Reel Job Fishing isn't your run of the mill fly fishing guide service. The company has built a solid reputation for being the go-to guide service for fly anglers wanting to take their skills to the next level. Teaching is priority #1 and Kent Klewein and his team of professional guides will make sure you and your guests will not only have the time of your life catching beautiful trout, but you'll also walk away with an understanding on how to duplicate it on your own. Based out of Blue Ridge, GA, Reel Job Fishing runs guided float and wade fishing trips on the top 30+ miles of prime trout water in North Georgia, about 1 1/2 hours north of Atlanta. Best of all, Reel Job Fishing operates guided fishing trip year-round and they specialize in tailoring each guide trip to the client's needs and expectations. Multi-day itineraries can be provided for clients planning a fly fishing vacation.
We fly fish 12 months of the year and we've got plenty of year-round trout rivers and streams.
Beverages and ice, and all fly fishing gear (waders, boots and fly rods) if needed. We don't charge for flies or leaders.
We do ask that clients bring a valid fishing license and trout license, rain jacket, cap and polarized sunglasses. With the exception of float trips, clients provide their own lunch.
The Toccoa River and it's tributaries are the main area of focus for the majority of Reel Job Fishing's guide trips. We've got 16 miles of tailwater on the lower Tococa River, that we float in drift boats and we also have another 15+ miles of quality trout water that's comprised of a combination of public an private sections that we wade. We've got you covered whether you enjoy fly fishing for trout on big water or prefer solitude wading and exploring the smaller trout streams of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Rainbow and brown trout for the majority of the season. In the spring and fall there is also some opportunities for brook trout.
Summers are usually mild while the winters can at times, require client's to wear multiple layers on the water. Our average elevation is over 2,000 feet above sea level. Spring and Fall can be wet so make sure you bring a rain jacket and cap. We always talk to our client's a few days prior to the guide trip and give an update on the weather and fishing.
Although we do run 1/2 day (4 hour) trips, the majority of our bookings are full day (8 hour) guided fly fishing trips. We generally meet our client’s about 8:30am at a designated location, where we’ll have them follow the guide to the fishing location, and we’re on the water by 9:00am. Depending on the weather, fishing and time of year, we may start earlier or later. It’s all about accommodating the client’s schedule and putting them on the water during the best fishing. We’ll fish hard until lunch time, when we break for 15-20mins and then we’ll get back on the water fly fishing until about 5:00pm.
Is it okay if I've never fly-fished before?
Yes, about 75% of our business is comprised of first-timers or client’s that have only fly fished a few times. We’re very comfortable guiding novice clients and we’ll provide you a guiding style that’s informative, laid back and encouraging.
How many clients do you guide at a time?
We like to keep a 2 to 1 guide ratio. For parties of 3 or more we recommend adding a second guide.
Is there lodging available close by?
Yes, you can stay at a hotel in town in either Ellijay or Blue Ridge GA, you can rent a cabin at Southern Comfort Cabin Rentals, or you can stay in one of our farmhouses on private property located to our private trophy trout waters.
What forms of payment do you take?
The best way to pay is by check or cash. A couple places we do take credit cards but it depends on the land owner and location. We require a $100 deposit by check to hold reservations.
What's the best time of the year to book a trip?
That’s a tough question because it really all depends on the client’s wishes and skill level. For beginners, the easiest time to catch good numbers of fish is in the Spring when water levels are high and the trout are really aggressive. We also get some great dry/dropper fishing that time of year. That being said, the summer provides awesome terrestrial fishing and the winter is great for fresh fish and increased big fish opportunities because fishing pressure drastically drops off. The best thing to do is keep an open mind and have Reel Job Fishing consult you on what they think will be the best time for you to book your trip. Every year is different and the weather can determine the best time to book.
Do you keep fish?
No. We practice catch and release for all of our trips but we always carry a tape measure and a quality camera to document your catches.
Are gratuities included in your rates?
No. If you feel we’ve accommodated you, conducted ourselves professionally, and worked hard to make your trip informative and enjoyable, we ask that you consider adding a tip at the end of the day.
How far are you from a major airport?
Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta GA is about 1 1/2 hours from our base of operations in Ellijay and Blue Ridge GA.