Helen is one of the most dynamic vacation destinations in the state of Georgia. Unlike many vacations, there is something for everyone. Besides the numerous shops downtown, there are many other activities to participate in as well. Among the extra activities, none is more famous than the trout fishing. Helen is located in the heart of Georgia's trout hotspots. Many of the most well known rivers and streams are close to this location.
One of the greatest contributing factors to Helen's dynamic nature is that the Chattahoochee runs directly through the center of downtown. Do you know what that means? It means that all the men and dads can go fishing while their families shop for gifts. How many places offer this kind of flexibility?
Now it is time to get down to the basics of trout fishing in Helen. As I stated earlier, the Chattahoochee runs through downtown and is easily accessible. The river is narrow at this particular section and offers some decent fishing. Most people use spinning rods with a spoon or rooster tail trout fishing lure while others use a fly rod with a wooly bugger. Don't expect the fish to be really large at this particular section. Most are under ten inches, but every once in awhile, someone catches a decent fish.
Besides the Chattahoochee, other trout streams in the Helen area include Smith's Creek, Soque River, Dukes Creek, and Moccasin Creek. Smith's creek is a delayed harvest stream, so trout can only be kept during certain times of the year. If you enjoy catch and release, then smiths is a great place to fish. The Soque is mainly a private river, but there is one public area that I know of. Moccasin creek is a small stretch of stream that only permits a certain age group to fish there. I believe that it only allows twelve and under and fifty five and older to fish for trout there. The numbers are not exactly correct, but they are close. Anyways, there is some decent fishing at moccasin. People who are not in this particular age range are allowed to fish at the very end where the river feeds into Lake Burton.