Copyright 2017 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Upper Toccoa River Georgia
The Toccoa River has many miles of fly fishing
opportunities above Blue Ridge Lake. Click here for the
lower (tailwater) section of the Toccoa River.
This website page includes fly fishing the Upper Toccoa
River. The river's headwaters are in the Chattahoochee
National Forest but about ten miles of the uppermost
part of the river is not available to the public. Below the
private property the river flows through a mixture of
national forest land and private property.
The trout are mostly stocked rainbows. The stream and
some of its tributaries, mostly Coopers and Rock
Creeks, are stocked by the state of Georgia. There's
some natural reproduction but it's very limited. The
natural production takes place mostly in the small
The first major section of the Toccoa River open to the
public is in the Deep Hole Recreation Area. The stream
is generally much larger than most Georgia streams
this close to their headwaters. It's already a good size
stream at the Deep Hole Recreational Area. The 14 mile
stretch of river downstream from the Deep Hole
Recreational Area is called the Toccoa River Canoe
Trail. Although the area is popular with canoeist, anglers
can fish the waters nearby that's not on private
property from the bank or by wading as well as by boat.
By hiking away from the popular areas a short distance
you can find plenty of water to fish. There are also
points the river can be accessed from bridges. Although
the stream is easy to wade in this area, most anglers
prefer to fish it from a boat. It's a big stream, width wise -
not the typical small stream most anglers prefer to wade.
The Toccoa River Canoe Trail provides several
developed access points. The trail and upper section
drift boat trips ends at the Sandy Bottoms access area.
Sandy Bottoms provides a ramp.
The next popular section to float is from the Sandy
Bottoms area downstream to Blue Ridge Lake. You will
find it consist of a variety of different types of water
ranging from narrow, fast water sections to wide, long
pools of slower moving water. This section ends above
an area of rapids near the lake. Smallmouth bass enter
the species picture the closer you get to the lake. The
last point to take your boat out is called Noontootia Boil
which is on the Aska Road.
The popularity of the Upper Toccoa River is rapidly
growing due to its relatively, newly established "delayed
harvest" section of water. The DH Season runs from
November 1 through May 14. There's a mile and a half
section that falls under these regulations. This section is
stocked heavily during the colder months of the year
with larger size rainbow trout. There are also some nice
size holdover brown trout in the stream.
Cooper Creek is the uppermost sizeable tributary of the
Upper Toccoa River. It's a heavily stocked trout stream.
In fact, it's considered the heaviest fished trout stream
in Georgia mostly because it flows through the Mulky
and Cooper Creek Forest Service campgrounds. The
entire upper part of the stream is located within the
boundaries of the Cooper Creek Wildlife Management
area. The first four miles of the creek from the Toccoa
River upstream are on private property. It does have
some wild trout mostly found in its headwaters upstream
of the campgrounds area in the Cooper Creek Scenic
area. Hiking is required to reach this section and it cuts
down on the fishing pressure almost a hundred percent.
There are some wild rainbows and holdover and wild
brown trout in this section of Cooper Creek.
Rock Creek flows into the Toccoa River downstream of
the Deep Hole Campground from the Blue Ridge Wildlife
Management Area. The Chattahoochee River Fish
Hatchery is located about the middle of the creek. The
fish hatchery, along with the Forest Service Frank Gross
Campground located on its banks, insures there isn't
any shortage of stocked trout. The stream is medium
size from Rock Creek Lake (also stocked) downstream
and contains some wild trout along with the stocked
brown and rainbow trout. Above the lake, the stream is
small but does contain both wild and stocked rainbow
trout. Unless you want to venture into the streams
upper section just for adventure, we don't recommend
either Cooper or Rock Creek for the avid fly angler. The
Toccoa River is a much better choice.
Noontootla Creek is the last major tributary to enter the
Upper Toccoa River. It's considered by many anglers to
be the best freestone trout stream in the state of
Georgia. It begins in the Blue Ridge Wildlife
Management Area near Frying Pan Gap. It's managed
as a "catch-and-release" stream.
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.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
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:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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and recommended trout flies, fly fishing
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local weather and much, much more
Upper Toccoa River Fishing Report:
05/02/14 The Upper Toccoa River is
flowing just a little high right now, but
should be in good shape this weekend.
05/09/14 Streams levels are back near
normal but there is rain in the forecast
every day for the next week, otherwise
conditions are good.
Fishing Report Updated
February 17, 2017
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05/16/14 Stream levels have been high
but falling and should be back down to
normal levels soon. There's plenty of
insects hatching. Email us for a list of
05/23/14 Stream levels are in good
condition ad the weather will be much
warmer this coming week.
05/30/14 Several hatches are underway
and anglers are catching plenty of trout.
Conditions are very good. Customers
ordering Light Cahills, Eastern Pale Evening
Duns, American March Browns, Cinnamon
Caddis and other flies that are working well.
06/05/14 Watch the river levels. Right now
they are low, but isolated thunderstorms
can change that in a flash. We had two
very good reports this past week.
06/13/14 We have received three good
reports. Two were from customers who
previously purchase flies and one from a
new customer. Several hatches are taking
place and the water levels are a little low
but in good shape.
06/20/14 More good fishing reports for the
Upper Toccoa River came in this past week.
Light Cahills and Little Yellow Stoneflies are
the main hatches taking place.
07/04/14 Three good reports from customers
this past week. Fishing is as good as it gets,
according to one angler. Sulphurs and Light
Cahills along with Little Yellow Stoneflies.
07/18/14 We have received several good
reports from customers this past two weeks.
Water levels have been a little low but
otherwise, the opportunities have been good.
07/25/14 Two customers reporting catching
some nice trout this past week. Stay hidden
and fish early and late and you should do
well. Slate Drakes should start hatching soon.
08/01/14 Cooler temperatures and better
water levels have helped the fishing
opportunity in the Upper Toccoa River.
Anglers are reporting catching some nice fish.
08/15/14 Two good reports came in this past
week from customers. Some nice browns
have been caught. Stream conditions are in
08/29/14 Several more good fishing reports
have come in during the past two weeks.
There are plenty of caddis, a few small
BWOs, Slate Drakes and other insects
hatching. Terrestrials are also working.
09/12/14 Two more good reports came in
during the past week. Stream levels are in
good shape and cooler weather is helping.
09/26/14 Blue-winged olives, Great Autumn
Brown Sedges and Needle stoneflies will
begin to hatch soon, if not already.
10/10/14 Customers reporting some very
nice catches. There is lots of rain in the
forecast, so keep and eye on the stream
levels but for now they are in good shape.
10/17/14 One good report from a customer
catching some nice browns on our Brown
10/31/14 Two more good reports of mostly
browns being caught.
11/07/14 Conditions are excellent right now
but watch the stream levels. There is rain
forecast for the next several days. Briown
Sculpins (liked above) are working good.
12/12/14 Sorry for the late report. We have
three reports from the past 3 weeks and all
were good. Lots of larger browns being
caught on our sculpin patterns. It will be
warmer this week, so let us hear from you.
12/19/14 No reports from the past week
but conditions are very good for this time
of the year.
12/26/14 Water levels have been up but
are back down near normal levels.
01/02/15 One report from the past week for
a customer catching some rainbows on
midges, cream larva and pupa in tandem.
01/09/14 No reports from the past week.
It has been very cold.
01/16/15 Still no reports but conditions
are much better now with warmer weather
and good stream levels.
01/23/15 One report from a customer using
our Matuka sculpin. He reported catching
several nice size trout yesterday.
01/30/15 It has been pretty cold for the
past few days and we didn't receive any
reports from anyone fishing. Conditions
will remain about the same for the coming
week except maybe a little warmer.
02/13/15 Two customers reported catching
trout about a week ago before the last cold
spell. They were using our BWO nymphs,
size 20 and Brown Sculpin Streamers.
02/20/15 We didn't receive any reports this
past week. The water is very cold right now.
02/27/15 Still no reports due to very cold
weather and snow. This coming week should
be much better.
03/06/15 It is cold today but will be warming
us fast and so will the water. Look for some
new hatches of aquatic insects.
03/26/15 Sorry we missed last week. Blue
Quills, Quill gordons, Little black caddis and
BWOs are hatching.
04/10/15 The stream levels have been high
at times but when not, lots of trout are being
caught. Several hatches are taking place.
04/24/15 High water levels have been a
problem at times, but otherwise, conditions
have been very good. Watch the stream levels.
05/01/15 Great conditions, two good reports,
lots of hatches including Little Yellow
Stoneflies, American March browns.
05/22/15 Lots of hatches and lots of trout
being caught. Great conditions.
06/12/15 Sorry for the lack of reports. It isn't
because the fishing hasn't been good. There
are lots of aquatic insects hatching and lots of
trout being caught. Little Yellow stones, Light
Cahills, sulphurs, terrestrials and more.
06/19/15 Stream levels are getting a little lower
and making stealth important. Lots of hatches.
07/03/15 Conditions have been excellent but
stream levels are up right now due to recent
rain. Streamers will still work and it should get
back in good shape soon.
07/10/15 Lots of rain has slowed things down
but it is falling back into good shape.
07/17/15 The river is back in decent shape
and there's a chance of rain everyday for a
week. Watch the levels, but it should stay
07/24/15 Good stream levels and still lots of
hatches. Terrestrials are also starting to work.
07/31/15 We are still getting some good
reports. Most are using terrestrials.
08/07/15 Stream levels have been low and
stealth required but good opportunity still exist.
08/14/15 There's a chance of rain everyday
and the weather is going to be cooler than it
has been. The water temps should drop.
08/21/15 Conditions are back in excellent
shape. There are still some insects hatching
and terrestrials are also working.
08/28/15 Stream levels are normal, Mahogany
duns, Slate drakes are hatching and
terrestrials are working good.
09/04/15 It is back hot again, so you need to
fish early and/or very late in the day to have
the best opportunities.
09/11/15 The good news is it has rained and
more is coming. It is also going to be much
cooler. Both will help fishing big time.
09/18/15 The river is back low, so stealth is
required to catch the trout. Stay low and
hidden from the trout. The Delayed Harvest
opens in November.
09/25/15 The stream is on the way up right
now and there's a lot more rain to come. We
are getting near the brown trout pre-spawn.
10/02//15 Right now the stream level is fine
and the weather is very nice and cool. The
question is, how much rain will fall in the
watershed. Great conditions but watch the
10/09/15 Stream levels are okay for wading
right now, but watch the level closely. There
is rain forecast today and Saturday. The
DH is being stocked.
10/16/15 Stream levels are back down and
most of the river can be safely waded. There
are still a few insects hatching and trout are
10/23/15 The mile and a half "delayed
harvest" section is the hot spot.Stream levels
should be good for this weekend.
10/30/15 The stream is just now getting low
enough to wade. Great Autumn Brown sedges
and BWOs are hatching. It should be good for
the next three or so days at least.
11/06/15 There is a lot of rain in the forecast,
so you can expect some higher than normal
stream levels. Otherwise, conditions are good.
11/13/15 Stream levels have been up but
falling, and should be in great shape very
soon. There's no rain in the forecast .
11/20/15 There has been a lot of rain again
and the stream levels are currently too high
to wade. Give it another day.
11/27/15 Conditions should be very good
for this weekend. There is more rain coming
starting on Sunday. Fish the DHt section.
12/04/15 The upper Toccoa River is high, too
high to wade, and will be another two days
getting down to good levels. Saturday will be
okay but you must be very careful if you wade.
12/11/15 Stream levels are down to safe wading
and drift boats use. There is no rain forecast
until next Monday. Great weather exist.
12/25/15 The area is under a flood watch today
with a chance of rain every day for the next
week. Little opportunity will exist for waders this
coming week. There may be some for boats.
01/01/16 The stream levels are back down
near wading levels. The weather forecast isn't
calling for any rain for the next week. The water
is still fairly warm for January, or about 48.
01/08/16 The stream is a little above normal but
will be on the way up. It is raining now and will
continue through Sunday. The White Belly
Sculpin streamer is working good under these
01/15/16 The water was down to a wadable level
but it is raining again as I write this and most likely
will be high again for a couple of days.
01/22/16 There is a lot of rain falling as I write
this and a winter storm warning in effect. My
guess is, it will be the middle to the end of next
week before conditions are back good.
01/29/16 The river is still just a little high but
falling and should continue through the
weekend. It should be a very good weekend to
fish. Blue-winged olives and winter stoneflies
are the flies you need to have.
02/05/16 Two good reports from drift boat
anglers in the upper river. None from the DH
section. Let us hear from you.
02/12/16 Stream levels in the upper river are
back to normal levels and anglers are catching
trout. The Delayed Harvest section is best.
02/19/16 Conditions are very good right now
and you may even see hatches of Quill
gordons, Blue quills and little Brown stoneflies.
02/26/16 The water is colder but will warm
back up fast. In addition to the above insects,
Little Black Caddis will also start hatching.
03/04/16 It will be a little chilly another day but
you will see some of the best fly fishing
opportunities there are this coming week. The
insects listed above will be hatching.
03/11/16 Right now the stream levels are good
and hopefully, will remain good. There is a
chance of rain about every day but no heavy
downpours expected so far. Conditions should
continue to be excellent with lots of bugs hatching.
03/18/16 Little Brown stoneflies, little Black
Caddis, Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Quill
Gordons are hatching.
03/25/16 The weather is back warm again and
the hatches taking place again. There has
been some rain and the levels are fine now,
but more to come the first of the week.
04/01/16 Some heavy downpours have
occurred, so watch the stream levels. It should
drop back down fast. There are lots of insects
hatching and anglers are catching lots of trout..
04/08/16 Stream levels are fine. The cooler
weather will show the hatches. Use more
subsurface flies and less dries.
04/15/16 Conditions are back in great shape.
Stream levels are fine and lots of insects are
04/22/16 The water is up and a little stained
but is falling back down fast. Little Yellow
stoneflies and Light Cahills have started
hatching along with Cinnamon Caddis.
04/29/16 Good stream levels and lots of
hatches. Anglers reporting some good
catches this past week.
05/06/16 Stream levels have been high but
back down and clear. The cooler weather will
likely slow the hatch activity for a couple of
day, but things should be back normal soon.
05/13/16 Both wading and boat anglers
have done good this past week. There are
a lot of insects hatching including Sulphurs.
05/20/16 Conditions have been very good
and should continue this coming week. It is a
little high right now but falling fast.
05/27/16 Stream levels are down and in good
shape. Little Yellow stoneflies, Light Cahills
and Sulphurs are hatching.
06/03/16 Great conditions with lots of trout
being caught. Little Yellow stoneflies and
Sulphurs are the two main insects other than
the Green sedges and Cinnamon caddisflies.
06/10/16 Good stream levels and some good
Little Yellow stonefly and Light Cahill hatches.
Terrrestrials will start becoming important.
06/23/16 The river is running a little low right
now, but there is a lot of rain in the forecast,
so this will likely change soon. Use stealth.
07/01/16 The stream levels are low and you
have to stay hidden and make good
presentations. There is rain in the forecast
this coming week, and this will help big time.
07/15/16 The stream levels are in good
shape and there's rain forecast everyday for
the coming week. The cloud cover should
help. Fish early in the morning and late in the
07/29/16 Stream levels are very low and the
water warm. Conditions should improve this
week with cooler temperature and rain in the
08/05/16 The stream levels are currently still
low but there has been recent rain in the
area and they likely will rise. Lots of
caddisflies, little Yellow stones, and slate
drakes are hatching.
08/12/16 Fish early mornings with sculpin
streamers. We recommend fishing until
noon and then again the last two hours of
the day. The water is warm and marginal.
08/19/16 Stream levels are still low and the
water warm but that should chance fast.
Cooler weather and rain is in the forecast.
Conditions should be good this weekend.
09/09/16 The river is very low but okay to
fish. Just stay hidden from the trout.
Terrestrials are working good.
09/16/16 Lower levels still exist but there is
some rain and a little cooler weather in the
forecast this coming week. Fish early
09/23/16 The stream levels are back down
very low. You will need to stay well hidden to
catch them. Fish early and late in the day.
10/21/16 Finally, some rain fell. The stream
may be high a little today but should be in
good shape very soon, maybe tomorrow.
Sculpin streamer will get the pre-spawn
browns. BWO, Mahogany duns are hatching.
11/04/16 The stream levels are very low and
the water clear but the weather and water is
much cooler. You can catch trout, but you
have to stay hidden.
11/11/16 The water is still very low but
anglers are catching plenty of trout. Both the
wading and sections where boats can be
used are producing.
11/25/16The delayed harvest section has
been well stocked. The water is low and cold.
12/02/16 Two good reports from the
previous week. The levels are still very low
but there is a lot of rain in the forecast for
the next week.
12/09/16 Water levels are back low again,
but otherwise in good shape. It is about 38
to 41 degrees. Midges and Winter stonefly
nymphs are the choice flies.
12/16/16 The water is cold, averaging about
36, but should warm up some this weekend.
Midges, Creams and Reds, is the best
choice of flies. Fish them in tandem.
12/23/16 The weather and water will warm
up some and help big time. We still
recommend fishing midges and Sculpin
streamers when the skies are cloudy.
01/13/17 The water is going to warm up into
the fifties and the trout should be very active.
The delayed harvest section should be red
hot. Stream levels are low now, but keep a
check on them. They will likely increase soon.
01/20/17 There is rain in the forecast
everyday this coming week. The stream
levels are fine as of now, but they will
probably come up some more. The water is
very warm, around 48 degrees.
01/27/17 The stream levels are a little high
but falling. The weather is colder. Fish
midges and winter stoneflies.
02/17/17 The stream levels are low but in
good shape otherwise. The water is getting
much warmer and spring hatches could begin
anytime now. Quill gordons, Blue Quills, little
Brown stoneflies and little Black caddis.