The Toccoa Tailwater will be muddy below Tammen Park, likely through to next week. We’re going to see the TVA crank up the generation schedules soon to begin draining the lake back down to winter pool, so I wouldn’t anticipate doing much wading, but if the schedule gives us any opportunity to do so, Tammen Park will be your only option. I would have some Black Caddis patterns like Better Foam Caddis, Harrop’s CDC Caddis Emerger, and Elk Hair Caddis. For subsurface, I would try to throw some Holy Grails, Thrift Shop Caddis, Zebra Midges, and stonefly patterns in addition to the standard fare. Streamers can also produce.
The Upper Toccoa is unfishable. Go somewhere else.
Small Streams will be unfishable until Saturday at the earliest. I wouldn’t anticipate fishing anything but the upper reaches of these streams either, as we got enough rain last night and this morning to blow out these creeks again. If you do try to fish some of these streams, try high sticking wooly buggers and stoneflies with split shot through softer water like eddies and pockets behind rocks, etc.
Not much has changed since last week, so come by the shop and say hello, tie some flies, or stop by the Cartersville shop and drink a beer at the Last Cast Bar. Now is also a good time to start thinking about spring fishing. We’re booking guided trout, striper, and bass trips already, so if you want to get on the water with us, call us about some dates sooner than later.
We’re also selling tickets to our annual viewing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the City Cellar and Loft on March 5th! Tickets are available at both stores
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!
Allatoona Dam Release Schedule- (706) 334-7213
Cartersville Shop: (770) 606-1100
Blue Ridge Shop: (706) 946-3044