Unicoi Outfitters is north Georgia's premier guide service and fly fishing outfitter, located on the Chattahoochee River near alpine Helen. Look for fishing reports, gear and book reviews, and general musings here from our staff and guides.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Unicoi Outfitters Fishing Report - 3/25/22

The week ahead looks very good for north Georgia anglers. Rivers are receding after our midweek deluge, which dropped one to three inches of rain across our mountains and cancelled our midweek guide trips.  Stream temperatures will start out cold due to chilly nights, but will warm nicely in the afternoons. Have your dry/dropper rigs ready.


Lakes are warming, too, with predators following the shad and herring schools into the shallows.  Some spawning migrations also make the tributary rivers a good bet for the weeks ahead. See the GAWRD blog for more intel:


We hope you can find some time to wet a line this week.  Give us a call or stop in either shop if we can lend a hand.

Wes’ Hot Fly List:

Dries: Elk hair caddis, March brown, stimulator.


Soft hackle pheasant tail, mop, squirmy worm, girdle bug, depth charge caddis, psycho prince.

Streamers & warm water:

Sparkle minnow, bank robber sculpin, polar changer, mini finesse changer, flatliner.

Angler Reports:

Mountain streams:

RSquared:  “And so, it has begun! Ga. DNR fisheries is working frantically to stock all of our trout streams by Saturday! John R. & I, caught & kept our limit from a local trout stream late Wednesday afternoon. They will be grilled for dinner Friday night at the Trout Unlimited: Cohutta Chapter #242 Stream of the Month fishing trip in North Georgia.”

Hooch Tailwater:

Splatek’s Hooch tailwater report: 

“Even on Sunny days the fish are deep, strikes are slow. A tiny dark colored, drab midge out the most fish in the net. But the fishing was tough.”



“Lanier right now is "find the bait and you’ll find the fish.” We spend more time “hunting” for the bait schools than casting, but that’s the key right now.  The backs of creeks were good for spots and stripers the other night.”

HenryC: “Fishing overall has gotten tougher the past week with fish feeding sporadically. You just have to be there at the right time to get the bites. I had 4 trips in the last week with 2 really good days and 2 stinkers. No birds and few surface activity.

Put in your time, pay your dues and you'll eventually be rewarded.  Oh yeah, here's some interesting news: I got robbed on the lake this week! Pulled up to a gas dock to get petrol and the pump basically stole my wallet at $5.50/gallon!!!

See you on the pond.”


Good luck this week. Use your hunting skills to find the trout bugs and shad schools, and you’ll find your target species. Stop in or give us a call if we can fine-tune your hunting skills and supplies.

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