This week, we are officially back to our normal summer hours. We’re open Tuesday, 9AM – 3PM, Wednesday through Saturday, 9AM – 5PM, and Sunday, 11AM – 3PM. We’ve been filling up the guide calendar for both stripers and trout for the past couple weeks. If you’re looking to get on the water, call us! Fishing has been phenomenal and should remain so through the next few months. The shop number is 7069463044. Today is also the last day to enter our raffle for a T&T Exocett 9 weight, a Bote paddleboard, or an Orvis rod and reel combo! Every $30 spent on the webstore counts as a single entry.
The Toccoa Tailwater has been fishing well. Yellow Sallies and Sulphurs are around, so don’t leave home without a dry fly rod and some good sulphur imitations. We’ve also seen Light Cahills around. For rigs, we’ve been fishing dry-droppers with big dry flies like Chubby Cherynobyls and Foam PMX’s followed by either stonefly imitations like Pat’s Rubbers Legs or San Juan Worms for the lead fly. If you’re comfortable with triple rigs, try dropping a smaller nymph off the back of the lead fly – pheasant tail soft hackles, Split Case PMD’s, El Diablos, Red Alerts, and Rainbow Warriors are all just some of the many patterns that should produce right now. Keep an eye on the generation schedule!
Small Streams should be fishing well! I like to head to the mountains with a 3 weight and a box of dry flies this time of year. Specifically, Purple Hazes, Parachute Adams, small Chubby Cherynobyls, and PMX’s should all produce. Anything yellow this time of year is a good bet, as we have an abundance of bugs hatching in that color spectrum. For subsurface, I like to drop smaller unweighted pheasant tails and hare’s ears both with or without a soft hackle collar underneath these dries. If that doesn’t work, a Chubby with a Pat’s Rubber legs underneath would be my next choice.
The Upper Toccoa is still too high to wade, and the DH ends today. That doesn’t mean that it won’t fish well! if you can float the DH, it would be well worth trying while the water temperature is still cool.
The Etowah River has been generating around the clock for the past few days. Once the generation subsides, fishing should be phenomenal. Spotted Bass and Striper are both on the menu – try fishing an 8 weight rigged with an intermediate or full sinking line with a slightly heavier, 15-20lb leader if you’re chasing both species. I like to throw baitfish flies in the 2-4 inch range for a mixed bag day. Think Lunch $’s in shad, Clouser Minnows, EP flies, and Flashtail Whistlers. If you’re just chasing a striper, break out the 9 and 10 weight rod and beef up that leader!
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