Re: Winter Fishing

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Posted by GRWilt on September 24, 1996 at 01:04:09:

In Reply to: Winter Fishing posted by Jeff Gillespie on September 23, 1996 at 17:02:06:

: This will be my first winter in Georgia and was wondering if this state experiences stone fly hatches in the middle of winter like my homestate of maryland does? What rivers are recommended for fishing in Dec/Jan/Feb?

We have both the little brown and little black stone flies hatching in the winter and also mayflies(Baetis spp.).You will find these insects
on most of the open for fishing streams the "Hooch"to name one,the Chattooga also.Around Christmas I have down real well in the area just
below I-75 bridge,especially tight to the island on BWO's(18-22).As you might expect nymphs are quite good,GRHE(14-18) and Montana!!(8-12) nymphs
I have done by far the best fishing Montana's deep at least for trout over 15''.I must mention another stream, though not in Ga.,is well in reach
that is my favorite and that is the Hiwassee R.inTenn.I have seen really large hatches of "little stones"up near the power house.Use little black
dry(16&18)and a Coachmen wet(14&16).Hint-some nice Browns often stack up at the mouth of Smith Ck.just below the power house on the power house side
of the river.Cross the swinging bridge .Fish when power is on!here.If walk down ripwrack you will see how to approach but be careful.Finally,fish this
in Nov.through Feb.Hope this helps.GRW

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