Trout fishing in the streams and rivers of Northeast Georgia is an experience everyone should have. There is nothing like standing in a cold mountain stream and taking time to enjoy the sound of the cascading water as it tumbles through boulders, around fallen trees and around sharp bends on its way into one of our sparkling mountain lakes.
While purists fly fish, I am happy using my old reliable rod and reel. Pockets full of meal worms, wax worms or giant red wigglers (and yes, sometimes I stoop to using a kernel of corn) I venture forth well armed in an attempt to attract the wily trout.
While native brown and brook trout can still be found occassionally and if one has an idea of where to look, these waterways are stocked by the local hatchery which is located on the shores of Lake Burton at the mouth of Moccassin Creek. Each week, thousands of rainbow trout are released into the various streams and rivers in the area. What a delight to find yourself behind the hatchery truck as it winds its way down a dappled dirt road that curves through the forest following the turns and twists of the river. The truck stops often so the hatchery folks can dip out nets full of trout and toss them twisting and sparkling in the sunlight as if they were studded with multicolored rhinestones.
It only takes a minute for the newly freed fish to adjust to the cold clear currents and settle down where they hang as if suspended by invisible threads just below the surface of the rapidly running water.
We wait for the days after a rain to try our luck because the trout are smart ( smarter than I am!) and I have learned that if I can see them in the clear water, then they can see me and they know I'm up to no good as far as they are concerned. I'd like nothing better than for them to end up on the table as smoked trout spread served with water crackers and capers. ( If you would like the recipe, send me a note in a comment and I'll send it to you since you were kind enough to read this blog.)
And should you possess a pair of waders and don't mind putting your own worms on the hook, I'll show you where the best fishing holes are if you come to visit these beautiful mountains.
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I appreciate it and look forward to hearing from you.
Happily enjoying Georgia's Mountain Lakes and so could you if you owned a house here. Call and I'll find just what you're looking for!