Fishing the Fifty

My Quest to Fish All 50 States

Georgia - November 2017

Since the birth of my son, I have been spending a lot more time at home and a lot less time fishing.  However, I still try to get out once in a while, and in November 2017 I decided to head to north Georgia to tangle with some of their famously massive trout.  I was definitely not disappointed.  I had one of the best trips of my life with George MacMillan of Unicoi Outfitters (  I caught over 50 rainbow trout, including an incredible five fish that met or exceeded the 20-inch minimum necessary for a Georgia Angler Award.  Georgia became the 36th state in which I have caught at least one trophy, and only the second in which I have caught a trophy on a fly rod.  George is an excellent guide and I have him to thank for both putting me on and coaching me through these truly amazing trophy rainbows.

Alpine Helen, a former logging town that became a beautiful Bavarian-inspired tourist destination

The first of my five Georgia trophies, a 21-inch, six-pound rainbow trout

My 23-inch, ten-pound trophy rainbow, which is my personal best rainbow on spinning or fly rod

My third trophy of the day, a 20-inch rainbow

The tranquil Soque River in Habersham County

Another massive trophy:  23 inches and 8.5 pounds

The last of my five trophies of the day:  23 inches and 7.5 pounds

A beautifully-colored rainbow, a great way to end the day

The end of the rainbow in Rabun County, a fitting end to a day full of trophy rainbows