North Georgia Fly Fishing – photo essay by Bryan Crumpler

Articles, featured, Photo Essays, Photography — By on March 15, 2012 10:47 am

My mind’s eye always seems to construct things in a more fantastic way than repeated reality often confirms in my experience. Many times I have encountered a place or activity that seems to be full of grandeur only to be disheartened upon return to that place. The exhilaration that comes along with encountering something new is unique and wonderful, but often is the case that repeated exposure quickly augments the reality of the situation from fresh to dull. I have been fishing in various locations throughout the North Georgia Mountains for the better part of my fishing life, and the better part of my actual life in fact, and I can attest that this “repeated reality” effect is never felt here.


Many years ago I was introduced to this place by my dearest mother, and still her memory remains fresh in my conscious every time I breathe the mountain air. Perhaps the single best quality the fly fishing opportunities in North Georgia present is the variation that one can encounter if they are only willing to dig a bit. Wide tailwaters, twisting headwaters, intensely managed delayed harvest sections, and tiny jewels tucked away down winding mountain roads are only a fraction of the bounty available to the trout bum looking for fresh scenery or a new challenge to expand their fishing repertoire. I don’t know why but for years I stuck to the same few rivers and creeks blindly stumbling past so many tremendous opportunities. After I was able to halt the reiteration of blind repetition I was able to fully appreciate the wildness of the area. Finally I saw that one can quite literally fish their entire life here and not find everything there is to know about every locale. Great people and great scenery give way to spectacular opportunity for numbers and size of game fish and together, in my opinion, this makes up the entirety of the essence of a great fly fishing destination. Gathered together are some of my favorite images from my life here.

Tight Lines People.

C.B. Crumpler
Revive Fly Fishing and Photography www.reviveflyfishing.com






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  1. Debbie J says:

    Simply stunning…words and pictures. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Revive FFP says:

    Thanks a lot Debbie J!

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  3. Delmer says:

    Inthe last picture was that a pottery shop in the upper left hand corner of the picture.very good picyures.thanks for sharing.

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  4. Derek says:

    Great pics, and since I live right next door in North Alabama, where the fly fishing is slim (to none almost) I would sure like to know where abouts them pictures were snapped so I could go and make some memories of my own…but I also understand about privacy and knowing who, not what. Therefore, I leave the disclosure of such a beautiful place to the discretion of the author, but thank you for some beautiful pictures….

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  5. Revive FFP says:

    Delmer, that is not a pottery shop in the last.

    Derek, I think that the best bet for you is to go to Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Ga. They know all of the locales of which i speak and tell em Bryan sent ya!

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  6. Rich says:

    Nice!!

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  7. witz says:

    A few years ago I did some Googling on the Soque and other big-trout waters in North Georgia, and was disappointed to learn that public access ranges from scarce to rare, and rivers are owned from surface to bottom by adjacent landowners who will run you off by calling the sheriff and/or threatening to shoot you, a crime in most states.

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  8. Revive FFP says:

    Indeed there are some areas on “trophy” streams that are hard to find access to, the soque being one of those streams. However, most people don’t know where the access points are. It is good to be in touch with people from the area and/or shops and often they let you in on little secrets. I know that there are many access points on several of the “big fish” streams in north GA and the absolute best big fish stream is public all the way, you just have to find these streams. I would advise you to take a look into the lesser known areas and not on streams where there are “pay to play” guides.

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  9. John Engel says:

    I have been fishing most of my life, for the last 15 years river fly fishing almost exclusively. I also fancy myself a bit of a photographer. I must say I enjoyed reading your story, and I think you have some nice shots. I like your perspective. Check out my blog, I live in Utah–you may like seeing shots of rivers of the west.

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  10. John Engel says:

    Oops just left a comment to check out my blog, but I didn’t leave my site: fishingtheworldoneriveratatime.blogspot.com Its called “River Tales.”

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  11. John Engel says:

    Made a comment about my blog, but didn’t give my site: fishingtheworldoneriveratatime.blogspot.com It’s called “River Tales.”

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