The Toccoa Tailwater will be muddy below Tammen Park, likely through to next week. We're going to see the TVA crank up the generation schedules soon to begin draining the lake back down to winter pool, so I wouldn't anticipate doing much wading, but if the schedule gives us any opportunity to do so, Tammen Park will be your only option. I would have some Black Caddis patterns like Better Foam Caddis, Harrop's CDC Caddis Emerger, and Elk Hair Caddis. For subsurface, I would try to throw some Holy Grails, Thrift Shop Caddis, Zebra Midges, and stonefly patterns in addition to the standard fare. Streamers can also produce. The Upper Toccoa is unfishable. Go somewhere else. Small Streams will
As I am typing this fishing report, we're receiving flash flood notifications on our phones for nearly every county from Blue Ridge to Cartersville. Exercise caution if you plan on fishing today and later this week - some of our streams are going to be utterly unfishable and dangerous, especially smaller bodies of water initially. Be mindful of road conditions on some of the forest service roads especially, as heavy rain can turn some of the more un-maintained roads into mud puddles. The Toccoa Tailwater was fishing fantastically before the rain started yesterday. Black Caddis were hatching in droves, so if we do get the opportunity to fish again, I would keep a number of different caddis
The March Brown Jig is a good imitation of a March Brown mayfly nymph as the name suggests, but we fish this fly year round for heavily pressured fish that have seen hundreds of traditional Hare's Ears and Pheasant Tails. It's essentially a simplified Hare's Ear color variant that you can crank out by the dozen in a half hour. We didn't invent this fly - Fulling Mill mass produces this pattern in size 12 and 14, and we sell it here in the shop for those of you that don't tie. The advantage of tying this fly over buying it, as with any fly, is that you can fine tune weight, hook size, and coloration.
The Toccoa Tailwater is clear and fishable. We've been seeing midges and blue winged olives coming off on the river, and you may see some Little Black Stoneflies coming off as well, so keep some dries handy just in case. I would try to hit the river as the day warms to the peak temperatures of the day. For nymphs, try throwing the standard Pat’s Rubber Legs, worm patterns, zebra midges, Griffith's gnat, rainbow warriors/lighting bugs, thrift shop caddis, and add in some Batman nymphs, wire stones, and some other varieties of 14-18 caddis emergers. For streamers, I like to throw 6-8 weights on floating and intermediate fly lines with 12-20 lb/test leaders and have a mixture of
Winter can be an unpredictable time of year to fish in the south with conditions ranging from balmy 60 degree days to winter cold fronts pushing through and bringing freezing temps and rain swollen, stained rivers. The latter might make even the most dedicated fishermen opt to stay home and tie flies rather than venturing out on the river, but I’d like to share some tips that might help you when the conditions turn less than ideal. Fish stained water - No one wants to pull up to their favorite trout stream and see that the water is high and muddy, however, high off color water can act as a form of cover making trout less
We're still getting rain and will continue through to Saturday on and off, so most of the water is going to be higher and potentially off color through the weekend. Don't let this keep you inside - these conditions can produce results for the angler with the gear and willingness to get on the water where fishable. The Toccoa Tailwater is producing well where conditions and generation allow. Little Black Stoneflies and Blue Winged Olives should be coming off, and we may see Black Caddis any day now. Bring some dries and emergers just in case; black Stimulators 12-14, Parachute Adams 14-18, Hi-Viz BWO dries 16-20, and some Sprout Baetis 16-20 will work. For nymphs, try throwing