Fishing season in Georgia opened in late March and runs clear through to October. There are few things in this world quite as relaxing, challenging and also rewarding as fly fishing. It is an artform all to its own.
You can be sure that we have a Georgia Trout recipe in the book. Trout is an amazing source of quality protein and they are in reasonable abundance. I’ve only fished a few streams around Atlanta (most of my fly fishing has been out west). That said, go wet a line and bring home some supper. The Chattahoochee runs right through town. It’s convenient, but I like to travel a bit North of the city and hit Mountaintown Creek, the Chestatee and various other tributaries around Cleveland Georgia. By comparison, Georgia’s trout streams aren’t nearly as abundant as those in other states. There is a relative calcium deficiency in our soil and we just don’t have nearly the management that other states do.
There are some nice spots a little further up the road in Tennessee that I like. Occasionally, I can turn in my fly rod for a spinner and go striper fishing below some of the dams along the Tennessee River near my home town. These fish are big and bold. They are as close to the fight of a salt water fish as you’ll find.
If Julie and I get a wild hair this summer, we’ll likely head to Point Clear Alabama and go after bull reds and speckled trout. You’ll see mention of one of our trips to Mobile in the cookbook. Julie landed a HUGE spec trout on our first morning out and put me to work immediately in trying to play catch up. I eventually landed a big one myself and we all got to dine on fresh trout that afternoon.
Get a jump start on stocking your freezer full of tasty goodness.