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    A couple of buddies and I have a trip scheduled to fish somewhere in NC on Saturday. Waiting to see what the rain is going to do to us. So anyway, as I was driving home tonight in he pouring down rain listening to the forecast for more rain I got to wondering. In general, what streams and or rivers in north Georgia seem to recover the quickest after a couple of days of rain? For example, I would think that the DH section of Smith, given it's proximity to the dam, might bounce back pretty quick. But what do I know, I've only been to the few places I have tried so far once.

  • #2
    Basically anything behind a dam, and most small streams clear out faster.

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    • #3
      Lumis is spot on. Smith Creek is fishable right now. It will fluctuate levelwise, but remains fishable. Higher elevation streams recover quicker than lower level streams. Tailwaters recover almost immediately, but the further you go downstream and more feeder creeks are added, increases the recovery rate.
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      • #4
        The fish got to eat and eat during the rain, eat in high water, eat in muddy water. Folks who throw the 8# on the Hooch, prefer stained water during the rain. It's usually the human who need it to recover so they can be comfortable.

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        • #5
          Sure, the fish have to eat when their water is high and murky. But lets not forget that free flowing streams and even tailwaters can be flowing like crazy after rains like this. There is a major wading safety factor at play here!

          Of all the Georgia DH streams, the only one I could see maybe being fishable by this weekend is Smiths Creek. The rest, forget it!
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          • #6
            This is Smiths. It wasn't very wadable and most folks wouldn't attempt. There was about 6 folks all day and we slayed them.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by huntfish View Post
              This is Smiths. It wasn't very wadable and most folks wouldn't attempt. There was about 6 folks all day and we slayed them.
              Yep, that was right after a major storm dumped several inches of water the night before. This picture is upstream of the culvert hole, toward the dam. Everybody caught fish that day...and caught a bunch of them!
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              • #8
                Yeah Iím trying to fish Fern Valley on Friday but with more rain today and tomorrow Iím not sure itís doable. The gage at Hwy 197 is reading 8 feet (4 is more normal) but peaked at 13.5 last night!

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                • #9
                  8,

                  You might be ok. Just call Marty and Glad. They'll give you the straight scoop. If you catch it while it's clearing, it fishes great.

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                  • #10
                    Any idea what the upper tailrace might be looking like by Saturday morning?

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