Water temp: Mid 50s
Phil Sharpe of Fly Box Outfitters in Kennesaw said that he and some clients have had good luck with wooly buggers, prince nymphs, hare’s ears and pheasant tails. “Buford Dam is only generating two to three hours each night, so the water is low,” Phil said. He suggests more colorful flies in low water, like lightning bugs and rainbow warriors. Call (770) 945-1466 for generation schedules.
Water temp: Upper 50s
“All of the hatches are over except for a few sporadic bugs,” said Metrela Brown, “so really key in on attractor patterns and terrestrials.”
Metrela said to watch for midges and have plenty of WD-40s and micro mayflies on hand. Terrestrials like hoppers will fair well, too.
To check generation schedules before you go, call (800) 238-2264, then press 4, then 23.
“The same things that apply to larger rivers right now will apply to small streams, too,” Metrela said.
Big attractor dry flies and terrestrials should produce. “There are inch worms and Japanese beetles everywhere right now,” Metrela said. Stay on watch for tan caddis and small yellow stoneflies as well.
Jimmy Harris said to get up in elevation for better fishing. “You’ve gotta really go high to find cold water.” But, Jimmy also noted that because of the lack of rain, some headwater streams might not have enough water at this point to be fishable.