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The Fly Fishing School at Habersham Mills

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There still some availability slots for one of the best fly fishing schools in the country. Over the course of two days, participants will gain an understanding of basic fly fishing knowledge to help them get out on the water and be successful. If you or a friend are interested in fly fishing, this is a great way to shorten the learning curve and gain some knowledge of the sport. This school consists of two days, with the second day as an all-on-the-water fishing experience.

Located on a stunningly beautiful 50′ waterfall on the Soque River in north Georgia, Habersham Mills provides an outstanding venue for fly-fishing. The river is perfect and the fish are trophy-size. The water varies in type, ranging from flat slow water to big fast water, with shoals and deep pools. It can be fished from the bank or by wading the shallower runs. Channels below the falls offer narrow mountain-type runs.

Lodging is available on site and the mill property is quite remarkable.

The Schedule

The class is on Saturday and Sunday and runs from 9 am until 5 pm. Lunch is provided. We spend a majority of our time on the water, with just enough roundtable discussion to answer your questions and give you a foundation in the basics.

Day 1 – Saturday – We’ll start the day in the old Habersham post office or, depending on the weather, the screen porch overlooking the river. We cover basics, then move to the grass to practice the cast. After lunch, we’ll learn to tie the essential knots and then finish the day on the water, putting new skills to work while fishing for the big beautiful Soque trout. 

The HM Fly Fishing Manual is provided for all students...

Day  2 – Sunday – We’ll be on the water gaining practical experience and catching fish. Depending on weather and water conditions, we’ll likely fish at Unicoi Outfitters private trophy water on the upper Chattahoochee.

The Staff

The best schools attract the best instructors, and Habersham has two of the most respected in the country. This joint effort between Jimmy Harris, Kent Edmonds, and Habersham Mills brings you two guides who are probably responsible for teaching the sport of fly fishing to more people than the rest of the guides in the state combined.

Jimmy Harris owns and operates Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, the oldest outfitter service in the state and one of its best fly shops. Unicoi is listed by Yellow Dog Fly Fishing travel company as a top destination. He was a contributing author to the recent book, “50 Best Tailwaters To Fly Fish.” Jimmy has fished all over the world, including Patagonia where he hosts annual trips for his customers.

Kent Edmonds is a fly fishing guide and instructor (FlyFishGA). A long-time trout angler, Kent now specializes in shoal bass and striped bass on the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. His fly designs are licensed by two fly-tying companies and his flies are distributed worldwide. Kent has written for and been written about in numerous national and regional fishing magazines. He was the 2013 SE Federation of Fly Fishers Instructor of the Year.

Bob Cain had the inspiration for the fly fishing program at Habersham Mills. Bob is an award-winning architect (, He is also a fly angler. His vision for Habersham Mill included trout fishing in the beautiful Soque river, so he contacted the two best guides he knew from his years of fishing Georgia waters for help in designing the program. Bob is justly proud of his architectural accomplishments, but he has no pride when it comes to fish that will eat a fly.