Blue Ridge Float Trips
Trips are taken on the Toccoa River around Blue Ridge, GA or on the Tuckasegee River outside of Franklin, NC. We use western-style drift boats or rafts depending on where we fish. Either water craft will handle up to two anglers plus the guide. We have the ability to float up to six anglers on a trip. We offer either Half Day or Full Day floats on the Toccoa River or a Full Day on the “Tuck”. Guides carry coolers of ice water on all float trips and lunch is included on all Full Day floats.
The Toccoa River is one of North Georgia’s longest cold water rivers. It begins up high in the mountains of Union County and flows West into Blue Ridge Lake then turning North heading to McCaysville and on into Tennessee. Reel’em In Guide Service utilizes almost 18 miles of this river for float trips. Fly fishing the upper scenic stretch or through the tailwater below the dam.
Locals refer to the section above the lake as the “Upper” or “Upper Toccoa”. During the Fall and Winter months, we float the “Upper” through some beautiful meandering to white cascading waters. This part of the river has a constant changing of scenery throughout. During this time of the year, this section of river produces high numbers of netted fish at times and has some trophy sized fish lurking about. Our prime months for fishing the “Upper” is from November through May depending on the water level, and includes a mile section of Delayed Harvest on National Forest lands.
The tailwater is a 14 mile stretch of water. The bottom fed release from Blue Ridge Lake keeps this river cold. We have several access points to provide Half or Full Day trips. We have private put ins which allow us to get out in front of other guides. This is important because it allows us to fish the river before other angers do. The Toccoa River tailwater can be a sleeper meaning several large browns and rainbows live throughout. For Release Information, Call TVA, 1-800-238-2264, then press 4 and then press 23 to reach the Blue Ridge Dam Information or visit www.tva.com
The “Tuck”, as it is known locally in NC, is one of the most popular streams for fly fishing in the Southeast. Anglers of all skill levels enjoy fly fishing the Tuckasegee River because of its broad nature. Some sections have easy wading but a float trip will give access to many miles of the river. The Delayed Harvest waters, from the NC Highway 107 Bridge to Dillsboro, produce high numbers of netted fish. Our prime months for floating the “Tuck” is from October through May.