The Complete Guide to Fly Fishing in North Georgia

There’s nothing more relaxing than a day of fishing in the mountains! With backcountry tailwaters that flow cold every season, North Georgia is a haven for anglers of all ages. This beautiful region is home to some of the finest fly-fishing opportunities, so pack your tackle box, cast your line, and get ready to discover excellent places for bountiful North Georgia fly-fishing!

Where Can I Find the Best North Georgia Fly Fishing?  

Lake Rabun 

North Georgia’s beautiful Lake Rabun is an 834-acre body of water located in the town of Lakemont. It’s first and foremost a paradise for anglers of all skill levels, offering plenty of big catches to reel in. Many other visitors love exploring via a Lake Rabun boat rental or kayaking the shining waters while viewing beautiful waterfront real estate. Most strive to do all three on their visit to North Georgia! 

The Chattahoochee River 

The Chattahoochee River is home to some of the most treasured fly-fishing spots. Many trailheads that follow this river’s route led to remote, high-elevation havens for woodland trout fishing. This river is the nation’s southernmost tailwater trout fishing location and maintains the largest population of wild brown trout in the Southeast. You’ll discover breathtaking chutes, waterfalls, glides, riffles, and plunges within the Chattahoochee. Your fly-fishing trip to the Chattahoochee will double as a refreshing retreat into the Blue Ridge backcountry! We think this river and the surrounding National Forest is especially gorgeous in the fall. 

Fly Fishing the Tallulah River

The Tallulah River is a freestone stream in the dreamlike Tallulah Gorge State Park. There is plenty of good trout found year-round with native brook trout and stocked browns/rainbows. The river feeds into the Chattooga River near the South Carolina state line but is easily accessible right above Lake Burton.

Our Favorite North Georgia Fly Fishing Outfitters 

Many local outfitters can assist those looking to enjoy some fly fishing in North Georgia. Glen-Ella Springs offers an incredible North Georgia fly-fishing package that includes guided fly-fishing trips from some of the best guiding services in the area. Employing a reputable fishing guide is the best way to assure that your North Georgia fly fishing trip is successful, as they are experts on the river and how to catch trout. These experienced anglers will help you find that trophy trout you’ve always dreamed of with their knowledge of the area. If you’re lucky, you may even hear a few fishing tales about the river! 

Where to Stay During a Fly-Fishing Trip in North Georgia interior penthouse suite

While you’re planning your North Georgia fishing adventure, don’t forget to book your stay at Glen-Ella Springs. Our Clarkesville, GA, bed & breakfast is the perfect mountain getaway with relaxing accommodations and a beautiful setting. Our rooms and suites feature comfortable furnishings, private bathrooms, and luxurious amenities like custom milled bath products, spa-inspired robes, 600 thread count sheets, sound machines, and more. Plus, after a day on the river working up an appetite, our on-site restaurant will satisfy your cravings for innovative and delicious cuisine. The restaurant is open most evenings, and each morning you’ll enjoy a full breakfast featuring dishes like our Blueberry Pancakes or Two Cheese Strata.  

The fish are jumping in North Georgia, so check our availability, and book your stay today. We can’t wait to host you at Glen-Ella Springs Inn!

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