Sunday, March 27, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
I was able to head over to Blue Ridge after lunch on Friday. The weather was perfect. I got to Blue Ridge around 3:30 and rigged up my four weight. I made my way over to the Toccoa DH at the lower end. There was a guy fishing a favorite spot, so I went downstream a ways. The current was the best I've seen it in months: around 550 cfs. High enough for some deep runs, but low enough to wade as long as you're careful. Right before I started I chatted with a guide who had just floated the river. He said the fishing was slow, and the only thing working were egg patterns and psycho prince style nymphs. I got on the river and started with an ultimate warrior - a big prospecting pattern I've been using with a lot of success. For whatever reason, the fish weren't liking what I was offering. I made my way down river and in spots I normally catch fish, I was getting nothing. As I worked my way down I switched up to a double nymph rig. On top, I tied on a pink nymph, and then dropped a frenchie on 5x tippet. My leader was about 12-13 feet long. I got to a spot and suddenly the fish became active. I got about 6 to hand, then the fishing slowed. I got out of the water and went up river a little ways. I waded across and started high sticking some runs. High sticking wasn't getting me any fish, so I started casting and dead drifting the nymphs like a streamer. I ended up with another half dozen to hand, and then called it a day. The fishing was a little slow, but productive nonetheless.
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Saturday, February 27, 2016
I was in Blue Ridge, Georgia over the weekend and decided to take a few hours and wet a line Saturday afternoon. The weather was spectacular. I was planning to head up to Noontootla, but on my way up I couldn't resist stopping by the Toccoa DH. The water is still really high. I think it was about 1050 cfs - normal safe wading is around 350 cfs. I managed to get in and over to a shallow run that I like to fish. I started with a red headed black betty that I tied a short while ago. Despite the size of the fly, it was quite productive euro style. After about 10 fish, I wanted to try some different flies. I switched to a Holographic Ultimate Warrior, and surprisingly, caught nothing. After a few drifts I switched to Frenchie. I immediately caught a few nice bows. I then switched to a purple zebra midge, tied in the same method as the Hot Spot Blood Red Zebra Midge. After a few unproductive drifts I dropped a slightly larger PT off the bend of the Midge, and immediately started catching more fish. As I mentioned earlier, the weather was outstanding - probably around 55 degrees, but the water was cold. My feet started to get numb, and I didn't want to be on the water once the sun went down, so I made my way back to shore and called it a good day.