As of today, at 6PM, Georgia has been placed under a Shelter-in-Place order by the governor. We’re going to continue to be closed to the public, but feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the shop phone at (706) 946-3044. If looking for gear, tying materials, or anything else, you can either check out our new webstore here, or call us if you can’t find what you’re looking for on the webstore! Fishing has been phenomenal lately, and will only continue to get better as the air and water temperatures warm. Stay safe and stay healthy!
The Toccoa Tailwater as of wednesday, is inaccessible at Horseshoe Bend Park, and Tammen Park is only open on weekdays according to Fannin County Parks and Recreation. I called wednesday, so that may have changed since then. Curtis Switch might be open as it is a TVA access point. I would call the county before heading to fish the tailwater. IF it is open, I would mostly prospect with subsurface patterns imitating big stoneflies like pat’s rubber legs and tungstones, followed by a dropper fly like a March Brown Jig, Holy Grail in olive, or a Rainbow Warrior. I start replacing my strike indicators with Chubby Cherynobyls this time of year, and I would also carry a few dries just in case – Parachute Adams 12-16, Elk Hair Caddis in Tan 14-16, and Griffith’s Gnats 16-22. The DNR should have stocked recently, so I would predict fishing to be very good.
The Upper Toccoa is still running high. Water clarity is getting better, and if you can float this stretch it should be very productive. I wouldn’t try to wade this until the flows drop below 500 cubic feet per second. For flies, I would recommend the same stuff as the tailwater, but fish strike indicators and a lot of split shot. Streamers should also produce, so bring along some Mini Dungeons, Sparkle Minnows, and Kreelex’s.
Small Streams should be at perfect levels right now. If I were going to the mountains, I would fish dry dropper rigs with my dry fly selection including Chubby Cherynoybls 12-14, Tan Elk Hair Caddis or X-Caddis, 12-14, and Parachute Adams 12-16. For dropper flies, I would try some stonefly imitations like Pat’s Rubber legs 10-12, Small Tungstones, pheasant tail soft hackles 12-18, and some Holy Grails in olive or tan. Fish might be looking up!
The Etowah River is fishing well for Spotted Bass, when generation allows. Water clarity below Pumpkinvine Creek is still dingy, but hopefully the lack of rain in the forecast till next Tuesday will help. 6-8 weights rigged with floating or intermediate fly line fished slowly with smaller 1.5-3.5 inch baitfish patterns will do the trick.
Check the generation schedule before you plan your trip! We do not recommend that you float the Etowah if Allatoona dam is releasing water. We do not recommend wading the Toccoa if the TVA is releasing water. Check the release schedules and be safe!
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