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
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
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