Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Who Needs Wyoming?

One of our guides, Rex Gudgel, is an FFF Certified Master Casting Instructor - in addition to "regular" guided trips, he likes to help new folks get started on the right foot - here's a report he sent in last night about just such a trip:
Sam Benfiel fished with me today...he is leaving tomorrow to go fish in Wyoming for a week...Sam has never fly fished before...OK lets go to work!! We did an instructional half day at Nacoochee Bend. Wow, not much time to get somebody prepared for a big trip to the west! The amount of information that it takes to convey all the terms and all the process can be overwhelming for anybody, much less a true beginner! We kept it simple and worked on the basics over and over...casting , mending, hook sets,and yes fighting fish!!!
(He hooked several of our fat "Bend" fish). Sam took it all in, smiled, laughed, shook his head in surprise at the size and strength of our trout! He looked at me after fighting a 22 to 23 inch rainbow and said "who needs Wyoming!" We had a great morning of fishing and hopefully he'll remember some of what was learned today when he gets out on the waters of Wyoming. Good Luck Sam!!

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