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02-20-04, 01:16 PM
I am retiring from the Army this year and plan on stalking more trout than terrorists. In order to make the long trip from the low country to the Northland worthwhile I will have to stay overnight. Is there a low cost option for overnights near productive water? Preferably near Helen so the wife won't get bored. Thanks
02-20-04, 02:03 PM
First, thanks for your service, Joe.
Helen has lots of motels in different price ranges. Use the net to check them out. The town also hosts Unicoi Outfitters fly shop, a great source of local info. It is also pretty central to some fine fishing.
As you get closer to trip time, holler at us. You may have a few willing guides.
02-20-04, 02:20 PM
Thank you Don I'm looking forward to comming up in mid March or early April. Unicoi Outfitters was on top of my list of places to go. I also want the wife to get interested in flyfishing I have to ease her into it and make her think it was her idea.
02-20-04, 03:26 PM
I don't know if camping is an option or not but there are a couple of campgrounds near Helen that sit on or near trout streams. Unicoi State Park and Moccasin Creek are both nice places. There is a lodge at Unicoi state park but I have no idea what they charge.
02-20-04, 05:08 PM
Thank you- Camping is an option but I've had a snootfull of primative living conditions in 20 years of service- I may invest in a small Rv too. Thanks again.
02-21-04, 09:33 AM
Joe, if you want to get your wife interested in ffishing, you might want to check out Unicoi Outfitters website, they have a "Gilligan Special". Sort of an introductory deal with a casting lesson and then some time on one of the best streams in the state. Great price for 2 people with a guide. www.unicoioutfitters.com/gilligan.htm (http://www.unicoioutfitters.com/gilligan.htm)
And welcome aboard!!
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02-21-04, 11:28 AM
Might want to consider the Unicoi State Park Lodge as a place to stay. Smith Creek which is a DH stream is nearby. Go to the GA State Park website for info.
02-21-04, 12:59 PM
aside from camping there are also a gazillion cabins in the area. condos can be had also
02-22-04, 10:18 AM
More info on Unicoi - Link to Unicoi SP
Another link to find a State Park:
Unicoi offer a bunch, good fishing on the premisis, the lodge is like a HOTEL, then there are cabins, cottages, campsites, entertainment in the lodge on weekend nights, Helen is very wife friendly ( bring your billfold )
Good Luck !
02-22-04, 10:49 AM
Thank you- Those are all great options! I can appreciate the expense of Helen... http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ubbngto/smile.gif although I am guilty of overspending there myself-Das Leather has my number for motorcycle accessories.
02-23-04, 09:46 AM
CavemanJoe: So far, all the information has been oriented to Helen, and that is a good destination. But you should also consider Blue Ridge, Blairsville, Hiwassee and Clayton. All are on the northern edge of Georgia and have great lodging, restaurants and shopping. Blue Ridge has their own Unicoi Outfitters shop and offers not only the local waters, but it is only an hour to the Hiawassee River tail water in Tennessee.
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