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Old 07-26-18, 07:15 PM   #1
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Gonna hit up horshoe bend in the am. Wheres the good spot?
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Old 07-27-18, 09:06 AM   #2
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The best spot is in the water - very few fish under the picnic tables ............. 8- O

But seriously, that stretch of the Toccoa like any other river varies by day, varies by hour of the day, temperature, and water levels. What was a hot shoal yesterday can be a beach tomorrow. I would go and walk the shore line along the park looking at the water for any fish indicators and when you get to the picnic tables stand on them. The river in this area looks like one big river, but treat it as a series of small stream maybe ten feet wide.

When you start and before you step into the water, run your flies a few times right down the edge of the bank, under the grassy overhangs, etc. Then take two steps into the river and cast again. Keep looking for fish and find one of those 10' sections and work it like a small stream.

Have fun!
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Old 07-27-18, 01:26 PM   #3
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Straight out in the middle of the river from the parking lot is a nice run of slow moving water. This run remains fairly deep in the center of the river downstream for several hundred yards and holds fish. Fish it all the way down until it starts to shallow up. Then fish the side of the river next to the entrance to the park. You will see a creek coming into the river and a nice little run there which holds fish along that bank. Then you get into some shoals and two fast runs one on each side of the river right at the entrance to the park. Both runs hold fish. From their downstream the water is nice and deep with a nice mixture of runs and slow moving water and holds plenty of fish.

A few nice things about horseshoe
1. Very easy wading
2. Very wide and easy for fly fishermen to spread out and not crowd
each other
3. Great place to take the family (Pavillion, benches, no parking fee,
restrooms)
4. With it being the last public access point downstream on the tailwater,
it takes 4 1/2 hours for a release to reach horseshoe so in other words if
TVA is scheduling a release at 11:00 AM, then you know you are ok to go
to horseshoe that morning and be able to fish until around 3:00-3:30 PM

A couple aggravating things about horseshoe
1. With it being the last public access point, it can sometimes be the only
game in town and be very crowded with fishermen.
2. Tubers Tubers and more Tubers (Here lately I have never seen so
many tubers in my entire life! With the tubing company just down the
road from the entrance, they are constantly running shuttles to and from.
It wouldn't be so bad if the tubers would launch and go on the opposite
side of the river that I was on but nope. Last time out I tried going to the
far side of the river and that is the side 200 of them chose, so I went to
the other side and then the next 200 chose that side so finally I gave up
and went home.
IMG_20180616_201133_982 by Kevin Griffin, on Flickr

If you fish upstream of the parking lot the tubers shouldn't be an issue but I prefer fishing downstream myself. With school getting back in I imagine the number up tubers will lower to a more manageable number.
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Old 07-27-18, 03:28 PM   #4
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Prowler, that pic is amazing. Haha!
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Old 07-27-18, 03:41 PM   #5
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Prowler, that pic is amazing. Haha!
Lmao. That's my friend Marius. When I turned around and saw that...well it was definitely worthy of a photo
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