Fishing Season: All Year.

Chattahoochee River - GA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

50

Orvis Atlanta's Tip of the Week

Report for10/25/21 Nice cold overnight temps definitely getting things moving in the right direction. Rain in the forecast for mid week, but also a fall in temperature. We will probably be seeing more of the same in terms of fishing with Dam being the place to fish in the mornings and the lower river being the clear, fishable spot for the afternoons. The lake is in turnover right now, the water in the river is off color because of that. This happens every year, and it is not the end of the world. We can often get away with larger nymphs because of this, give them something they can see. Big stoneflies, Worms, and stuff that grabs their attention is key during this. They can still key in on smaller naturals, but bigger flies are often the ticket. The browns are getting into Spawn mode, so hopefully we will see more and more large browns being caught here soon. Be gentle with them, put them on back when you're finished with them. Stay away from the Spawning Redds whenever possible. Delayed Harvest is just around the corner! Make sure you are ready! Come on in and check out all our newest Fall and Winter Gear so you stay warm this season. When the water below Morgan Falls gets down around 1500 CFS and below, the Shoal Bass fishing has been good too. Look to find them around Cochran Shoals. 7 Weights, crawfish patterns and gold and copper streamers are usually the ticket. Stay posted or call the shop for updates. For the Chattahoochee, state regulations require a certified personal flotation devise be worn by all anglers from Buford dam south to highway 20. Pay special attention to water release info online, or call the number below for release schedules. Make sure to call the Corp of Engineers release hotline at 770-945-1466 before making your trip

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5-Day Outlook as of 10/25/21

Please call the shop or the dam to get more timely info. You can call Buford Dam for last min updates.770-945-1466

Techniques & Tips as of 10/25/21

Streamer fishing is a great way to fish and possibly catch a huge brown. Nymphing is always going to be the go to for those bottom feeding fish, the old Pat's Rubber legs, Worm patterns, midge patterns, attractors such as rainbow warriors and lightning bugs to copper johns, and the classic pheasant tails and hare's ears in 12-18. If you are throwing streamers, anything from wooly buggers if you're throwing the smaller rods to large articulated patters like the bottoms up and dungeon patterns by Galloup.

Current Conditions as of 10/25/21

Please call the shop or the dam to get more timely info. You can call Buford Dam for last min updates.770-945-1466

Local Species Available All Year.

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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    Carp

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Orvis Atlanta's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Woolly Bugger Olive, Black 6-12
Shaky Worm N/A 14-18
Fly Formerly Known As Prince N/A 12-18
TH Duracell Jig Black 6-8
Squirmy Mormy red 12
Blue Assassin Blue 14-18
Elk Wing Caddis N/A 16-18
Adam's Purple Parachute N/A 14-16
BWO's N/A 18-24
Zebra Midge olv, rd, blk 18-24

Woolly Bugger

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Orvis Atlanta's Recommended Gear

Description: About Chattahoochee River

The Chattahoochee River one of the most scenic river systems in the south. It is split into two sections of trout water, the upper head waters sections starting near the town of Helen, GA. The second is a classic tail-race fishery. Starting at Buford Dam on Lake Sidney Lanier. The "Hooch" as locals call it makes its way south through Georgia, and forms the GA & AL border until it empties into Gulf of Mexico in Apalachicola FL The upper river is 28 miles of year-round trout fishing with a healthy population of natural spawning brown trout and stocked rainbow trout. The lower river is a 5 mile section of Delayed Harvest fishing that starts on November 1st and runs through May 14th. This section is stocked with both Rainbow and Brown Trout. South of this area the river turns into marginal trout water, but supports an amazing population of warm water sport fish all the way to its end in the Gulf.

Nearest Airport:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Hatches:

Midges, Blue Wing Olives, Caddis, stoneflies

Best Time to Fish:

Low flows

Best Stretch:

Buford Dam to Island Ford

Best Access:

Lower pool park, Island Ford (ranger station) Jones Bridge Park (federal and state access), Settle's Bridge