Fly Fishing in Roswell
Dutch Earle is the past President of the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout
Unlimited, Vice Presi
dent of the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited, and on the Board of Directors of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. When Dutch moved to Roswell, he selected a subdivision on Riverside Road, across the street from the Chattahoochee River where the Georgia Department of Natural Resources stock trout on a regular basis. He quickly developed "a passion and an interest" for fly fishing. We asked Dutch about the sport in Roswell.
What makes fly fishing so unique?
You can use a fly rod to catch just about any type of fish, though trout fishing and fly fishing go
hand in hand. Dutch says "fly fishing brings people to some of the most beautiful places in the
world" and it is a challenge to tie flies that "match the hatch" of the many invertebrates on the
What draws people to fly fishing in the Chattahoochee?
It is not necessary to go into the North Georgia Mountains because we have a unique and
productive trout stream running through Roswell. In fact, the "Hooch" has experienced natural
reproduction of Brown Trout for the past dozen years and the DNR predominately stocks it with
Rainbow Trout. That says volumes about the good health of the river. An unlimited amount of people can fish in the Chattahoochee. From Buford Dam at Lake Lanier down to South of Atlanta, there are around 38 river miles of designated trout water.
Who can learn to fly fish?
People of all ages can fly fish! Dutch says "we encourage youth to get involved." Roswell High School has an active fly fishing club and Trout Unlimited provides orientation through structured programs and demonstrations throughout the community. The best place to start is to attend the local Trout Unlimited meetings and other events and meet some of the many members who are happy and willing to work with beginners.
What do you need to begin fly fishing?
Dutch says "equipment can be very specialized and expensive," but you don't need a lot of equipment to start out.
A combination fly rod kit from a local sporting goods store is inexpensive and will do the job.
The Chattahoochee River is the perfect place to fly fish for beginners and pros alike. Trout Unlimited named it a Blue Ribbon trout stream, making it one of the top 100 streams in America! Kayaking and fly fishing out of the kayak is also a fun activity for the entire family to enjoy!
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