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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

What Would You Do?


What would you do in this high-water situation? 

Thanks for all of your great responses to yesterday’s Facebook question, “what would you do?”.  They were equally valid as each of us defines our own fun (even Cannon 🙂. 


What would Dredger do?

Like any true angling addict, Dredger would have found a way to wet a line this week! He would have recalled the UO column, “Hit the Curve,”in the Angler Magazine-Atlanta October edition:


and the UO Facebook/blog posts on July 8 and 19. 


He’d see on that flow graph that the Hooch in Helen was running too high for his safe wading and then drive uphill.

Above Helen, he’d hi-stick some bright squirmies and rubberleg stones, a foot behind a split shot or two,  in the “flood refuges” of slow water behind boulders and against streambanks. And he’d make a UO reservation for Nacoochee Bend stripers in the morning.

Today he’d first check the flow gauge again for a safe wading level and then head to Helen at dawn. He’d trade yesterday’s 4-weight for an 8-weight and throw big black game changers and rainbow trout streamers up into the whitewater at the heads of pools. And hold on!

Enjoy the videos of yesterday afternoon’s flows in tribs above Helen and at Nora Mill. Can you find the trout niches in the trib vids? 

Our UO staff hopes this conversation has given you some great ideas for your next post-storm plans, from dining to streamer chucking.  Thanks to y’all for the menu.  Good luck in hitting the next flow curve and putting a hook into “Homer’s” jaw.  Call or visit either UO store if we can help perfect your swing.

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