The Cold and Family Outings

Date: December 19, 2019

As I write this article in early December, old man winter has been playing peek-a-boo with us lately.  Just a short while back, we had temperatures in the teens.  The other day we were in the 60-degree range.  Hard to tell if he’s ever going to arrive.  I’m certain though, that he’ll be right around the corner sooner or later!

Many anglers simply stop fishing this time of year due to the cold.  They hang their gear up to stay inside.  This is a plus for those of us that are resilient enough to get out and brave the cold to fish.  Less anglers on the streams mean less pressured fish.  This is usually a bonus to those that venture out to wet a line!

Fishing for trout is normally good until the water temperature falls to around the 40-degree mark.  Once it stabilizes around this temperature, trout will become lethargic and no longer have the need to feed as much.  Lethargic fish can still be caught but you must have patience and be well dressed to match the conditions.  Prime hours to be on the water are from 10 am to 4 pm, or whenever the sun is up and warming the valley floor.

Fishing can be a fun way for families to enjoy the great outdoors.  Our guides have always prided themselves in sharing their knowledge about the fish we chase.  Some families have no idea about fly fishing but want to learn or try something outside of the box.  It’s not only a great way to build rapport with each other but can lead to numerous outings to share with one another.  We take many couples on their first outings.  Some will bring their children to learn this sport.  Others may bring their entire family.  No matter how they come, we are always willing to teach the art of fly fishing to those wanting to learn.

Here is a family that fished with us toward the end of November.  I want you to notice not so much the trout they are holding but the smiles they are wearing.

Steve Spell                            Wife – Stephanie                 Daughter – Jessica 

Reel Em In Guide Service is an Orvis Endorsed operation serving mainly in North Georgia’s Historic High-Country region.  They have been offering their services to fly anglers since 2001.  Permits have been granted for guiding in Georgia and North Carolina, offering over 6 miles of private trophy waters across Georgia, and operating drift boat trips on the Toccoa River in GA and the Tuckasegee River in NC.

Contributed By:  James Bradley

Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide

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"Wow. What an awesome trip! I booked this trip as a Christmas present to myself and couldn't be happier. James was an excellent and patient guide. He made my experience as a first timer very fun and relaxing. I came away with a wealth of knowledge and can't wait to book another trip with these guys!"

-- Sarah E.

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"Great guys, big fish!

Great Service! The guides give great tips for beginners and experienced fishermen alike and of course, expect fish in the net! Give them a call, and prepare for an epic day on the water. Surely was for me!"

-- caskew13

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“James was right there to help me get the fish out of the net for photos and was also taking plenty of pics for us along the way - which he promptly emailed to us right after so that we'd have them. My boyfriend caught the largest trout he's ever caught here in GA. He was so happy at the end of our trip and has been talking non-stop about it ever since. A+++++++++ all the way around!!"

-- Jessie H.

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"Fantastic Time - Great Value! I will be returning. Very beautiful area. Peaceful. Small town and friendly people. The stream was beautiful. The fishing was relaxing and successful."

-- John G.

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"My husband and our two teenage daughters booked a fly fishing trip with Reel’em In guide service during our summer vacation.  We met the guides, James and Carter, who were just amazing.  They demonstrated patience, expertise, and professionalism.  I would definitely recommend booking a trip with them.  We’re looking forward to doing this again with James an Carter as our guides."

-- The Hew Family

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"Went on a fishing trip guided by Dave Hulsey.  It could not have been a better trip.  It was my son’s first day on a fly rod.  David had him catching fish in an hour.  David was knowledgeable, patient and quick.  I have used other guides in the area.  David was head and shoulders above the rest."

-- Sulli32952

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"This was the best people that anyone could ask to be on the water with.  James Bradley REEL-ly knows his stuff around the fly streams.  Not to mention he is a nice guy."

-- Joey P.

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