Updated: Aug 28
Blue Ridge, Georgia has been a hotspot for tourism and fly angler for decades. The Scenic Tailwaters of Lake Blue Ridge and hundreds of mountain cabins that line the tributaries of the Toccoa River provide a great escape for the visitors of North Georgia. Fly Fishing is an easy escape and the best way to immerse yourself in the outdoors. Whether you’re looking to float the river for a day, spend the weekend on a hike in camping trip in the Cohutta Wilderness, or simply want to spend a few hours on the water, there are plenty options within a few miles of Blue Ridge. The fly fishing in Blue Ridge is good year round with different opportunities arising during each season.
The Toccoa can be split into two distinct fisheries as the tailwater below Lake Blue Ridge and the headwaters above the lake are managed and fish somewhat differently. Both are an excellent place to run into some of the best fly fishing in Blue Ridge for trophy sized trout.
Upper Toccoa River Fishing
The Upper Toccoa River is stocked regularly throughout the year. A float trip is the best way to see the full extent of the upper river section as public access is divided by the many cabins and private property that line the shores. The public access is found on several strips on land on Hwy 60 which parallels the Toccoa. Wading can be quite difficult during periods of heavy rains, which make the fishing a bit more conducive for shore bound anglers. In late summer and early fall, wading is a much better option. The Toccoa River Delayed Harvest Section will open in the fall and offer anglers a better opportunity to target trout above the lake.
Lower Toccoa River Tailwater Fishing
The Toccoa River Tailwater runs from the Lake Blue Ridge Dam to the Ocoee river at its confluence with Fightingtown Creek. The river is extraordinarily popular not just with trout anglers, but with kayakers, tubers, and swimmers. During the summer the river can get overcrowded quickly, especially during the hot afternoons. Getting away from the crowds tends to require some method of drifting downriver, and even then, there are days where this can be difficult. The Toccoa is stocked very heavily by the state and additionally by many of the landowners along the river. Stocking by the state only occurs at the three public access points along the river. These are Tammen Park (the small park just below the Blue Ridge dam), Curtis Switch Park, and Horseshoe Bend Park near McCaysville. Wading anglers can fish in the public waters at all three of these parks, though there are days, even in winter, where space can be limited. The heavy stocking keeps anglers returning as success is not difficult to come by.
Boardtown Creek Trout Fishing
Boardtown Creek is a smaller creek just south of Blue Ridge that runs down through Ellijay. The creek is stocked in the spring along a couple of the bridge crossings. Public access is scarce and limited to these bridges. There are however dozens of cabins and homes lining the stream that occasional have the stream supplementally stocked.
Fightingtown Creek Trout Fishing
Fightingtown Creek is on of the lager tributaries of the Toccoa River just west of Blue Ridge. Though it is seldomly stocked by the state, many locals stock the stream on their own. Brown trout will also migrate up the creek from the Toccoa during late summer and early autumn in order to spawn and escape the warming water downstream. There is little public access on the lower portions of the creek, as like Boardtown, it is lined with cabins and mountain homes. There is some smaller portions of public land further up the creek that will have some stockers and wild trout.
Hemptown Creek Trout Fishing
Hemptown Creek parallels the Upper Toccoa River for several miles before emptying into the Toccoa tailwaters below the Blue Ridge Dam. The creek flow east to west on the north side of town and does not offer much in the way of public access. Though Hemptown is stocked regularly in the spring, access is limited to the bridges where majority of the stocking occurs. There are several private water trout fisheries along the creek that stock their own trout as well.
Trout Fishing in the Cohutta Wilderness
The Cohutta Wilderness is a massive expanse of public land that lies to the west of Blue Ridge, Georgia. There are dozens of small trout streams that scour the mountains, each possessing an abundance of wild trout. The most popular, or most commonly visited trout streams in the Cohuttas are the Conasauga River, Jacks River, and Upper Mountaintown Creek.
Jacks River Trout Fishing
Just about the only true overnight hike in fishing trip available to Georgians is found on the Jacks River. The Jacks runs about a dozen miles to its confluence with the Conasauga River at the Tennessee border. Every mile of this trout stream has a plethora of hungry wild trout eager to eat a fly. Wild rainbows and browns are quite common and an excellent way to spend a weekend. Access to the river is limited to its upper tributaries and its meeting place with the Conasauga.
Mountaintown Creek Trout Fishing
The west fork of Mountaintown Creek is best accessed from Forest Service Road 64 in the Cohuttas. A two mile hike down the trail along the Crenshaw Branch tributary will lead you to the water that receives very little pressure. Endless cascades and small waterfalls leave the wild rainbows and occasional brown trout excellent plunge pools to take shelter in. The warmer months will have trout eager to eat even poorly drifted flies. Stealth can be critical in these tight quarters a the wild trout can be quite spooky.
Conasauga River Trout Fishing
The Conasauga fishes very similar to the Jacks River. Access to the campgrounds along the river is much easier than the Jacks, and therefore it receives a bit more pressure. By hiking a quarter of half mile away from any of the trafficked campgrounds, you can find the same wild trout that are eager to eat any tempting offering that passes.
Coopers Creek Trout Fishing
The Coopers Creek WMA sits in between Blue Ridge, Dahlonega, and Blairsville. Coopers Creek is one of if not the most popular place for trout fishing in North Georgia. This is likely due to the dozens of campgrounds, and forestry road pull offs that line the main stretches of the creek, as well as the large amount of stocking it receives compared to its size. Running into the trout hear can be a bit of a chore ate times as the catch and keep fishermen keep a close eye out for the stock trucks. Consistent success is best found covering a lot of water and looking for holes the lazier fisherman aren’t willing to travel to. Once you have located these the fish will typically be very willing to eat most offerings.
Rock Creek Trout Fishing
Rock Creek fishes very similar to Coopers Creek. The size of the two Toccoa River tributaries are very similar. Rock Creek is a bit closer to Blue Ridge and has more ease of access. Though there are less camping opportunities around Rock Creek, it still sees similar pressure to Coopers. Stocked fish can be found from the confluence to the Toccoa, all the way up to the large trout hatchery found on the upper end. The lake above the hatchery is also stocked during the colder months. The small steams leading into the lake and tributaries above the hatchery do have populations of small wild fish for those willing to do a bit of bushwhacking.
Little Rock Creek Trout Fishing
A small tributary stream of Rock Creek. This creek does possess wild trout below the small waterfalls and plunge pools the fast water creates. Trout here are willing to come to a dry fly just about any time of year. When the stocked trout seem to disappear from Rock Creek, Little Rock Creek can cushion a tough day on the water with some small wild trout.
Look for the best cabins and lodging for trout fishing in Blue Ridge or if you are looking for other trout fishing destinations in Georgia, check out our Blairsville Fly Fishing Guide, Ellijay Fly Fishing Guide, Helen Fly Fishing Guide, and Dahlonega Fly Fishing Guide to learn where you can find more trout this year. If you know where you would like to fish but are just getting into fly fishing or need some help getting over that initial learning curve, take a look at our North Georgia Fly Fishing Trips. We can get you over the hump and ready to explore all North Georgia’s beautiful trout streams.