NORTH GEORGIA FISHING HOLES
■ Duke’s Creek. Located in the Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen. Trout fishing is permitted on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a reservation. Call ahead. The park gets booked solid on weekends, but Cahill says there are no-shows; $5 parking. 61 Tsalaki Trail, Helen. 706-878-3087, www.gastateparks.org/SmithgallWoods
■ Noontootla Creek Farms. High quality trout fishing on private land. All visitors, in parties of one or two, are accompanied by a guide. Half day: $230 for one person, $350 for two. 3668 Newport Road, Blue Ridge. 770-891-9903, www.ncfga.net
■ Smith Creek. In Unicoi State Park, both above and below Smith Lake, offers trout fishing. 1788 Highway 356, Helen. 1-800-573-9659, www. unicoilodge.com ■ Chattooga River. Above the Russell Bridge across Ga. 28, in the far northeastern corner of Rabun County. Parking available at Russell Bridge.
■ Toccoa River. In the tailwaters below the Lake Blue Ridge dam in Tammen Park. Call in advance for water-release information. 6650 Appalachian Hwy, Blue Ridge. 800-238-226, 800-238-6650.
■ Rock Creek. Below the Rock Creek Dam and Rock Creek Lake. This area benefits from the trout regularly released from the Chattahoochee Forest National Fish Hatchery. 4730 Rock Creek Road, Suches. 706-838-4723.