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    Hey y'all I fished Cochran today and got skunked. I know it happens, but I often find myself feeling overwhelmed with all the water that Cochran has. I found some skinny water last weekend and had success last weekend on a dry dropper, but I tried the same thing as well as nymphs and streamers in that very same place and didn't get a whiff. I also ventured out into the main river but again did not get a look. Do y'all have any suggestions for fishing huge areas like Cochran after the trout have spread out a bit? Thanks.
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    Don't think like a trout, think like a DNR worker. What holes are close to the boat ramp? What areas are easy access for the trout trucks?

    I would cast a woolly bugger all around until I got hit. Then, I would work that area a while.
    How do you get over a crappy fishing day? Go fishing again, and again.

    http://www.youtube.com/madfishinskillz

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    • #3
      Don't let it get you down -- today was tough for many!

      I fished a bit this afternoon, and a number of anglers said it was slow. Sometimes that's just the way the fish are. The first stocked fish are spreading out, and more recent fish will be concentrated. Finding them can be, to some extent, a matter of luck -- but if you pick up one or get a bump, spend some time working that area (and others like it).

      Having said that, I find it helpful to think of big water like the Chattahoochee as a bunch of small streams that happen to be flowing side by side. Look for the channels (even relatively small or shallow ones), edges, eddys, and so on, and then (this is important!) convince yourself that you're fishing a small creek instead of a big river and fish it accordingly. I find that otherwise the sheer magnitude of the Chattahoochee can be overwhelming.

      And of course if nymphing or fishing eggs/San Juan worms/etc. be sure that you've got enough weight to get the flies down deep.

      There were a good many anglers out today, too, and the easy-access spots were fished heavily. Moving around or even trying the "other" side of the flow can put you on fish that have not been bothered quite so much.

      When the water is pressured, as it was today, you may be able to turn it around by giving them something different to look at. I did well with streamers and olive leeches today, while most anglers that I saw appeared to be fishing eggs/Y2K/San Juan Worm and similar flies. The streamers produced even in some runs that others had fished right before me unsuccessfully using nymphs or eggs.

      Also note that buggy looking nymphs are working better and better, especially on fish that have been in the DH stretches for a while now. Those fish soon become accustomed to chowing down on naturally occurring insects, and you can often connect with them using flies such as soft-hackle emergers or something like a pheasant tail. And remember to go deep!

      Ultimately, of course, the fish decide...there's not much we can do there except to keep trying different offerings and techniques till we figure out the day's puzzle. But that's part of the fun!

      Hang in there -- when you hit it right, it's a day you'll never forget!

      Best,

      Steve

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      • #4
        Thank you so much. I will hopefully be getting back out there this week to put those tactics to use. Also one more question, will the bucket brigade still happen at whitewater if the river is blown out? It looks like we will get a good bit or rain between now and then and I am planning to be there, but I wanted to know if they would cancel it if the hooch looks like yoohoo
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        • #5
          big water in general needs to be broken down into the hundred little creek flows that are running thru it. Focus on each flow and fish it like its own small creek, fish the tail out, fish the seams, fish the middle, then fish the head of the run, then move to the next run. As far as where are the stockers located, don't, know its not fun to catch fish that are schooling in a bait ballso I wait till there spread out.
          Last edited by zug buggin; 11-23-14, 08:49 AM.
          "Fly Fishing Is Not A Team Sport"----Tom McGuane

          The fisherman now is one who defies society, who rips lips, who drains the pool, who takes no prisoners, who is not to be confused with the sissy with the creel and bamboo rod. Granted, he releases what he catches, but in some cases, he strips the quarry of its perilous soul before tossing it back in the water. What was once a trout – cold, hard, spotted and beautiful – becomes “number seven.”
          Tom McGuane

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          • #6
            Break the big water into a bunch of small streams. Focus on small areas. And get down, since the water is cold. Long leaders, eggs, and small pheasant tails will get him some hits.

            Check out Dredger's weekly report, especially the winter fishing tips.

            http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/foru...d.php?t=105125

            This is also a helpful read: http://www.fieldandstream.com/blogs/...nd-micro-seams

            My eyes were opened when Fishbreath caught a big Nanty brown right out of a "micro seam" I had just fished by.
            How do you get over a crappy fishing day? Go fishing again, and again.

            http://www.youtube.com/madfishinskillz

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