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North GA Update: 5/21/17

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  • North GA Update: 5/21/17

    UO Update 5/21/17

    Fishing is great. Almost every type of fishing we do around the north Georgia mountains has been full swing for the last couple of weeks, and although water temps are rising for our trout, recent rains have helped a lot.

    For trout, stocking by the DNR has helped to keep most accessible streams full of fish to be caught, so for those looking for a quick trip to catch a couple trout, we here Unicoi Outfitters are suggesting places such as the Chattahoochee WMA, as well as the river through Helen. Helen has been fishing extremely well, due to large fish put in during tournaments, as well as the DNR’s efforts. The busy season for Helen is almost in full swing, so I would recommend fishing Helen early in the morning, and late in the day, and use mid-day to hit blue lines or less traveled stretches of river. Blue lining, and wild trout fishing will be great options all through the summer for those still looking to get their trout fix in the hottest parts of the summer months. Our Private water is also still fishing well for the time being.

    Bass fishing is prime time for the shop staff this time of year. As the streams become too hot for our trout to thrive and survive, bass fishing becomes our primary focus. Bass in both lakes and rivers are active, and flies like poppers, stealth bombers and clousers are some of our go-to patterns. As for where to go, if a river does not have trout, odds are it has bass. River bass are lots of fun on 6-7wt rods or on conventional tackle. Local lakes and ponds are also great places for those looking for bass on the fly, and bedding bluegill and sunfish are not to be overlooked either. For sunfish, it is hard to beat a boogle bug in the “Yella Fella” color.

    As the water heats up, many pieces of private water become too hot to continue to lead fishing trips on, however, we continue to offer public water trips throughout the summer. If you have a piece of water you would like to better learn, or just want to learn more about fly-fishing, a public water trip is a great way to gain the knowledge of a guide without the price of private water. If you would like to schedule a trip, public or private- give us a call!
    As always, if you are interested in more info on trips, tactics, or places to fish give the shop a call or stop in, we would love to help you out!
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