Unicoi Outfitters is open year-round.
Anglers are encouraged to use their own gear it they wish. If they would prefer, we will provide rods, reels, and waders. Flies are not included. Unicoi Outfitters is proud to use Orvis rods and reels for our clients.
We cover all of north Georgia and into portions of North Carolina. We offer exclusive access to several private streams managed for trophy trout; we are also permitted to guide in the Chattahoochee, Sumter, and Nantahala National Forests. We offer both wade fishing and float-fishing experiences.
Relatively mild winters allow us to fish from October through June; summers can be too hot for some of the smaller mountain streams, yet some tailwater fishing is available year-round.
We can tailor the fishing trip to match the client's desires, whether that be chasing wild fish, fishing over trophy trout, or floating a tailwater. We offer both full-day and half-day trips.
Primarily our streams hold rainbow trout, but brown and brook trout are also possibilities.
Regardless of the season, it is always a good idea to bring a hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and a camera. Clothing is dependent upon the season; dressing in layers allows the most flexibility.
Unicoi Outfitters is a full-service fly shop, featuring Orvis and other major brands of fly tackle.
Q. Is a fishing license required?
A. A valid Georgia fishing license and trout license are required to fish any of our locations in Georgia; similarly, a North Carolina license and trout license are required when fishing North Carolina streams.
Overall: 4.9 / 5 based on 21 reviews
20 of 21 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Experience worth the money! -
By: CoachCole from Helen, GA
This was the 3rd trip (or lesson) I've purchased as a gift. Unicoi Outfitters, up to their usual 5 star standards, made it a great day for my fly-fishing novice friend. The guide was patient and professional. I'll continue to make this my go-to gift for that hard to buy for person on my gift list!
Our guide, Jake Darling -
By: StanBishop from Bradenton, FL
Three of us (one from Florida, one from Texas, and one from Colorado) booked an all day fly fishing trip with Jake during October 2013. I had used him in the past and was excited for the other two men to meet him and have him show them a rewarding day of fishing. Jake did not disappoint. Each of us caught several large trophy trout, and Jake accommodated our every need. He is very patient, as we all three had snarled lines at some point during the day. Additionally, when the fish decided not to bite, Jake changed tactics and almost immediately we were catching trout once again. For the Texan and Coloradan, both expressed only the highest praise for Jake and admitted at days end that they had never had such a rewarding and productive trout fishing experience. And the man from Colorado admitted his state does not have trout the size he caught that day. A day well spent. I can recommend Jake Darling to anyone, from novice through world-class fishermen.
Awesome guide! -
By: RLS77 from Helen, GA, USA
Great day of fishing on Chestatee with Unicoi Outfitter guide Jake Darling. Brute trout and a great guide makes for an awesome day.
Intro to flyfishing at its best -
The team at Unicoi Outfitters have consistently gotten high marks for customer service for many years. It was with this in mind that my wife gave me the Intro to Flyfishing lessons as a gift. She knew I had expressed interest for some time and there was no question as to where we would take the lesson. Jake was our instructor and our guide for the day. Jake was patient, answered all my many questions throughout the day, about how, why, when, etc. At the end of the class, Jake did a great job of putting together a great fly fishing set up with Orvis rod and reel and line. I took a friend of mine with me and I can tell you we both had a great time. The staff at Unicoi has a passion about trout. They know about the local streams and rivers and are eager to share their knowledge.
Awesome time! -
By: Giantrider from Clayton, Ga
I've been a fisherman my whole life but limited knowledge of fly fishing. My dad and I bought the Gilligan package and I learned so much in the time on the water. Our guide, George, was very patient and beyond helpful. I cant remember ever having such a great time fishing.
A great Gift and Experience -
By: JacketFan from Milton, GA, USA
My wife gave my son and me the Gilligan package for Christmas. I waited nearly 18 months to make a reservation and the folks at Unicoi Outfitters were great taking care of everything. The equipment we used was first rate and George our guide was awesome. A good instructor and very patient he made it a very memorable experience. I recommend everyone give fly fishing a try with a three hour tour.
Good day fishing! -
By: from Gray, GA, USA
George was an excellent guide, he was exactly what I was looking for. Not only did we catch a good many fish we also caught some very large ones. He was an excellent teacher and a lot of help with improving my fly fishing techniques and my knowledge.
Two days of perfection -
By: CRB3 from Lakeland, FL, USA
Our two days of fishing in Helen will go down as one of the most memorable. What a spectacular place. The fish were plenty and large. Thanks George for being so patient and helpful and for putting us on fish like never seen. We will be back soon.
Fantastic Guide and outfitter -
By: Bendback from Unicoli Outfitters, Helen Georgia
Had the opportunity to fish with Unicoi Outfitters and guide George MacMillan for 2 days. I can't say enough about wat a fantastic time I had fishing with George. Great guy and extremely knowledge. Caught plenty of fish with some real beauties. The shop was well stocked and was a joy to book and complete this great trip. I will be back in November and would recommend these guys wholeheartedly .
A Super Spring Day on the River -
George was a wonderful guide giving us maximum exposure to so many fish. Flies chosen were very effective. I caught the largest fish I have ever caught. George also was a great teacher and helped me improve my techniques. It was such a pleasurable day. Thanks for your help, George!