will Taylor, fishing guide and owner of Fly Shop Co. of Blue Ridge, Georgia, shows off a trout.
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, and there are lots of guides and schools to show you the best spots to fish and techniques to use for a successful day on the water. 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
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.
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.
After a long day of fishing, rest your head at one of the accommodations tailored to outdoors lovers.
In Clarkesville, Blackhawk Fly Fishing also has 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.