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, July 15, 2021

The Real Deal!

Unicoi Outfitters is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Israel Patterson to our staff. We are truly lucky to have Israel decide to include us in his homecoming plans!

Raised in the southeastern United States, Israel grew up testing the Georgia reservoirs for Largemouth Bass and exploring southern Appalachian streams for trout. He has fished from Baja, Mexico to Alaska, and east across the United States.  His photographs have been published in The Drake Magazine, The FlyTying Artist, and in multiple industry catalogs and advertisements.

After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Israel moved to Colorado and guided in and around Rocky Mountain National Park.  He specialized in backcountry, overnight fishing trips to high alpine lakes, as well as daily guide trips to small mountain streams. 

Israel recently returned to his native Georgia and enjoys chasing trout and warmwater species.  When not guiding UO clients or serving customers in our Helen store, Israel can be found traveling to the next destination in his search for new species and new cultural experiences.  

Israel, thanks for your military service to our country and for sharing your flyfishing expertise with anglers across it. We’re honored to have you join our UO family!

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