With spring here at last, serious trout fishing time is here too– and a great way to jumpstart this year’s trout fishing adventures is coming up this Saturday, April 29. It’s the Blue Ridge Trout Festival & Outdoor Adventures Festival in Blue Ridge, and it’s sure to bring a smile to any trout enthusiast’s face.
The festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. at Downtown City Park in Blue Ridge, and admission is $5.
Located in Fannin County, about 90 minutes up the road in northwestern Georgia, the town of Blue Ridge has become known as “The Trout Capital of Georgia.” Without question, there’s plenty of great trout fishing in the Blue Ridge vicinity – everything from fishing for wild trout on tiny mountain streams to going for the trophy brown trout known to prowl parts of the Toccoa River. It’s easy to see why this area is a favorite destination of many trout anglers.
According to festival planners, the Trout Festival is designed to “increase the public’s knowledge of trout, coldwater fisheries and the conservation ethos in Fannin County and around the world.”
“The Festival is built around the fact that Fannin County has become a trout-fishing destination for fishermen from all over the nation,” noted House Speaker Rep. David Ralston, 7th District. In 2016, Ralston led the effort behind House Resolution 1039 that gave the Festival its official status as the “Official Trout Festival of Georgia.”
If last year’s festival is any indication, this is sure to be a great time for trout fishing enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. It’s a great place to learn about the many-faceted world of fly fishing, and you’ll enjoy talking with knowledgeable experts on the area.
A major highlight of the festival is a line-up of trout fishing seminars. Beginning at 11 a.m., the program will feature talks and presentations by some the area’s top trout fishing experts. A series of one-hour sessions will cover topics ranging from “Trophy Trout Fishing in Fannin County,” “Fly Casting to Catch Fish,” and “Spinning Tackle Strategies for Trout” to “Fishing/Floating the Toccoa Tailwater” and “Trout Fishing the Upper Toccoa Watershed.”
The seminar program concludes with a presentation entitled “Catch More Trout: Nymphing Strategies,” presented by none other than Yours Truly. This entertaining and informative nymphing seminar begins at 3 p.m. and promises to be a great deal of fun. I hope you’ll be able to drop by!
Other great learning opportunities await you and your family too. For example, throughout the day, members of the Blue Ridge Mountains chapter of Trout Unlimited will be demonstrating the art of fly tying. In addition, representatives from the Atlanta Fly Fishing School will be at the instruction tent and casting pond to help you understand the gear, tactics and techniques of the fly fishing.
There will even be trout cooking demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m., featuring Chef Derek Dollar of Milton’s.
In addition to these great programs, the festival includes a “Breakout Marketplace” featuring a variety of vendors offering fishing and outdoor gear, guided fishing trips and more.
The afternoon features live music featuring Wyatt Espalin from 4-5 p.m. and Hunter Morris, of Blue Blood, from 5:30-7 p.m.
This year’s Blue Ridge Trout Festival and Outdoor Adventures event promises to be a great one. For additional info, visit the festival’s website at blueridgetroutfest.com.
Steve Hudson has written numerous books on travel and outdoor recreation, including FLYFISHING 101, the perfect guide to help you get started in the world of fly fishing. It’s available on Amazon and from many outfitters and book shops. Autographed copies are available direct from the author at www.chattahoocheemedia.com