With the North Georgia mountains often covered with ice in winter and many of the most popular streams closed, The Gardens at Callaway offer a solution. Once again the lakes are stocked with rainbow trout in the 15 to 22-inch range, brook trout in the 12 to 16-inch range, and some brown trout weighing up to 16 pounds.
“Many of the rainbows stocked this year are the heavier-bodied and harder fighting Kamloops strain and the unique albino rainbows,” said Carl Warmouth, fishing operations manager at Callaway. “All of our guests are having a great time fly fishing for trout.”
Callaway is an ideal location for fly fishers looking for a legitimate shot at a trophy trout during the colder months. Also, the warmer water and stable conditions of the Gardens’ private lakes create perfect conditions for enjoyable fishing.
“Expert fishermen have commented that they are impressed with Callaway’s lakes. When many of the area’s river fisheries are blown out by high, muddy water due to rain, the lakes at Callaway rarely flood or discolor,” said Warmouth.
Trout fishing at Callaway is available through May by booking a guided trip for up to two people for $195 per half day or $295 per full day. These rates include use of premium equipment. The full-day trip also includes lunch. Novices and experts alike are welcome.
Dates are filling up quickly, so call Callaway’s Kingfisher Outfitters today at (706) 663-5142, or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5142. Callaway is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus. For additional information, contact Callaway at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) or visit www.callawayonline.com.
In addition to the trout fishing, Callaway offers a popular two-day, fly fishing school that teaches the basic lessons in a classroom setting and then takes the students outside to actually cast and catch fish. The second day of the school takes participants to the nearby Flint River to fish for shoal bass and to hone their skills in streams and rivers.
Many of Callaway’s Fly Fishing staff are Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) certified. Carl Warmouth, Callaway’s fishing operations manager, and Callaway fishing guide Robert Haffner, are two of fewer than 100 FFF certified Master Casting Instructors in the world.
The two-day fly-fishing schools include use of premium equipment during the school and a delicious catered lunch on both days. Private lessons, guided trips, and gift certificates are available. Participants also qualify for 15 percent off merchandise in the fully-stocked Kingfisher Outfitters (excludes sale merchandise).
The 2005 Callaway Fly Fishing School Schedule is:
February 19-20, March 19-20, April 23-24, May 28-29, June 11-12, July 2-3, August 27-28, September 24-25, October 1-2, and November 5-6. Special overnight rates are available, so ask for assistance with lodging when booking a school or fishing trip. For additional information, contact the Callaway Kingfisher Outfitters today at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292) ext. 5142, (706) 663-5142)