Unicoi Outfitters: The go to guys

By Walt Gasson

One of the great things about conservation is that while on the surface it’s about fish and fish habitat, at a deeper level it’s about people. It’s about people who care. And in conservation, as in life, you soon learn that there are people who will never let you down. These are the reliable supporters, the people that always have your back financially and politically. They come from all over the country and from all walks of life. These “go to” guys and gals – the “A Team” - will be there to support the work that Trout Unlimited does year in and year out. So it is with Jimmy Harris and David Dockery and their staff at Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, GA - our newest TU Gold Level Business member.

Consider these words from Alan Folger, TU Veterans Services Partnership Director: “Few individuals have done more to provide healing and rehabilitation to our nation’s veterans.  Whether through their personal and business generosity - or their very important fundraising efforts, Jimmy  and David have always been there for TU and our veterans. Or this testimonial from Carl Riggs, GA Council President: “You couldn't make a better choice than Jimmy Harris, David Dockery and Unicoi Outfitters. No one is more generous with their time and treasure.”

Unicoi Outfitters is the oldest full service fly fishing shop and guide service in all of North Georgia. They’re located on the Chattahoochee River near Helen, GA. They offer guide services, regional fishing information and fly fishing for trophy rainbow and brown trout on private waters including the exclusive 1.5 mile section of the Chattahoochee River at Nacoochee Bend.

The folks at Unicoi like nothing better than sharing the fondness they all have for fly fishing, and enjoy teaching others to fly fish. They hold regular classes in beginning fly fishing and fly tying, and occasional intermediate and advanced classes. They are also the home of the “Gilligan Special” a three-hour tour that leads to a lifetime of adventure. Newly added is the Fly Fishing School at Habersham Mill, an intensive two-day course designed for novice and intermediate anglers.

In addition to guide and teaching services Unicoi Outfitters operates a well-stocked full-service fly shop, carrying some of the best fly fishing brands available anywhere. They are happy to take orders over the phone and ship to you, or even better, have you visit the shop on the way to the stream. You can also visit the shop online at shoponline.unicoioutfitters.com. Shipping is free on orders over $200 and if you purchase a premium rod, they offer a complimentary half day of unguided trophy trout fishing at Nacoochee Bend.

In the end, any organization is a reflection of the leaders. Unicoi Outfitters reflects the values and principles of its owners, two gracious sportsmen/conservationists and southern gentlemen. They are committed to top-notch customer service and to sharing the magical experience of fly fishing with their customers. They are committed to conservation on their home water and nationwide. Unicoi Outfitters – an all-star player on the TU Team.


Unicoi Outfitters  (O)     GOLD LEVEL

John Cross

Helen, GA 30545

(706) 878-3083




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