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Old 07-13-18, 10:08 AM   #1
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Default Advise on fishing the Chattahoochee WMA

I fly fished the Hooch above Helen in the WMA several times recently, a couple of really good days, and some not so good days. I really like that stretch of the Hooch, and would like to be able to fish it on a consistent basis. Anyone care to give some advice on how and where to fly fish it? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-15-18, 02:05 AM   #2
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Hooch WMA winning formula is pretty simple but they're also pretty finicky.

1. Be the first one there.
2. Get away from the crowds.
3. Go midweek.
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Old 07-15-18, 08:52 AM   #3
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I agree with what Speck said. I fish it a lot and was just there Friday and did ok. The stretch from the game check-in station upstream fishes pretty well. Get away from the crowds.
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I agree with what Speck said. I fish it a lot and was just there Friday and did ok. The stretch from the game check-in station upstream fishes pretty well. Get away from the crowds.
+1 on what Speck and natureman suggested.
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Old 07-16-18, 06:47 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the good advice, including a couple of PM's that are not shown here. Tried following Speck's rule #1 Saturday morning, got there really early, but there were others that got there even earlier. I plan on walking in at the game check-in station and giving that a try.
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Old 07-16-18, 07:30 AM   #6
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Hillis, I'm late to the party here, but wanted to mention, Tata a great place to fish. It's where I got my start in wild trout fishing. Keep in mind there are a rib of other small streams within throwing distance from that area.
So once you master that, which won't take long as good as you are, you can explore more streams, endless water... Sort of


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Old 07-16-18, 11:34 AM   #7
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Hillis, I'm late to the party here, but wanted to mention, Tata a great place to fish. It's where I got my start in wild trout fishing. Keep in mind there are a rib of other small streams within throwing distance from that area.
So once you master that, which won't take long as good as you are, you can explore more streams, endless water... Sort of


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Thanks for the positive vibes. Unfortunately I am not a very good fly fisherman. I can catch freshly stocked stockers, but once they have been in the water for a while, all bets are off. So, it might take a while to master fishing for stockers that have made it this far up river, or down river, or wild trout in this section, whichever the case may be. That is not to say that I would not love to try it, and it sounds as if the section of river we are talking about here would be a pretty place to learn. Thanks again.
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Old 07-16-18, 12:37 PM   #8
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Steve,
Thanks for the positive vibes. Unfortunately I am not a very good fly fisherman. I can catch freshly stocked stockers, but once they have been in the water for a while, all bets are off. So, it might take a while to master fishing for stockers that have made it this far up river, or down river, or wild trout in this section, whichever the case may be. That is not to say that I would not love to try it, and it sounds as if the section of river we are talking about here would be a pretty place to learn. Thanks again.
Hillis, you are too humble. I've seen you wrangle trouts by the dozen from Amicalola. And wild fish are generally easier to catch, in my opinion. They are much quicker, but in many cases will eat just about anything. I haven't tried an empty hook, but I bet you'd get one to hit it...

Good luck. You will slay them waters!
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HILLIS - I have not had the opportunity to fish with you, but if splatek vouches for your skills, then you are probably selling yourself short. Use what you have learned already and enjoy some time in really beautiful surroundings - that also hold trout just waiting for your offerings. Keep us posted!
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I second Natureman a nice little gorge up there.
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