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2016 Fishing Reports


May 6 - Fished yesterday and today. Spider lilies are in  full bloom and the shoal bass are on (and in the grass).




April 19 - Fished the Flint a couple of days this week and last. Water is still a touch high and stained, but the fish are there. And it's getting better every day...



April 11 - Back on the Hooch today with Taylor and Cope chasing the striped fish. We found `em - before the sun even broke thru the fog!




My first time fishing with these boys, but they had the skills.





April 9-10 - Had a good weekend at the Habersham Mill Fly Fishing School. We got fish late Saturday after our classroom sessions including some coming up for light Cahills on the Soque.



Saturday at Nacoochee Bend on the Hooch, we had some big fish to the net and some even bigger break-offs. Great group of students!!





March 28 - Went south on the Hooch today with a buddy. It made for an early wake-up but was worth the trip as the big hybrids were eating as the sun came up.






March 24 - Weather was quite a bit nicer today....and the fishing wasn't bad either!




These guys even let me catch one...




March 21 & 22 - Got back on the Chattahoochee - those striped fish are definitely on the move. Here's one of Paul's...




February 29 - Back on the Hooch today with Al and Tom. They'd turned the water way up, but in spite of heavy current and considerable stain, these boys managed to hook up with good hybrids.



Al even managed a big shoal bass too...





February 19 - With well over 20" of rain since the week of Christmas, it's been hard to catch the river in fishable condition. We managed today though - it's nice to feel those striped fish again!



They liked the big whistlers today....





February 13 - It was plenty cool for the Fly Fishing School at Habersham Mill this weekend.



But the student body was tough enough and was justly rewarded. Here's William with a nice big rainbow...





The Fly Fishing School

at Habersham Mill


We're now in the second year of the Habersham Mill is a new mixed-use community being developed on the just south of Clarksville, Georgia on the Soque River. My long-time fishing friend Bob Cain is the architect behind the project and he asked Jimmy Harris (Unicoi Outfitters) and me to head the fishing program. It has been a lot of fun.


This place is great - an amazing historic site that is being completely redesigned into a modern community. The site includes an incredible 50' falls literally beside the old mill. And the fish are big - see Jake on his first day at the mill below...


We hold the school one weekend each month from October through May. The school is designed for novices or intermediate anglers, and includes some classroom and mucho fishing time.


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Since it's striper season, I'm posting an old video. Stripers aren't like trout - we fish 15-18 pound tippet and to land them in the current you have to put the heat to `em!  Here's how...

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Best fishing song ever...

Well OK, not really a fishing song, but a very apt description of a feeling known all too well by the  angler. If you think a tale of epic loss, hope and possible redemption is way too serious to mix with fishing, it's likely you don't really understand this sport and are certainly on the wrong website.








The Pencil Sharpener Hole


This spot on the Flint has always reminded me of a passage from Trout Fishing in America:

"I  like to think of that little hole as a pencil sharpener. I put my reflexes in and they came back out with a good point on them. Over a period of a couple of years, I must have caught fifty ... out of that hole...." - Richard Brautigan





A Knotty Issue - Fly anglers often fixate on equipment, taking extreme care to select the perfect set-up and spending outrageous amounts of money to obtain it. Too often however, the most important part of the tackle receives no concern. The critical connection to the fish is within the knots that join the line system between the fly and the angler, and if it fails then all the fancy equipment is a moot point.

Tom McGuane sums it up perfectly - "...the array of arcane knots...the attached to the fly...and to choose (a knot) is to make a moral choice. You are made to understand that it would not be impossible to fight about it or, at the very least, to quibble darkly." 

The worse part is that inferior knots often work just fine on the majority of fish - it's only when the big one is hooked that the knot lets you down....MORE












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