The Toccoa Tailwater has been generating nonstop since last week. It’s predicted that they will continue doing this until further notice. We drove over to some property off of Curtis Switch and the water was about 5 feet above a safe wading level. We also went to Horseshoe Bend Park and the water was still very high, but was flowing noticeably faster than at Curtis. Saw a few people courageous enough to try their hand at fishing from the bank. When we stopped to ask how they did, and they said they didn’t even get a bite. It seems that all the Tailwater will be good for is sitting on the bank watching the water go by while dreaming of warmer temps, lower water, and big browns!
The Delayed Harvest section of the Toccoa is clearing up, but is still very high. With the break from all the rain this week, I’m really hoping the water level will drop to a good level to float the DH. As of Wednesday, the water was registered around 1200cfs. If the water can drop another 300cfs, floats should start being a viable option. If the rain holds off and drops to an adequate level, float the DH but make sure you bring your drop shot and heavier flies. With the Tailwater generating 24/7, our biggest hope is that the DH will drop to an adequate level to get out on the Toccoa and fish.
Smaller Mountain Streams would be the most promising this week. Most of the water is still high; however, the streams are very clear. There is mostly going to be subsurface action; however, I have been hearing reports of a lot of bug activity on some of the smaller streams due to the warmer temps. If you are wanting to get out this weekend, smaller creeks like Rock Creek and Coopers Creek are going to be the best options for getting on some fish. You’ll want to make sure your boxes are stocked with heavy flies like Tungstones, Squirmy Worms, Y2K’s, and Wooly Buggers. You might also want to consider bringing some dries just in case the fish decide to hit some top water; however, it is unlikely due to all the high and rapid water!
The Blue Ridge Area Report courtesy of our outfitting partner, Fly Fishing North Georgia.
Our guide calendar for the spring and summer is filling up quickly. Give us a shout if you would like to get something going. Since we service three different rivers as well as private waters, we can probably make something happen right now if your local water is shot.
We’re doing a fly tying night tonight at Grumpy Old Men Brewery in Blue Ridge. The guys at the brewery have some great beers and an awesome venue. As they say, if they don’t like it, they don’t drink it. If they don’t drink it, they don’t sell it. Bring your own vise and materials if you plan on coming and if you need to buy some materials, come by the shop before we head over there. We’ll be tying from 6-9pm.
Cartersville: (770) 606-1100
Blue Ridge: (706) 946-3044
Check the generation schedule before you plan your trip! We do not recommend that you float the Etowah if Allatoona dam is releasing water. We do not recommend wading the Toccoa if the TVA is releasing water. Check the release schedules and be safe!
Allatoona Dam Release Schedule- (706) 334-7213