Posted by John Carney on February 25, 1997 at 12:32:51:
In Reply to: Jones Bridge, Island Ford, Abbot's Bridge, Medlock Bridge posted by Ley Hathcock on February 24, 1997 at 07:54:19:
: I have done most of my local flyfishing near
Buford Dam or in North Georgia Streams. This
past week, I've driven around a bit to check out
other sections of the Chattahoochie. I hear a
lot about Jones Bridge. It looks like a very
nice park. Is the water always as muddy as it
was this weekend? Are there reasonable places
to wade around these stretches of the Hooch?
I could see where a float tube or canoe/drift
boat would be great, but it was very hard to
judge the wadeability, given the muddiness.
No, this area of the Hooch is not *always* that
muddy...just when it rains...the runoff from the
housing construction north of Jones Bridge is
the culprit....bummer is that lately it seems to
rain every Thursday/Friday.. :-(
Anyway, the area can be waded prior to any release
from Buford Dam...call first...I live in Duluth
and fish there frequently...mud permitting...float
tube also works well as some areas can be deep. I
have determined that it takes about 3-4 hours for the
water to begin to rise...but I don't fish it more
than one hour past the scheduled release...and only
then if the fish are really going...cause when the
water rises, it rises pretty quick!
I usually get there first thing in the morning and
fish for an hour or two...during warmer days the
park fills with people with dogs/rafts/floats etc...
Fall/Winter have produced a fish or two a trip.
Have caught both rainbow and browns in the 6"-12"
range...no trophies but it's still a good time.
If you enter from the Fulton County side from
Barnwell, it will put you out at the Island..just
did learn how to get there myself and have been
waiting for a good day.
Good News: Easy access and easy wade
Bad News: Easy access and easy wade
It can get crowded.
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