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SPRING Newsletter 2015

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Happy Spring everyone! Finally. Our endless winter has drawn to a close. Birds are singing and blooms are budding at Brigadoon. The extended brutal winter was hard on us but was great for the fish. It snowed. It rained. All winter. We once again, a decade after the drought, have trout that exceed thirty inches in abundance. Big stupid trout. Apparently a trout has a two week memory. (How do they know that?) so Brigadoon has a particularly dumb bunch. Since we’ve been closed they just haven’t seen that many flies. The handful of those who have fished thus far are catching in excess of thirty a day. They will get smarter after they’ve seen a few thousand flies. We have available slots. Lots of slots. , ) Read More

FALL Newsletter 2014

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Greetings Anglers, I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer. Fall started early in the Blue Ridge. Really early. As in August. We have had the coolest summer on record. I have been at Brigadoon since early June and have had a fire almost every night. There has been no air conditioning usage at all. The water temperature has been around 60-62 degrees all summer. Unheard of. The fish are loving it. Me too. The leaves have already started turning. The handful of anglers who have fished here this summer have caught record sized fish and dozens of them. I’m pretty sure that each one caught at least one fish over 24 inches. A Brigadoon regular, Tim Morrison, caught over sixty in one day with 12 over 24 inches. Marty Wood, another regular, also had a spectacular couple of days and caught more than we could count. Read More

February Newsletter 2014

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Yes We Are Fishing! Hello Everyone. I hope all are surviving the worst winter in living memory. I thought the worst day of the worst winter storm ever would be a great day for the Spring Newsletter. Everyone’s at home. Not a single intrepid rod has ventured onto the river the entire month of January. And so far no one plans to do so in February either. The schedule is WIDE open. And the fish are really huge and best, stupid. They haven’t seen a fly in months. Trout only have a two week memory so Spring fishing should be terrific. Read More

September Newsletter 2013

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Hello Anglers! Fall has arrived in North Georgia and the fishing is fantastic! We certainly had no water level or temperature problems this summer. It rained almost every day and the water stayed cool enough to fish thru August which is usually our hottest month. I never thought August would be a great fishing month! The leaves are already beginning to turn and October should be a spectacular month. Read More

October Newsletter 2012

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I hope all is well with all of you. Fall arrived early in the Blue Ridge with nights in the low 50’s and crisp cool days. The leaves are beginning to turn and the color will be a spectacular show through late November.

Twenty over Twenty: Our first weekend guests caught more than 20 fish over 20 inches. The “20/20” Club! The Spring spawn must have been prolific as we have a diverse trout population this Fall. We have hundreds of rainbows and browns in the 4 to 8 lb range and, of course, the monsters in the 15 lb + class are still out there. Please visit our Facebook page for recent Big Fish photos that our guests and guides have posted. Read More

March/April Newsletter 2012

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Spring arrived mid February and stayed so everything is beginning to bloom. Bloom = great dry fly fishing. They are a healthy jumping lot and more numerous than ever. Many are jumping right off that hook. As usual the “long distance releases” still out number the fish “to the net” but the leaping and the dancing make the whole effort worth it. Please visit our FaceBook page for up to the minute shots of recent fish that were actually landed in the last month. We had the pleasure of hosting the Trout Legends tournament at Brigadoon and those pros encountered the same landing challenges as the rest of our guests. Read: about 50 % make it to the net. The tournament photos can be seen on our FB page and NGTO. A wonderful time was had by all. Read More

March/April Newsletter 2012

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Hello Anglers Everywhere.
I hope this Newletter finds all of you well and dreaming of Spring fishing. I’d be hard pressed to call the last three mild months Winter. It been downright balmy. Although we’ve had a handful of “cold” days ie: below 45, we’ve had many days out of the last 90 that were well into the 60’s. Little green shoots are appearing weeks ahead of schedule. I’m quite sure that we can count on a hard freeze at some point in March that will nip all that blooming happiness in the bud. Read More

The renovations to the lodge are complete!

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An Up-Close Look At Brigadoon Lodge

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My fishing was based from Brigadoon Lodge, right on the Soque about eight miles from Clarkesville, Georgia. My first sight of the river there was encouraging. The banks were virtually in their wild state, complete with low branches guarding many holes and runs – not too manicured at all. It did not take long to confirm the presence of nice fish: A 17-inch rainbow hit on my third cast.

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Hooked on Fishing

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Brigadoon The concept of Brigadoon in Clarkesville on the Soque River began during a late spring day in 1989 as Rebekah Stewart was on her way home to Atlanta from a friend’s house at Lake Rabun. She decided to The great room in Brigadoon’s main lodge and its patio overlook the Soque River. (Photo by Phillip Vullo.)take Highway 197, a winding blacktop road often lined with blooming rhododendron and mountain laurel. As Stewart crossed a gorgeous open view of the Soque River, she saw a sign that indicated land along the river was for sale, so she stopped her car to investigate.

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Casting a Spell

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Bamboo fly rod maker Bill Oyster and best-selling author George Black fish the beautiful Soque River in North Georgia

Almost nothing about the movie had stuck with me. As a native-born Scot, I still winced whenever I thought of Cyd Charisse’s accent (“There’s a laddie, wearrry and wanderin’ frrree”). Other than that, nothing but the image of Gene Kelly peering down at the lights, and the rooftops emerging from the mist. That image, inevitably, was in my mind as I navigated the twists and turns of Georgia Highway 197, through the fog and the cold evening rain, until at last I glimpsed a nimbus of light and the indistinct shape of buildings and an asphalt driveway with a sign that said “Brigadoon Lodge.”

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Outside Magazine – Hot Properties: Brigadoon Lodge

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As the spring-fed Soque River tumbles through the Appalachian foothills less than two hours north of Atlanta, it takes a wide turn where it passes the stone-and-timber Brigadoon Lodge—creating a spectacular habitat for wild trout. From the slate patio, surrounded by 300-year-old rhododendrons and old-growth hemlock stands, watch arm-length rainbows and browns lurk in clear green pools while mist rises off the distant Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Friends of Georgia Women Flyfishers

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Georgia Women Flyfishers is proud of our relationships with so many supporters in the fishing community. We are partnered with, are supported by and provide support to the following:

World renowned for 30-plus-inch stream bred trout, Brigadoon Lodge is widely considered to be the most exclusive and beautiful private water on the east coast. The property encompasses an enormous bend in the Soque river and is completely surrounded by the Chattahochee National Forest., thus insuring the ultimate habitat and privacy.

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Fly Fishing For Trout Secrets

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World renowned for 30-plus-inch stream bred trout, Brigadoon Lodge is widely considered to be the most exclusive and beautiful private water on the east coast. The property encompasses an enormous bend in the Soque river and is completely surrounded by the Chattahochee National Forest., thus insuring the ultimate habitat and privacy. 

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Friends Meet the Myth of Brigadoon Lodge

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Trophy Trout and Discerning Hostess Keys to Success
By Charles W. Waring III

The word “STRIKE” lunged across the river just as the line went slack while I watched the silver flash escape. Clearly, I thought, Brigadoon Lodge was no mythical village in the Highlands of Scotland; it was the place that truly delivered. Clarkesville, Georgia’s Brigadoon, is natural drama personified and patronized by serious fly fishermen, among them many well-known figures such as Jimmy Carter, Robert Rubin and Ted Turner.

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The Best: Off the Beaten. Delta Sky Magazine

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Delta features Brigadoon Lodge in their SKY Magazine. We arrive at Brigadoon Lodge in the mountains of northeast Georgia too late in the day to fish but in time for a quick stroll. As my wife, Anne, our friend Maury and I walk toward the soothing sound of the Soque River’s riffles, we overtake a lad carrying two white joint-compound buckets. ..