Fishing Season: All Year.

Chattahoochee River - GA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

50

Orvis Atlanta's Tip of the Week

Report for 9/13/21 Another great weekend of flows for the Hooch! We do have some weather coming through mid-week which will probably change things. Today, Monday the 13th we have good flows coming out of Buford. Hopefully tomorrow will give us another day of good fishing as well. Great fishing opportunities on both the Tailwater below Buford Dam as well as below Morgan Falls. Don't forget about those Bass. When we get these favorable flows, with lower water, don't hesitate to break out a dry-dropper rig. Great way to fish at the dam as well with the smaller nymphs as well. Weather has been great with some cool mornings, definitely worth getting up and heading out for. Might even see some heads breaking the surface. We will see how much rain we get and if they do have to end up moving a lot of water later this week. If this is the case then head to the lakes and catch bass, or tie some flies. After we do have generation out of the Dam, and it has slowed down, the fishing at Buford Dam after the generating has ended and the flows have gotten down around 600 CFS is usually your best/ only bet. Midges, soft hackles, emergers and the Dirt Snake (worm patterns) are the go to's in this area. Never be scared to throw a streamer! 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. The fishing lower on the river will start to fish well in the later afternoon, often when the generating begins at the dam. 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 9/13/21

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 9/13/21

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 9/13/21

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