Blue Ridge North Georgia Trout Fishing
Fly Fishing Trout FAQ
What are the best months for fly fishing?
Mountaintown creek is best fished from mid March through late May as the spring hatches are going on. As summer progresses and the water temps rise fishing slows down quite a bit and the fish get lethargic. Catching the fish during the warmer months tends to cause a considerable amount of stress, especially for the bigger fish. Fishing starts to improve again late September early October when the water temps cool down, and the stream fishes very well through Thanksgiving. You will still catch some fish during the winter but nothing like the spring and fall.
When are trout stocked?
In a typical year trout are stocked twice a year in March and October.
What size are the trout stocked?
Most of the fish stocked are in the 9" to 12" range and there is always mixed in some 3lb. to 5lb. trophy fish. Feeders are up so the fish get plenty of food and grow very quickly. You have a real chance of catching fish 24" to 26" inches.
Can I catch fish for dinner?
No. We strongly promote catch and release with barbless hooks. Please limit handling of your fish to avoid damaging their slime layer. You will need a net and please try to keep the fish in the water at all times. Pliers or forceps should be used to remove the hooks.
Do I need waders?
Yes waders are a really good idea especially in the winter, spring and fall. Wading shoes should have felt soles and we do not recommend trying it with rubber soled shoes. Spiked wading boots cannot be worn in the cabin or on the decks!!
What weight rod should I bring?
I love catching these big trout on my 3 weight and it can be very challenging but a 5 weight is a good all around choice.
What flies work the best?
Often you might have to "match the hatch" to catch fish. However, basic attractor patterns or imitators can be very effective. The fish get pretty smart after being caught a couple times so presentation is pretty important. If you make a good cast and get a natural float with your fly you have a good chance of tempting even the most selective fish.
Do dry flies work better than subsurface flies?
Elk hair caddis, parachute adams, humpies, stimulators, are typical dry flies that are effective, especially early evenings. However, most of your trout will be caught sub-surface by dropping a nymph, woolly bugger, egg pattern, stoneflies, copper johns or a variety of other sub-surface flies heavily weighted and dragging them along the bottom. Cast quartering upstream with a strike indicator and mend as necessary for the most natural drift.
Where do I go if I need more gear?
Blue Ridge Fly Shop located at 490 E Main St, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 (706) 258-4080 has a full range of fly fishing equipment and clothing.
Do I need a guide?
Even experienced fisherman can benefit from a day with a local guide who is familiar with our section of stream. Yet there is no requirement to have a guide service to fish trout. The novice will really benefit from having a guide with them and learn the best flies to use and how to properly present them. Many people will hire a local guide to show them the ropes the first day of their trip then go out on their own for the rest of the stay. A few also want to experience other streams and will hire a guide to take them to some of the other creeks and rivers on day trips.
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