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.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Chattooga DH 101


Have you tried the Tooga yet? Having flyfished and electrofished it since ‘86, 

written a research report on its fishery, set up the GA portion of the copter stocking program, 

and helped design the DH opportunity with biologist Dan at SCDNR, I have a bit of history there. Here’s some help for any of you who are new to the border river’s Delayed Harvest fishery.

First, grab a map from my old friends with GAWRD. We showed you how to snag one in our prior post:


Second, enjoy my fishing buddy David’s overview of the river. 


Third, pay close attention to the river conditions by fishing at home with a “net” first - the internet. Check the water temps and flows before you go!



Fourth, heed the Rabunites’ advice about our home river.  Review our three winter articles and the drag-free drift recipe in here:


Fifth, grab a wading belt, staff, and buddy, then head north and have fun. Each trip will teach you more about the wild and scenic river. With increasing experience, you’ll begin to develop that “home field advantage” that we Rabunites enjoy: when to go, where to cast, and what bugs to use.

Last, consider joining the Rabunites and helping to conserve this truly special resource.  We’re a fun fishing & conservation bunch and will gladly adopt you, too!


Good luck this month. May the holiday season bring you some fine fishing memories. We’re always glad to help you with a few more flies, lies, and supplies, so stop by a UO shop on your way north.


Dredger, Rabun TU Prez

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