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Fly Fishing Upper Toccoa River Georgia
This section of the Toccoa River is about its many miles
of fly fishing opportunities above Blue Ridge Lake. This
river's headwaters are in the Chattahoochee National
Forest but about ten miles of the uppermost part of the
river is not available to the public. Below the private
property the river flows through a mixture of national
forest land and private property.
The trout are mostly stocked rainbows. The stream and
some of its tributaries, mostly Coopers and Rock
Creeks, are stocked by the state of Georgia. There's
some natural reproduction but it's very limited. The
natural production takes place mostly in the small
The first major section of the Toccoa River open to the
public is in the Deep Hole Recreation Area. The stream
is generally much larger than most Georgia streams
this close to their headwaters. It's already a good size
stream at the Deep Hole Recreational Area. The 14 mile
stretch of river downstream from the Deep Hole
Recreational Area is called the Toccoa River Canoe
Trail. Although the area is popular with canoeist, anglers
can fish the waters nearby that's not on private
property from the bank or by wading as well as by boat.
By hiking away from the popular areas a short distance
you can find plenty of water to fish. There are also
points the river can be accessed from bridges. Although
the stream is easy to wade in this area, most anglers
prefer to fish it from a boat. It's a big stream, width wise -
not the typical small stream most anglers prefer to wade.
The Toccoa River Canoe Trail provides several
developed access points. The trail and upper section
drift boat trips ends at the Sandy Bottoms access area.
Sandy Bottoms provides a ramp.
The next popular section to float is from the Sandy
Bottoms area downstream to Blue Ridge Lake. You will
find it consist of a variety of different types of water
ranging from narrow, fast water sections to wide, long
pools of slower moving water. This section ends above
an area of rapids near the lake. Smallmouth bass enter
the species picture the closer you get to the lake. The
last point to take your boat out is called Noontootia Boil
which is on the Aska Road.
The popularity of the Upper Toccoa River is rapidly
growing due to its relatively, newly established "delayed
harvest" section of water. The DH Season runs from
November 1 through May 14. There's a mile and a half
section that falls under these regulations. This section is
stocked heavily during the colder months of the year
with larger size rainbow trout. There are also some nice
size holdover brown trout in the stream.
Cooper Creek is the uppermost sizeable tributary of the
Upper Toccoa River. It's a heavily stocked trout stream.
In fact, it's considered the heaviest fished trout stream
in Georgia mostly because it flows through the Mulky
and Cooper Creek Forest Service campgrounds. The
entire upper part of the stream is located within the
boundaries of the Cooper Creek Wildlife Management
area. The first four miles of the creek from the Toccoa
River upstream are on private property. It does have
some wild trout mostly found in its headwaters upstream
of the campgrounds area in the Cooper Creek Scenic
area. Hiking is required to reach this section and it cuts
down on the fishing pressure almost a hundred percent.
There are some wild rainbows and holdover and wild
brown trout in this section of Cooper Creek.
Rock Creek flows into the Toccoa River downstream of
the Deep Hole Campground from the Blue Ridge Wildlife
Management Area. The Chattahoochee River Fish
Hatchery is located about the middle of the creek. The
fish hatchery, along with the Forest Service Frank Gross
Campground located on its banks, insures there isn't
any shortage of stocked trout. The stream is medium
size from Rock Creek Lake (also stocked) downstream
and contains some wild trout along with the stocked
brown and rainbow trout. Above the lake, the stream is
small but does contain both wild and stocked rainbow
trout. Unless you want to venture into the streams
upper section just for adventure, we don't recommend
either Cooper or Rock Creek for the avid fly angler. The
Toccoa River is a much better choice.
Noontootla Creek is the last major tributary to enter the
Upper Toccoa River. It's considered by many anglers to
be the best freestone trout stream in the state of
Georgia. It begins in the Blue Ridge Wildlife
Management Area near Frying Pan Gap. It's managed
as a catch-and-release stream.
You can fish the stream anytime of the year.
Spring is the best time of year to fish the river because
of the hatches.
The best fishing is confined to the uppermost sections
Autumn is a great time to fish. The fall foliage along the
stream is beautiful. Brown trout spawn in the fall.
Warm days can provide decent trout fishing.
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North Central Georgia
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