I called my old friend Abby Jackson at Blackhawk Fly Fishing to book a trout trip for Lou West, Claude Preston, and myself. I’ve known and liked Abby since before Southern Trout launched a-half-a-dozen years ago, Yet, I wasn’t afforded the pleasure of fishing Blackhawk’s portion of the Soque River. The Soque River, a small winding river that runs down from the Blue Ridge Mountains past the northern Georgia town of Clarkesville, is perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in the angling world today. If tangling with trout in the 3 lb. to 12 lb. class appeals to you, you'll love the action at Blackhawk,--a stretch of the lovely Soque that runs through private land.
Our band of three is cocked and locked for the overnight trip there. Unlike most summers when dry summers shut down the Soque to trophy fishing, 2018 has been quite wet. The additional water has the big brown and rainbow trout in robust condition. Although it is strictly “catch and release,” these wild trout are brawlers, and they can be tough to stick. The trip is just the medicine we three amigos need before frost sets in.