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Ellijay Trout Fishing Guide

Ellijay is a growing community in the North Georgia Mountains for both tourism and vacation getaways. The areas around Ellijay and Jasper offer different activities throughout the seasons. Fall brings visitors to the popular apple orchards and other harvest festivals. Trout fishing seams to be a side thought when enjoying the beautiful color change of the Southern Appalachia. Winter and spring are the best times to hit the trout streams closer to Ellijay as the lower elevation causes these streams to warm considerably in the summer. Visitors in the summer enjoy the many surrounding wineries, floating the Cartecay on intertubes, and trout fishing further north in the higher elevation trout streams northeast of town. Learn more about which creeks and streams are stocked or have populations of wild trout in our Ellijay Fly Fishing Guide article.

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Ellijay Fly Fishing

The popular stocked trout streams around the Ellijay area include the upper Cartecay River, Mountaintown Creek, Turniptown Creek, Owltown Creek, and Clear Creek. During the warmer months its best to search further north for trout streams around Blue Ridge or Suches.

Private Trophy Trout Stream Wading 

Private water trout streams are located on the Upper Cartecay River its major tributary,  Tickanetley Creek.

Owltown Creek, Mountaintown Creek, Amicalola Creek, Elijay River, Clear Creek, Cartecay River, Tickanetley Creek, Turniptown Creek, Noontootla Creek, and Big Creek have some of the best trout fishing near Ellijay, Georgia. These creeks and rivers fish better at different times of the year, so becoming familiar with them is key to maximizing your success. All of these streams are stocked at different rates throughout the year. Check out our North Georgia Trout Fishing Guide to Stocked Trout Streams for more details. If you're looking for lodging on Ellijay's best trout streams, there are several options just outside of town.

Public Wading Fly Fishing Trips in Ellijay

Explore the best public water trout streams around Ellijay. Learn how to find and target stocked trout or wild trout on the upper Toccoa River and Coosa River headwaters. For experienced anglers, attempt the Appalachian slam and land a brown trout, brook trout, and rainbow trout on the same trip while learning their habits and preferences.

Wading Fly Fishing Trips on Ellijay Trophy Trout Streams

Fly fishing the private trout streams around Ellijay means targeting your personal best trophy trout. Learn how to find and fight big trout in small water. Tickanetley Creek and Rolston Creek provide a scenic backdrop for the hero shot of your personal best trout.