Fly Fishing in Blue Ridge Georgia

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Guided Fishing in Blue Ridge Georgia and Surounding Areas

Fly fishing is a type of fishing that goes all the way back to the year 200. It truly takes getting out in nature to a whole new level. The only sport that gets you outdoors and right in nature, and how much closer can you really get than straight in the water. It the sport that allows you to be in the creek waters no matter the season. It can look strange at first if you do not know much about it. Once you dedicate the time to truly understand and being to master the craft the balance of complexity and the peace that you attain is unlike any other sport or type of fishing. It opens you up to a vast amount of fish in a variety of rivers and waters. The Toccoa River is a gorgeous stretch of waters that you need to visit at least once in your life. The area has everything you would want out of the great outdoors. Blue ridge especially has many stocked area that give you plenty of chances to visit and check for the right water conditions that fit your fly fishing preference in the river and other places.

Fly Fishing

The strange look of the reel and cast of fly fishing might throw some off. It is not as simple of other types of fishing that sometimes involve nothing more than dropping in a line and sitting back and waiting. Great for some but for those who want a bit more of a challenge and open themselves up to a true artform, fly fishing is the technique to check out. The techniques greatly vary from those of other fishing practices. The location itself is generally a moving body of water, usually a river, in the water. You also are constantly in motion, not sitting on the side or in a boat just watching a bobber. This creates a great workout, not only for the arms but also for the legs as you wade through the waters. Another great benefit of fly fishing is that you can do it all year round.

The Gear

While the gear you use to fly-fish seems simple, the specifications vastly differ depending on where you are. Every aspect of your cast can be altered to match the specific area and fish you are looking to catch. There is the basic tools of most types of fishing: Rod and reel: The fly rod is much lighter and longer other rod types while the line is heavier. The bait (called the fly) is an incredibly lightweight, artificial lure that is meant to intimidate the prey of the trout, adult insects that are emerging to or landing on the top of the water. There are many different types and the “right one” all depends on where you are and what type of fish you are going for. Waders and wading boots: These come in handy when you want to get right in the outdoors and in the cold creek. They help you stay dry and warm, since there is a good change you are fly fishing in cold water. Miscellaneous gear: This includes all of the other little things can help enhance your experience and skill but are not necessary for the basic art of fly fishing. This includes waterproof tools, various lines of different weight, vest, pliers, nets to keep the fish you caught, etc.


What is the draw of trout ? Fly fishing and trout seems to usually go hand in hand. This is because this fish can be found in cold fresh waters like creeks, rivers, streams, lakes, and even running into the ocean. They eat soft bodied invertebrates, mostly various types of flies, thus the usually paring of catching them with fly fishing. This method helps you best mimic the natural prey of the trout. Trout blend with the waters around them, becoming more vibrant or silvery based on where you are. In Blue Ridge you can find vibrant rainbow trout as well as brown trout in some rivers and streams around.

Fly Fishing in Blue Ridge Georgia

Blue Ridge is not only a great place to fish due to its beautiful river and amazing locations to fly fish, its also the trout capital of Georgia. There is a good reason too, almost every stream and river in the area gives you a chance to catch one of these beautiful fish. The Toccoa has several access points that provide easy access to some great fishing spots. There is also Rock Creek is a smaller area of water for those who prefer more intimate areas. Fly fishing in Blue Ridge usually calls for a 2- to 4-wt class rod, though some trout in the area might call for an even heavier one. A shorter rod is also recommended around the wooded areas of the waters and creek. When it comes to flies and “matching the hatch” some of the regional options are Blue Wing Olive, Griffiths Gnat, Sulphur, Olive Caddis, Copper John, and Pheasant Tail. You also need the correct permits and licenses to fish in the area. You can get these at some local shops and also by a visit to Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources website. You can also snag a license, as well as gear, at any of these Blue Ridge Fly Shop

Nearby Areas

The Blue Ridge Georgia area is a beautiful area that is nestled in mountains. There are so many wonderful things to visit, on top of the amazing fishing. You could go for a cabin rental that allows you to be in walking distance of a great fly fishing creek, or be right in downtown. Either way, whether you are in the north or south part of Blue Ridge, there are so many options when it comes to fly fishing around. You can be sure to find an area that matches just what you are looking for, whether you prefer rivers, streams, or creeks. You have the Toccoa River this includes the upper toccoa, which flows north out of the Chattahoochee National Forest and into Lake Blue Ridge. The other part is the what is called the Toccoa Tailwater, which flows out of the bottom of the dam and heads north up towards Copperhill Tennessee and turns into the Ocoee River. This area part is the best for year round trout fishing. Another great area around is Cooper’s Creek and its side cascading creeks. Right in a mountain range this semi-remote option has trout stocked from both ends. There are spots where the road beside you is 300 feet above, creating an isolated feeling of being nestled in the mountains. Stover and Long creeks contain wild rainbows and browns and are a part of the Trout adventure trail that stretches along the Chattahoochee National Forest. There are so many great spots in around the Blue Ridge area, it is hard to pick just one. Sometimes you just need a guide there to help you navigate the waters and help you optimize your fishing.

Appalachian Anglers Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Fly Fishing can be an incredible daunting task, especially if you are newer to the sport or to the waters and rivers of Georgia. Appalachian Anglers can take all the stress out of the who, what , when , and how and make sure you can focus on the thrill and challenge of the activity itself. With local guides that all grew up in the area you can’t beat the skills and knowledge that they have when it comes to best spots and techniques for fly fishing in Blue Ridge. They know exactly what are the best flies to use where and can help you get prepared for your trip. They have access to private waters and give you the option wade right in or have a nice float down the river. No matter your skill level or what waters you prefer the perfect guide is available for you at Appalachian Anglers. Contact us today.

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