Kelly and I finally got to go fishing with Kent Edmonds on the Chattahoochee. Kent guides on the Flint River and Chattahoochee River for striper, shoal bass, and hybrid. Kent is a wealth of information and one of the best guides I have ever fished with. Kent is also a certified casting instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers Our target species this weekend were Skipjack herring which to say the least is a blast to fish for. We used 3 and 4 weight fly rods for these little scrapers. They look like little tarpon and jump and put on a show. Kent’s website is www.flyfishga.com I would highly recommend booking a trip with him.
Well after a brutal winter we are now approaching Spring. This has to be my favorite North Georgia fly fishing time. The trout will be looking up and should be taking dry flies pretty soon. We still have some open weekends available for fishing but they are filling up fast.
I have been thinking about the opportunities in Georgia for fly fishing. I may be a little bit biased but Georgia offers the fly angler a huge variety that I think one would be hard pressed to top. Starting at the Georgia coast we have approximately 100 miles of coastline that is stacked with redfish, spotted sea trout, tarpon etc. Moving inland we have numerous world class bass lakes and rivers that have an abundance of bass, bream, and crappie. The Chattahoochee river that flows through Atlanta is an incredible trout fishery flowing through a metropolitan city. The Georgia has over 4000 miles of trout streams most of which are located in the northern 3rd of the state. To say the least someone could could spend a lifetime just fly fishing in Georgia.
November 1st marks the start of Georgia’s delayed harvest trout fishing. Georgia has 5 trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations. The five trout streams managed under delayed harvest regulations are the Toccoa River located on U.S. Forest Service land upstream of Lake Blue Ridge in Fannin County (from 0.4 miles above Shallowford Bridge to 450 feet above the Sandy Bottom Canoe Access), Amicalola Creek on the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area (from Steele Bridge Road downstream to Georgia Hwy. 53), Smith Creek at Unicoi State Park, the Chattahoochee River in Atlanta (Sope Creek, downstream of Johnson Ferry Road, downstream to the Hwy 41 bridge) and a portion of the Chattooga River (from Ga. Hwy. 28 upstream to the mouth of Reed Creek) on U.S. Forest Service land bordering South Carolina.
I am pretty sure this has been one of the best Summers for North Georgia Trout we have had in many years. The rain has kept the water cool and that makes happy trout. The runoff from the rain has also kept a lot of food for the trout flowing into the creeks and rivers. I am predicting the fall fishing season will be off the chart with fat, frisky trout. Broken lines and broken rods will be the norm this fall. October and November weekends are filling up fast so now is the time to book the prime weekends.
I had one of the best days I have ever had fly fishing this past weekend. Daniel and I got to fish with Tony, Wayne and Clay Rider. Tony is retired from the US Forest Service and is a wealth of knowledge. It was a privilege to get to fish with him all day. Wayne and I started kindergarten together (Ms Clarks class) and have been friends ever since. Clay has just graduated high school and is a natural fly fisher. I do not think I have ever seen
anyone pick up fly fishing so fast. Tony and I fished together most of the day. We fished mostly dry flys with really light rods. Daniel fished with Clay and Wayne most of the day. I am sure they used Power worms and Cheetos for bait (they have no shame). In the end we all had a wonderful time and I look forward to fishing with them again.
The Summer heat is here and due to all of the rain we have had the fishing is still great. After the awesome spring we have had the fish are becoming educated but it is nice to still be fishing great water this late in the season. Kelly caught an awesome Brown trout this week on some of our private water and we are continuing to hook up on some really great trout. We will continue to accept bookings as long as the water quality stays good. Book soon the dry fly action is still on.
Well I have posted several times that Spring is here but the weather goes south every time I post that. The fishing was a little slow yesterday due to the mid May cold snap?!?! The bite got better as the day progressed. We ended the day with a female rainbow in the 10lb+ category. It hard to be unhappy with results like that even on a slow day.