Fannin County is the Trout Capital of Georgia.
For the Guys -- Fishing and More!
There are over 100 miles of great trout fishing rivers, creeks and streams in the area, including Jack's River, Conasauga River, Toccoa River, Noontootla Creek and Cooper Creek.
First, rent a cabin on the Toccoa River, either above or below the Lake Blue Ridge Dam; on Fightingtown Creek or another fishing stream in the area; or on Lake Blue Ridge for lake fishing. You can find lots of them on the Where to Stay section of this site.
Second, check out our Trout Fishing page and download the self-guided tour river access maps, which show access points and boat ramps in the area.
Third - make it easy on yourself and hire a local fishing guide! For trout or lake fishing there are a number of qualified guides to help you locate and catch fish! If you don't hire a guide you will need a fishing license with a trout stamp for trout fishing. It would be a good idea to check TVA's website for information about times for water releases if you're fishing the Toccoa below the dam.
Not to Miss ...
Oyster Fine Bamboo Flyrods - 494 East Main Street, Blue Ridge
While you are in Blue Ridge, don't miss an opportunity to visit Oyster Fine Bamboo Fly Rods workshop on East Main Street downtown. Bill makes fine handcrafted bamboo fly rods and teaches classes to others who wish to learn.
Cohutta Fishing Company - 490 East Main Street
A great outfitter for all your fishing needs, carrying fine goods from companies such as Filson, Orvis, Simms Fishing Products, Mountain Khakis, Howler Brothers, Scott Fly Rods, Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods, Nautilus Reels, and Pendleton.
Sports Bars & Breweries
There are lots of places to hang out and watch the game (or not) with the guys. In Blue Ridge, check out Blue Ridge Brewery, Chester Brunnemeyer's, the Cellar at Treo, Fightingtown Tavern and Cucina Pizzeria (Morganton). In McCaysville, try Burra Burra on the Toccoa River. Download our Wine and Brew Tour for a full list of our six breweries and three wineries.
Harrod's Casino in nearby Murphy, N.C. is about 45 minutes away. For shuttle service, try A2B Transit.