Re: Get Reel


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Posted by Hooker on July 17, 1998 at 21:29:36:

In Reply to: Re: Get Reel posted by Erik on July 17, 1998 at 12:06:03:

Erik,
What you say is true about the degradation of the
Hooch, but the problem with the trout populations
is not sewage discharge, but rather a river that
is getting warmer from storm runoff and urban
development. The area below Morgan Falls is no
longer viable trout habitat because it is too warm.
However, one fact remains. There is not another
river or stream that tallys more hours of fishing
than the Chattahoochee. That alone makes it a
priority to save. I would bet that all of your
mountain streams together would not get 1/4th the
number of fishing hours that the Hooch gets.
Another reason that saving the Hooch is critical,
is that you and the entire western part of Georgia
all the way to Appalachicola would literally have
nothing to drink and no place to go. Unfortunately,
Atlanta is the only major metropolitan in the US
located at the headwaters of its water supply.
Can't do anything about that, and the problems
with water quality are going to get worse before
they get better, but Georgia just can't walk away
from the Hooch. It's too critical, and the
presence of trout is really not in the equation
for saving the Hooch. The critical issue is
people. In five years, the trout may be gone, and
we may have a great smallmouth fishery.
Also, the Hooch has long passed its heyday as a
trout river, but I have never fished another
place that had the consistent quality
and quantity of the Hooch. Last tuesday, Coach
and I C&R'd four fish that were
between 14 and 15 inches and missed several larger
fish. Can't do that regularly in the mountains.
Finally, I don't fish mountain streams. The Hooch
from Buford dam to Morgan Falls is my favorite
place in the world to catch fish, and I will
support any effort to save it, and I think I have
the majority in my corner.

Dave Bureau



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