Amicalola Creek

Stream Location: Dawson County and Dawson WMA

Special Regulations: Delayed Harvest from November 1st – May 14th

Wild Trout: Unknown; this stream is massive and has the potential for wild trout

Stocked: Rainbow, Brook, and Brown

Other Species of Note: Bass

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Royal Wulff, Terrestrials 

Nymphs: Caddis Puppa, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Stone, Squirmy Wormy, Mop, and Perdigon 

Streamers: Minnows, and Wooly Buggers

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: Yes

Casting: Overhead Tuck, Bow and Arrow, Roll, and Spey

About:

Let me first say that Amicalola Creek is massive, its really a small river that flows into the Etowah River. Now with that being said, there are literally miles of fishable water and a plethora of public access points to fish. Also Amicalola Creek is one of five Delayed Harvest Streams in the State of Georgia, but I will cover that further later in this post. 

Amicalola Creek is a stream that literally you could fish at any access point and catch fish year round, it is so big that stocked fish have miles and miles to circulate in and get away from the anglers that just want to fish where the stocking trucks dump at. As for the creek it is a freestone creek that offers very long pools, deep pockets, several undercuts, fast riffles, and very wadable waters in most areas. 

Honestly you could probably spend a lifetime wade fishing this creek and never be able to cover it all. As a Georgia fly fishermen this creek is almost a must to fish, it offers so many ways to fish it; you can easily perform roll casts, tuck casts, roll casts, and you could always spey fish here. It is just an amazing piece of water.

Now comes the Delayed Harvest Section of the stream; this section runs from County Road 192 (Steele Bridge Road) downstream to GA Hwy 53. The Delayed Harvest season runs from November 1st to May 14th. This section is just as amazing as the rest of the creek but offers some truly deep holes, use caution in this area and make sure you don’t get in over your waders. 

When it comes to fly choice the choices are endless, about everything works. However using a two nymph tandem rig is my preferred way to fish this creek, especially in the deep holes in the DH section. Also streamers are a very good choice in this water, there are several small bait fish throughout this creek and they become a prime target for trout, especially in deep holes and high water. Also it worth mentioning that anglers should not forget about midges during the winter months when fishing the DH sections, when fish are not hitting anything big they are munching on tiny midges, this can often save an angler from having a skunked day to multi fish day. 

Directions:

I am going to provide a link of a map provided by the State of Georgia for the Directions. If you have any questions just leave a comment and I will provide some better directions if needed.

https://georgiawildlife.com/sites/default/files/wrd/pdf/trout/amicaloladh.pdf

Turner Creek

Stream Location: White County

Wild Trout: None

Stocked: Rainbow Tout and Brown Trout

Other Species of Note:

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Royal Wulff, Terrestrials 

Nymphs: Caddis Puppa, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Stone, Squirmy Wormy, Mop, and Perdigon 

Streamers: Minnows, and Wooly Buggers

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: Yes

Casting: Overhead Tuck, Bow and Arrow, and Roll

About:

I am seriously feeling deja vu as I write this stream write up, it really seems that Georgia has a lot of creeks are set up for spin fishermen, or for those that really just want to take some fish home with them. Turner Creek is a very, very small creek that has very limited access, if I ever find a new access point to it that is on public land I will update you readers. 

Turner creek is a spring creek that has a freestone bottom, it looks a lot like a certain spring creek in Virginia that I love to fish. However there is very limited access to this stream. I would use everything in my arsenal to hammer these fish. Keep close to banks and also fish deep in the section where water flows over a grated sections. Just be warned; there is not a lot of creek to fish and getting into this area is a bit sketchy. I wouldn’t right off this creek if you are looking for some fish to take home, again fish it deep and be very thorough.

Directions:

Chickamauga Creek

Stream Location: White County

Wild Trout: None

Stocked: Rainbow Tout

Other Species of Note:

Gear:

Dry Flies: Adams, Caddis, Royal Wulff, Terrestrials 

Nymphs: Caddis Puppa, Pheasant Tail, Prince, Hares, Stone, Squirmy Wormy, Mop, and Perdigon 

Streamers: Minnows, and Wooly Buggers

Waders: Yes

Net: Yes

Wading Stick: Yes

Casting: Overhead Tuck, Bow and Arrow, and Roll

About:

I have almost come to conclusion that the state of Georgia loves to create areas designed specially for spin fishermen and also some for fly fishermen. Chickamauga Creek has only 30 yards of access, it is literally just one large hole that someone can fish for a couple hours. I am positive that this creek gets fished out almost as soon as it gets stocked. I have spent hours looking for other spots that the state of Georgia could also stock, however my search has not yielded anything as of yet. I have even went as far as to ask a local fly shop about it and they are almost certain that this is the only area that fishing is allowed publicly. 

The stream flows straight off of a small water fall into a massive hole, one that is very deep. From there it flows down past a nice wood covered bridge, then you will see the no trespassing signs begin. 

My advice is to fish this hole using nymphs, mops, squirmies, or using a wooly bugger. The reason being is that I believe that the fish that are stocked here get hammered with about everything but a fly. Using something very buggy might produce a very productive day. I wouldn’t right off this creek if you are looking for some fish to take home, fish it deep and be very thorough.

Directions: