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, April 13, 2011

A day in the Life of Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas loves being a flyfishing guide.  I think if we worked this thing just right, he would pay us to take clients out fishing.  His mission in life, since he retired from the U.S. Postal Service, is to put as many smiles on anglers' faces as possible.  And in that quest, he has created a lot of new friends and turned a lot of them on to trout fishing with the fly.  This week he had a trip with Kerry Teel from Canton.  Kerry is one of Ron's repeat clients (one of Ron's adopted family members now) who has now fished River North on the Soque and Nacoochee Bend with plans to hit Frog Hollow with Ron later in the month.

These fish were caught at Nacoochee Bend on Monday.  We think the Bend the best trophy stream in north Georgia right now.  We're having more success hooking big fish and more numbers of fish here than any other stream we guide on.  I think you can tell from the look on Kerry's face that he's satisfied with the results.  According to Ron, they "caught a bunch of fish on a lot of different flies" but these two fatties both took a big Zonker.

Ron also leads a monthly fly tying class on the first Tuesday evening of each month at our Helen shop.  It's picked up the name of "Tie One On" but we assure you the only thing folks there are high on is life and laughter.  It's open to anyone, even if you don't own any tying gear.  We'll provide it for you.

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