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.

Monday, January 23, 2023

Hot Coldwater Bugs

Thanks for your lists of hot mid-winter trout flies. As promised, here are ours! We checked in with some UO staffers and fishing buddies and their favorite bugs for icy trout waters follow.

UO manager Jake: Small black stonefly size 14-16, Rootbeer Midge #18, Mighty May Baetis #16-18, Peach egg #14

UO Helen manager Wes: root beer midge, peach egg, black leech, pheasant tail nymph.

UO guide Israel: Micro mayfly, red zebra midge, twisted sister, parachute BWO on warm afternoons.

UO guide Caleb:  zebra midge, pheasant tail, Duracell jig, peach egg.

UO staffer Dredger: #8 brown Pats rubberlegs, #12 tan mop, #14 peach egg, #18 pheasant tail nymph.

UO staffer Atticus: root beer midge, trout crack, peach egg, black tungsten pheasant tail.

UO buddy RSquared:

“For topwater it’s a Bluewing Olive small as you can get and still see it (Sz 18 parachute for me on a good day) For subsurface, a black stonefly imitation with a pheasant tail dropper work great.  For white bass and crappie, a white wooly bugger is hard to beat!”

UO buddy Ron:

#12/14 egg, #10/12 tungsten girdle stone, #10-16 soft hackle.

#6 olive WB

UO buddy Landon: peach egg, ate rubberlegs, black mohair leech, small black pheasant tail.

UO buddy Splatek:  tan mop, Y2K, sexy Walts worm, zebra midge.

We hope this list steers you toward success in your winter trouting treks. Stop by either UO store if you need a few flies or hot intel on our chilly January streams.

Unicoi Outfitters: Friendly. Local. Experts.


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