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.

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Shop owner David Dockery had a pretty good Christmas, we'd say! 


Thursday, December 14, 2017




They don't seem to mind the cold.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Grads in Action

Proud of our Georgia TU Trout Camp grads, who recently put their skills to good use at Nacoochee Bend.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Striper Time

Lanier Line-sides have been munching!

Nice striper on the reliable RPLX.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Grip and Grin


The smile says it all! Fishing has been great the past few weeks.

Thursday, November 16, 2017


The SCOOP! You've got to love the moment when all that adrenaline fades to relief. Another great trip with guide Stepan Manole

Give us a call if you'd like to get in on heart-pounding experience for yourself or a loved one!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Big Bow

Heck Yeah! Unicoi Outfitters Guide Stefan Manole continues to put clients on fish! What a colored up rainbow. 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Welcome Vets

Honored to have @phwff with us this veterans day weekend. A sincere Thank You to our Veterans! 


Friday, November 3, 2017

Fall Colors

Gotta love the views. 


Friday, October 6, 2017

Lost Sleep


Late Night, Striper Bite.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Speck Equation


Brook Trout Fishing: 75% Bushwacking, 20% Tangles, 5% Fish...100% Devotion.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Punching Above His Weight

AIN'T SKEERED! Are you trying for your Georgia Bass Slam? An easy one to get on the upper Chattahoochee is a Red Eye. As you can see, they're voracious and will attack just about anything they can get their mouth around.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Colored up Cutties somewhere out West.

PC: Guide and employee @jackson_dockery

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ready for Hoppertime?

A lot of us are thinking about hoppers on the Madison River this time of year. If you've got a trip planned to the Yellowstone area, stop by Unicoi Outfitters and shop our full lineup of hopper patterns before you go.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Evening Wade

Nice evening on the Chattahoochee last night. Almost all on topwater and several quality shoal bass.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Summer Scene


The beauty of wild trout fishing is more than just the fish. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Changing Flavors

It's hot out there folks!! Many people ask what we do when the water heats up and the trout fishing stops. Our answer is simple, poppers and shoal bass. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Orvis Pro Tips - What Does "Anodized" Mean for a Fly Reel?

Pro Tips: What Does “Anodized” Mean for a Fly Reel?

Written by: Phil Monahan

Anodizing has a big effect on a reel’s durability and color.
Photos via orvis.com
Whenever you see advertising copy for a fly reel, it usually mentions that the metal is anodized. (For instance, the description might say that the reel is made from “anodized 6061 T6 aluminum.”) The copy might even note that there’s a special type of anodizing involved. If you’re not really sure what these terms mean, here’s a brief primer.
Anodizing is a chemical process that creates a coating on the surface of a metal (usually aluminum), which makes the metal more durable and resistant to scratches and dings. Anodizing also increases corrosion resistance and makes the metal easier to dye. Reel manufacturers use aluminum because it is so light, but it’s also quite soft. Without anodizing, an aluminum reel would not be very durable.The most common method of anodizing involves dipping the aluminum in sulfuric acid and then running electrical current through the acid. This causes aluminum oxide to form on the surface. Unlike iron oxide—which we call “rust”—the aluminum oxide does not flake off and is, in fact considerably harder than bare aluminum. Because this film of aluminum oxide is somewhat porous, it can be dyed or painted various colors.

Read the rest of the story at Orvis News