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.
The Etowah is back to fishable flows and good clarity! Water temps are in the high 70s and low 80s tho so be careful fighting and handling fish especially the larger striper. That being said fishing has been good, there are still some big fish around and plenty of schoolie sized fish as well. Striper are ambush predators so look for drop offs, log jams, and deep water with adjacent shallows. Fly selection should be simple, carry a few Deceiver style flies and some weighted flies as well. A few patterns such as the Major Mullet and Cruiser Shad from Umpqua should do the trick. Intermediate and Full sinking lines are still the ticket but fish
The Etowah is blown out from all the rain this week and near constant generation from Allatoona dam has the river unfishable. Once the river gets back to normal the fishing will go back to will be business as usual. Striper fishing is good and the fish are still in summer mode. Intermediate lines and long casts have been the key to success, flies like Umpqua's Major Mullet, Large Decievers, and Fulling Mill's Predator Pounder will get the job done. Use caution when handling fish this time of year, the water temps are warming and its much easier to stress fish out to the point of death during this time. Keep fish in the water as
If you have ever spent much time sight fishing on the flats whether it be for Tarpon, Bonefish, Redfish or Permit, then you have spent a lot of time starring at the water sometimes while your shirt is about to be blown off your back. Staying focused, managing your fly line, while the clouds hover allowing very low vis you have a lot of time to think. Personally, I have thought many times what the hell am I doing and are these clouds ever going to break, is this wind ever going to die, or is my luck ever going to change! All of us that has spent much time on the bow of a skiff
It feels like the same old song and dance this week. Rain early in the week has blown out the river but a few days of the US Army Corps releasing water from Allatoona Dam has got things right! Striper fishing is good as we approach the full moon this week and the fish are still in summer mode. Intermediate lines and long casts have been the key to success, flies like Umpqua's Major Mullet, Large Decievers, and Fulling Mill's Predator Pounder will get the job done. Use caution when handling fish this time of year, the water temps are warming and its much easier to stress fish out to the point of death during this
Summertime in North Georgia brings warming water temperatures to the point that many of our trout streams become un-fishable. Luckily for us, our waters in Georgia aren’t limited to trout - warmwater species such as bream, bass, and striper populate our waters and take priority. One species in particular, the Coosa Bass (Micropterus Coosae) allows us to experience trout-like mountainous streams with the aggressive attitude and explosive hatred of topwater bugs that makes bass so enjoyable to catch. Coosa bass are native and can only be found in the Coosa River Basin: look for tributaries in Alabama and Georgia to find the higher elevation homes of these fish. They also become most active at temperatures in