Winter Trout Fishing in Blue Ridge

Come on up to the Trout Capital of Georgia for huge trout and winter fun!

Winter in North Georgia is the perfect place to enjoy all there is to do outdoors or to enjoy doing nothing at all!  With all the challenges this year is throwing at us, the best prescription as we move into winter seems to be fresh air, enjoying outdoor activities.

Get outside: Learn to fly fish, hike, bike and see all the best Fannin County has to offer.  The winter months provide an excellent time of year to get out of the house and do some exploring in the north Georgia mountains. 

The cool air makes for some of the best fly fishing of the year in the trout capital of Georgia. Hungry trout are just waiting for the right cast and fly to drift by and then the challenge is all yours. Reeling in a colorful rainbow, brown and brook trout delights all ages and skill levels. If you have never held a rod or are an experienced angler, On The Fly Excursions will get you to the right place with the right gear and guidance to get the fish to the net. The incredible beauty and peace of Blue Ridge’s trout streams are a rewarding experience to explore.  Less tree coverage aids the novice angler in our small, bountiful, trout streams.

Once the beauty of autumn fades and the leaves start to drop the views from the bountiful hiking trails are long range and spectacular.  The crisp, clear days are perfect for a short, easy hike or a guided hike with Hike the Ridge to the many waterfalls and vistas in the area. Explore the Aska Trails and the Benton Mackaye trails near the trailhead of the Appalachian Trail.

Get out on a bike and see what the area has to offer.  From paved roads and paths, to trails that will challenge the most experienced mountain biker, you can breathe in that fresh mountain air and enjoy a day taking in some beautiful views.  Pedego Electric Bikes can set you up on a guided tour and an electric bike.  Travel the trails near the lake, make your way from town to the river or get on a trail to a waterfall.

There is no better place to start your winter adventure than with the folks at Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters (BRMO).  On The Fly Excursions was founded in Blue Ridge when we teamed up with Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters to offer guided fly fishing excursions and fishing gear on Main Street. 

On The Fly offers some of the most experienced guides in the area and provides wade and float trips.  Whether you are an individual, a family or a corporate group, we have the ability to get you out for an exciting day.  Everything is provided.  You just need a fishing license, and a desire for a great day on the water.  If you want to get an idea of just how exciting fly fishing can be here in Blue Ridge, take a moment to watch “A Cure Cabin Fever” (YouTube, Bluff Line Media), a film we produced highlighting the beautiful fishing we have to offer anglers of any experience, and a sense of just what Blue Ridge and Fannin County have to offer this time of year.

Whether its hiking boots, outdoor clothing, hiking packs and gear, or just some great local shirts and hats, Blue Ridge Mountain Outfitters has all your needs covered.  As well as getting all your needed gear, BRMO can help set up your guided fishing, hiking or biking excursion.

If your idea of getting outdoors is not so arduous, then spend the day downtown.  The many shops on Main Street in downtown Blue Ridge offer everything you need for a great stay in the mountains (and things for back home) regardless of the weather. After shopping, grab a delicious meal downtown and settle into a cozy fire at one of the hundreds of beautiful cabins for rent in the area. Enjoy a Mountain View, stay on one of the many water ways or downtown lodging, a full variety of options are available.

Enjoy a visit to a local brewery and Irish pub and the many local wineries or spend a warm sunny afternoon on one of our beautiful public golf courses. Our local courses provide an outstanding opportunity to challenge the mountain terrain while enjoying views like no other.   A night under the stars around a warm fire provide the perfect ending to the day. 

Blue Ridge offers great options for visitors, whether you are interested in a quiet, peaceful or an exciting fun filled vacation, or a mix of both. You can enjoy the best of winter here in Fannin County. 


Marcia and Russell Black
On The Fly Excursions
Guided Fly Fishing