The Key to a North Georgia Fly Fishing Trip You Won’t Soon Forget

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! Don’t let the fun stop there. Take a look at our free Vacation Guide for insider tips on the area’s best-kept secrets, including restaurants, breweries, hiking trails, national parks, and more. 

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Where Can I Find the Best North Georgia Fly Fishing?  

The Soque River 

The Soque River in Habersham County, Georgia, is a stunning and unique body of water. It flows approximately 30 miles through private land before emptying into the Chattahoochee River. Soque River fly-fishing was once a hidden secret but has since become a beloved hobby for area anglers. The river consists of several sub-basins, including the Headwaters, Raper Creek, Shoal Creek, Deep Creek, Hazel Creek, Beaverdam Creek, and Yellow Bank Creek. Many sections of the Soque River are wadable, and all are full of fish. 

Water temperatures on the upper Soque River are ideal for supporting large numbers of trout. Landowners and local fisheries ensure that the fish are well fed to maintain their trophy size. Whether you’re an avid angler or beginner seeking a guided trip, Soque River fishing is an exciting and fun way to spend an afternoon in the North Georgia Mountains! 

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. Within the Chattahoochee, you’ll discover breathtaking chutes, waterfalls, glides, riffles, and plunges. 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. 

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! 

Black Hawk Fly Fishing 

Black Hawk Fly Fishing offers private fishing trips along a two-mile stretch of the Soque River. This outfitter’s stream is a haven for trout; it features strong rapids and deep pools that flow over the rocky riverbed. Over the years, Black Hawk Fly Fishing has helped anglers reel in some of the country’s largest trout. Get ready to catch a big one! 

Brigadoon Lodge 

Known for providing world-class fishing excursions on the spectacular Soque River, Brigadoon Lodge has over a mile of private water in North Georgia and was even ranked the #1 trout fishery in North America. Located just 20 minutes from Glen-Ella Springs Inn, Brigadoon Lodge operates an enormous bend in the Soque River. This section is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest and boasts 360-degree mountain views. This area is gorgeous in the spring, when 300-year-old mountain laurels, azaleas, and rhododendron bloom. If you prefer cooler temperatures, check it out in the fall when the leaves are changing. Be sure to stop by the Brigadoon Lodge Fly Shop for fishing lessons, custom fly rods, high-quality reels, a full selection of hand-tied flies, waders, and other equipment. You’ll also love this outfitter’s local wine offerings! 

Fern Valley on the Soque 

About four miles north of Clarkesville, family-owned Fern Valley on the Soque offers both productive trout fishing and plenty of heart! Owners Glad and Marty Simmons vowed to be good stewards of the land they fell in love with it, and that philosophy shows. The Simmons family offers fishing on their half-mile stretch of the river as well as walking trails, picnic tables, fire pits, and swings. Fly fishing on the Soque must follow a few simple regulations: 

  • All fish must be catch-and-release 
  • Only four anglers are allowed in the stream per day (excluding group reservations) 
  • Anglers may fish between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
  • Landing nets must be used 
  • No dark egg-patterned fish can be captured 

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!