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.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Amazon Predator


David Dockery's big Peacock from our trip. 12+ pounds.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Distant Colors!

We had a great time in the Amazon with Nomadic waters.

Peacock bass are one awesome fish! Definitely put them on your bucket list.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Hot Fishing in Cold Weather

UO customer Greg Monigold with a nice rainbow from a cold but successful day of fishing with UO guide Stefan Manole.  The fish don’t seem to mind the cold so get out on the water!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Chilly but Fun

Nice cold weather rainbow with UO guide Stefan Manole.  The fish don’t mind the cold. Bundle up and get out on the water this week.

Monday, November 19, 2018

T. Rex


🔨🔨 Hammer Alert 🔨🔨
UO guide Chuck Head put Joe on this absolute dinosaur of a rainbow trout!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Hooch Cam

If you're wondering how the fishing will be after this week of rain, our advice is to get on out there. The river right in Helen is running a little high (294 cfs as I type this) so you'll want to be careful wading. But it's clear and in good shape. The headwater streams will be very good. Dukes Creek and Smith Creek DH will be awesome! Here's the link to the USGS webcam in Helen:


Grab it with your mouse and aim it at the river!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Aggies Score!


Fun times at Nacoochee Bend with our Texas buddies, Audrey and Steven Meyer.

Monday, October 29, 2018

We're Now Online

Just in time for your fall and winter flyfishing needs, Unicoi Outfitters is now open for business online!


When you can't make it by the shop, you can still receive the same quality service and expertise with added convenience from North Georgia's Fly Fishing Specialists since 1994. We will be adding new items weekly, so keep visiting our store.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fish On!

Fish on!

With UO guide Hamp Cross at Nacoochee Bend.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Bass Candy

UO Manager and shoal bass whisperer Jake Darling with a box full of killer warm water patterns.

📸 @davidcannonphotography

Friday, October 19, 2018

Beast Brown


An awesome-looking beast of a brown trout caught with UO guide Chuck Head.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018



Another monster fish caught on a recent trip with UO Guide Chuck Head.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Colorful Chatt


The Chattahoochee bass is one of the most beautiful fish we have here in north Georgia.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Hilltop Trophy


Small water trophy! 


This awesome wild bow was caught by Ron Conner on his recent wild trout trip with us. Get out on the water this weekend and enjoy the cooler fall weather!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bend Hydrotherapy

This photo in Southern Living Magazine was taken at Nacoochee Bend right behind Nora Mill. We are so honored to have the opportunity to work with Casting for Recovery - Georgia.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Big appetite for this river spot.

📸 @davidcannonphotography

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Let it Fly

Airing out some line.

We hope everyone has some good times on the water this Labor Day weekend.
📸 David Cannon Photography 

Monday, August 27, 2018

Lookin' Up

Good times on the upper hooch! Unicoi Outfitters owner Jimmy Harris with a nice topwater shoal bass.

📸 David Cannon Photography

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Tops This Summer

Oh my slob! Longtime #unicoioutfitters customer, Chris Borders, with the biggest fish of the summer thus far. The #shoalbass fishing has been incredible lately. Get with us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Summer Stripes

Skinny water beast! UO Assistant Manager Wes McElroy with a nice river striper.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Go High


Beat the heat and pursue some natives in a cool mountain stream!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Big Dog

Dog days of summer shoal bass action! Keith with a nice shoalie from yesterday’s float with Jake Darling.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Small Stream Action

Good times on the small streams. If you have never experienced this kind of fishing give us a call and ask about our wild trout trips.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Summer Bugs

It’s warm water season and we’ve got you covered! Whether you are fishing a lake, pond, or river we have the to
pwater flies you need.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Ride

Having a blast in the new ride! Come on a shoal bass float with us in the new Smithfly raft. This thing is awesome! 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Gotta Have Clean Water

Sportsmen and women are more intimately involved with our water resources than any other group of citizens. Let Congress know clean water is important not only to us but to the health of our country.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Summer Specks


Small stream summertime fun!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Gumbo's Giant

Young John Montgomery, AKA "Gumbo", with a

🔨🔨🔨 while fishing with UO Manager and Guide @jake_a_darling today. Fishing is still great, give us a 📞. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Yaks are Back

Fresh yak reload from @feelfreeus

Kayak fishing is an awesome summertime activity that gets you into the places you can’t go on foot. Come in the shop and check them out before they are gone!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Up for a Float?

No big boys came out to play but it’s still a lot of fun when a bunch of little guys blow up on a popper.

Beat the summer heat with us on a river bass float trip!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Falling Water

It feels good to finally catch some shoal bass after all the high water.

Give us a 📞 if you wanna chase after these guys. Our shoal bass raft trips are a great way to beat the summer heat! 

Monday, June 4, 2018

Double the Fun

Double the fun! The bluelines are on 

🔥 right now with the extra water.

Monday, May 21, 2018


Redeyes are the brook trout of the bass family. These aggressive little fish are small but beautiful.

Friday, May 18, 2018

In the Dark


Good things happen in the dark.