Monday, May 13, 2019

Rocket Roy Lowe

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend, Rocket Roy Lowe. Rocket was an avid volunteer for everything concerning clean, cold water and flyfishing. We never saw him when he wasn't just happy to be there. You will be missed, Rocket. Thank you for your life as a good example to the rest of us.

Below is his obituary from his daughter Susan:
"Roy Edward Lowe lost his battle with Parkinson’s and passed away on May 2, 2019 in Gainesville, Georgia. He was one of 9 children born to Luther and Sara “Dolly” Lowe. He was born in Atlanta on November 9, 1931 and shared his birthday with his twin brother, Ray.
Roy and Ray, along with their older brother Wade, grew up in Buckhead and were part of the Buckhead Boys as teenagers. The brothers fell in love with fast cars and parlayed that love into racing stock cars and dragsters in the 1950s. Roy decided after his racing days were over to learn how to fly an airplane. He owned several airplanes over the years and flew all over the country. He even built an experimental plane with one of his pilot buddies. During his retirement years he sold airplanes that had a modified engine in them called the Rocket 305 and that is why he was called “Rocket Roy” by his friends and family. As a teenager, Roy spent summers at a family fishing camp in Florida where he learned how to fly fish which he continued to enjoy until, at the age of 85, he finally hung up his rod and put away his flies. Roy was also a member of the United States Navy and served for 3 years during peacetime.
After he left the Navy, Roy graduated from Georgia State with an accounting degree and owned several successful businesses including Lowe Glass Atlanta and Bygone Era. He retired in 1999 and he and his wife, Patty, moved to Clarkesville, Georgia so they could be near the mountains and trout streams so Patty could hike and he could fish.
Roy became very active in several organizations in the North Georgia mountains and was a volunteer for the Foothills Chapter of Trout Unlimited and served on the board of the Soque River Watershed Organization. He was very passionate about protecting the local waterways and worked to help maintain the river banks and protect the water quality. He was known for his fly casting prowess and won numerous fly fishing accuracy contests around the country. He loved to teach new fishermen, especially kids, how to land a fly and catch a trout and spent many days fishing the rivers in North Georgia and North Carolina regardless of the weather.
When he wasn’t fishing he was busy restoring two historic buildings in Clarkesville. He lovingly restored a historic African American church, Dae’s Chapel as well as the Porter-York house. Both structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Roy is survived by his wife of 45 years, Patty Lowe, as well as his daughter Susan and her spouse Gwen Flaniken. He also leaves behind his brother Ray’s wife, Carol, and numerous nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.
A casual remembrance service for family and friends will be held on May 19th at 1:00 pm at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Center near Helen, GA.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Parkinson Foundation - Research Projects, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131 or the Soque River Watershed Association"

Saturday, April 6, 2019


ATTENTION Foothills Membership....

After working so hard on planning for the Hoot On The Hooch, we're going fishing! We'll need to be at Unicoi Outfitters at 6:00 PM Thursday so please make sure everyone is aware of this. From there, we'll spread out over Nacoochee Bend and fish until 8:00 PM that evening. I think we all need this treat! See ya'll there!

Friday, February 1, 2019

Georgia's Hemlocks

Hello hemlock friends in Murray County and chapters of Trout Unlimited,

I want to let you know about an ambitious project on March 2 that I 
hope you'll be interested in.  In a joint effort of Save Georgia's 
Hemlocks, Trout Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy, and the U. S. 
Forest Service, we will be planting 60 large hemlocks on Mill Creek in 
Murray County to restore the shade canopy along the trout stream, and 
we need all the help we can get.

Please see the attached flyer and share it with your friends, work 
associates, your group members, and anyone else you think might be 
interested.  I hope you can come out and help; it will be a fun and 
very rewarding day!  If you can, please contact Chris Disser to 
register as shown on the flyer, and she'll send you a confirmation 
with additional details.

Cheers, and hope to see you on March 2!

Donna Shearer
Chairman, Save Georgia's Hemlocks

To register, contact Chris Disser at

Monday, January 7, 2019

Foothills JANUARY monthly meeting this Thursday, January 10th

Foothills JANUARY monthly meeting Thursday, 1/10, at the United Community Bank in Clarkesville.
    468 W Louise St
    Clarkesville, GA 30523

The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting at 7:00

We have lots of "Dream Trip" tickets for sale... pick up some to sell and/or purchase yours. Don't miss out on a chance for a trip of a life time.

Our guest speaker for the January meeting of Foothills will be Steven Patrick. Steven, as many of you know, is the Extension Agent for Habersham County. But beyond his responsibilities there, Steven has a passion for introducing kids to fishing. He is the founder of the Southeastern Youth Kayak Fishing Club. Foothills TU has always been a strong advocate for youth education and angling so Steven's interests fit well with our mission. Join us Thursday evening for an update on Steven's projects which also include the Upper Chattahoochee Shoal Bass Project, a genetic tracking study to help build an information base for more protective regulations for this special species.

Friday, December 28, 2018

2019 Trout Camp

Where: Tallulah Falls School, Clayton, Georgia
When: June 2-7, 2019 (Sunday – Friday)
  • Boys and Girls, 13-15 Years Old
  • Learn and Practice the Sport of Fly Fishing
  • Study Sound Conservation Practices
  • Enjoy a Fun and Rewarding Experience

Details/more Info

Dream Trip Tickets

Don't forget to get you "Dream Trip" tickets to win a fabulous Fly Fishing trip.... click below for details
Drawing will be held on March 23rd at the "Hoot on the Hooch" event in Helen. See any Georgia TU member for raffle tickets

Details/more info

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Foothills meeting this coming Thursday, 11/8

Foothills meeting this coming Thursday, 11/8, at the United Community Bank in Clarkesville
468 W Louise St
Clarkesville, GA 30523

The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting at 6:30.
Foothills meeting this coming Thursday, 11/8, at the United Community Bank in Clarkesville
468 W Louise St
Clarkesville, GA 30523

The social time is around 6:00 - 6:30 with the program starting at 6:30...

Program by Wes McElroy... 

A North Georgia native, Wes McElroy is a self/proclaimed fly fishing addict, and is always trying to soak up as much knowledge of the sport as he can. Wes enjoys fishimng for wild trout in the headwater streams of southern Appalachian mountains, and for bass and stripers in the rivers and loakes of Georgia. Wes in the assistant manager and a guide at Unicoi Outfitters in Helen, Georgia.