Copyright 2018 James Marsh
Fly Fishing the Toccoa River Georgia
Many Georgia anglers think the lower Toccoa River is
one of the best tailwaters in the South. At the time this
was written, a new dam was under construction that
everyone thinks will improve the fishing over what it has
been in the past. That's saying a lot, if it turns out to be
true. There are about fifteen miles of good trout fishing
waters below Blue Ridge Lake. It extends down to the
Tennessee state line where the name of the river
changes to the Ocoee River. Upper Toccoa River
Fly fishing the Toccoa River from the bank is limited
because the river flows through private property. Access
is provided at parks and road crossing. We have fished
this stream on two occasions without a boat and still done
very well. We have drifted it several times and always
caught plenty of trout. It has a lot of trout that probably
only average about 12 inches but there are also some
very large holdover trout in the stream.
The Blue Ridge dam changes pace in a heart beat and
this stream borders on being dangerous. It is much better
to fish it from a boat than wading. The water levels can
change fast. It's really a small stream, width wise. Long
and very deep pools and a lot of rocky shoals also make
it difficult to wade. You can't wade it if the water levels are
high, of course.
Most of the trout are browns. There are rainbows but
probably only about a forth of the population are
rainbows. These trout act more like a wild trout than they
do stocked trout. They are stocked as fingerlings, so they
have to learn much the same way a wild trout learns.
They can be picky and very selective, unlike most stocked
Again, the big advantage the way I see it is the very good
dry fly fishing almost year-round. There are not many
days of the year you cannot catch trout fishing a dry fly.
Now,, I don't have anything against fishing below the
surface at all, but it is certainly an added attraction to
have dry fly fishing available.
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Dry fly: 9 & 12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
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Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
The season runs year-round
Spring is the best time to fish the
The water stays cool all summer and
fishing is good all summer long.
Toccoa River Tailwater Fly Fishing
At the time this was written, It had been some
time since we have fished this tailwater. It's a
great medium size stream to fish provided you
fish it from a drift boat, or at least some type
of boat. I mention that because there are only
five places you can access the fourteen mile
long stream to fish it wading or from the bank.
One thing we like about the stream is the fact
dry fly fishing can be very good. While many
tailwaters are very good streams, for the most
part, most of those in the Eastern United
States don't have very much dry fly fishing. In
general they have few aquatic insects that
hatch on the surface of the water, and many
of the ones that do, have hatches that last
only for a short length of time. Most of the
fishing is done with midge imitations or
streamers. Of course this isn't true of all of
them. Some have excellent hatches and this
is certainly one of them.
Even though the dry fly fishing can be great
at times, most of the productive fishing is still
done fishing flies near the bottom. Heavily
weighted nymphs work most anytime and
produce good size trout. Streamers are also
very effective on the brown trout, especially
when the water is slightly off color from heavy
As mentioned in the introduction page, these
trout can be selective towards certain insects.
Imitating those that are most plentiful and
those that are about to hatch is necessary at
times to produce the best results possible.
Although I'm not a big fan of strike indicators,
they will work on the Toccoa River tailwater
most of the time. Double and tandem rigs are
popular. Probably the best all around strategy
during the winter is to fish imitations of midge
If they are hatching you should use
imitations of the pupae. Most of the
midges we noticed were light green or
Swinging a streamer will probably produce
more larger trout than anything. Day in
and day out, provided nothing is hatching,
I suggest you fish either a stream or a
nymph as close to the bottom as you can
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The Toccoa River is different from many
tailwaters in that you can be assured of
several hatches throughout the year that will
provide good dry fly fishing.
Blue-winged olive hatches of several different
species will be taking place on cloudy days
early in the year even in January. These
hatches can occur all the way into the middle
of April. There's also a Fall hatch that starts
in October and last for most of the rest of the
year. Little dark brown winter stoneflies also
hatch throughout the Winter.
You have a very good Little Black Caddis
(Brachycentrus) hatch that takes place in the
late Winter. It usually starts in late February
and last through March. These caddisflies
hatch almost like a mayfly, meaning
midstream on the surface. Dry fly fishing can
be great when they are emerging and later
on in the day when the female deposit their
Spring brings about several hatches not
common to many tailwaters. March Browns
start hatching in mid April and last for about
six weeks depending on which section of the
tailwater you're fishing. There are some
areas of the Toccoa River tailwater where
Hendricksons hatch in decent quantities. This
occurs in late April and May.
Later on in the year, starting as early as
late May, Eastern Pale Evening Duns
hatch. These are called Sulfurs by the
locals. The true Sulfurs hatch in June and
on into the first of July.
There are also a few LIght Cahills that
hatch on the Toccoa River. This takes
place in June. You have several more
small hatches of mayflies that should hatch
during the year according to stream
samples we took a few years ago.
Spotted Sedges and Cinnamon Sedges
are common, mostly Cinnamon Sedge.
Little Sister Caddis cover the water at
times. The Spotted Sedges and Cinnamon
Sedges start as early as late May and last
almost all Summer. The Little Sisters start
in June and hatch into mid July.
Now, that I have said all that, you should
be aware that the mighty midge is still a big
producer on this stream. They hatch
year-round. Streamers probably produce
the largest trout. Imitations of crayfish and
sculpin should work great, the crayfish for
large browns and smallmouth bass.
During July, August, and September, don't
forget about terrestrial insects. Imitations
of ants, beetles and grasshoppers all work
Remember "Perfect Fly" has specific
imitations of every aquatic and terrestrial
insect that hatch in the Toccoa River
tailwater in their various stages of life. If
you haven't already tried them, you
Autumn is the time for catch large brown
trout because they spawn in the Fall
Trout can be caught most winter days.
Midges are most effective but some days
even dry flies produce.
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Headlines: Conditions remain
good. The discharges and stream
levels should be normal for this
coming week. There's little rain in
the forecast. There are still some
good hatches and streamers,
especially our Articulated sculpin
and leech patterns are catching
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01/01/16 There is still a lot of water in the headwaters of the Toccoa. They will most likely be
running water every day for the next few days but be sure to keep a check on the discharge
schedule. The water is still fairly warm for January and you should be able to catch plenty of
trout on mdiges, Winter stonefly nymphs and Sculpin streamers.
01/08/16 The river is a little high now and will probably stay that way for the next three or four
days. There is rain in the forecast through Sunday. Streamers, such as our White Belly
Sculpin, will catch trout under these conditions. Midges, fished in tandem will also work
provided the water clarity stays decent and right now it is.
01/15/16 They are running one generator today and tomorrow. It is raining now but should
end tomorrow and be clear for a few days. The White Belly sculpin streamer fly works good
under the current conditions. Winter stoneflies and midges fished in tandem should also. It
looks like the lake will be getting back to normal winter storage levels by the first of the week
and lessen the discharges.
01/22/16 There is a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday. I'm sure most of you are
well aware of that. The power company is showing they are not running a generator today or
tomorrow, but they will be soon. There is a lot of rain falling. Midges and winter stonefly
nymphs are the best flies to use when the big storm is over.
01/29/16 The stream levels are fine for drift boats and the power company shows that they will
be running one generator today and tomorrow. Midges, both cream and red, larva and pupa
fished in tandem is still the way to go. Winter stoneflies and Sculpin streamers should still
produce as well.
02/05/16 The weather is turning back cold or normal for this time of the year. Midges, red and
cream pupa and larva, are the best options at this time. Fish the adults when you find clusters
on the surface in eddies or on the surface. The winter stonefly nymph has also been catching
02/12/16 There is a slight chance of snow today and Sunday through next Tuesday,
otherwise the weather will be a little warmer than normal. The water temperature will stay
about 40 degrees near the dam and colder the further downstream you fish. Midges is still the
most important insects but Black flies are also hatching.
02/17/16 The next two to three days should be great for fly fishing the Toccoa tailwater. The
discharges will be low and the water clear and warming on the middle and lower sections of
the river. Blue-winged olives, size 20 adn midges, cream and red, should hatch.
02/26/16 It has been very warm and back cold again, but is on the way back up. The water
temperature remains almost the same during these big weather swings. The lowest section of
the river's water temperature will go up two or three degrees. Little Blue-winged olives should
begin to hatch anytime.
03/04/16 The conditions for this coming week are looking very good. Right now the
discharges are still high but hopefully, they will be subsiding soon. There's no rain or snow in
the forecast for the next week. It is going to be much warmer and a good time to fish the
03/11/16 For the most part, discharges have been reasonable and drift boats able to fish the
river. The discharges may be high at times. There has been a lot of rain. The weather is very
warm as I'm sure most everyone knows, but the tailwater won't change much except on the
03/18/16 There is some rain in the forecast starting today, and that may eventually lead to
higher discharges, but as of now, they are not expecting heavy amount of rainfall. Little Black
Caddis and little Blue-winged olives are hatching, as well as midges, and some trout are being
caught on the surface.
03/25/16 LIttle Black Caddis are hatching good. There are also some small BWOs and Midges
hatching as well. The discharges have been running low but there is some rain in the forecast
and some that took place last night, so they will probably be running water most of the time.
04/01/16 There have been some flood watches in the area lately but we don't think the overall
amount of rain is going to amount to that much. You will have to keep checking the power
company discharge schedule. Midges, little Blue-winged olives and little Black Caddis have
been hatching good.
04/15/16 The discharge schedule looks good for the next couple of days and the stream level
is currently in good shape. Little Black Caddis and midges are hatching. The weather is going
to be a little chilly for a day or two but that shouldn't affect the water temperature but very little
and only on the lower end.
04/22/16 The stream levels should mostly remain low. It is raining now, but then not again for
the next several days. The water is in good shape and we see no reason for it to change
anytime soon. Little BWOs, little Black Caddis and midges are hatching.
04/29/16 Good conditions continue to exist with a few place one can actually wade. There is
enough water for drift boats but you do need to watch the rocks. The water is staying
relatively low. Anglers are still catching plenty of trout. The dam isn't working right and won't
be until July.
05/06/16 Remember the dam isn't working right and won't be until July. They are using the
gate for discharges. The do have to continue to let the right amount of water through the
system from the lake. Last weeks reports from customers was good and a good number of
trout were caught.
05/13/16 Remember, these is a problem with the turbines and they are making releases
differently. This won't be fixed until July. Green sedges or caddisflies, have started to hatch.
There is no rain in the forecast through the weekend, so it should be a good destination for
those with a drift boat.
05/20/16 The river is in good shape with our customers giving some good reports on the
numbers of trout caught this past week. Most of the time, the stream flows and levels from the
dam has been good and this should continue to be the case this coming week.
06/27/16 Our customers reported catching several trout this past week. Discharges were
reasonable to fish and the weather nice. It is going to be much warmer this coming week and
that will affect the lower section of the river some. The caddisfly activity should increase and
the overall conditions continue to be good.
06/03/16 The stream levels have been high most of the week, but customers are reporting
that they are catching a lot of trout. Two species of caddisflies are hatching and bringing
about most of the action. Streamers have worked good when there has been heavy cloud
06/10/16 The Toccoa is settling down with better stream levels, thanks to lower and fewer
discharges. It should be running a more normal schedule this coming week. We received two
good reports from customers this past week. The water is getting a little warmer and late
afternoons are producing the most fish.
06/17/16 Conditions have been very good this past week. We have two good customer
reports with lots of trout being caught. The discharges and stream levels have been good for
the drift boat guys. There are lots of caddisflies hatching and the egg laying and hatches are
both producing a lot of action.
06/24/16 The river is in good shape with good discharge rates and stream levels that permit
drift boats good opportunity almost all the time. There is a lot of rain in the forecast this
coming week, and the cloud cover should be a benefit. Egg laying caddis are presenting the
best opportunity. Late in the day is the best time to fish.
07/01/16 The past week has been a good one for anglers fishing the Toccoa. The discharges
and resulting stream levels have been good and we received some good reports as to the
numbers of trout being caught by customers. The coming week looks good and we should
have plenty of cloud cover and some rain. It is needed.
07/08/16 The conditions for fly fishing the Toccoa tailwater have been pretty good the past
week and should be about the same for the coming week. They will be running a generator
fairly often. There is a chance of rain in the forecast for everyday for the next week. There are
a lot of caddisflies hatching on the river and late afternoons is the best time to fish it.
07/15/16 The river has averaged a little higher and faster than normal for this time of the
year. There are chance of rain everyday this coming week and it is likely to be high often
again. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. We do know the late
afternoon egg laying caddis, the last two or three hours of the day, is the best time to catch
07/22/16 The discharges have been rather low but there is a chance of rain everyday for the
next week, and that may change. We didn't receive any reports from anyone this past week,
but the conditions should be very good. Often, anglers relate the fishing conditions with the
air temperature and in this case, it has little effect on the water temperature.
07/29/16 We received two good reports this past week. There are a lot of caddisflies
hatching. This takes place mostly in the mid afternoons, but the egg laying activity occurs
during the last two or three hours of the day. Fish as late as you can for the best results.
There is rain in the forecast every day this coming week, so watch the discharges closely.
08/04/16 Currently, they are running one in the morning and none in the afternoon. That is
good but keep in mind there has been recent rain and this is likely to change after today.
There is a chance of rain every day for the coming week. Caddisflies are the main thing to be
imitating. Cinnamon Caddis and Green sedge caddis are both hatching good.
08/11/16 They has slacked off on the generation lately. They are only running water a few
hours today. You can wade a few places in the river with these low flows. Caddisflies are still
the main souce of food on the Toccoa. There are two species hatching mid afternoon. The
last two or three hours of the day, egg laying caddis will bring trout to the surface to feed.
08/18/16 We received two good reports from customers fishing this past week. One was
catching some large trout fish Sculpin streamers in the early mornings. One was fishing only
late in the day to near dark. That is when the caddisflies are depositing eggs. Terrestrials,
such as Carpenter ants, Japanese Beetles and hopper should also be working good.
08/26/16 Our customers continue to send in some good reports. The discharges and water
levels have been good lately. This will probably continue to be the case this coming week.
Hatches continue to be most all caddisflies, with Little Sisters and Cinnamon caddis both
hatching along with a few Green sedges. Late afternoon egg laying continues to bring trout to
the surface to feed.
09/02/16 The flows have been suitable most all the time this past week. There is little chance
of rain for the next few days and the discharges should remain about the same. We received
only one report from the past week, but it was a good one. They fished our Brown Sculpin
streamer in the mornings and caddisfly hatches and egg laying in the afternoons.
09/09/16 The river is about the same as it was last week. Flows are high at times and low at
times, depending on the schedule. There have been little to no wading opportunities but drift
boats have been catching some good numbers. The caddisfly hatches are still going strong.
Streamer fishing has worked in the early mornings.
09/16/16 The discharges and stream levels have been rather low the past week. There has
been little rain lately. There ae some chance of it about every day this coming week. Our
customers have been catching good numbers of trout. There are still lots of caddisflies
hatching and some small Blue-winged olives. Sculpin streamers are working good in the early
09/23/16 We did receive one good report this past week from a customer. He fished tandem
midge rigs all day and caught a lot of trout. There are also some Blue-winged olives hatching
but look for them mostly on cloudy days. There are still plenty of caddisflies hatching. The
discharges and stream levels will be low through the weekend.
10/01/16 The cool weather is helping the lower section of the river and it has come alive this
past couple of days. The water temperature is down a little and more hatches are taking place
there. We had two good reports from the past three days. There are plenty Blue-winged
olives hatching. The discharges and stream levels are low and should continue to be low for
the next week.
10/14/16 The discharges and stream levels have been low and will continue to be low most
likely. There has been little rain and none forecast until Thursday at the earliest. There are
place you can wade for a change. Our customers have been catching plenty of trout. The
brown sculpin streamer has been getting some big browns nearing the pre-spawn stage.
10/21/16 The river continues to be in good shape. There are places you can wade some of
time due to the low water conditiions. There has been little to no rain in the watershed for a
long time with none in the forecast for the coming week. There are still some caddisflies
hatching and little BWOs, Mahogany duns and some Great Autumn brown sedges.
10/28/16 The discharges and stream levels are staying low most of the time. There has been
little rain the past two months and the lake level is low, so it is doubtful they will be running
much water. This makes the fishing opportunity good. There are some Blue-winged olives
hatches taking place. Brown sculpin streamers are getting some or our customers some very
nice brown trout. .
11/04/16 The tailwater discharges are running low most all the time, and of course that means
low water levels. That makes little difference in the Toccoa due to the fact much of it is deeper
than wading levels but it opens up some water you normally can't wade. Blue-winged olives
are hatching good.
11/11/16 The river levels are low with low discharges. This will continue for at least another
week. There isn't any rain in the forecast. Blue-winged olives and Cream and Red midges are
hatching. Our customers caught some big brown trout, mostly post-spawn trout, this past
week. The Brown Sculpin and olive Mutaka sculpin streamers are great for that.
11/18/16 The stream levels remain low due to low discharges. This is actually not bad from a
fly fishing standpoint. There is enough current for drift boats. Our customers reported some
very good catches this past week. The weather is turning a little colder but that will have little
effect on the water temperature.
11/25/16 Conditions are very good for the few fishing the Toccoa tailwater. There are good
numbers of trout being caught and some are good size ones. The Brown trout are in the post-
spawn stage and hungry. The Brown and White Belly sculpin steamers continue to catch
them. Midges, reds and some creams , are hatching. Blue-winged olives are hatching good.
12/02/16 The discharges and stream levels have still be very low offering plenty of good fly
fishing opportunity. Our customers have been reporting catching large numbers of trout.
There have been some areas of the river that you could wade, which is a little unusual. The
levels may start coming back up soon. There is a lot of rain in the forecast this coming week.
12/09/16 Conditions have been good on the Toccoa tailwater and should continue to be good
this coming week. Midges, the creams and reds, continue to be the key flies. Fish the larva
and pupa in tandem with the larva imitation the bottom fly. Brown sculpin streamers are
continuing to catch some large post-spawn browns for our customers.
12/16/16 The river is in very good shape with low discharges and stream levels. This makes it
easier to get good drifts near the bottom for those fishing midges. That is the best choice of
flies right now. Reds and Creams are hatching. Remember, the red adult midges are black
and white, not red. Trout are eating them on the surface at times.
12/23/16 We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing this past week. The weather was
like a roller coaster and that's maybe why. It is going to be very warm this coming week but
that will have little to no effect on the water temperature. When cloudy, try the Matuka or
Brown Sculpin streamers. They will catch the larger trout. Fish Cream or Red (blood) midges
12/30/16 The river is a little colder this week than it has been but the water temperature is still
about 40 degrees, which is good. It will probably remain about that temperature until Spring.
Midges, Creams and Blood midges, will continue to be the most important insects. Fish the
Winter stonefly nymphs near the bank late in the day. There are some Winter stoneflies.
01/06/17 As I'm sure most of you know, there is snow forecast today and tomorrow. Beware of
the road and launch conditions. The water is a little colder thants to recent cold weather but it
affects mostly the middle and lower sections. Midges and Winter stoneflies are the only
aquatic insects you can expect to find hatching. The Creams are most plentiful but there are
some reds, or blood midges.
01/13/17 The coming week looks good for fly fishing the Toccoa tailwater. The weather is
going to be very warm but will only affect the water in the middle and lower sections. It may
warm up a little. The weather may result in some little BWO hatches but midges and Winter
stoneflies will still be the main insects hatching and the food you need to imitate.
01/20/17 The river is warmer downstream than it is at the discharge from the dam, or right the
opposite of what it normally is at this time of the year. There are good numbers of little Blue-
winged olives hatching, some sporadic caddisfly hatches and lots of midges. Midges are still
the most important food to imitate. There are some Winter stoneflies as well.
01/27/17 Although you may see some little Blue-winged olive and Winter stonefly hatches
taking place, there will be midges hatching for certain. Most of them are Creams and Reds or
blood midges. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem under an indicator. The lower end of the
river has been warm but this will change and the warmest water will again be near the dam.
02/02/17 The weather is going to be relatively warm most days with a chance of rain a couple
of days next week. The discharges and stream levels are currently in good shape. Streamers,
like of Black or Olive Matuka sculpin will get you the larger trout but Midges, Reds or Creams,
will get you the most trout. Fish the larva and pupa in tandem. You can do this under a strike
02/09/17 We had two good reports from this past week. Midges and sculpin streamers worked
good for some good numbers of trout. Fish the Cram or Blood (red) midges with the larva and
pupa in tandem. There are some non-baetis species of little Blue-winged olives hatching.
Little Black caddis could begin to hatch anytime now.
02/17/17 The discharges and stream levels are currently low. They are likely to be fine this
coming weekend, but you never know for sure. There is a chance of rain on Saturday and
again the first of next week. Midges and little Blue-winged olives are still the main insects to
imitate. Sculpin streamers like the Black and Olive Matuka sculpin, have been catching trout
when it is cloudy.
02/24/17 We received two good reports this past week. Midges and Streamers worked best
for them. Use the Brown Sculpin streamer when it is cloudy or overcast. Fish Creams or Reds
midges, with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem for the best results. There is some rain in
the forecast the next few days and the discharges are likely to increase, so make sure you
check the schedule.
03/03/17 Midges are still the most important insects to imitate. There are scatterings of caddis
and some little Blue-winged olive hook size 20, non-baetis species hatching but midges are
what you should be fishing. The discharges and stream level have been in good enough
shape to fish from drift boats everyday recently.
03/10/17 Discharge rates and stream levels continue to be low making fishing easier. There
are some little Black Caddisflies hatching along with lots of Cream and Red midges. Midges
are still the most important insects to imitate. Fish the Black Matuka or Olive Matuka Sculpin
streamers when it is cloudy or early and late in the day.
03/17/17 The discharges and stream levels for the most part, have been good the past few
days. There is some rain taking place this coming week, and that may affect them but we don't
think it will to any appreciable amount. There are lots of caddisflies, little Blue-winged olives
and Midges hatching. We received another good report this past week.
03/24/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape right now, but there is a
chance of rain everyday for the coming week and it is likely to change at some point. Be sure
to check the schedule. The water will be getting a little warmer in the lower section of the
tailwater. More caddisflies are likely to be hatching. Don't overlook midges just because the
weather is a little warmer.
03/31/17 As of now, the discharges and stream levels are in good shape and are likely to
remain in good shape. There was some rain last night that may result in higher discharges but
the lake isn't up very much. Midges, Creams, Reds and Light Greens are hatching along with
little black caddis. The water is warmer the further you get from the dam.
04/07/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape. They are not running water
for the next two days, which is good. Midges are still the main insects you should be imitating.
The Light Green midges are hatching very good. When it warms back up in a day or two,
more caddisflies should begin to show up. The weather for the coming week looks very good.
04/14/17 The discharges are low and stream levels low. The discharge schedule shows no
turbines operating for the next two days. There are few places you can wade, but some are
available with these low levels. There is still plenty of current to fish from a drift boat, so don't
let the above mislead you. There are lots of caddisflies hatching along with the mostly light
04/21/17 Good conditions exist in the tailwater. There are low discharges and stream level
and anglers have actually been able to wade a few places. Our customers have been
catching a lot of trout this past week. There are good hatches of little Blue-winged olives and
light Green Caddis. Cinnamon and little Black Caddis are hatching very good.
04/28/17 The river is in good shape, with good stream levels and lots of hatching insects. The
Cinnamon Sedges and little Black caddis are hatching very good. There is also some little
size 20 Blue-wiinged olives hatching. Sculpin streamers will work early and late and during
heavy cloud cover.
05/05/17 The discharges and stream levels are low. They won't be running any turbines today
or tomorrow. It is raining and will be raining everyday this coming week but two. There are lots
of midges, little Blue-winged olives and Caddisflies hatching. Conditions are about as good as
they could be.
05/12/17 Cinnamon Caddis are starting to hatch very good and with the warm weather ahead
for this coming week, we feel certain they will continue to hatch. There are still some Little
Black Caddis as well as Little Blue Winged olives. We didn't receive any reports from anyone
fishing this past week.
05/19/17 The discharges and stream levels have been running low. There are lots of Blue-
winged olives and Cinnamon Caddis hatching. We received two good reports the last few
days from customers. There is rain in the forecast everyday this coming week, but we don't
think the amounts will be heavy enough to change the discharges to a great extent.
05/27/17 One good report came in to us from a customer this past week. The discharges and
stream levels have been high much of the time. Rarely is the water low enough to allow much
wading opportunity but boats can fish even when they are running a good amount of water.
There is more rain in the forecast this coming week.
06/02/17 the river is in good shape with normal discharges and stream levels again. It ran
high for several days but that is hopefully over. We had two good reports from customers
fishing this past week. There are a lot of caddisflies hatching. Sculpin streamers are working
good in the early mornings.
06/09/17 The discharges and stream levels have been good lately. We received one good
report from the last two days. It should be good this weekend. There is some rain coming next
week. Caddisflies are the main insects to be concerned with. Fish sculpin streamers during
the mornings and late in the day, or when the skies are heavily overcast or it is raining.
06/22/17 We goofed last week and didn't save the entry in this section. Conditions are very
good right now, but there is a flood warning out for the area through this coming Saturday and
they will most likely have to increase the discharges to keep the levels down. As always, be
sure to check the release schedule. Caddisflies are still the main insects hatching. We
received one good report from this past week.
07/04/17 Two good reports came in this past week from customers. There are lots of hatches
taking place including Sulphurs. Terrestrials are being added to the fly list as they may
become important at times. Discharges and stream levels have been decent this past week.
07/20/17 The discharges and stream levels have been low this past week. There is a chance
of rain everyday this coming week. The cloud cover and water should help. The few anglers
that are fishing are catching trout. There are still plenty of caddisflies hatching. Terrestrials
are also starting to work good.
07/27/17 The river is in good shape in all sections. The water is staying very clear and cool.
There are low discharges and good fishing conditions. There are lots of caddisflies hatching.
There are both Green Sedges and Cinnamon Caddis. Little Sisters will be starting soon.
There are still a few Sulphurs and Light Cahills.
08/03/17 The tailwater is in good shape. The discharges have been low and it is easy to float.
We have one good report from a customer this past week. We recommend fishing early and
late in the day but you can catch trout all day. Brown sculpin streamers worked good this past
week. There is some rain starting after tomorrow and the cloud cover should help.
08/11/17 I just noticed that I updated this report last week and never changed the date. I'm
good about doing that. The river remains in very good shape with good discharge rates and
stream levels but few anglers are fishing it right now. We had one good report from a
customer this past week. There are still some hatches, mostly caddis, but bringing trout to the
surface at times.
08/23/17 The river is in good shape. Discharges and stream levels are normal. Little Sister
caddisflies are hatching good along with two other species. Fish the pupa imitations during
the hatch and the adult imitations when the egg laying is going onl mid afternoon to late
afternoon. We received two good reports this past week.
09/01/17 The discharges and stream levels will be relatively low most of the time. There are
some chances of more rain this coming week. The weather is turning cooler and that should
help the overall situation a lot. There are still plenty of hatches. The Little Sister caddis are
hatching very good. The Sulphurs are near the end of the hatch. Terrestrials are also working
09/08/17 Conditions remain very good. Discharges and stream levels remain fairly low but
good for drifting the river. We received two good reports from customers fishing this past
week. There is some rain on the way starting Tuesday. There are lots of caddisflies hatching.
09/15/17 The river is still in good shape, with low discharges. We didn't receive any reports
from anyone fishing this past week. You should be able to catch plenty of trout. We probably
just didn't have any customers that fished. Notice we have added our new Aquatic worm to the
fly list. They are reported to be working good on the Toccoa.
09/22 The river is still in good shape, with low discharges and stream levels. We received two
good reports from customers this past week. They used mostly midges, pupa and larva rigged
in tandem, but some were caught on Little Sister caddisflies. This coming week should be as
good or better.
09/29/17 The river is currently in good shape with low discharges and stream levels. There
isn't any rain in the forecast this coming week and the conditions are likely to remain the
same. The weather will be much cooler and water in the lower end of the river should be
getting a little cooler. This coming week should be a good time to fish the river.
10/19/17 The discharges and stream levels are in good shape for drift boats and there are
still a few hatches other than midges going on. Most of the time, we still recommend fishing
midges - creams or reds (blood) midges. That should turn up the most trout. Fish sculpin
streamers under low light conditions and there should be some cloud cover the next few days.
11/04/17 We had one good report from a customer fishing this past week. He did well on the
larger brown trout using our Matuka Sculpin streamers. MIdges, Creams and Reds (blood)
also worked good. Discharges and stream levels are currently fine.
11/12/17 The river is in good shape with good discharges and stream levels for drift boats.
We received two good reports from customers fishing this past week. Some very good size
brown trout were caught. Most were caught on the Cream midges but the large ones on the
Brown sculpin and the Olive Matuka sculpin.
11/19/17 The river is in good shape in all respects. It has been rather warm but the water
temperature may drop some this coming week. The weather is going to be a little colder.
Midges and Blue-winged olives continue to be the most important hatches. We received one
good report from a customer fishing this past week..
1203/17 The discharges and stream levels have been fine for fishing from drift boats this past
week. We received two more good reports from customers. Midges are the main hatches but
there are some good BWO hatches cloudy, overcast days.
12/10/17 Good stream conditions exist. The discharges and levels are normal. The water is
getting a little cooler in the middle and lower sections of the river. Midges are still the most
important insects to imitate. Red or blood midges, and Creams, are hatching good.
12/17/17 The river is in good shape, with lots of midges hatching and on warmer, cloudy days,
Blue-winged olives. Sculpin streamers continue to catch the larger trout. This coming week
should be a good one, with much warmer weather.
12/24/17 The river continues to be in good shape. The heavy discharges have subsided and
are more normal. Midges, creams and reds are hatching good. Fish the larva and pupa
imitations rigged in tandem.
12/31/17 The river is still in good shape with low discharges and stream levels. Midges,
creams and blood midges or red ones, are hatching good. Fish the larva and pupa imitations
in tandem for the best results. Fish the adult midges only when you see them on the surface.
01/11/18 Conditions should improve some this coming week. The water temp in the lower river
should come up a little. The weather is going to be much warmer. There is a lot of rain in the
forecast, so be sure to check the discharge schedule.
01/18/18 The water temperature is down some in the middle and lower river. Fish the upper
section where it has little to no effect.
01/07/18 Good conditions should continue. There is some rain in the forecast this coming
week, but that should only help. Cream and Red midges and Aquatic worms remain the main
foods to imitate.
01/14/18 Stream levels are a little high due to heavier than normal discharges. This is likely
to continue. There is rain in the forecast everyday this coming week. There are lots of Blue-
winged olives starting to hatch. Midges, Creams, Reds and light Greens are hatching. Winger
stoneflies are still hatching.
02/22/18 The river is still in good shape but with higher discharges and stream levels. There
is a lot of rain in the forecast and we expect higher discharges to continue. Midges and Blue-
winged olives are still the main insects to imitate.
03/01/18 The river will likely be running high for the next few days. There's a lot of rain fell in
the watershed. Midges, little Blue-winged olives, aquatic worms, black flies and sculpin are the
foods you need to imitate.
03/08/18 The discharges and stream levels continue to be high. There's rain in the forecast
from Saturday through Monday, then clearing. Large drift boats could fish but it wouldn't be
the best conditions.
03/15/18 Discharges and stream levels have been back down to normal but there a lot of rain
in the forecast. Make sure you check them but they should be fine at least for a couple more
days and maybe all week. The river Check back with us soon.
03/29/18 Discharges have been a little high most everyday this past week. This is likely to
continue through the coming week. There is more rain in the forecast. Midges, creams and
light greens, and little BWOs are the main insects hatching.
04/05/18 The weather and water in the middle and lower sections will be a little cooler this
coming week. LIttle Black Caddis had started hatching but may slack off with the cooler water.
Midges and Blue-winged olives should continue to hatch good.
04/12/18 The river is in good shape, with good discharge rates and stream levels most of the
time. Midges, Blue-winged olives and American March Browns are hatching. The water is
getting warmer in the middle and lower sections of the river. There is rain forecast this coming
04/19/18 Conditions remain good. The weather has been cold but that hasn't affected the
tailwater much at all. There are some good hatches taking place and we continue to get some
good reports. Sculpin streamers are still catching some of the larger trout.
04/26/18 The discharges and stream levels are low most of the time. Be sure to check it, but
they will not be running a turbine this afternoon. There are some good hatches taking place,
especially in the lower end of the river. The water is a little warmer there. This coming week
should be a good one.
05/04/18 The river is in good shape with low discharges and good stream levels much of the
time. There are lots of insects hatching. Cinnamon Caddis just started and will be around
most of the time into the fall season. Midges are always a good choice but there are some
other insects hatching.
05/11/18 The discharges and stream levels are currently in good shape for fishing the
tailwater. There is little rain in the forecast until the first of next week, so we think this weekend
will be a good time to fish the river and maybe the entire coming week.
05/18/18 The river is still in very good shape. There is rain forecast everyday this coming
week. The cloud cover should be a big help with both the hatches and the "catching". There
are lots of caddisflies hatching and trout are being caught in good numbers.
05/25/18 The river is in good shape with average discharges and stream levels. There are
several hatches taking place and good numbers of trout being caught. There is rain in the
forecast everyday this coming week. The cloud cover make the hatches and the "catching"
06/08/18 The river is running high from higher than normal discharges. It is a little too high
right now to have much opportunity even from a large drift boat, but it can be fished.
Streamers would be about your only choice. It will be very good when the discharges let up
06/15/18 Discharges and stream levels have been a little high lately, but hopefully will get
better soon. Drift boats can still fish but it makes is a little more difficult. There are some good
hatches taking place.
06/22/18 The river is in good shape with good discharge rates and stream levels most of the
time. There are lots of caddisflies hatching. We didn't receive any reports from the past week.
Stream levels were high much of the time.
06/29/18 The river is still in good shape. The discharges and stream levels have been a little
high at time, but still could and currently can be fished from drift boats. There are some good
hatches taking place and good numbers of trout are being caught.
07/06/18 Conditions continue to be very good. Most of the time, you do need a drift boat to
fish the tailwater. Small pontoons work when the discharges are not real high. There is little
wading opportunity. We continue to get god reports. Hatches continue to be good.
07/20/18 The discharges and stream levels have been a little high most of the time recently.
There is rain in the forecast everyday for this coming week. Discharges are likely to be high at
times and okay at others. There are trout caught when the flows are good.
08/03/18 Discharges and stream levels have been mostly high lately. There is some rain
forecast later this coming week and they are likely to be good water levels. Always, make sure
you check the levels..
08/17/18 This past week was a good one. We received two good reports. There were good
discharges and stream levels. This coming week there's going to be a chance of rain
everyday. It is likely the discharges will come up at some point. Be sure to check the
discharge schedule. Otherwise, conditions should be very good.
08/24/18 The river is still in good shape and good numbers of trout are being caught. We
received two good reports recently. The discharges and stream levels are down to near
normal levels. This coming week should be another good one.
08/31/18 The tailwater continues to produce some good catches for the few fishing it. The
discharges and stream levels are currently in good shape. There are some good hatches
taking place, mostly caddisflies but some others as well.
09/07/18 Conditions remain very good. Discharges and stream levels are good for drifting the
river. There are some good hatches of caddisflies and midges. Streamers and terrestrials are
also working good. There is some rain in the forecast for this coming week.
09/21/18 The river is in good shape and we continue to get some good reports. There is rain
in the forecast everyday this coming week, so be sure to ckeck the discharges. Hatches
consist mostly of caddisflies, but there are some good Blue-winged olive hatches starting to
take place. Streamers, especially our Brown sculpin, continues to catch some larger size trout.
10/01/18 The discharges and stream levels are high from heavy rain from Michael. There are
some caddis, little BWOs and plenty of cream and red midges hatching. Sculpin streamer
continue to get the larger size trout.