Chattahoochee River, Georgia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Chattahoochee River, Georgia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Water levels in the Chattahoochee tailwater below Buford Dam are finally back to normal after a rainy Spring season. Hopper-dropper combos are excellent this time of year, and Chubby Chernobyls are a great choice for your fly on top. If you're feeling adventurous, try dropping two nymphs off your Chubby to cover more of the water column. Tie on a Pat's Rubberlegs or size 10-14 tungsten head Hares Ear for the first of two droppers. For the second dropper, smaller nymphs in the 16-20 range will catch fish. Good choices include Rainbow Warriors, Zebra Midges, Lightning Bugs, and Princes. Bass fishing below Morgan Falls Dam is heating up. Try throwing streamers to imitate baitfish or crawfish, and bring your 8 weight rod in case you run into a striper or two. Bass poppers will produce some aggressive takes on top to get your blood pumping. State regulations require a certified personal flotation devise be worn by all anglers from Buford dam south to highway 20. Pay special attention to water release info online, or call the number below for release schedules. Call the shop @ 404-841-0093 for more info and detailed reports. make sure to call the Corp of Engineers release hotline at 770-945-1466 before making your trip
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 12 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Chattahoochee River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
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Water flow: 750 - 4000 cfs

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Depends on Release times

Best stretch: Buford Dam to Island Ford

Best access point: Lower pool park, Island Ford (ranger station) Jones Bridge Park (federal and state access), Settle's Bridge

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midges, Blue Wing Olives, Stoneflies, Caddis, and Junk

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Carp,

Fishing season: All Year.

Nearest airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

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Chattahoochee River Description

The Chattahoochee River is a classic tailrace fishery. Starting at Buford dam on Lake Sidney Lanier, the upper river is 28 miles of year round trout fishing with a healthy population of natural spawning brown trout and stocked rainbow trout. The lower river is a 5 mile section of Delayed Harvest fishing that starts on November 1st and runs through May 14th. This section is stocked with both rainbow and brown ...

Techniques & Tips

Streamer fishing is a great way to fish and possibly catch a huge brown. Nymping will still win the day when there is no hatch. Also, keep an eye out for rising fish, they will most likely be feeding on BWO's, Caddis, or Mayflys.

7-Day Forecast

Please call the shop or the dam to get more timely info. You can call Buford Dam for last min updates. 770-945-1466

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