On The Fly South Holiday Gift Guide 2023

November/December 2023

By Polly Dean

As we near the holiday season, we all can use gift ideas for the angler in our lives. We may even want to provide that extra encouragement that a spouse, child or friend may need to become a future fishing buddy. At On the Fly South, we very much appreciate the advertising support we receive and want to remind our subscribers, that a gift certificate for a guided trip, fly-casting lesson or fishing gear is never the wrong size and always appreciated. Following are ideas and suggestions for the angler on your gift list:

Alpharetta Outfitters (alpharettaoutfitters.com): Alpharetta Outfitters is more than a fly shop. They are a community of fly-fishing enthusiasts in metro Atlanta. They are a premium, one-stop outfitter, offering the industry’s best gear and apparel, guided trips on public and private waters, and hosted travel. Gift certificates are available in the store or online. Their mission is to share the passion for fly fishing with every angler, novice or advanced, young or old, man or woman. They strive to fulfill the customer’s needs and for a stronger fishing community.

Cohutta Fishing Company (cohuttafishingco.com): Located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, Cohutta Fishing Company guides on North Georgia’s public and private waters. For those that need to brush up or learn to fly fish can take one of their classes. They also lead trips to other destinations near and far. They stock the shop with everything one needs to have a comfortable and successful fishing adventure, and a knowledgeable staff is there to help. Gift cards are also available.

Davidson River Outfitters (davidsonflyfishing.com): Give the gift of a fishing trip, tying class, guided trip or days fishing on Davidson River Outfitters Private Trophy Trout Water at Brevard, North Carolina. A gift Certificate from DRO can be used for any of our Fly Tying, or Rod Building Classes. Or you can choose to buy any supplies or tying material, or spend a day with a guide on one of the many streams in the Brevard area. Trips offered include fishing for trout, smallmouth or muskellunge.

Dillsboro Inn (dillsboroinn.com) On the banks of the Tuckasegee River in Dillsboro, North Carolina, the Dillsboro Inn is the perfect place to get away for the angler or anyone whom enjoys a scenic and relaxing retreat alongside the river’s edge. Suites vary in type and size and the inn is conveniently located within walking distance of Dillsboro’s shops and restaurants. Besides fishing, opportunity for outdoor recreation abounds nearby while enjoying the beauty of the Appalachians.

The Fish Hawk (thefishhawk.com): As the Holiday Season approaches, supply shortages have made it even more important to start shopping now. Skip the hassle of running around at the last minute and pick up a gift card from the Fish Hawk, Atlanta’s center for all things fly fishing.. They can be purchased in the shop or from their website. If have a product, casting instruction or a guided trip in mind, give them a call or visit them online. The Fish Hawk appreciates your business!

Fly Cast Charters (flycastcharters.com): Captain David Edens of St. Simons, Georgia offers gift certificates from Fly Cast Charters. They makes the perfect gift for fly fishing friends and family. Captain Dave Edens is an Orvis Endorsed Guide and Certified Fly Fishers International Certified Casting Instructor. Edens specializes in sight-fishing for redfish in the marshes and instruction if desired. Call (706)540-1276 or email flycastcharters@gmail.com.

River Through Atlanta (riverthroughatlanta.com) A passion and knowledge of fishing and the introduction of a year-round trout season in North Georgia inspired owner Chris Scalley to introduce his guide service nearly three decades ago, and he has never looked back. Today, they have dozens of boats and guides offering a variety of trips seven days a week. Since the Chattahoochee River has no closed season due to mild climate and consistent water temperatures, it is always productive and a sure remedy for cabin fever.

Southeastern Anglers (southeasternanglers.com): Southeastern Anglers, located in Reliance, Tennessee offers a variety of guided trips and fly-fishing instruction, whether it is the focus or part of a guided trip. The outfitter features wading or drift boat trips for bass, trout, and striped bass. Their guides pride themselves on putting their client’s safety and putting them in the best situations to catch fish. They work to make the fishing experience the best it can be. Additionally, they offer annual fly-fishing trips to Patagonia.

Unicoi Outfitters (unicoioutfitters.com) A fixture in the fly-fishing community in the North Georgia mountains for decades, Unicoi Outfitters is an Orvis endorsed fly-fishing outfitter. Located in Helen, Ga they offer a full range of fly-fishing gear, tackle, clothing and gifts. They offer a quality fishing adventure at their location on the Chattahoochee River at Nacoochee Bend as well as a number of other locations, either nearby or abroad. They have a competent staff that can provide tips for improving your technique or can expertly teach those new to the sport. Unicoi Outfitters are truly your go-to fly fishing experts in and around Helen, Georgia. They have a second location in Clarkesville as well.  

UNI Products (uniproducts.com) UNI Products are well known and popular with the fly-tying community. They provide everything needed by tyers including thread, yarn, tinsel, glow products, tools, storage systems, and even flies. Uni products has a seemingly unlimited supply of spooled threads, tinsel and mylar in every color and type imaginable, including holographic, mohair, braid, neon and more. Be sure to visit their website for shows, tips, videos and plenty of additional links and tips.

ViviLux (viviluxusa.com) Dave Riba developed the portable magnifier and lamp with crafters in mind. Recently he debuted his item with fly tyers. The lamp is portable, light-weight and can be carried on fishing trips for either spur-of-the-moment or planned tying sessions. It is stable and not ‘tippy’ during use. There are different sizes and models of the lamp. It comes with three settings: bright white, warm (for reading) and natural daylight (for true color). The light uses twin super bright 1200 lumen LED bulbs. The ideal gift for the fly tyers on your list!