Then.... I stepped into the water.
Hmmm. . . . Sure feels warm. I usually get a little cold wading the Toccoa, but not today. I put my hand in the water - it felt like it was close to 70 degrees. I waded downstream and immediately noticed blooms of something growing off the bottom.... and thick too. I made my way quickly to my favorite spot about 1/3 mile downriver - I always see fish and catch fish in this section. An extremely thick hatch of midges was coming off the water, mixed with some size 12 caddis (maybe October caddis?), but there were no fish rising.
|What looks like bubbles and colored white in the photographs are actually bugs.|
I switched to a size 18 rainbow warrior - usually this fly is a slump buster for me. I got a fish within a cast or two, but it was a large hornyhead, and not the trout I was looking for. I saw a few small trout rising, but they were few and far between, and very small. I got out of the water after fishing for about 1.5 hours, and headed back home.
I've had some tough days on the Toccoa, but that was many years ago. The river looks to be in bad shape. I'm not sure of the cause, though I suspect the extremely dry and hot summer has created a lack of cold water in the lake. I sure hope we get some rain soon.