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Old 02-22-07, 02:55 PM   #1
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Default 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 (

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):
The Fish Hawk - Atlanta:
North Georgia Fishing Center – Cumming (Hwy 400):
Bass Pro Shops – Lawrenceville (Hwy 85):
Reeves Hardware – downtown Clayton (Rabun County)
Fly Box Outfitters – Kennesaw:
Orvis Atlanta -

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

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

Jeff Durniak added a couple more links to specific locations on the Rabun TU website:

F. References

GA fishing licenses cost $9 for annual resident license and $5 for trout stamp ($24 and $13 for nonresidents); available online (, 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): WRD - Gainesville regional office: 770-535-5498, Lake Burton Trout Hatchery 706-947-3112.
U.S. Forest Service (maps, campgrounds): or call 770-297-3000.
Trout Fishing in North Georgia: book by Jimmy Jacobs: Georgia Outdoor News website: trout fishing page by David Cannon:
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Old 02-22-07, 08:19 PM   #2
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GREAT POST David... I am going to make it sticky - thank you very much for gathering this info together!
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Old 02-22-07, 09:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for all of the useful information.
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Old 02-26-07, 01:02 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 04-13-07, 01:17 PM   #5
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Thumbs up 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.
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Old 11-26-07, 11:23 PM   #6
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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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Old 02-19-09, 09:00 AM   #7
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Default 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
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!
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Old 07-17-09, 01:54 PM   #8
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Lightbulb 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

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Old 07-17-09, 02:05 PM   #9
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Any reason The Fish Hawk was not included for fly fishing supplies? They are the oldest shop in No GA............

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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Old 07-17-09, 04:15 PM   #10
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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?

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