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.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Great Fishing Report!

We know this amazing story has been on NGTO and disseminated by GADNR but we thought it was so cool that we wanted to give it even more exposure. We want to thank Stephen Johnson and Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited for the report. Read on!

Report by: Stephen Johnson
Date: 10/23/2010
River/Stream: Upper Hooch - Andrew takes it up a notch
Report: So I took Andrew out and we went up river from Abbotts Bridge. I told him I didn't think we had much of a shot at any big fish due to the full moon last night and it was bright and sunny today. While we were going up we had to slow down for some canoer's and while we were going by Andrew says he saw a really big fish and he thought it was a brown. So as not to tip off the spin fisher's we kept going up river and stopped and fished down doing quite well. When we got back to the spot we saw the fish there were a lot of fish schooled around the logs and then we saw the big guy.
I tell Andrew to take out the 6wt and put the biggest bugger I had in the box (size 4 brown cone head). He throws it into the logs and a 15" brown hammers it but comes off after a few feet. He throws it back into the logs and this time a 10" brown takes it. On the way back to the boat this monster chases it down and swallows it whole. (Needless to say we are freaking out!)
I tell Andrew: wait till he swallows it down (about 15 seconds), PUT IT TO HIM! Fish on! Great fight that lasts about 10+ minutes. I net him. 24" brown bull. Awesome!
Takes about another 10 to 15 minutes to make sure he is revived before release.
Check out the picture if you don't believe me...

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Steve Hudson, Atlanta Fly Fishing Examiner

Steve Hudson is writing a fly fishing column for examiner.com.  Steve has enjoyed fly fishing for many years, making his first casts at the age of eight in the family pond. He has fished from Florida to Alaska, but he will quickly tell you that his favorite waters are those right here in northern Georgia. A professional journalist for more than 30 years, Steve enjoys writing about fly fishing almost as much as being on the water. He's passionate about sharing the sport, too, and he's frequently invited to lead workshops on fly fishing, fly tying, and other aspects of the sport. He lives in Alpharetta with his wife Ann and Chester the Sheepdog. 

Steve's column is full of great, locally useful articles, such as "Go deep for big trout -- learn how at North Georgia Trout Online's Fall Fling".

Steve will also be holding a great Delayed Harvest Fly Tying Seminar at our Helen Shop on Saturday October 30 from 9am to 2:30 pm.  We'll post a schedule next week, or check your Liars Club Newsletter for details.

Mountaintown Plantation: A Piece of Trout Heaven

Mountaintown Plantation opened its incredible water to fishing for the first time yesterday. Fly rods in hand, two lucky guys slid in the crystal clear water at daybreak. Bright Fall colors lined the stream banks and sunshine quickly warmed the frosty morning into short sleeve weather.

Any pocket of water that looked like it should hold a trout received a cast and the fly was greeted by a hungry rainbow. Jonathon, Brian, and I experienced one of those days when we could do no wrong.
The trout were eating almost any fly from my unorganized fly boxes.I told Jonathon and Brian that we should see if we can find a fly they won't eat.

Brian had a beaded fish counting necklace with 30 beads on it. He slid them down one time and up another counting at least 60 trout he caught and Jonathon matched him fish for fish. Over 120 trout ain't too bad for a debut.
Hold on tight for we have big plans for the piece of trout heaven!Give us a call at the shop if your interested in hearing more about Mountaintown Plantation.

Julian Byrd

Byrd has pulled the oars down south and out west, but calls Georgia home.  Like most of our guides,  he got started fishing at an early age...read more about him here.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Trick or Treat

Click for a good look at some nice fish!
Here's a treat from Anthony Rabern via Jeff Durniak:

We sampled Lake Burton today (10/19) and caught a variety of quality fish.  Burton brown trout, like the one pictured in the attached photo, should be moving into the tributaries in November to prepare for spawning.  The one pictured weighed four pounds.  Spotted bass were very abundant in our sampling gear today, especially in the shallows on the upper lake.  The area around the Hwy 76 was particular productive.  I would imagine that spots, trout, and walleye would chase a crank bait in the morning or early evening hours for the next several weeks.

Anglers should also remember nearby reservoirs such as Rabun, Seed, And Tugalo, for some good fall fishing for bass and walleye.  


Anthony Rabern
GADNR Senior Fisheries Biologist
Lake Burton Hatchery

Thursday, October 14, 2010

2011 Fly Fishing Gear Guide from "MidCurrent"

After our return from the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show in Denver, we considered writing a review of all the products we thought would be of interest to you. But, we were just overwhelmed and realized our writing skills probably wouldn't do justice to the subject. Now, we're glad we procrastinated. "MidCurrent" has just published an online article covering EVERYTHING! And it's much more well written and has more detail than we could have every provided you. Over the next few days or even weeks, you should take some time to casually read their report. This may also be a good time to start that Christmas list. We hope you'll enjoy this and we are grateful to Marshall Cutchin and "MidCurrent" for their work.  Just click above to go to the guide.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The "Second Season" is About to Start

With the cooler weather and rain we've got in the forecast, it's time for the fall trout season to start up here in the South.  Here's a little video to get your blood pumpin'!  Thanks to David Cannon for the great vid!

Monday, October 4, 2010

John Browning

John has been with the shop guiding for a while now, and as you can tell from the photo, has a bit of fishing experience too!  I'm not entirely sure which one is John, but he is in the photo at right.  Read more of JB's story here.