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I'd like to organize some hike-in fly fishing trips to mountain streams, mostly in north Georgia, western North Carolina, or Great Smokey Mountains National Park. Some trips will be single-day, some (especially those further from Atlanta) two or more days with backpacking or car camping. Group sizes will be limited depending on the size of the stream. If you just want to come along to hike and camp along some beautiful mountain streams (and not fish), that's fine too.

Fly fishing experience is not required, as I'm happy to teach, but please be sure you're comfortable wading around slippery rocks in moving water. I do have a couple of extra rods that I'm willing to lend. Waders aren't usually necessary, but neoprene socks (something like this: https://amzn.to/2y5EJNs ) are often a good idea, and some form of eye protection is mandatory (you don't want a hook in the eye). You DO need to have the appropriate fishing license for whichever state we'll be in.

By the way, I don't usually keep fish. Not that I think eating fish is bad, but catching stockers in the Hooch and bluelining for brookies are very different situations. I usually fish for wild or even native trout in small streams, and I don't want to add pressure to trout populations in Georgia's often marginal habitat. I might make an exception if a fish is injured or otherwise unlikely to survive, but for the most part if you come with me I'd prefer that you keep 'em wet and let 'em go.

Upcoming events (1)

Jacks River overnighter

Holler & Dash

This is a short backpacking and fishing trip in the Cohutta Wilderness. We will drive up Saturday morning, hike in 3-4 miles and set up camp, then fish up and down Jacks River Saturday afternoon. Sunday we'll fish until early afternoon, break camp and hike out, and drive back to Atlanta. This is one of my favorite streams in Georgia. The fishing was good the last time I was there, the stream is beautiful, and I have rarely seen another fisherman. It's not a difficult hike, but it will require some stream crossings. Details about the hike are here: https://www.atlantatrails.com/hiking-trails/hiking-jacks-river-falls-trail-splashing-through-the-cohutta-wilderness/. Times are approximate for leaving Atlanta to arrival back in Atlanta. It's about a two hour drive, so my hope is to be on the trail around 10:00 am Saturday, back to the car(s) around 6:00 pm Sunday, and back in Atlanta around 8:00 pm. As before, you won't need waders, but you will need shoes you can wade in (NOT soft-bottomed 'water shoes'), eye protection (ideally polarized sunglasses), a Georgia fishing license, and whatever else you would normally bring backpacking. If you need fishing or camping gear, I have a limited amount to lend. Feel free to message me with gear questions. Everyone will be responsible for their own food. If you're coming from Atlanta, I can give you a ride (up to four passengers); otherwise, we'll arrange to meet somewhere along the way. Participate at your own risk. The Mountain stream hiking and fly fishing Meetup assumes no liability associated with events and the members, including: injuries, parking fees, event fees, food, drinks, medical bills, loss of property, theft, parking mishaps, towing fees and/or any other negative thing that might happen. By RSVPing and attending these events, you waive all rights to make any legal claim against Meetup and this group's organizer. You are responsible for yourself and your own safety.

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Fishing and hiking Jacks River

Holler & Dash

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