Re: late October Conasauga trip

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Posted by b.uzz on September 24, 1997 at 17:49:19:

In Reply to: late October Conasauga trip posted by Bob on September 15, 1997 at 15:36:18:

> I'm gonna hike in Hickory Creek Trail, go downstream
> and camp/fly fish for about three days. When I've
> fished there before in October, I've had few takes on
> dries or nymphs except right after rains stained the
> river a bit, at which times I've taken a number of bows
> and browns on woolly worms. Doesn't say much for my
> stealth or technique, I suppose.
> Any tips for a relative novice? How heavy a tippet
> can I get away with? I'm going in well armed with
> muddlers, hoppers, ants, beetles, adams parachutes and
> elk hair caddis (what size? hmmm). What else should I
> offer to leave hanging in the mountain laurel?
> Any input is greatly appreciated.

Around mid-august to late october there is usually a night-time
emergence of cinnamon and blonde caddis (really big bugs #10-12).
The cinnamon seems to be more prevalent than the blonde. Iím not
sure what the pupa looks like, but a Stimulator tied with an orange
body (readily available pattern at most fly shops) can be a good
imitation of the adult. This bug will get ya noticed in the faster
pocket-water and plunges but itíll get ya laughed at by the fish
in the slower pools. I usually fish above Tearbritches trail and
the fish in the pools up there are usually midging. Iíve caught some
of these guys on Griffithís gnats and midge pupa & emergers
(occasionally an ant). Usually anything above a size 20 scares the
excrement out of these little weenies in late season low water - so
I often stick to the pockets and plunges. Brown or ginger bodied
elk-haired caddis work pretty good during this time too. I bet big
Henryvilles and Lawsonís Stillwater Caddises would rule (lower profile
- more realistic) but Iíve never tied any this large so I donít know.
Large soft hackles might work for the pupa. Definately try small
(#18-16) pheasant-tail nymphs (next yearís crop of mayflies will be
small, brown, and in the periodic drift). A lot of people will tell
you to fish attractors on N.GA freestones year-round. My experience
on the Conasauga is that the fish are far more selective (and spooky)
than most freestone trout and it can take the better part of an outing
to get ďwiredĒ. Have great time - I love the Conasauga.

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