Fishing Report 1/15/20

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

By |January 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fishing Report 1/9/20

The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well, outside of the generation schedule. We've been focusing on streamers lately, hunting for those larger browns that live in the river - try 6-8 weights with floating and intermediate/sinktip fly lines with fluorocarbon 12-20lb leaders. Vary your leader length to the type of fly line you're fishing, longer on a floating line and shorter on any sinking type fly line. Dungeons, Ice Picks, and sparkle minnows would all be my first pick. We've been seeing blue winged olives and little black stones hatching on the river, and the little black stones usually come before one of the best hatches of the year (Black Caddis), so we're keeping both small stonefly dries

By |January 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fishing Report 1/4/20

Happy New Year! This is the first fishing report of the year for us, as we took a little break for the holidays. We're anticipating another busy year at both shops and with our guide service and would like to thank all of our customers, clients, and friends over the years for the continued support. The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well. The TVA cranked up the generation 24/7 a few days this past week in anticipation of another wet winter following the pattern of record rainfall in the Tennessee Valley the past two years. We've had near non-stop rain the past three days, but the tailwater is fishable when not generating. Subsurface presentations should dominate, so

By |January 4th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fishing Report 12/19/19

The Etowah River was fishing well before the torrential downpour earlier this week. If the creeks clear up by the end of the week and generation allows, this would be a great option this weekend. Water temperatures at the dam are falling into the low fifties, so be prepared to work your flies S-L-O-W. I recommend intermediate or sinking lines with neutrally buoyant flies around structure, so think Galloup's Dungeons in tan/craw/black, and unweighted 2-3 inch baitfish patterns. Sparkle Minnows/Rubber Buggers and Kreelex's are also good producers. Be patient and don't think numbers - some of our biggest  Bass of the year come out of the river from now through March. The Toccoa Tailwater was blown out earlier

By |December 19th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

Fishing Report 12/12/2019

The Toccoa Tailwater is fishing well. Rain from earlier this week blew out the river for a couple of days, but things should be returning to normal. Don't let adverse weather conditions deter your fishing and dress appropriately. We're primarily looking for that bigger bite and fish this time of year with streamers and nymphing bigger stonefly patterns and wooly buggers, but your traditional tailwater fare of junk, pheasant tails, rainbow warriors, and lighting bugs should all produce. Keep some caddis and BWO dries on hand in case a hatch comes off. For those of you that want to throw streamers, bring 6-8 weights rigged with floating and intermediate fly lines with 12-20lb fluorocarbon leaders. For flies,

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Hierarchy of Trout: Defining Wild, Native and Stocked

Fishing ethics are subjective outside of the law. This means that we set our own standard for what we regard as sporting beyond the regulations set by state game departments; if I were to make a broad generalization about many trout fly fishermen, trout caught on flies are a pinnacle of angling and many fly anglers are specifically catch and release only, but the law may not state fly fishing as the only legal means of fishing, nor does it prohibit someone from keeping fish in most instances. Two of Georgia's Native fish, the Eastern Brook Trout (top) and the Coosa Bass (bottom). Some hierarchies that vary from angler to angler can also regard size,

By |December 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|