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Trout Fishing in GA | Trout Fishing in North Georgia | GA Trout Fishing | Reel Job 770-330-7583

When it comes to trout fishing in North Georgia, there is no shortage of rivers and streams that are all teeming with stocked and wild Georgia trout.  Yet, as you may well know, there are some locations that are simply much better for North Georgia fly fishing than others in the region.  While every fisherman is happy to catch a fish or two, there are a few northern streams and rivers that are well known for providing some of the best fly fishing in the entire state and will help you bring home an even larger number of trout. So, if you are truly looking to hook some nice trout, you want to check these areas out.

Toccoa River Tailwater & Upper Toccoa River

The Toccoa River tailwater and upper Toccoa River are the largest and most heavily stocked rivers available when it comes to North Georgia fly fishing.  While it can be difficult to fish the river at certain times of the year, particularly during high flow periods, low flow periods are a great time for wade fishing.  Therefore, most fly fishermen try to target these rivers during prime water flows to allow easy wading and fishing.

Both sections of the Toccoa are regularly stocked by the Wild life Resource Division of Georgia, which means you are guaranteed to have plenty of opportunities to catch trout.  In addition, the average trout size is around 10 inches, though reports of 20 inch and larger trout are landed on a regular basis in these rivers.  The upper Toccoa is a very popular destination during the delay harvest season.  In all, there are a little under two miles of public delayed harvest trout stream available to the fly fishermen.  There are some holdover trout in the river but the main populations of trout are stocked.  This is great for fly fishermen since stockers tend to be very aggressive when it comes to feeding.  Try bright attractor patterns and woolly buggers early in the season.   Later in the season when the hatches begin fly fisherman can test there skills out matching the hatch.  The upper Toccoa can get blown out pretty easy during heavy rains so you should plan your trip around the storms.  Anglers should also be careful wade fishing this stretch of river especially during high flows.  There are some deep and rocky stretches that most find above average in wading difficulty. 

The Toccoa River tailwater is more of a year round trout fishery.  The cold water discharges from Blue Ridge Dam provide sufficient water temperatures for the trout year round.  With over sixteen miles of trout stream to fish the Toccoa tailwater offers fly fishermen enough water to fish for a lifetime.  In past years the fishing has been relatively easy for almost all fly fishermen to catch plenty of trout.  However, the increase in fishing pressure and media exposure of the Toccoa River has transformed it into a technical fishery.  Although, there are times of the year where heavy numbers of stocked fish are present which provides easy fishing, most holdover and wild fish call for the appropriate fly pattern and drag free drift.  More and more anglers are understanding long leaders and fine tippet is called for to consistently fool these fish.  If you’re a first timer on this water you should think about hiring a professional guide to show you the ropes.  One reason the Toccoa River has become so popular is its ability to produce trophy size trout.  There are brown trout here that only prey on stocked fish.  For this reason, fly fishermen are willing to spend much of their time on this river for the opportunity of hooking into one of these giants.  With the increased fishing pressure on the river it is very important to always show angler etiquette on the water.  Make sure to wade or row around anglers fishing a particular side or stretch of river and don’t forget to leave a fair amount of space between you once you decide to pass your fellow angler.  Observe local guides actions on the river and notice how they usually row at least a few hundred yards downstream before allowing their clients to begin fishing.  Lastly, if you do choose to pass a fellow angler please keep a fishing pace faster than the person you past.  That way bottlenecks can be avoided.  This river is a wonderful trout fishery and should be utilized by all fly fishermen.  Make sure to call ahead to find out generation schedules (1-800-238-2264, 4 23#) on the Toccoa River so you don’t waist your time driving up to find a river unfishable.

Mountaintown Creek

All of Mountaintown Creek is designated as trout fishing water.  Yet, because of the amount of private property along the southern portion of the creek, the most accessible part of Mountaintown Creek when it comes to fly fishing for trout is the northern headwaters.  In this area, the most commonly trout caught is Rainbow, though a few Brown have been reported as well.  As far as the size of fish available in  Mountaintown Creek, wild Rainbow and brown trout range up to 12 inches with the occasional trophy trout.  While the Georgia trout here are not considered giants, they are plentiful and you will more than likely catch several fish easily while enjoying the experience of fly fishing.

Other Trout Rivers

The above two examples of rivers only represent a small fraction of the 4,000 miles of trout streams and rivers available in North Georgia.  With that said, many of the other rivers and streams in the area are worth giving time to explore.  The main factor to keep in mind is that various rivers and streams in Georgia offer different opportunities for the fly fisherman.  Some streams have special regulations and support wild trout populations only.  These streams may not have the numbers of fish some other watersheds have but they do offer the fly fishermen a place to exclusively target wild trout only.  Other streams almost exclusively support stocked fish only.  These streams are great places for beginners to fish since the numbers of trout are high, however, these same streams tend to not be the favorites for the well established fly fishermen.  Whether you’re a beginner or veteran North Georgia provides water tailored for everyone. In the end, remember that North Georgia trout fishing is very popular because of the variety of trout the rivers offer as well as the easy public access to these streams.  If you are planning a fishing trip to the area, remember to pack the right flies for trout based on the season you are fishing.  Also, remember that many of these creeks and rivers are located in the mountains and weather can - and often does - take a surprising turn.  So, pack accordingly and with forethought.  After all, the last thing anyone wants is for a relaxing fishing trip to suddenly turn into a search and rescue mission.


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