Local Fishing Report 09/17/23 By Matt Morrison Cohutta Fishing Co. – Blue Ridge Toccoa Tailwater: The tailwater is in turnover right now. The last couple weeks the temperature has hung in there, but this week it seems to be getting warmer each day. The latest temp I’ve gotten was 66 degrees below the dam. The water is very murky coming from the dam as well. Once temps get to 68, fish get lethargic and can be tough to catch. And once you do catch them, most of the time they can’t recover even if they do swim off. Let’s give the fish a break on the tailwater until temps get back to a fishable level.
Local Fishing Report 08/22/23 By Matt Morrison Cohutta Fishing Co. – Blue Ridge Toccoa Tailwater: As of right now, the temps below the dam are holding in at 60 degrees. There is a slight stain in the water coming from the dam as well, which means turn over is right around the corner. Curtis Switch is still at a fishable temp, but try not to fish at Horseshoe Bend. Temps down there on low water have been in the upper 60’s for a while now. The midday generations have been helping keep the whole river cool, but let’s give those fish lower down a break until we start seeing cooler temps. As we
Local Fishing Report 07/15/23 By Matt Morrison Cohutta Fishing Co. – Blue Ridge Toccoa Tailwater: Temps on the tailwater are still staying cold. The water coming out of the dam is still staying at 56 degrees. As you go further down stream, the water temps start coming up with each creek that flows in. At Horseshoe Bend Park, temps are getting up to 66 mid-day before the generation comes in to cool it back down. So if you’re wade fishing stick to Tammen Park or Curtis Switch. Fishing in the mornings has still been great. Dry fly action on caddis, sulfurs, and yellow sallies has been working well first thing in the morning. Then transitioning
Local Fishing Report 06/15/23 By Matt Morrison Cohutta Fishing Co. – Blue Ridge Toccoa Tailwater: We have finally transitioned into our Summer time fishing here in Blue Ridge. What this means on the Toccoa Tailwater is that you have to be out there early in the morning to have a successful day. Dry fly activity has been great and is catching just as many if not more fish than a typical dry dropper rig. A few tan caddis can be seen flying around first thing in the morning, a nd as the sun gets higher, you will see more sulphurs and light cahills. Some days there have been some BWO’s around as well. Bring some
Fishing Report courtesy of Guide, Matt Morrison Toccoa Tailwater: The tailwater has been fishing good. TVA is still sluicing at 400cfs, so float fishing has been best, but you can still wade around the access points. With last week’s air temps touching the 80’s, the fishing would slow down as the day went on, then picking up again in the afternoons. With this cold snap, fishing has been pretty steady through the day. The bug hatches have been starting a bit later though, so have some Parachute Adams or Parachute BWO’s in sz 16-18 with you. A lot of the BWOs and midges are tiny so fish the smallest dries you can. Because yes, fish can
On November 9th, at 6 PM, we’re continuing our monthly Fly Tying nights with special guest, guide, and Umpqua Signature Fly Tyer, Todd Boyer! Todd Boyer is one of the most respected fly-fishermen and fly tiers residing in East Tennessee. At just 17 years old, Todd picked up the art of fly fishing and officially entered the professional industry just five years later. Throughout his 25+ year career, he has guided and taught hundreds of individuals while drifting down the Watauga and South Holston rivers. He’s also taught fly casting lessons at East Tennessee State University, held fly tying workshops within the community, managed fly fishing shops and departments, and he has developed, tied and sold