Shopping for the outdoorsman and sportsman is hard. We're all very particular in what we like, and it seems like we've already got everything. To make things a little easier on you this holiday season, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite stuff that we use and the anglers and sportsmen of your life will be drooling over. Umpqua UPG Fly Boxes - we've been carrying these boxes for around 6 months in multiple models. The TPE insert is similar to the tacky silicone inserts, but more durable and with better layouts. They come in multiple colors but with see-through lids so you can color coordinate your boxes for different purposes but still know what
The current forecast for this weekend is projecting 90-100% rain starting in the late afternoon Friday through the evening Saturday. Be mindful of rain if you plan on getting out - wet and cold do not mix, but some of the best fishing can be had with inclement weather conditions in the forecast. The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well. Generation has been relatively consistent and giving enough time for a day trips' worth of fishing. We've been seeing some blue winged olives and caddis on the river, but my primary focus would be subsurface presentations. A combination of junk/flashier flies like Rainbow Warriors, Lightning Bugs, and Globugs paired with more imitative flies like Split Case BWO, Stonefly patterns,
The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well! This time of year, I like to focus on subsurface presentations, but we've been seeing some smaller caddis and Blue Winged Olives, so bring along some dry flies with you. Bigger, size 6-10 Pat's Rubber legs and stonefly patterns, BWO Nymphs like smaller pheasant tails, split case BWOs, and Galloup's baetis, caddis patterns, and red, black, and cream midges will cover your natural patterns. Have some flashier patterns like lightning bugs and rainbow warriors as well. If you aren't catching fish, chances are you need to adjust your depth - change your depth with your strike indicator and split shot any time there is a depth change on the bottom! The
If you're like us, summer fishing just isn't enough, but chasing bass through the winter months can be daunting with a fly rod. We're always trying new systems and techniques to entice those tough-to-feed cold weather spotted bass. Check out this video from our friends at Hatch Outdoors and Captain Chuck Ragan on rigging and using a float and fly system for the fly rod and hang on! Link to Hatch Outdoors and full post here!
The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well and will continue to fish well into the winter. We've been seeing better water temperatures and received some much-needed rain in the last couple of days. Some of our guides have been seeing caddis coming off on the river in the evenings and the streamer bite should be picking up as we move closer to the end of the month. I would have a decent variety of flies if I were to hit the tailwater: Blue Winged Olive and Caddis (dries, split case BWO, Holy Grails, Thrift Shop Caddis), bigger stonefly imitations like size 6-8 Pat's Rubber legs, wooly buggers, Y2K's, and typical naturals (pheasant tail/hare's ear variants). Flashy nymphs like
Delayed Harvest season is upon us! For those of you that are unfamiliar with this term, Delayed Harvest (or DH for short) is a designation given to portions of rivers and streams that are stocked heavily from November through May. These portions of water are regulated for catch and release, artificial only, one "dropper" fly only (you can only have two flies on at a time), and single hook only. What this means: fantastic opportunity for fly fishermen: for beginners, early parts of the delayed harvest provide a good place to hone your skills and learn how fish work, as freshly stocked fish are typically not the most well educated. As the season goes on, these