UCCTU Newsline March, 2011 Volume 28 Issue 02
Lines from the Leader
Sometimes we ask, “What is it that we do? What is it that
we have done? What can I do?” These are fair, if not
challenging questions, when thinking about Trout
Upper Chattahoochee TU’s prime conservation focus is
our home water - the Chattahoochee River Tailwater.
The Chattahoochee River has been named as one of
America’s 100 Best Trout Streams by Trout Unlimited. It
is supports a robust population of wild brown trout, a unique resource in the
ninth most populous metropolitan area in the country.
We have a pending TU Embrace-A-Stream grant for a wild brown trout
growth and migration study on the Tailwater. Over the next year, we will
partner with GA DNR, the other Metro Atlanta TU Chapters, Upper
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Chattahoochee River National Recreation
Area, and Chattahoochee Cold Water Fishery Foundation gathering
information about the Chattahoochee’s wild brown trout. What we learn will
support science based fisheries management decisions. You will have an
opportunity working with GA DNR on the river shocking, sampling and
April 16th, Trout Unlimited, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and
National Park Service will host Sweep-the-Hooch, a major clean-up
spanning 40 plus miles of the Chattahoochee River Tailwater from Buford
Dam to Paces Mill. We expect 500 plus volunteers wading, paddling and
walking trails removing litter and rubbish from the river. Cohutta TU,
Tailwater TU, Oconee River TU, Kanooka TU, Flint River TU and Georgia
Women Flyfishers will be joining Upper Chattahoochee TU for 5 wading
clean-ups. We need you to register to help at Jones Bridge.
Preregistration is required. Sign-up here now.
Southern Appalachian Brook Trout are Georgia’s native coldwater game
fish. The chapter will participate in two brook trout workdays this summer
enhancing brook trout streams – June 18th returning to Bryant Creek and
July 9th on Martin Branch. Brook trout workdays have been particularly
rewarding and I hope to see you there. Mark your calendars today.
Consider lending a hand on one of our committees. We need your help
from coordinating fishing trips to organizing workdays to taking pictures and
helping out with meeting slides. Our chapter is stronger and more effective
when we each do, as Henry David Thoreau wrote, something.
“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”
--Henry David Thoreau
See you on the stream.
A big Upper
Kevin F. McGrath
welcome to the
Vincent Giordano Last Meeting
January 25th – Advocacy Forum: Clout for Trout. We
Rodger Johnson were joined by UCCTU members Georgia State Senator
Judson Hill and Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Lawrence Krupa General Counsel Juliet Cohen and GA DNR legislative
liaison Mike Spencer for a panel discussion on the legislative process and
Brent Langley how TU and individual members can become advocates for coldwater
conservation. Issues of importance in this year’s Georgia General
Michael Makuch Assembly are budget cuts and water - reservoirs and interbasin transfers.
What you can do:
Barry Mansell - Sign the No Water Grabs Petition on Interbasin Transfers
- Join the Camouflage Coalition
- Join the Georgia Environmental Action Network
- Track the Georgia General Assembly
Spalding White UCCTU Recognition
Seven departing Upper Chattahoochee Trout Unlimited officers, directors
and leaders were thanked and honored for their service to the chapter
with Certificates of Appreciation. Recognized for their service were Dutch
Earle, Ron Cheslock, Ed Sullivan, Ted Prenares, Louisa Hanney, John
Grover and Kent Garner.
Certificate of Appreciation Louisa Hanney, Kevin McGrath and Ted
The February Fishing Dayz outing was a winter special float trip with River through Atlanta on
the Chattahoochee River tailwater. White Wooly Buggers, imitating shad coming through the
dam, and Blue Assassins did the trick.
Ready to launch Ralph on point
Bill Malloy with a wild brown Ralph with a rainbow
Following in the Chapter tradition of leading the way, a Mentor Orientation program was held at
the AFFS on February 8th. The clinic was well attended by members from five TU chapters and
four members of UCCTU. Members were Louisa Haney, John Dyke, Howard Glieter, and Bill
Malloy. Several other Chapter members expressed interest but were unable to juggle
calendars. The clinic was led by Mack Martin and Ed Chamberlain and assisted by Master
Casting Instructor Eric Cook.
February 22nd – Kayak Fly Fishing. Ben Duran and Mike Cole from The
Outside World in Dawsonville, GA will teach about Fly Fishing from a Kayak.
Come learn about rigging and fishing techniques. Social hour and dinner
starts at 6 pm. Meeting begins 7 pm. Come early. New meeting location –
Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant located two miles east of GA 400 on Holcomb
Bridge Road in Roswell. Click here for map.
March 22nd – Between the Flows: Buford Dam. Join Tim Rainey, Buford
Dam Operations Managers, to discuss Buford dam’s mission, minimum and
maximum flows, dissolved oxygen levels and seasonality of releases and
more. Learn more about a major influence on the Chattahoochee River
Tailwater and your fishing success.
Reminder: New Meeting Location
We will meet at Ippolito's Restaurant, 2270 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, GA 30076 in the
Ippolito’s is located two miles east of GA 400 on Holcomb Bridge Road. A variety of appetizers,
salads, sandwiches, pizzas, calzones and entrees are available on the menu. Social and dinner
hour begins at 6 pm. Meeting starts at 7 pm sharp. Please arrive with ample time to order
dinner and eat prior the meeting so as not to disturb other members.
The Chapter will sponsor and conduct the annual Sam Rizzio youth clinic at the Chattahoochee
Nature Center from 0830-1:30 on May 7th. Volunteers are needed! Come help us teach fly
tying, knots, entomology, etc. to 36 interested youths. Please see the following flyer.
Sam Rizzio Youth Fly-Fishing & Conservation Clinic
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, The
Fish Hawk, the Atlanta Fly Fishing School, and the Georgia Women Fly Fishers, are pleased to
announce a comprehensive one-day fly-fishing clinic for young men and women, ages 10 to 15.
The clinic is designed for the beginning fly fisher and will provide basic instruction in all phases
of fly-fishing including conservation, knot tying, insect identification, fly-tying, and fly-casting.
Instructors from the Atlanta Fly Fishing School, Trout Unlimited, and the Georgia Women
Flyfishers will work with students to provide individual instruction and answer questions about
fly-fishing. Each student will be awarded a certificate upon completion and a drawing will be
held for a fly-rod and reel.
The clinic will be held at The Chattahoochee Nature Center (9135 Willeo Road, Roswell GA
30075) on May 7, 2011 between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Lunch will be provided for the youth
participant and one parent or guardian. The clinic will be limited to 36 students and is offered at
a cost of $20 per student. Parents or guardians may stay and observe the clinic or drop-off the
student and pick them up not later than 1:30 PM.
What to Bring:
Students will be provided all necessary equipment but need to bring weather appropriate
outdoor clothing, a brimmed hat, sunglasses or prescription glasses (mandatory safety item),
insect repellent, and sunscreen. Students who prefer to use their own fly-rod may do so. The
“on the water” fly casting instruction will take place from the shoreline of the Heron Pond, so life
jackets will not be necessary. No hooks will be used on the line; this is an instructional day. All
instructors are eager to teach the art of fly-fishing so bring lots of interest and enthusiasm to
class. Students who have previously attended this clinic are not eligible to attend again.
For More Information:
Visit our website at http://www.ucctu.org/youthclinic, or contact Bill Malloy 770-998-2357, or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please complete this registration form and mail to:
Bill Malloy at 9220 Stonemist Trace, Roswell, GA 30076-4002 along with a check for
$20 made payable to UCCTU.
Sam Rizzio Youth Fly Fishing & Conservation Clinic
(Ages 10 through 15 only)
Registration / Release Form
May 7, 2011 (8:30 am – approx. 1:30 pm)
In consideration of the Upper Chattahoochee (UCCTU) and other chapters of Trout Unlimited (TU), the
Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC), The Fish Hawk Atlanta, the Atlanta Fly Fishing School (AFFS), and
the Georgia Women’s Fly Fishers (GWFF), and for permitting me to participate in The Sam Rizzio Youth
Fly Fishing Clinic, I hereby release UCCTU, TU, CNC, The Fish Hawk, AFFA, and GWFF for all injuries,
damages, or losses of any nature whatsoever in any manner connected directly or indirectly to the clinic
and I hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless UCCTU, TU, CNC, The Fish Hawk, AFFS, GWFF,
DNR, their helpers, and agents from any injuries, damages or losses arising or that may incur from
participating in the clinic. All students must have parents’ or legal guardian’s signature on this
Student’s name_____________________________________ Age ________________
Address ___________________________City _____________ State ____ Zip ______
Phone (____) _________________________ Phone (____) ____________________
Email address: _________________________________________________________
Emergency contact name _________________________________________________
Phone (____) _________________________ Phone (____) ____________________
Signature _____________________________________________Date ____________
Have you fished before?_________ Have you fly fished before?__________
How would you describe your fishing experience? Beginner Intermediate
What would you like to achieve from this clinic?________________________________
How did you hear about the clinic? __________________________________________
Due to demand, limited slots, and as a courtesy to students on our wait list we ask parents to
notify Bill Malloy at 770-998-2357 or email@example.com as soon as possible if unable to
attend. Return this registration form to: Bill Malloy at 9220 Stonemist Trace, Roswell, GA
30076-4002 along with a check for $20 made payable to UCCTU.
Earth Day is scheduled for the High Meadows School April 19th from 9 a.m. until 12:30. A
volunteer team of 3 to 5 members is needed to take the lead and work with the students on
similar topics as the Rizzio Clinic. If available please contact Ed Chamberlain (UCCTU
Education Chair) for details. Ed can be reached via phone at 678-714-9090 or via email
We will be fishing the Jones Bridge section of the Chattahoochee River on Saturday, March 5th.
We will meet for breakfast at the Waffle House on Holcomb Bridge Road and Old Alabama
Road at 7 AM. Anglers should plan to depart at 8 AM sharp for our destination.
Casting and fishing instruction will be available to anyone interested. No experience is
necessary. We'll team you up at breakfast with a mentor. Wade fishing and floating groups will
be coordinated the morning of the trip at breakfast. If you are interested in floating, bring your
pontoon. If you're short on equipment, let us know and we'll do our best to get you outfitted.
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Fly of the Month
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UCCTU recognizes our members who have made voluntary contributions for
2011 at the following levels:
Guardian Voluntary Dues
Bill Malloy Brady Anchors
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Our sincerest thanks to each of you!
Fly of the Month
By Bob Foster firstname.lastname@example.org
White Wooly Bugger (Shad)
While we want to start thinking about the Caddis hatches of the next couple of months we
should take advantage of the shad that are now flushing through the Buford Dam. These shad
are well represented by a white woolly bugger tied per the following recipe.
Hook: Tiemco 5262, 5263, or Mustad 79580, sizes #2-#12
Weight: 025-inch lead wire. (silver bead matched to hook size optional)
Thread: Red 3/0 or 6/0
Rib: Silver Ultra wire
Tail: White marabou (Woolly Bugger marabou)
Flash: Silver Flashabou
Body: Medium white chenille
Hackle: White rooster hackle or Whiting Woolly Bugger hackle sized to hook
1. Starting about 1/5 hook shank length back from hook eye and make about 20 tight spiral
wraps of the lead wire. Push wraps together.
2. Begin the tying threads in front of the lead wraps and build a small dam against the front edge
of the lead wraps.
3. Wrap the thread back over the lead wraps to the hook bend. Upon reaching the back edge of
the lead wraps build a transition from the lead.
4: Select a nice fluffy feather and pinch the feather into a single clump one hook shank in length.
Tie in at hook bend with two wraps keeping the tail material on top of the hook shank. Bind the
tail material down up to the back of the lead wraps forming a smooth underbody. Trim access.
5. At the hook point tie in a length of ribbing wire extending rearward.
6. At the bend tie-in 3-5 lengths of Flashabou extending rearward on top of the tail. Trim at tail
7. Clip about 8 inches of chenille for the body and peel about 1/4 inch of fibers exposing the
string core. Tie down at the hook bend.
8. Wrap the chenille forward forming a smooth body to the front edge of the lead wraps. Trim
access and form a thread base for the hackle.
9. Prepare a hackle at 1-1/2 the hook gap and strip the fibers exposing the hackle stem.
Remove a few additional fibers at the top edge. Tie -in behind the hook eye. Shinny side up.
10. Take two turns of hackle behind the eye creating a full collar and palmer the hackle
rearward in open spirals to the bend of the hook.
11. At the bend using the wire rib bind the hackle with two turns and spiral wrap the wire rib
forward in open spirals forming an X with the hackle stem to behind the hook eye.
12. Build a neat tapered head and whip finish. Apply a coat of gloss coat to the head. Trim
access hackle at bend.
Events Around Georgia
March 6: Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Details can be found at Upper Chattahoochee
March 12: - Foothills TU's Hoot on the Hooch
March 19: North Georgia Trout Online (NGTO) Spring Fling. Check the Events and
Happening Forum at NGTO.
April 30-May 1: Gold Rush Cup. Details, entry forms, etc. can be found at Gold Rush
May 7: Blue Ridge Mountain TU Low Country Boil. Details can be found at Blue Ridge
“Sweep the Hooch”
Save the Date – April 16th
TU is co-sponsor of this year’s inaugural massive Chattahoochee River clean-up. Covering 11
Park units, from Buford dam to Paces Mill, TU members are needed in waders, kayaks and
canoes, to clean up the river. Only 4 hours per volunteer is required; April 16, 9am – 1pm. Go
to https://www.signup4.net/Public/ap.aspx?EID=SWEE10E and register today.
Blue Ridge Dam Repair Update
Work continues on the Lake Blue Ridge dam. Rising water temperatures resulting from last
summer’s draw down, in order to perform the work, did impact the trout population as expected.
Based upon an electrofishing survey taken the week of Oct. 11-16, WRD Fisheries Biologist
John Damer said there was an 83.6 percent decline in fish numbers compared to a survey taken
in June, before the drawdown. It is unknown if this was due to fish mortality, or if fish migrated
toward smaller, colder tributaries. Sampled fish averaged 80% of normal body weight. As
expected, browns proved to be more hardy that the rainbows.
There is some good news however. DNR has restocked the Toccoa Tailwater with
approximately 10,000 rainbows and 3,000 browns averaging 9-10 inches, along with over 300
brood stock rainbows from the Federal Hatchery System which averaged over 2 pounds each.
John reports, that so far, the results have been surprisingly good and that DNR plans to resume
stocking on a normal schedule in the spring (March/April).
Turbidity is definitely higher than normal, but visibility is still decent at 2-3 feet unless fishing just
after a rain event. According to John, this may make the fishing a bit easier as the fish may be
TVA is currently trying to maintain the lake elevation at about 1621 feet above MSL. This
means that they are in a “run of river” release pattern where inflows are approximately the same
as the outflows from the dam.
The repair of the dam is targeted for completion in April, 2011.
Georgia General Assembly
On Monday, January 10, the Georgia General Assembly kicked off the 2011 Legislative
The Governor, Lt. Governor and 236 state senators and representatives will debate and pass a
budget and policies that impact the water you drink, the air you breathe and your quality of life.
Hundreds of lobbyists will be walking the halls of the Capitol pressuring your legislators to vote
one way or another, but ultimately, your elected officials will be held accountable you, the
citizens and voters of Georgia.
With the legislature in session we may be asked to respond, on a timely basis, to alerts from the
Camo Coalition and/or the Georgia Environmental Action Network (GEAN). Typically, these
alerts will be in the form of an email referencing a bill under consideration by the Georgia House
of Representatives or the Georgia Senate. As we respond to these alerts, we should take a
moment to read the bill under consideration. To read the bill and to find the status of a bill, you
can access the General Assembly’s website here.
Bills of interest are shown in the following chart:
Bill Purpose and Sponsors Remarks
HB Conservation and natural resources; certain This bill would weaken stream
131 civil penalties; exempt state agencies protections by exempting some state
Epps (140-R,Dry Branch), Roberts (154-R, agencies such as the Georgia
Ocilla), Lucas (139-D, Macon), Baker (78-D, Department of Transportation from clean
Jonesboro) water, erosion, and stream buffer
regulations. Opposed by GA TU.
HB Water resources; regulate interbasin This bill would require the Environmental
134 transfers; change certain provisions Protection Division (EPD) to regulate
Powell (29-R,Hartwell), McCall (30- interbasin transfers of water in a
R,Elberton), Roberts (154-R ,Ocilla), consistent manner. It puts in place the
Bearden (68-R, Villa Rica), Hatfield (177-R, criteria established in the Statewide
Waycross), Powell (171-R, Camilla) Water Plan. Supported by GA TU.
HB Income tax credit; transfer, devise, and This bill would allow unused land
222 distribute unused conservation credits; conservation tax credits to be
provide transferred to another taxpayer.
Roberts (154-R, Ocilla), Stephens (164-R, Currently, tax credits for conservation
Savannah), Sims (169-R, Ambrose), easements are not transferrable. This
Abrams (84-D, Atlanta), Wilkinson (52-R, bill would widen conservation
Atlanta), Willard (49-R, Sandy Springs) accessibility. Under evaluation.
Water, Water, Water Everywhere
With the Federal judge’s mandate that Georgia, Alabama, and Florida reach an agreement on
water sharing by 2012, rapidly approaching, and with the Georgia legislature now in session,
Atlanta’s water crisis is in the news weekly. Possible solutions being discussed include repair of
Atlanta’s leaky water distribution system, raising Lake Lanier full pool water level by 2’, turning
Atlanta’s 10,000 acres of Dawson county land, acquired for a northern airport, into a reservoir
and park, interbasin water transfers (IBT), and construction of additional reservoirs ($46 million
currently proposed by Deal).
The latest controversy, covered in the AJC, surrounds the recent DNR vote on interbasin
transfers. DNR staffers failed to report to the DNR Board, opposition letters from a Federal
agency and from the State of Alabama. Staff maintains that no deception was intended. But
the passed rules use of the word “should” rather than “shall” results in weaker standards.
UCCTU is not an obstructionist organization with regard to any of these approaches. Rather,
UCCTU promotes a full assessment, reasonable approaches, with all parties (economic and
environmental) fully and fairly considered in the decisions on how this crisis will be solved.
Upper Chattahoochee TU 2011 Georgia TU Trout Campers
Upper Chattahoochee TU has nominated Walker Mitchell and Brigid
McGrath to attend Georgia TU’s 2011 Trout Camp at Northeast Georgia’s
Rabun Gap Nacoochee School in Dillard, GA. Trout Camp provides a
comprehensive introduction to fly fishing with mentored fly casting and
trout fishing every day. They also learn about entomology, fly tying and
conservation. While the program is comprehensive, there is time for fun
and fellowship. Students receive fly fishing equipment and a certificate of completion as part of
their participation in Trout Camp.
Trout In The Classroom
Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program from Trout Unlimited in
which students grades K-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, engage in stream habitat and
conservation study, and eventually release fry to a stream or watershed near the school. For
more information on TIC go to the following link:
Kevin Dent, Ted Prenares, and Ed Sullivan have been working closely with The Cottage School
in Roswell and on Monday, January 31st presented to the entire student body and
faculty. Topics included Trout Unlimited, conservation, and the TIC program. The attached
artwork is among the thank you cards made by The Cottage School students to show their
appreciation for our TIC efforts with them. In addition to the many words of appreciation a few
notable comments were “Thank you for being such good stewards of our precious resource!”,
“Thanks for helping the environment.”, “…definitely going to look into it (Trout Unlimited)”, and
finally, “I LOVE TROUT!”.
In addition to The Cottage School, UCCTU is working with St. Pius and Crossroads Second
Chance. Those interested in volunteering to assist in the TIC program can contact Kevin Dent
for further information.
Back the Brookie
Kevin F. McGrath
Chairman, Back-the-Brookie, Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited
3391 W indsong Court, Roswell, GA 30075
February 10, 2011
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited
3391 Windsong Court
Roswell, GA 30075
Thank you for Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited’s generous contribution of
$2000.00 to our intern program. All of Georgia’s Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV)
Stakeholders – Georgia DNR, USFS Chattahoochee National Forest and Georgia Trout
Unlimited Back-the-Brookie appreciate your support.
Support, like this, over the past several years has been a key factor in our success.
The combined support of Trout Unlimited Chapters, the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club, Georgia
Women Flyfishers and North Georgia Trout Online will enable us to field an intern team this
summer. In 2011, interns will be evaluating the impact of enhancement and restoration
projects from previous years. We plan to resume enhancing brook trout habitat in
streams with structures and continue restoration projects on Walnut Fork and Tate Branch.
Interns will support scheduled chapter workdays on the South Fork Moccasin Creek, Bryant
Creek and the Chattahoochee River headwaters. They will also help with Brook Trout Day at
Trout Camp during the field work on Ammons Branch.
We look forward to another year protecting, enhancing and restoring brook trout throughout
North Georgia and sharing our success with you.
Kevin F. McGrath
GEORGIA TROUT UNLIMITED
TROUT STREAM SAMPLING AND
HABITAT IMPROVEMENT INTERNSHIP
Address: Georgia Trout Unlimited Intern Program
c/o Mr. Alex Watson
764 Wildwood Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 872-1021, cell (404) 680-5140
Position: Part-time, hourly-paid Fisheries Technician Intern positions are
available through funding provided by Trout Unlimited. Interns will work under the
direction of GA-DNR and US Forest Service biologists or technicians; however,
interns are not employed by these agencies. The position is based out of the
Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Lake Burton Trout Hatchery office
located on Highway 197 approximately 20 miles north of Clarkesville, Georgia.
Primary duties: Interns will assist fisheries biologists and technicians with
constructing trout habitat structures, sampling trout populations using backpack
electrofishing, and measuring trout habitat. Other duties may include accurately
recording location (GPS), assisting in the collection of DNA samples from brook
trout populations, gathering water samples, writing work summaries, maintaining
and repairing field equipment, and dealing with the public and co-workers in a
Salary and Benefits: The job is a temporary hourly position (approximately 40
hours per week). Salary will be $9.00 per hour.
Period of Employment: Approximately May 16, 2011 - August 5, 2011 (based on
summer semester term).
Application Procedure and Deadline: Persons interested in the position should
send a cover letter, resume, copy of college transcripts, and contact information
for 3-5 professional references to Alex Watson at the address above or via e-mail
Applications must be postmarked by March 19, 2011. For additional
information about specific job duties and responsibilities, contact Leon Brotherton
by telephone at 706/947-1503 or by email at Leon.Brotherton@dnr.state.ga.us.
Minimum Qualifications: Intern must possess a valid driver’s license, be able to
lift and carry at least 75 lbs. for short distances, and have some knowledge of
basic science, ecology, wildlife biology, and fisheries biology.
Preferred Qualifications: Students with experience in fisheries or related fields.
Talkin’ About Fishin’
With this edition of Newsline, we are announcing a new monthly section which will be filled with
current information written by some of Georgia’s expert fishermen just for us. On a monthly
- Mack Martin, Atlanta Fly Fishing School, will provide the Tip of the Month
- Jimmy Harris, Unicoi Outfitters, will provide an article on fishing in north Georgia
- Chris Scalley, River Thru Atlanta, will keep us informed on what’s happening on the
- Gary Merriman, The Fish Hawk, will tell us about the latest gear
- David DiCorpo, The Cook’s Warehouse, will let us know how to cook our catch
Tip of the Month
Many backcasts that turn out to be poor are due to excessive slack in the line when you pick up
the line off the water. Remember always keep slack out of the line before picking up line from
the water surface. One handy and quick way to do this is to make a roll cast to straighten the
line and eliminate the slack, then keep the rod tip low to the water. Now when the line is picked
up and the rod will be loaded properly. This will set up and result in a good forward cast. (If not,
then you may be violating another casting essential!)
Tip of the Month provided by the Atlanta Fly Fishing School. AFFS provides
beginning and advanced classes and private instruction. Contact Mack
Martin, Owner, 404-550-
6890, email@example.com, www.atlantaflyfishingschool.com.
North Georgia Foothills
FISH DUKES CREEK NOW!
Almost 10 years ago we were contacted by author John Ross for our input on a book titled
“America’s 100 Best Trout Streams. Our recommendations for Georgia were the Chattooga
River and Dukes Creek. At that time, Dukes Creek was probably my favorite place to fish in the
southeast. First, I love small stream fishing but more importantly it held some truly magnificent
browns and rainbows. It was so much fun to work my way through a section picking nice fish
from tiny pockets that most anglers overlook.
Anyone who trout fishes in Georgia knows of the tough times Dukes Creek went through a few
years back. Stories of otters, summer heat, over-fishing and even poachers were thrown out in
an attempt to explain why the quality of the experience there had fallen on hard times. In truth,
it could have been a perfect storm of any and all the above. For whatever reason, the fishing
did indeed drop off for a couple of years and many faithful anglers found more favorable
streams in which to stand where the odds of success were more in their favor.
But that was then and this is now as the old saw goes. If you’ve seen any of the reports lately
from Dukes Creek, you’re probably getting that itch to try it again. The fishing there is once
again living up to the old reputation. From our Helen shop, Jake Darling and Phil Culver have
been spending more time there than anyone else and they seem to have it figured out. The top
fly on most trips has been some rubber-legged imitation of a stone fly nymph followed by a very
tiny dropper like a size 20 Micro Mayfly. But it’s more than just a choice of flies right now in that
crystal clear mountain water. You’ve got to be stealthy in your approach, use fluorocarbon
tippet and long leaders of 10 to 12 feet. Don’t walk up to the downstream edge of a suspected
trout lie but make a cast from as far away as possible in order to avoid spooking the fish. Look
for places with broken surface water or sufficient depth to give the trout a sense of safety and
make your first few casts count. They’re seeing a lot of anglers right now so you’ve got to play
by the fish’s rules if you want to come out on top.
Remember, you need a reservation (call 706-878-3087), a State Park parking pass and every
fly you have on you has to be barbless. This last item is taken very seriously by DNR law
enforcement so make a special box for Dukes Creek and leave everything else in your car.
North Georgia Foothills provided by Unicoi Outfitters.
Unicoi Outfitters offers a full service fly fishing shop, guide
services, regional fishing information, and fly fishing for
trophy rainbow trout and brown trout. For the Helen
location, contact John Cross, 706-878-
3083, firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Blue Ridge
location, contact David Hulsey, 706-632-1880,
The Guide’s Angle
Gratuities within the fishing guide service industry is a subject that most fly fishing guides avoid
as this could be seen as a discussion of “poor taste” among fly fishers who hire us. So I will
take it upon myself as a “Guide” and “Guide Service Owner” to clarify some of the confusion as
to whether to tip a guide or not. If you have ever been on a deep sea fishing charter boat the
first sign you will see on the Captain’s boat will read “Tip the mate!” or “GRATUITIES ARE
APPRECIATED!” These deep sea guys are dealing with tourists who have either never fished or
who fish once every five years when their vacation brings them near the ocean. You will not
find “tipping signs” onboard a bonefish guide’s beautiful Hells Bay boat who takes one or two
destination fly anglers per day. If we put signs like this in our McKenzie style drift boats I feel like
this would ruin the aesthetic value of the fly fishing experience of a float trip.
So why do we sometimes get tipped modestly or generously or sometimes get entirely deprived
of a gratuity? I truly believe that many clients are new to the concept of being guided and
honestly don’t know that tips are customary. We can only hope that these new customers see
our subtle note below our rates that reads ”gratuities not included in price” on our web site or
brochure. Many clients just ask up front when they schedule their trip “what should I tip the
This is not to say that gratuities should be a reflection of the customer’s satisfaction with the
quality of the actual guide experience. Is the boat clean and well kept, quality of fishing
equipment, quality and selection of flies, quality of the food & drink, guide’s fishing tactics and
their ability to communicate them and lastly your guide should be congenial. Typically the
guide’s tip is 15% (around $40.00) of the total cost of the trip but again the guides should be
judged on the quality of the experience so clients may tip more than 15% or no tip for bad
Keep in mind that guides cannot control Mother Nature and if there are 20mph winds or a cold
front passes affecting the barometric pressure or water is murky your catch rate can be
negatively impacted. Your guide should change tactics that will maximize your time on the river
in order to adapt to these environmental changes but please recognize that your guide is trying
to keep things positive when you decide the amount of his tip.
There are other less romantic aspects of guiding that many clients overlook. Greasing the
bearings on trailers, epoxy repairs on boat hulls, washing boats every night, tying knotted
leaders, tying quality flies (RTA does not charge extra for flies lost) just to name a few.
Another thing to keep in mind is that guides work outside! When they cancel due to weather or
river conditions the guide is putting the client first making sure they have a positive experience.
After all our “bread and butter” is repeat business. Guide cancellations are a “catch 22”. We do
keep clients happy but if your client is traveling this may be the only day he is available. Do you
lose that day and never see your international client again? The answer is YES! He will tell other
fly fishermen that customer service is a priority and in the long run our guide service will uphold
a great reputation for quality.
The other side of the coin for cancellations is that some clients will not be happy to cancel and
you may lose their business forever but this is usually the type of client you don’t want to spend
the day with any way. The other dilemma with trip cancellations is the fact that you have lost
that precious day forever. In other words there are only so many days in the year and only so
many available days during the peaks of the prime fishing season. Fortunately we have the
concept of a Guide Service where multiple quality guides are available to be leveraged for their
services on those prime windows such as weekend days in the spring.
I started River Through Atlanta Guide Service while working at The Fish Hawk Fly Shop in
1994 as an independent part time guide with one jet boat. In 1995 the DNR changed the fishing
regulations for the Chattahoochee tailwater from a closed trout fishing season from November
1st through the second Saturday of March to a year round trout season which added four
months in the Fall/Winter season! Here we are 17 years later with a guide staff of nine fly fishing
guides, four jet boats and six McKenzie drift boats. We have been Orvis endorsed since 2003
and have never looked back!
The Guide’s Angle provided by River through
Atlanta. River trough Atlanta offers full
service guide trips, instruction and wing
shooting. Contact Chris Scalley, 770-650-
8630, www.riverthroughatlanta.com. 77
These new products are some of the most asked about that we have seen in many years!
Korker's and Nautilus are getting it right!
The Korker's CHROME Wading Boot, one of 5 new models in Korkers spring 2011 lineup, is
designed to perform in a variety of river conditions and has been wear tested extensively
throughout the summer in challenging white-water, rafting, and diverse wading scenarios. The
CHROME Boot features Korkers updated OmniTrax 3.0 interchange technology and Boa's
latest M3 reel which tightens laces 3-4 times faster than previous models. In addition, Korkers
entire spring 2011 product offering has been produced using hydrophobic materials, reduced
seems for durability and "true fit sizing." Weighing in at 38.4 ounces, these lightweight boots
range from $99.95 to $179.95.
The Nautilus FWX series replaces the FW series that has successfully satisfied fly fishers for
the last 5 years. The FWX reels differ from the FW series in that they are almost a half-ounce
lighter due to their new spool design, making them the lightest machined aluminum disc drag fly
reels in the market. Like the NVG reels, the FWX has a Giga arbor design that promotes faster
line pick up and backing drying. In addition to the advanced spool designs used in these reels,
we have added a new stainless steel 1-way clutch that is housed in our proprietary TORQ-X™
clutch drive that ensures instant drag engagement with no slack, allowing the retrieve direction
to be easily switched, and we have converted the new reels to be push on and click tab release.
Finally, one of our newest creations to come out of the Nautilus think-tank is an industry first
LaserID™ line identification system: We have laser etched a white spot on the back of each
FWX spool so that you may write the line type and weight that you are using on that spool. Write
it on with a permanent marker and wipe it off with alcohol when changing lines. Also good to use
to write your name or phone number in case you lose the reel. No more washed out or lost line
stickers! Prices start at $240
Gear Heads provided by the Fish Hawk. The Fish Hawk,
located in Buckhead, is a full service fly shop. Contact the
staff at 404-237-3473, email@example.com,
Every Excuse to Cook…..What You Catch
An easy and popular appetizer, this smoked trout mousse is perfect for a casual get together or
as an appetizer at a formal dinner. Best prepared a day in advance, served with your favorite
good quality crackers or toasts. Enjoy!
Smoked Trout Mousse
3 small scallions
2 smoked trout (1 1/2#)
1 1/2 Tbsp green peppercorns, rinsed and dried
1 Tbsp powdered gelatin
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
salt and pepper
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 bunch watercress for garnish
1. Put the eggs in a saucepan, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Simmer 10
minutes. Drain the eggs, let cool in a bowl of cold water. Tap the eggs to crack the
shells, peel them, and rinse with cold water. Coarsely chop the eggs.
2. Trim and finely slice the scallions, including tops.
3. Remove the skins from trout and flake into mixing bowl.
4. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water in a small bowl and let stand until granules
become spongy, about 5 minutes.
5. Add eggs, scallions, peppercorns, mayonnaise, yogurt, lemon juice, salt and pepper to
trout. Blend all ingredients, taste for seasoning.
6. Whip the cream to soft peaks.
7. Melt the gelatin in a small saucepan over low heat. Add to trout mixture and mix very
thoroughly. Fold in the whip cream at once.
8. Pour in greased mold and refrigerate at least 4 hours.
9. Un-mold, garnish with watercress and serve with crackers.
Every Excuse to Cook provided by The Cook's Warehouse -
Brookhaven. The Cook’s Warehouse Offers professional
cookware, cooking classes taught by area chefs, fine wines, and
other cooking-related products. Contact David DiCorpo, 404-
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