Fishing Season: All Year.

Chattahoochee River - GA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Atlanta's Tip of the Week

Report for 1/24/2022 Another tough start to the week with a long day of generation out of Buford Dam. This does not leave us many options on the Hooch. Hitting the Dam after they have stop releasing is the best bet for this scenario. North Georgia has been fishing well. We have been getting good reports from Blue Ridge to the Upper Hooch Tributaries, all the way up to North Carolina. There is still plenty of fishing to do, it just might not be on the Hooch. We are not due much precipitation this week, which will not add to the Dam releases. Hopefully soon we will get some more favorable flows so we can fish our home water more regularly. People continue to catch plenty of large browns lately on streamers and nymph rigs, when the flows are working. The fishing at Buford Dam right after a release will be the best bet. Don't be caught without a good selection of midges and BWO's when fishing this area. The stand-bys are still working great, stonefly nymphs, lightning bugs, worms and anything with some pink in it. Great time for streamers of all sizes. The Delayed Harvest has begun! We do have a slight twist on that this year if you live here in Atlanta. They will not be stocking the lower Chattahoochee below Morgan Falls. After a recent outbreak of Whirling Disease at the Buford Hatchery, a decision was made to not stock this section of the Hooch. So head North, or even just up above Morgan Falls for your Fall fishing this year. We are due some rain later this week which would NOT have been good news for those stocked fish, so that puts a positive spin on that! The North Georgia streams will be stocked as normal, and we are beginning to get some great weather. These fish are foreign to entomology at first. Bright, obnoxious flies are the way to get it done. Worms, Eggs, Y2K's, Lightning Bugs and that sort of thing. Smaller streamers can be a great way to get them as well. If you have any questions at all, come on in and we will get you set up! The Hooch tailwater is still fishing very well when the water is low. 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. 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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Map of Chattahoochee River

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5-Day Outlook as of 1/24/22

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 1/24/22

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.

Local Species Available All Year.

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    Rainbow Trout

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    Brown Trout

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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


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