Fishing Season: All Year.

Chattahoochee River - GA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

50

Orvis Atlanta's Tip of the Week

Report for10/19/21 The river is up and down. Between that and turnover, being in the right place at the right time is important. Today, we had good fishing up near the dam until around 3PM. The lower river, Jones Bridge and Island Ford were a bit high and off color this morning but came down in both flow and clarity by late afternoon. Bigger bugs with the Turnover happening is a good way to start. Stonefly nymphs and Worms (imagine that!), give them something big to see and eat. As things continue to cool down, bring a streamer. That's a great way to catch a Fall Brown. We should see plenty of good browns being caught here in the near future. We are continuing to get more new nymphs, dries and streamers in the store. Come check them out! Look to smaller flies when fishing the upper section of the tail-water. Have a great selection of zebra midges from size 18-24 in red, black, and olive and 6X tippet for that gin clear water. For prospecting, a Pat's Rubber-leggs Stone Fly imitation with a size 16 tungsten bead Rainbow Warrior as a dropper is hard to beat, Fish them under an indicator and it is sure to fool the timid of trout. Fly selection from Mcginnis Ferry below becomes more basic. Stonefly Nymphs, Worm Patterns, and basic beadhead nymphs are the norm. Streamers of all sizes are always a great way to attack the river, and hopefully pull up a once in a lifetime Brown trout. We are loaded up on EVERYTHING here in the store! Come in and check out all the latest bugs!! 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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Map of Chattahoochee River

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5-Day Outlook as of 10/19/21

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 10/19/21

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 10/19/21

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