Photos By: Matt Bornhorst
We just finished spending a great weekend taking photos and film on a Georgia River which I personally hadn’t had a chance to fish yet. I’ve passed over the Soque River in Clarkesville several times prior in my travels but understood it had very little water which was open to the public to fish and had written it off. However, among those many miles of private water lay a small oasis open to folks who want to take their chances at a trophy trout at an extremely reasonable rate.
A group of us recently visited Fern Valley on the Soque. To be quite honest I had some preconceived notions of what to expect and all were proven wrong. My notion was that I’d be fishing a deep silty river filled with jumbo pellet pig rainbows in a setting that was far from natural habitat. Come to find out, Fern Valley is quite the opposite. Well sure, they have the main ingredient; huge trout. But the remainder was a pleasant surprise. The section of river operated by the fine folks at Fern Valley has it all. Deep pools, undercut and shady banks, runs and riffles. It was awesome to see big fish rise for dries in January (even hoppers!). I myself had one of the best and most exciting days I’ve had in a long time fishing big sculpin patterns. All of this great fishing is in a very private setting. This would be an excellent place to take someone new to fly fishing. The river is wide open for easy casting and fish are abundant in every hole and run.
The owners of this property, Marty and Glad, are gracious hosts and are glad to have you there and share the small oasis they maintain for fly fishing junkies like us to enjoy. If you live in the Southeast or plan on traveling here, make sure you pack a rod and check this place out. Stay tuned for the Fern Valley video shoot footage.