April has always been a fond month for me. Milder weather is always a plus for anglers and guides alike. Just all kinds of activity everywhere, and especially on and in the streams. The rainbow trout are beautifully colored up right now from their spawning activities. April will have all kinds of insects coming from abroad. This will get many trout looking up for these tiny morsels. Nothing like rising trout to a dry fly!
Our friends at the Department of Natural Resources started stocking many streams back in early March. They will continue to fill streams with trout until July 4th for the first half of the year. Keep in mind, that the delayed harvest streams and rivers will continue to get some fish until the season ends which is May 14th. The five delay harvest waters are Amicalola Creek, Chattahoochee River, Chattooga River, Smith Creek and the Toccoa River. Be sure to check the Georgia Fishing Regulations for more information.
Some flies to have for your outing in the Southern Appalachians will be caddis, mayflies, and stoneflies. The following is a good assortment to have on hand: brown, grey and green caddis sizes 14-18 (elk or deer hair caddis), Quill Gordon (early in the month), Blue Quill, March Brown, Red Quill, and Light Cahills (late in the month) sizes ranging from 10-20 (mayflies), and lastly will be stoneflies like little black stones, and yellow stones sizes 14-18. I personally like a yellow stimulator and yellow elk hair caddis size 14-16 for my dry fly fishing.
Regardless if fishing with dries or nymphs, it is important that you try to match the size you are seeing first then color. If nymphing, take a little time to flip some rocks to match the mayfly or stonefly sizes. Making a good choice for your dry fly and dropper fly (if permitted) will help lead you to success!
Reel ‘Em In Guide Service is an Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide based out of beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. They have been offering their services to fly anglers since 2001. Their Special Use Permit for Guiding allows them on the Chattahoochee National Forest, they have licensed guides for North Carolina, offer over 7 miles of private trophy waters across Georgia, and offer drift boat trips on the Toccoa River and the Tuckasegee River in NC.
Contributed By: James Bradley