Fishing in North Georgia

On a recent trip we traveled north to Toccoa River in the Blue Ridge Mountains to fish for trout.

Last Friday a fishing buddy of mine, Bob Bagerski, and I fished the Toccoa River in Blue Ridge, Ga. and had some great fishing in the early morning with temperatures in the mid 70s.

We caught almost 20 nice rainbow trout on a red soft hackle fly as well as a flashback pheasant tail. There were fish coming to the surface taking bugs, but they di not hit a fly.

After around 10 o'clock in the morning the temperature shot up in in the 90s and we stopped fishing until late afternoon.

We took the opportunity to visit Unicoi Fly Shop and Bill Oyster Bamboo Rods in Blue Ridge while waiting on the heat to subside.

We went to another part of the river and fished late into the afternoon and picked up some fish in the bend of the river in the shade, but it was still too hot for me.

With the heat you have to be careful and drink plenty of water and protect yourself with a hat, sunscreen, and protective clothing. The fish will also be stressed so be gentle with them so they can make it to fight another day.

Editor's note: Got a question about fishing on the Chattahoochee or other Georgia waters, then drop Tim a note via email or add your question or comments below and he'll get back with you.

Tim Matthews is the fishing expert at the Orvis store at The Forum in Peachtree Corners.


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