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.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mr. Bob at the Bend

This in from Ron Thomas:

I had the privilege and pleasure to fish with "Mr. Bob" Still and his son and daughter-in-law David and Charlotte on the day after Thanksgiving at Nacoochee Bend.  As soon as we were in the water, "Mr. Bob" hooked and landed a nice rainbow.  It didn't stop there--it seemed that every time that he picked up the rod, he was on fish.  On one occasion, I saw a nice rainbow not far from where we were standing--I showed the fish to "Mr. Bob" and before I knew it, he had made the cast and hooked that fish.  He played the trout like a pro and before long the big bow (the one in the picture) was in the net.

Oh yea, David and Charlotte caught fish also--but this trip belonged to "Mr. Bob".  Thanks to the Still's for fishing with Unicoi and for giving me the opportunity to fish with them--what a joy!  By the way--"Mr. Bob" is 94 years young--can't wait until he's 100!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hooking Generations on Fly Fishing!

Our long time friend David Weeks brought his grandson West to Nacoochee Bend yesterday to introduce him to fly fishing.  From the sound of David's report, I think we've successfully helped him bring another generation into the fold.  Thanks for the report, David, and we hope we'll see you two on the streams of north Georgia more often.


Attached are copies of photos of my grandson, West Weeks, catching his first
trout on a fly rod at Nacoochee Bend on November 1st.  The photo on the right with me was his first trout which was 16 inches.  The photo below was his largest at 23 inches.  Notice the smile on his face!!  In all, West caught and landed eleven trout
on his first day ranging from 16 inches to 23 inches.  What a memorable day
he had!  Chuck Head did an excellent job of coaching West in casting and
landing his fish.  West landed each fish by himself and we did not lose a
single fish which was quite an accomplishment.  Thank you for creating a
wonderful fishing experience at Nacoochee Bend.  Please let me know if you
use any of these photos on your website.

Tight lines,

David Weeks

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hooked Another Couple!

We always enjoy hearing from our guests, particularly those just trying out the sport of fly fishing.  Tony Perry and Karla Gotowala went out on a Gilligan Special this week with George MacMillan.  I think we've ruined two more lives.  Oh yeah!

Mr Cross,

I want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful first experience of fly fishing. After meeting you on our first day in Helen, my girlfriend and I took your advice and booked a Gilligan trip.  We waited until Wednesday (a rookie mistake) to book the trip for Thursday.  Chuck initially told us that your guided services were booked several days out, a problem for us since our plans had us leaving Friday morning. Chuck worked with us and called us back about an hour later informing us that we were booked for Thursday morning. We appreciate his efforts.

We were very fortunate in having George as our guide this morning. He took us to a location that was absolutely beautiful. He quickly taught us how to cast, not an easy task considering neither of us have ever even held a fly rod. He also provided us with some basic education about the fly rod and it's components.

George then took us down to the water and proceeded to wait on us for the next couple of hours as we lost flys on logs in the water and in trees casting. He was incredibly patient as I missed fish after fish. His instruction paid off with a beautiful rainbow trout. I had several other fish on and nearly landed but my inexperience allowed the fish to get off just before landing.

I highly recommend your guided services, specifically George. He is a credit to your organization and will be remembered fondly by us.

Tony Perry & Karla Gotowala