Local Fishing Report 01/09/24 By Matt Morrison Toccoa Tailwater: Winter has finally set in here in the South. This has brought frosty temperatures and some much needed rainy weather to bring some of our flows up. This is our favorite time of year for trout fishing in our area. As a lot of people stay inside out of the cold, a lot of our rivers start seeing less pressure and the accesses can be less crowded. With these colder temps comes smaller bugs. Midges and Blue-Winged Olive nymphs behind a stonefly or a weighted egg under a Chubby or a bobber has been an effective rig. As you fish, really slow yourself down. Take your
Local Fishing Report 10/24/23 By Matt Morrison Cohutta Fishing Co. – Blue Ridge Toccoa Tailwater: Turnover is done on the Toccoa Tailwater! Water temps below the dam are down into the mid 60’s and are dropping. The fish are feeding on a variety of things. Plenty of Tan Caddis and BWO’s are around, as well as tons of midges. October Caddis are just around the corner, so we’re expecting to see these start popping off any day now. Morning and late evening dry fly fishing has been phenomenal throwing smaller Parachute Adams, Parachute BWO’s and Tan Elk Hair Caddis. Dry Dropper rigs have been working well, with nymphs hanging between 2-4 feet below the dry
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