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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Amicalola DH Report

I just got off the phone with Nick Jamison of the DNR who has fished the Amicalola recently - the Ami's a stream we don't get to that often and doesn't get a lot of press here, so I thought I'd pass along Nick's info.

Nick fished there this past Sunday, and was surprised at how few people he saw fishing - there were a lot of cars in the parking area, but most of those folks were out hiking according to Nick.

Most of his fish came to a green-bodied soft hackle fly that he ties in size 14, fished deep. He did see a few fish rising mid-afternoon when some black stoneflies were emerging. Nick had a good day, landing 10-15 fish in just a few hours.

Nick's observation was that the others he did see fishing just weren't having such good luck, but attributed it to them not fishing deep enough. Nick was saying that you really need to be aware of the flows...according to Nick, with the gauge at 1.4 and above you'll need a good bit of weight. And he also reminds us to constantly adjust the weight and depth you're fishing when you move from one spot to another - good advice for nymphing on any stream!

Something else Nick has noticed about the Ami is that the stretch above the Highway 53 bridge doesn't get a lot of pressure yet it has a lot of seams and good holding water. He thinks the size of the water is intimidating to some anglers and recommends looking at the water as if it were four separate Smith Creeks and fishing each one separately.

Good advice from someone who knows...why don't you check out the Ami and send us a fishing report!

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