This time last weekend on the Chattooga River at Pig Pen Falls. Crushed our theory/superstition that bass only hang out in slower moving water. Crushed the flash minnow too; even the little ones are vicious 💥
99% of the trout we catch are released immediately. Conservation is important, especially when it comes to our rivers and fisheries. But every now and then, just like this time at Low Gap Creek, we’ll throw a few rainbows onto the grill for dinner. Eating trout off the bone around a campfire deep in the backcountry is almost a pioneer-like experience that everybody should experience at least once. But unless you’re eating them, let them go: those trout will be there to catch another day 😌
Smith Creek is home to rainbows, browns, AND brookies. There’s one pool about a mile downriver that’s home to a healthy population of rainbow and brook trout: you can seem them all stacked up on top of each other in the water column! Just another perk of Smith: you can catch something different on every cast 👌🏻
During the bitter cold days of January through March, you can still catch fish at Smith Creek, a delayed harvest fishery right above Helen, Georgia. We’ve had luck with blood worms, San Juan worms, and egg patterns. Haven’t tried them, but flashy streamers would probably do the trick as well.
Talk about a #tbt . @larkin_wilson’s first brook trout on Smith Creek in Unicoi State Park. Smith is one of the best delayed harvest trout streams in Georgia, with tons of stocked fish and easily accessible water.
Has anyone else been slinging brown trout beef all summer? Matching the hatch can sometimes be tricky in Georgia, but there’s nothing tricky about working a streamer through some deep pools 👌🏻 what’s your go-to streamer pattern?
BTS shot of our fish camp on the Chattooga River Trail below Lick Log Falls this past weekend. We were able to set up just a few yards from the river, giving us excellent access and stellar sound effects to doze off at the end of the day 👌🏻
The Chattahoochee above Helen is a completely different animal than the river that flows below Buford Dam. After a short hike from the ranger station on the WMA, you stumble into a spectacular rainbow trout fishery. A mixture of natives and migrated stockers, this portion of the river is a backcountry fishing experience without the excessive mileage.
A pretty native rainbow from Waters Creek on the Chestatee WMA. He may not look like a monster, but was a whale compared to the water where he was caught. We hiked in on old stocking roads to get closer to the headwaters of Waters Creek. The farther up you go, the tighter it gets. This fish was hiding at the base of a tiny waterfall, in a pool no more than 5 feet across and 3 feet deep. When the water is that small, the fights are epic 🥊
Spending time in the #redfishdistrict with friends you don't see often is priceless. Had the chance to push my best friend @uberhuber317 around, but the weather turned rough. Turned into a race to beat the storm back to the dock. Still good times.
Jeremiah Houle is an Oregon-based steelhead guide who lives to swing. In addition to guiding, Houle is a pro for companies such as Loon Outdoors. Houle recently took time to interview with The Venturing Angler. Learn more at the link in profile.