The popper fishing is really starting to heat up on the Etowah. Water temps are still high but the water has cleared up significantly in the past few weeks and the fish are looking up! Green Boogle Bugs and Solitude poppers fished slowly or dead drifted have been a good bet for finding bass. Streamer fishing remains strong and the smaller stuff seems to be producing the best fish, Kreelexs and Sparkle Minnows are the go to patterns right now but I'm sure clousers, sex dungeons, and the like would all be a good bet as well. With the pleasure boat traffic starting to die down and the weather cooling off its the perfect time to
For our annual staff trip this year, we closed the shop for a couple of days and loaded up Andy’s truck with rods and duffle bags and beer; Cartersville was in the rearview, boat in tow. To I-75, gas station fried chicken, I-16, then past the Chevron gas station/petting zoo, to Savannah and then the Golden Isles - we arrived at Captain Rob Aldridge’s house to rig up leaders and park Andy’s boat. The next day, we arrived at the marina at high tide. Twelve weights and heavy spinning rods were on the menu - hoping to coax a Silver King out of thousands of Pogies, we ran along the beaches of the barrier islands and
Striper Fishing is pretty much done until the water temps drop. Temps are spiking up into the low 80s at the dam and fish are in survival mode right now so we do not suggest fishing for them until water comes back down into the 70s. Bass Fishing on the other hand is doing well and fish can be caught on a variety of techniques. Popper fishing has been good with some quality fish being caught on Boogle Bugs. Fire Frog has been the go to color but Mossy Green is a close second for Spotted bass and Redeyes seem to prefer Solar Flare. Subsurface flies like large Wooly Buggers, Sex Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, and Clousers
Not much has changed this week for the striped fish, water continues to swing between 75-80 degrees making the morning and evening the best time to get out. Flows are good and the visibility is too, the USACE is usually running water from noon to around 8 and not generating on Saturdays and Sundays so finding low water is pretty easy. Look for fish to be holding in deep water, drop offs and ledges have been holding fish lately. There are some large shad in the river right now so don't shy away from throwing some larger flies like Umpqua's Major Mullet or Flashfire Mushies. As always with striper fishing making as many casts as possible
When we first heard about Rio’s Single Hand Spey line, we didn’t think much of it, assuming it was a line that filled a novelty space in our arsenal rather than being something that we would use on a regular basis, but we were gladly mistaken. This line does it all - loop control for perfect presentation while dry fly fishing, turning over heavy metal nymph rigs, and mends like you have a remote control in your hand. For those looking to throw bass poppers on your trout rig, this line will deliver large boogle bugs on a dinner plate at 30 yards. On your favorite creek rod, this line loads up at close range without
Striper Fishing is on the downhill slide to fall, the river is warm and while there are still fish to be caught the hot weather and warm water temps have us looking to fall for some relief. If you are targeting Striper right now look for the deep water adjacent to shoals. Striper are predators and schooling fish, they will herd bait up in the shallows to feed during low light conditions and slide back into the deeper water during the heat of the day so finding these ambush areas can be key to finding fish. Keep flies simple, a few weighted and unweighted shad imitations are all it takes, length should be 3-5 inch range.