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[dropcap]M[/dropcap]y last episodes with trout were in famed Pennsylvania creeks and rivers during the 1970s and early 80s, then it was the salt of South Florida. This past summer I moved to North Georgia. It was a relearning process and a lot of asking at several area fly shops.

A late start got me on recommended rivers at recommended entries – all afoot. My first two outings would  be sure fire, I was told, if I fished elk hair caddis’. I struck out early, midday and evenings for three days. Then, as serendipity would have it, a green inch worm  – making its way up my sleeve got the boot and landed in the water. It did not make it 20-feet and got slurped by a thick rainbow. I had no terrestrials so it was off to the fly shop to get materials to tie-up foam ants, San Juan Worms, inch worms, Griffith’s Gnats, Wooly Worms and some beetles.

Katie's Brown Chatahochee Trout. Image Georgia Trout Unlimited.

Katie’s Chattahoochee River Brown Trout. Image Georgia Trout Unlimited.

After a late summer afternoon thunder storm, all sorts of terrestrials are washed into the water

My return to my favorite stretch of the “Hooch,” armed with terrestrials, and I landed all kinds of animals into early September. Over the course of three weeks, it was browns, rainbows (mostly), a brookie, a blue gill and a rock bass. It tricked me into thinking of myself, secretly, as the best fly fisherman in Georgia. A foolish but pleasant thought – that soon vanished.

Getting the hang of it

I learned that terrestrial patterns should be tied so they match the actual size of the insect. For example, inch worms are #8, #10;  beetle imitations #10 to #12 and so forth.

Also, the best spots are overgrown – branches over-hanging the water. There, dead drift with with twitches every once in a while to imitate a struggling bug. In places where there are deep pools, dead drift all the way through the pool.

The Arsenal

What worked best for me, leader wise, was RIO’s knotless, 9- to 10-foot long with 5X and 6X tippets. My rod an Echo (Rajeff Sports) glass, 6’9, 3-weight, a medium action rod. Fly line RIO’s Trout LT DT.

NOTE: Featured Image is the Chattahoochee River as an extension of the Appalachian Trial. Image courtesy of Atlanta NPR.


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