Chestatee River Georgia Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Chestatee River, Georgia
The Chestatee River is a major tributary to the
Chattahoochee River in North Georgia. The stream is
located near Dahlonega, Georgia. Its headwater
tributaries contains wild and native brook trout but none
of the water is on public property. Some of the streams,
Dicks Creek, Waters Creek and Boggs Creek are within
the  Chestatee Wildlife Management Area.

The first area we will mention is
"Frog Hollow", a
section of the Chestatee River that is privately owned
and managed as trophy trout water. This stream has
some huge trout but a daily (or half day) fee is required
which includes a guide. One of the guide services in
Georgia Fly Fishing.  Steve Lamb (The Lambster) is the
owner and one of the four Georgia Fly Guides that
provided these images of a Frog Hollow trout.  

Dicks Creek lies in the Chestatee River Watershed. It
has both public and private property sections. It's
stocked by the state of Georgia but it also has a healthy
population of wild trout, especially in the upper sections
of the river. Most of the stocked trout exist on the lower
section of the stream and near roads. A little hiking
will get you away from the stockers and into the wild
trout areas of the stream.

Cascades and waterfalls also separate the stocked area
from its upper sections. There's a campsite and picnic
area on the stream. The name "Waters Creek
Campground" is a little confusing because it's located on
the banks of Dicks Creek. Fly fishing Dicks Creek can
be fun and challenging if you get away from the easily
accessed areas of the stream..

Waters Creek, a tributary to Dicks Creek, is one of the
better trout streams in the state of Georgia according to
many. The stream is managed by Georgia Wildlife
Resources and the USDA Forest Service. These trout
receive supplemental feeding similar to Dukes Creek I
recently wrote about.

Waters Creek flows through the Chestatee Wildlife
Management Area of north Georgia. Otters, tornadoes
and poaching is blamed for reducing the once very high
population of trophy trout. Today, it contains less of the
trophy size trout than it did in the past but it's still
considered one of Georgia's best trout streams.

This stream is located about seventeen miles from
Dahlonega Georgia.  Waters Creek Trail follows the
stream. Fly fishing Waters Creek can also produce
some large trout. Some of them probably come from its
tributary Dicks Creek.

Waters Creek and its tributaries are open during the
trout season on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday
only between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. Artificial
lures and flies with a single barbless hook no larger than
a #6 must be used. Only one lure or fly can be used at a
time. You cannot possess lures or flies that do not meet
these criteria while in the area.

You can fish the stream anytime of the year.
Spring is the best time of year to fish the river because
of the hatches.
The best fishing is confined to the uppermost sections
Autumn is a great time to fish. The fall foliage along the
stream is beautiful. Brown trout spawn in the fall.
Warm days can provide decent trout fishing.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies for the
Chestatee River
Type of Stream

Brown Trout
Rainbow Trout

Small to Medium

North Central Georgia

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State of Georgia

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