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.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Friday, February 26, 2016
Sunday, February 14, 2016
I went up to Blue Ridge, Georgia for the weekend. The weather was cold. I went to the TU meeting Saturday morning, and decided to wet a line for an hour or two that afternoon. The temp was right around freezing. The water is still too high throughout most of the DH for safe wading. I managed to get out in the river at a shallow part of the DH and fish a few runs. I caught a handful of bows in an hour. Considering the temperature, such a result wasn't too bad. I suspect barring any signficiant rain the DH will be good-to-go in another week or two.