It’s winter but in classic Georgia fashion one half of the week still feels like fall and the other half feels like winter. Although this does mess with the fish, there are plenty still to be caught. This is by no means an end all be all report but just something to give you an idea of what’s going on.
North Georgia DH: Fish are over the candy stage i.e. eggs and San Juan worms. These flies will no longer put the numbers in the boat that they once did. You’ll still pull a few out and even more if the stocking truck makes a surprise visit. Instead focus your fly selection on natural flies. This doesn’t mean carrying six different fly boxes but keep the classics close. Hares ear, pheasant tail, Walt’s worm, and rainbow warriors get the job done. Keep a few different sizes in your box. Size 12-18 is good for all these patterns, with the exception of size 18 for the rainbow warriors. Fish have moved out of the big holes and into seams/pocket water. There will always be fish in the bigger holes but your odds of catching good ones increase with pocket water fishing. The guys and girls that Euro nymph will really start to clean house. Keep your eyes open for small hatches. BWO and small caddis will pop off on warm afternoons.
North Georgia/ Western North Carolina Wild Waters: Wild streams are cold. A good strategy for wild streams is to watch the weather and pounce on a good string of days. Three good days of mid 50s or 60s is a good time to be out. Small BWO and Caddis hatches can occur along with midge hatches. Fishing during rainy or snowy conditions is a great option is you want to throw big streamers for big browns. It’s a low odds game but worth it if you can handle hours of nothing. Concentrate on deep pools as fish will be looking for slow water with a steady source of food. The less they have to work for more food, the happier the brown trout will be! A long dry dropper will work if you don’t want to go the traditional indicator route. Pheasant tails, lighting bugs, and rubber legs are good starts. With the browns spawning in November and December try an egg pattern as well.
The Chattahoochee has been bumping along nicely. The Hooch is more of a presentation game versus having the perfect fly. Play around with different types of cover. If you are indicator nymphing add an extra split shot if you aren’t catching so your presenting to those trout swimming along in deeper holes. Stonefly nymphs as the point fly followed by a small pheasant tail is a good starting point, also. Rainbow warrior and a midge are also worth a drift. During rainy days try a streamer around cover. Sinking line helps with getting your streamer in the sweet spot. Also those fallen trees along the shoreline will be the main target as well as large boulders because the big fish love this type of cover!
The Toccoa tailwater is hot. Good bug activity when you time your trips. Classic bugs are popping off. Midges are the ticket near the dam. BWO will hatch on good weather days. Keep some small dries close but nymphs will put more fish in the boat. Ride the release for a chance at big browns and rainbows on the streamer. Drunk and Disorderly streamer is a good pattern to play with along with the classic articulated patterns. Sink tip is required to get your streamer down during release times because of the flows. Olive and white are good colors but every streamer junkie has their own favorite color. Lots of fish are moving but lately they haven’t committed to eating. Streamers are an odds game so keep covering water.
We hope this post helps y’all during these winter months so you can crush your fly fishing goals! If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 678-762-0027 . Happy fishing!