Chattahoochee River, Georgia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Chattahoochee River, Georgia Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Report for 2/10/21 Welcome 2021~ The Hooch continues to fish well dispite the flows. THe morning generation lends to early fishing down low from Jones Bridge down until the water begins to rise which is generally anywhere from 10:00 AM to 1:00PM depending on the generation schedule. As the water begins to come up, then the dam gets cut off, you can then head up stream. The fishing below the dam in the afternoons has been great. Winter stones in 14-16 are around. You might even see some fish key in on them on the surface if the bugs get thick enough. Small streamer gets the job done too. The Chattahoochee River is fishing fantastic right now. Lake Lanier turnover has completed and anglers are reporting good, clear water flowing from Bufurd Dam and great reports of fish for the entire tail-water from dam to Morgan Falls. Delayed Harvest south of Morgan Falls has been also fishing well too. Classic patterns for DH fish would be all of your junk fly selections. Eggs, conehead wooly buggers, mops, and worms will usually produce. Look to tight-line-euro fishing as a great way to present these flies. Look to smaller flies when fishing the upper section of the tail-water. Have a great selection of zebra midges from size 18-24 in red, black, and olive and 6X tippet for that gin clear water. For prospecting, a Pat's Rubber-leggs Stone Fly imitation with a size 16 tungsten bead Rainbow Warrior as a dropper is hard to beat, Fish them under an indicator and it is sure to fool the timid of trout. Streamer fishing has also been extremely good during high water events. Safety is of the upmost importance when fishing high water. NEVER FISH ALONE!! Find experienced streamer anglers to tackle the streamer bite as a team, as high water can pose potential risks Stay posted or call the shop for updates. For the Chattahoochee, 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. Make sure to call the Corp of Engineers release hotline at 770-945-1466 before making your trip
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 25 / 2021
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Chattahoochee River is currently Hot!

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
River Through Atlanta
Orvis Atlanta

Water flow: 590

Visibility: 16 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 50 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Low flows

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, Caddis, stoneflies

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Carp,

Fishing season: All Year.

Nearest airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Person Fishing in a stream

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. Nymphing is always going to be the go to for those bottom feeding fish, the old Pat's Rubber legs, Worm patterns, midge patterns, attractors such as rainbow warriors and lightning bugs to copper johns, and the classic pheasant tails and hare's ears in 12-18. If you are throwing streamers, anything from wooly buggers if you're throwing the smaller rods to large articulated patters like the bottoms up and dungeon patterns by Galloup.

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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