Unicoi Outfitters still going during the outbreak

In the same boat

These are difficult times. COVID-19 has all of us on edge. Millions of us are under lockdown. Millions more are isolating themselves and practicing social distancing, limiting their personal contact with others. It’s a global pandemic, and it’s serious business. In communities across the US and around the world, we’re all experiencing it. Let’s support each other. After all, we’re all in the same boat.

And if I wanted to be in a boat — any boat, anywhere — there’s nobody I’d rather be with than Jimmy Harris and David Dockery at Unicoi Outfitters in 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. This is truly a fly fisherman’s 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. 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.

Unicoi Outfitters is a great TU supporter. This shop 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 is an all-star player on the TU Gold Level Business Team.

What we do as fly anglers — what Trout Unlimited does as an organization — affects millions of others around the world. In a very real and very immediate sense, it affects our TU Business members like Unicoi Outfitters. These members have supported us at every level of our organization from the local chapter banquet to the lobbying in Washington, DC. Now, it’s time for us to support them because we’re all in the same boat.

We’re asking all 300,000 Trout Unlimited members to support our Business Members in these uncertain times. Buy some gift cards — in fact, buy a lot of gift cards. Buy some gear. If you can’t or don’t want to go in person, do it online or by phone. But do it. They aren’t nameless, faceless corporate entities. They’re real people with real families who depend on them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring some of them here. And we hope you’ll support them all. We’re all part of the TU Team.

Unicoi Outfitters  (O)      GOLD LEVEL

Jake Darling

Helen, Ga., 30545

(706) 878-3083

By Walt Gasson.