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  • Dukes Creek is booking reservations for November

    The headline says it all.

    And...October is booked out.

    (706) 878-3087

    ETA: From the May 15 Dukes Creek Closing thread:

    Will Wagner, manager at Smithgall Woods, asked [fishbum] to post this information for fishermen:

    1. Dukes Creek fishing will be closed and no reservations for fishing will be taken from Jun 1, 2017 to October 1, 2017, however, the stream may be reopened sometime earlier during September depending on water flow and temperature conditions.

    2. No fishing at all will be allowed on Dukes Creek during this period, except cabin guests may fish the cabin section only.

    3. Re-stocking plans are under development and will be initiated sometime before the stream is reopened.

    4. Fishing reservations will be taken starting for October 2017. To make a reservation in October or later call the reservation number 706-878-3087. Updates on the creek conditions and possible reopening date should be available in September at the reservation number above.
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    Last edited by Trout8myfly; 09-18-17, 02:29 PM.
    "What's his offense?"
    "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
    ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

  • #2
    Originally posted by Trout8myfly View Post
    The headline says it all.

    And...October is booked out.

    (706) 878-3087

    ETA: From the May 15 Dukes Creek Closing thread:


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    I'll be out there Oct 15th guiding my friend with.......wait for it.....gasssppppp.....a spinning rod!!!!
    I'm sure we won't look like the fanciest on the stream, but I hope to get him on some pellet fed hogs. Anybody else going to be there that day?
    Dukes has recently been stocked, so even if we can't hook up with 24 inch rainbows raised like cattle, there should be plenty of clueless stockers to keep us busy. Look for the one in the parking lot sans any real fishing gear like nice waders, tippet spool lanyards, fishpond net, costas, and with a spinning rod. The one looking like a hillbilly. Probably with a huge dip in, and wearing a non flat billed, old camo hat. That'll be me. There may or may not be a cooler of beer in the back of the car. Feel free to swing be and say hi, grab a beer, and let me out fish you.

    -Killer

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Killer Kyle View Post
      I'll be out there Oct 15th guiding my friend with.......wait for it.....gasssppppp.....a spinning rod!!!!
      I'm sure we won't look like the fanciest on the stream, but I hope to get him on some pellet fed hogs. Anybody else going to be there that day?
      Dukes has recently been stocked, so even if we can't hook up with 24 inch rainbows raised like cattle, there should be plenty of clueless stockers to keep us busy. Look for the one in the parking lot sans any real fishing gear like nice waders, tippet spool lanyards, fishpond net, costas, and with a spinning rod. The one looking like a hillbilly. Probably with a huge dip in, and wearing a non flat billed, old camo hat. That'll be me. There may or may not be a cooler of beer in the back of the car. Feel free to swing be and say hi, grab a beer, and let me out fish you.

      -Killer
      Well I won't be fishing Dukes on the 15th but I will volunteer to come and protect your cooler to make sure no degenerates try and take advantage of you while y'all are fishing!!
      "Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger." - Herbert Hoover

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Killer Kyle View Post
        I'll be out there Oct 15th guiding my friend with.......wait for it.....gasssppppp.....a spinning rod!!!!
        I'm sure we won't look like the fanciest on the stream, but I hope to get him on some pellet fed hogs. Anybody else going to be there that day?
        Dukes has recently been stocked, so even if we can't hook up with 24 inch rainbows raised like cattle, there should be plenty of clueless stockers to keep us busy. Look for the one in the parking lot sans any real fishing gear like nice waders, tippet spool lanyards, fishpond net, costas, and with a spinning rod. The one looking like a hillbilly. Probably with a huge dip in, and wearing a non flat billed, old camo hat. That'll be me. There may or may not be a cooler of beer in the back of the car. Feel free to swing be and say hi, grab a beer, and let me out fish you.

        -Killer
        If you'll look under one of the rock stacks the kids made in front of the checkin center, I'll hide a can of niblets and some nightcrawlers! And since I'm inviting myself to some of your beer, please don't get PBR!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Trout "R" View Post
          Well I won't be fishing Dukes on the 15th but I will volunteer to come and protect your cooler to make sure no degenerates try and take advantage of you while y'all are fishing!!


          I'll take a shift "guarding" that beer, too. Haha
          Best post in a long time, you had me at "not flat billed hat" bahaha.

          This sorta looks like a pellet if buckman1 night crawlers don't work
          https://www.bigyflyco.com/bread-crumb-fly-detail.htm


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          • #6
            Originally posted by splatek16 View Post
            I'll take a shift "guarding" that beer, too. Haha
            Best post in a long time, you had me at "not flat billed hat" bahaha.

            This sorta looks like a pellet if buckman1 night crawlers don't work
            https://www.bigyflyco.com/bread-crumb-fly-detail.htm


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            I was about to start hating on that fly because Ithought it was a mop. Then I realized it was spun hair, and actually probably took considerable time and effort to create. In that case...I'd fish it!
            Last edited by Killer Kyle; 09-29-17, 07:26 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by buckman1 View Post
              If you'll look under one of the rock stacks the kids made in front of the checkin center, I'll hide a can of niblets and some nightcrawlers! And since I'm inviting myself to some of your beer, please don't get PBR!
              Buckman, you should have seen the look I got last spring when I walked into the visitor center one day. I opened the door and yelled to the desk "Hey! Y'all got any stringers?"
              I thought I was about to become the subject of a public execution!
              Leave those nightcrawlers by the pavilion hole. And in case the water is low and clear, and the fish are picky, leave some red Wiggler's or mealworms in case I need to go finnesse. Thanks Buck!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Trout "R" View Post
                Well I won't be fishing Dukes on the 15th but I will volunteer to come and protect your cooler to make sure no degenerates try and take advantage of you while y'all are fishing!!
                I'll stock the good stuff for you, Trout "R", and will leave the PBR for Buckman!
                One of my favorite Dukes memories was when I was guiding a friend from south GA. It was his first time ever fly-fishing. He didn't catch any monsters, but landed several stocker sized fish, some wildones, a couple in the maybe 13" range, and got broken off a couple times by larger fish. Atthe end of the day we were exhausted as we approached the parking lot. We walked up to the car, and next to my car was a man by his. He looked at us and said "Hey! You guys want a beer?!" My friend Chris said "Sir, I don't know who you are, but I like you!"
                That man may or may not have turned out to be the current president of NGTO himself.
                Last edited by Killer Kyle; 09-29-17, 07:27 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Killer Kyle View Post
                  I'll be out there Oct 15th guiding my friend with.......wait for it.....gasssppppp.....a spinning rod!!!!
                  I'm sure we won't look like the fanciest on the stream, but I hope to get him on some pellet fed hogs. Anybody else going to be there that day?
                  Dukes has recently been stocked, so even if we can't hook up with 24 inch rainbows raised like cattle, there should be plenty of clueless stockers to keep us busy. Look for the one in the parking lot sans any real fishing gear like nice waders, tippet spool lanyards, fishpond net, costas, and with a spinning rod. The one looking like a hillbilly. Probably with a huge dip in, and wearing a non flat billed, old camo hat. That'll be me. There may or may not be a cooler of beer in the back of the car. Feel free to swing be and say hi, grab a beer, and let me out fish you.

                  -Killer
                  I'll be up there! I'm really excited that it's open again. After the summer we've had I can't wait to see whats out there.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by livesoundga View Post
                    I'll be up there! I'm really excited that it's open again. After the summer we've had I can't wait to see whats out there.
                    A few of us went to Dukes yesterday for their fall opening. The fish were rested after the summer off, and they eagerly went after almost everything we offered in section 1. All five of us caught fish...mostly 10-14 inch rainbows. They looked like fairly recent stocked fish. The great news is that we all caught some baby 'bows in the 3-4 inch range and we assumed that these were stream bred fish. The water was low and extremely clear. Fish were caught on black Pat's rubber legs, y2k's, pheasant tail nymphs, rainbow warriors, and just about anything else we threw. Sorry to tell you that we educated the fish for all that follow!

                    Here's a nice 18" bow that I caught on my 10 1/2 foot 3wt and her little brother.


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                    "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
                    -Henry David Thoreau

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                    • #11
                      I've got a reservation for Wednesday of next week. How are the water levels? I know there's a decent chance of some rain from the tropical system this weekend. I'm excited to be doing some fishing again. Been tying all summer with no real opportunity to actually fish. Time to lose some flies!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Nontypical12 View Post
                        I've got a reservation for Wednesday of next week. How are the water levels? I know there's a decent chance of some rain from the tropical system this weekend. I'm excited to be doing some fishing again. Been tying all summer with no real opportunity to actually fish. Time to lose some flies!
                        If Nate does his job on Monday then they oughta be pretty good by Wednesday.
                        Last edited by Trout8myfly; 10-05-17, 02:31 PM.
                        "What's his offense?"
                        "Groping for trouts in a peculiar river."
                        ― William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure

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                        • #13
                          Water is down about a foot from "normal" levels (whatever that is), and very clear. You can see the fish...and they can see you. Keep changing your flies if you're not getting bit, and when the bite slows down change them again. We found the fish stacked up in the deeper holes. I think the water level is keeping them from spreading out more.
                          "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after."
                          -Henry David Thoreau

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                          • #14
                            Going up in the morning the finish off the trout re-indoctrination program.
                            Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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                            • #15
                              Dukes Report 10-7-17

                              Met my buddy at the parking lot at 7:30 am and we made the van ride down to the bottom of section 2. Water was still way low, but conditions were perfect with cloudy skies and misting rain. The day started slow with paint shiners and chubbs, but caught fire at mid-morning. I was tight lining and the fish were hanging in deep holes and eating nymphs. I brought 14 rainbows to the net in section 1 and 2. Managed to hook up with a 20 inch plus toad and after a few screaming drag runs he proceeded to rub my fly off on a tree root. Oh well; at least he let me keep the fly.
                              Also had an up close and personal with a momma bear and two cubs up on section 1. I was fishing down below the road and I looked up and saw a small bear on the road. I did not think much of it, but then looked up in a few moments up to see momma coming down to the creek right where I was with cubs in tow. I started making noise and giving ground. She fortunately chose to redirect her path and crossed the creek about 50 yards upstream of me. The people just up the creek never even saw them. It was a great day of fishing.
                              Cohutta Chapter of Trout Unlimited

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