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I live in Huntsville and love to flyfish; I stink at it but still have a great time. The North Carolina drives are a bit much for a weekend so I am looking for something closer to home. I am told that the Elk River in TN is probably my my best bet - around Chattanooga. Any thoughts from fellow Auburn folks?
I have fly fished for over 60 years and still enjoy it. If you want to wade streams for trout, you pretty much have to leave Alabama, but if you want to fly fish for bream and bass you can have just as much fun in almost any river, creek or farm pond in Alabama. You really would have a hard time screwing up badly enough to not be able to catch a load of blue gills and some bass too. I have done it many times with a small fly made of from foam rubber with white wings made of small rubber bands. That will work anywhere there are panfish and bass. If you can cast a popping bug well enough, you can catch more and larger bass and an occasional mean blue gill or shellcracker (otherwise known as a red eared sunfish). Have a ball.
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There are many that do inland fly fishing for salt water species. At night around Ono Island in Old River, under the lights. A wet fly that resembles a shrimp or a menhaden will do nicely. Some large specks and reds have been taken doing that.
North east georgia has many small creeks and rivers that you can fish in around Helen, Ga. Cooper's Creek in Suches is a great place, been there many times and always a great little trip.
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Consider the Jacks and Conasauga located in the Cohutta Wilderness Area of the Chattahoochee NF. Also have fished the Chattooga (of 'Deliverance' fame) once further east - no porch-sittin, pig-sqeelin, banjo players, promise! A nice river!
My exposure to fly fishing primarily is limited to the Jacks/Conny rivers. My buddies (Auburn Grads, all!) and I would venture to one of these two areas twice a year (April/October-less people). We'd back-pack in and stay for 2-3 days. I loved the outdoor experience and learned how to fly fish there. Best time spent with comrads I still consider the best friends I have. The hike in and out of the Conasauga is challenging (topography!) but worth the effort - don't attempt it if you're not in decent shape. The Jacks hike is longer, but less of a topographic challenge; fish upstream of the Jacks River Falls. Nice Rainbows and Brownies to be had on both rivers and tributaries. Suggest a 8' four/six-weight, medium action.
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I used to fly fish from a small boat into the nooks of the Tennessee River not too far from you. I caught, literally, a boat load of smallmouth on a sponge spider. Some of the most fun I ever had fishing. A two pound smallmouth is a load on a light weigh flyrod.
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