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, May 13, 2015

The Best Fly Fishing Deal Around

Join Unicoi Outfitters for our FREE Orvis Fly Fishing 101 class and received a free one year membership to Trout Unlimited.  Every Saturday throughout May and June we offer this introductory 2-hour seminar from 10 AM until 12 noon at our shop.   to reserve a spot in the class.  This is the perfect way to find out if fly fishing is the sport for you or someone you know.  

We also offer the advanced Fly Fishing 201 class on Sunday mornings, 9 AM until 12 noon, through the end of June.  Anyone who has participated in the Fly Fishing 101 class is eligible for the 201 class.  Our Fly Fishing 201 classes are two full hours on the fabled waters of Nacoochee Bend learning the specifics of fishing with a fly rod.  Cost for the 201 class is only $50.  Once again, participants must register ahead of time.

This is a tremendous value.  If you take both classes, consider what you'll be receiving:
  • 2 hours of instruction from one of our guides (a $50 value)
  • An Orvis 101 cap (a $16 value)
  • 1 year membership in Trout Unlimited (a $35 value)
  • 2 hours of guide instruction (FF 201) on our private trophy trout stream (a $115 value)
We're located at 7280 S. Main St. in Helen, GA.  Participants need to call ahead and register.  (706-878-3083)

The Dry Fly Switch is ON!!!

Received this report from Dredger last night.  If you can get away for an evening of fishing, now is the time to do it!

RE:  Nantahala DH

Two sizes of cahills and three favors of stonefly (lemon, lime, and some large grapefruits) filled the Andrews skies last night.  Sporadic large helicopters (aka Green Drakes) launched during daylight hours.  Whitewashed versions of the copters hovered over the riffles at dark30 (see Coffin Fly pic).

Switch was on from when I got there til 8:55pm.  Dries were best in last hour. Sure beat Monday's dark30 trip to Chattooga DH, which ran 69 degrees due to recent hot spell. Chattooga had fished great over the weekend (maxed at 65f).

My Go-to rig on the Nantahala was 14 Cahill on 5x with a 16 soft hackle hares ear three feet off the back, on 6x.  Add one size 6 dinsmore shot about 8 inches above the wet, and high stick that rig thru riffles and boulder fields.  Stay out of deep pools if you're into numbers.

All three stocked species and a bunch of wild rainbows were brought to hand.  Think I caught some small wild browns, too. Got tired of catching them, so I cut off the wet and stayed on top to gimme a break.

Almost had lifetime supply of bucktails, too. Unfortunately, they were all attached to bucks' butts.  Thank God for near misses on Wayah Road's trip home.

Go get em, folks. And watch around the curves on your drives home!