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Blue Ridge Trout Fest

leah kirk

Next week is the launch of Blue Ridge Trout Fest at Blue Ridge, GA in Fannin County; the official Trout Capital of Georgia. For southern fly fishermen It is a must do event you will not want to miss attending.

The Blue Ridge Trout Fest kicks on Friday, the 29th with a fund raiser ride on the Trout Train that boards on 5:30pm and departs at 6pm.  Sponsored by Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, the Trout Train is an exclusive evening of complimentary food, beer, wine and a track-side silent auction while riding the rails along the trout riffles, runs and pools of the scenic Toccoa River. Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased online ( or by phone 877-413-8724  

The festival runs Saturday, April 9 am to 5 pm, at the Downtown City Park, Blue Ridge. Free seminars presented by the Atlanta Fly Fishing School (9 - 9:25 am); Fly-Fishing Equipment, Rods & Reels (9:40 - 10 am); Fly-Fishing Lines & Leaders (10 - 10:45 am) Fly-Fishing Etymology (11 - 11:40 am); Knots for Fly-Fishing (11:45 - 12 noon); The Six Essentials For Fly-Fishing (presented by Guides' Time (12:15 - 1 pm); Blue Lines: Wild Trout and More on the Upper Toccoa Watershed (1:15 - 2 pm); Trophy Trout Fishing in the Trout Capital of Georgia (2:15 to 3 pm) and Tips & Tactics For Trout On The Toccoa Tailwater (3:13pm).

Trout Unlimited will be at the festival with their Learning Center that include fly tying, fly casting, a casting pond, conservation, Kids' Build-it Center and more. The festival will have an array of vendors of trout-fishing gear, clothing and accessories plus a smattering of food trucks. Live music will provide by Blue Bloods featuring Hunter Morris, Dave Anderson Trio, and Thomas Fountain.

Southern Trout Magazine is a proud sponsor of the Blue Ridge Trout Fest. We will be there in full force including fly fishing’s first lady canine, Blackwing Olive, Ron Gaddy (the daddy of the San Ron Worm), and Candler, and Rex Wilson (North Carolina’s world famous fly tying guru).