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  • Tips and Questions Answered for Newbies

    Here is a great bunch of advice from GA WRD Regional Fisheries Supervisor, Jeff Durniak:

    Georgia Trouting Through The Seasons
    By Jeff Durniak, Northeast Region Fisheries Supervisor
    GA Wildlife Resources Division (www.gofishgeorgia.com)

    A. Flyfishing Best Bets

    Spring (March – May)
    Hint- #14 Adams or Caddis dry and a Prince dropper
    Chattooga River - Rt 28 to NC line (Rabun Co)
    Smith DH (White Co)
    Chattahoochee in Atlanta
    Dukes Creek (White Co.; reservations 706-878-3087)
    Waters Creek Comeback (Lumpkin Co; need WMA stamp)

    Summer (June – September)
    Hint- six foot rod and six foot leader, Royal Coachman trude, small wild rainbows!
    West Fork Chattooga – “Three Forks” tributaries
    Most national forest extreme headwaters (Hooch, Moccasin, etc)
    Noontootla (Fannin Co)
    Toccoa River tailwater below Blue Ridge Lake
    Dukes Creek in the mornings

    Fall (October – December)
    Hint- use light leaders with clear water; no fishing pressure; spawning browns.
    Seasonal headwater streams (open til 10/31)
    Upper Chattooga (follow the water temperatures)
    DH streams (open Nov 1)
    Chattahoochee in Atlanta

    Winter (January- February)
    Hints - long leader, split shot & eggs and buggers DEEP, 40F, fish the afternoons!
    Chattahoochee in Atlanta (DH and upstream sections)
    Dukes Creek
    Chattooga DH
    Smith DH (never muddy)
    5. Toccoa tailwater (Feb caddis)

    B. Flyfishing Supplies

    Unicoi Outfitters - Helen, Blue Ridge (great newsletter): http://www.unicoioutfitters.com/
    The Fish Hawk - Atlanta: www.thefishhawk.com
    North Georgia Fishing Center – Cumming (Hwy 400): http://hammondsfishing.com/
    Bass Pro Shops – Lawrenceville (Hwy 85): http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...toreID=3&tab=3
    Reeves Hardware – downtown Clayton (Rabun County)
    Fly Box Outfitters – Kennesaw: www.flyboxoutfitters.com
    Orvis Atlanta - www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=1648


    C. Kid-Friendly Trout Waters

    Smith Creek / Chattahoochee River (Helen Area)
    Dicks & Boggs creeks (Lumpkin Co)
    Wildcat Creek/ Moccasin Creek State Park (fish hatchery, kids catfish pond, nearby streams)
    Rock Creek (near Suches; USFWS hatchery)
    Amicalola State Park (Dawson Co)
    See “Northeast GA Fishing Guide” at www.gofishgeorgia.com

    D. “Catch Your Limit” Trout Waters

    Hooch – Helen and Buford Dam
    Tallulah River (Rabun Co)
    Dicks Creek (Lumpkin Co)
    Cooper Creek (Union Co)
    Blue Ridge Tailwater (Fannin Co)

    E. Easy to learn:

    North Georgia Trout Online: http://www.georgia-outdoors.com/ngto/, then “message board” and “jump right in.”
    New fishing friends/mentors with Trout Unlimited (http://georgiatu.org): Cornelia chapter (706-778-5377), Cumming chapter contact (770-560-9723). Rabun TU has excellent newsletter with hatch chart (www.rabuntu.com). Try a meeting, fishing trip, or campout.
    State park and hatchery loaner fishing pole program, education programs (http://www.gastateparks.org/).
    April-June kids fishing events (www.gofishgeorgia.com, click on “fishing,” then “take a kid fishing.”

    Jeff Durniak added a couple more links to specific locations on the Rabun TU website:
    http://rabuntu.org/site/about/educat...te-101-primer/

    F. References

    GA fishing licenses cost $9 for annual resident license and $5 for trout stamp ($24 and $13 for nonresidents); available online (www.gofishgeorgia.com), at 1-888-748-6887, and in local sporting goods stores. Kids under 16 – no license needed.
    GADNR (Wildlife Resources Div. offices, trout maps, list of stocked streams, Parks Division): http://www.gadnr.org/. WRD - Gainesville regional office: 770-535-5498, Lake Burton Trout Hatchery 706-947-3112.
    U.S. Forest Service (maps, campgrounds): http://www.fs.fed.us/maps/ or call 770-297-3000.
    Trout Fishing in North Georgia: book by Jimmy Jacobs: [ame="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1561452432/103-8204175-6703026"]Trout Fishing in North Georgia: A Comprehensive Guide to Public Lakes, Reservoirs, and Rivers: Jimmy Jacobs: 9781561452439: Amazon.com: Books@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51R063MTAWL.@@AMEPARAM@@51R063MTAWL[/ame]
    Georgia Outdoor News website: trout fishing page by David Cannon:
    http://www.gon.com/
    Last edited by Trout8myfly; 02-28-15, 02:03 PM. Reason: Removed dead links
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  • #2
    GREAT POST David... I am going to make it sticky - thank you very much for gathering this info together!
    www.georgiafishingbooks.com
    Instant Help for Georgia Anglers

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/fishingbooks

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    • #3
      Thanks for all of the useful information.
      ------------------------------------------------------
      C. Corrigan

      When you go fishing, never say exactly what time you'll be back; that way you can never be late.

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      • #4
        Hey guys, just to clarify and so I don't take any undue credit, this list was compiled by our very own WRD "servant", Jeff Durniak. I just copied and pasted it here.
        [B]David Cannon
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        • #5
          THE Book for North Georgia Trout Fishing

          Jeff mentions it briefly at the bottom.

          "Trout Fishing in North Georgia" by Jimmy Jacobs in whatever edition it is now in.

          I thought this was pretty much known by everybody but just realized it's been a couple years since it was probably brought up last.
          If this were rocket science most of us wouldn't be doing it. - Terry Creech

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          • #6
            Thanks for Info

            Thanks for all the good information. I live in Savannah now and do not get to North Georgia as often as I would like, but I will use your suggestions over Christimas holidays. Thanks

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            • #7
              2009 License Fees

              2009 Recreational
              Fishing License Fees
              Licenses are valid for one full year from
              date of purchase.
              convenience fees
              Internet Transactions.....................$2.75
              Telephone Transactions..................$4.00
              Walk-In Transactions.....................$3.25
              Resident Licenses
              Sportsmanís*................................$60.00
              Fishing........................................... ..9.00
              One-Day Fishing.............................3.50
              Trout............................................. ...5.00
              Combination Hunting & Fishing....17.00
              Wildlife Management Area............19.00
              Nonresident Licenses
              Annual Fishing............................$24.00
              One-Day Fishing.............................3.50
              7-Day Fishing..................................7.00
              Trout............................................. .13.00
              Wildlife Management Area............73.00
              * The Annual Sportsman's license is a
              single license that covers all sport hunting
              and fishing licenses (except Federal Duck
              Stamp). Includes: Regular Hunting Lic.,
              Primitive Weapons Lic., Big Game Lic.,
              WMA Lic., GA Waterfowl Lic., FishingLic.,
              Trout Lic. and H.I.P. permit.

              Note those Convenience Fees - new for 2009!

              For more info, see http://http://www.georgiawildlife.or...s_fishing.aspx

              Note the pdf download link on that first page!

              Want to Help Ease DNR's Budget Woes? Buy a TU license Plate!

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              • #8
                When Is My Favorite Stream Stocked?

                DNR's Wildlife Resources Division anticipated that question!

                Have fun. And don't worry about keeping some; they'll make more! And please, take your kids with you.

                2014 Issue
                https://georgiawildlife.com/Fishing/Trout
                Last edited by Windknot; 07-24-18, 05:46 PM. Reason: 2018 links

                Want to Help Ease DNR's Budget Woes? Buy a TU license Plate!

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                • #9
                  Any reason The Fish Hawk was not included for fly fishing supplies? They are the oldest shop in No GA............ www.thefishhawk.com

                  Also....No GA Fishing Center is really Hammonds Fishing Center. No GA Fishing became Lake Lanier fishing which became Timberghost which is officially out of the fly fishing supply business

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                  • #10
                    They hadn't taken TroutTackler fishin' yet therefore did not qualify for the requisite shameless plug?

                    I know, I know, it's Durniak's post. Being of the north Georgia variety, he doesn't get down to flatlander territory enough to remember some of those intown folks.

                    FYI also: I'll sub The Fish Hawk for Upper Hi Fly which is no longer in business. Neither is Outdoor Traditions near Dawsonville.

                    I'll also add Highland Outfitters since they are a sponsor.

                    Does Hammond's offer anything in the fly or trout fishing lines?
                    Last edited by THE EG; 07-17-09, 04:27 PM.
                    If this were rocket science most of us wouldn't be doing it. - Terry Creech

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by THE EG View Post
                      They hadn't taken TroutTackler fishin' yet therefore did not qualify for the requisite shameless plug?

                      I know, I know, it's Durniak's post. Being of the north Georgia variety, he doesn't get down to flatlander territory enough to remember some of those intown folks.

                      FYI also: I'll sub The Fish Hawk for Upper Hi Fly which is no longer in business. Neither is Outdoor Traditions near Dawsonville.

                      I'll also add Highland Outfitters since they are a sponsor.

                      Does Hammond's offer anything in the fly or trout fishing lines?
                      Yes they do.....small selection of TFO/Wht River rods & Orvis /Wht River lines. Lots of Umpqua flies, tippet etc...Best of all is they open at 5AM. Forget something on the way up to the mountains from Atlanta, then you can get it on the way up that morning- 1 mile off of 400 and exit 17

                      Alpharetta Outfitters is a new small shop that carries Orvis and TFO and is good for a local guy who cannot make it to the previously mentioned shops in Durniak's original post.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by THE EG View Post
                        They hadn't taken TroutTackler fishin' yet therefore did not qualify for the requisite shameless plug?
                        Ouch! I just now saw this... man...

                        It hurts because it's true...

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                        • #13
                          Durniak left out the Fish Hawk on purpose because he knew that newbies would have a good chance of bumping into either Henry Cowen or Paul Puckett, neither of which would be good for the future of the sport.
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                          • #14
                            This is great. I am new and just what i was looking for. Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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                            • #15
                              This is a terrific post! It was very useful! I am trying to get into fly fishing, but am predominately a spinning rod fisherman. I was wondering if you would be able to construct a form like this for using a spinning rod ( what lures and when). If you're not able to, could you pssibly redirect me to a place that does give you this info? Thanks!
                              The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad. - A.K. Best

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