Wet Flies/Soft Hackles for Georgia

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Toasty
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Wet Flies/Soft Hackles for Georgia

Post by Toasty » Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:02 pm

I'm so impressed by the recent post regarding soft hackles on the Madison and Firehole. I am still learning the methods and flies; and as such was hoping for a bit of advice regarding flies for Georgia. A lot of my fishing is in the Chattahoochee tailwater, and I'm venturing further North for the freestones and tailwaters. That area borders much of the Carolinas, so I imagine there will be crossover with flies common to the Great Smoky Mountain region.

In the 'Hooch, we have lots of midges, some caddis, some stoneflies, etc. I've been tying and experiencing success with some of the basic classics: Partridge and Orange, Soft Hackle Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, March Brown, etc.

I've heard the further North you go, sulphurs become more common and yellow is a good general color. Any particular suggestions for what I should start tying to try around my area?

Thanks so much, I really enjoy reading this forum and its posts.

PS If y'all hadn't heard it yet, this forum was recently mentioned in the Wet Fly Swing Podcast episode with Steven Bird.
narcodog
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Re: Wet Flies/Soft Hackles for Georgia

Post by narcodog » Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:43 pm

Since I live in N.GA all I can say is that works down there on the Hooch will work up here. There are sulpher's and cahill's and caddis, If going to the Smokies ,yup it's yellow or not much of anything else. As I posted last week my go to is Ellis Hatch's hatching pupa. Depending on the time of the year. Early you'll have black stones from Nov until April. There is also a small black caddis, When the weather warms Quill Gordons will start so a size 12 dark s/h will work. there are really no special flies. Most of the flies mentioned on this forum will work in the mountains here.
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Toasty
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Re: Wet Flies/Soft Hackles for Georgia

Post by Toasty » Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:09 pm

Thanks, those are helpful tips! This will give me some projects to tie up. Appreciate it!
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