One of the most unique trout fishing get away destination in the South is the new Oysters Cast and Blast Inn, located on Main Street, in Blue Ridge, Georgia. An off-shoot from a successful bamboo fly rod building and guide service, Oyster’s Cast and Blast Inn is the brain child of Shannen and William “Bill” Oyster. If you are looking for a change of pace that is a cut above the rest, this establishment deserves more than a cursory look.
Bill is a full-time career bamboo fly rod maker with a workshop in one of the South’s most authentic mountain towns–Blue Ridge, Georgia. Each of his Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods is intensely hand-crafted. Bill is the only professional bamboo fly rod maker in the world who personally hand engraves his own rods. The performance and aesthetics of each rod is truly remarkable. Bill has built rods for many of the world’s finest anglers including President Jimmy Carter.
As the most prolific teacher of this rod making art alive today, Bill draws students from as far away as England and Scotland as well as every corner of the US to his southern mountain town studio.
Each year, Oyster introduces a little more of the world to this traditional craft and gives them a look into the life of a bamboo fly rod maker.
The inn is a quaint place with interior décor that at makes you feel right at home. It is small, yet large enough to accommodate small groups. There is much to do year round in Blue Ridge, although fishing is the big draw here. Waters trips are provided to include the Toccoa River tailwaters. A favorite this time of year is their Upper Toccoa Rive, as from November 1st to May 14th, Delayed Harvest is in season from just upstream of Shallowford Bridge to the Sandy Bottom Canoe Launch.
They also provide trips to Noontootla Creek Farms. One of the premier trout streams in Georgia, Noontootla Creek Farms produces some large and wild, beautiful browns and rainbows. Trips can also be made to Upper Noontootla Creek, one of those rare gems in North Georgia that is chocked full of wild browns, rainbows and brook trout. Strict regulations help maintain this beautiful stretch of water.
Trips can also be arranged to Frog Hollow, yet another premier trout stream in North Georgia. Frog Hollow consists of one of the most beautiful stretches of the Chestatee River and is teeming with big fish. Additionally, trips to the Jacks River and Conasauga River in the Cohutta Wilderness can be arranged as can excursion to Rock Creek and Coopers Creek, two of the most heavily stocked streams in North Georgia. They are located within half an hour of Blue Ridge in Suches, Georgia. Other trips to Dukes Creek are located in Helen. Fightingtown Creek, Mountaintown Creek and Amicalola Creek are also available. If you are looking for big water adventure, trips are available to the Chattahoochee River tailwater as well as Nantahala River in neighboring North Carolina.
For more information visit http://tour.getmytour.com/public/vtour/display/80396, or http://blueridgeflyfishing.com, or call Oyster Cast and Blast Inn at 770-403-8190.