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.
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