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GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 12:19 • #1 
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As a someone that's lived in Fl and S GA for my entire life, I've never really been around trout fishing. Even once I started fly fishing my focus was/is mainly for warm and saltwater. However, with a trip to the mountains planned, I thought I'd see if I could catch my first trout on the fly. I read a Bluelining 101, (a great quick read) watched the Orvis guide to small streams, got a handful of flies from Unicoi Outfitters, and got some info from the fine folks here. Definitely different from anything I've ever done, but I enjoyed the cold water and the mountains tremendously. I'll be back soon with a 3 weight.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 14:29 • #2 
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Very fun!!

What a beautiful fish. GA doesn't seem like trout water....


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 14:39 • #3 
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What a beautiful fish. GA doesn't seem like trout water....


Most of the state isn't. You can find them though.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 15:00 • #4 
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Nice ! Small stream trout fishing will always hold a special place in my heart.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 15:49 • #5 
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Goose,

Congratulations on your first trout! What outfit were you using and what fly?


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 17:33 • #6 
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He's wrong. No trout in Ga. Do NOT come here to fish. Big disappointment. None in NC either. Try Tenn, Ala, SC.

All taht said, congrats, and that is a good lookin' fish even if you probably caught it in SC.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 19:09 • #7 
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You caught me. This is in fact a SC trout.


I was using my 7’ CGR #5. A little too much rod but the length was great for the creeks.
Dry dropper stimulator with a small nymph. Couldn’t tell you the name. Basically told the dude at the shop to build me box.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 19:20 • #8 
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Atta boy. Keep up the good work!


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 20:09 • #9 
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goose_ wrote:
I was using my 7’ CGR #5. A little too much rod but the length was great for the creeks.
Dry dropper stimulator with a small nymph. Couldn’t tell you the name. Basically told the dude at the shop to build me box.


That is a good rod - the 5wt will not be too much for small steam fishing. You can go lighter, but if you are only occasionally getting out for trout - then that will be a good rod to have for small stream fishing. Now if I could only follow my own advice....

Dry dropper setup is perfect - occasionally they will go for the floating fly and it may be a better option than an indicator.

Pete


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 20:27 • #10 
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haha. I hear you. gear is a slippery slope.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 27 Sep 2022, 23:21 • #11 
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That’s awesome! Congratulations!


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 28 Sep 2022, 07:21 • #12 
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My friend who began TIC in Texas (and volunteered me for the next 14 years and running) owns trout property in GA.
Though this is a Texas Guadalupe tailwater rainbow.
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Re: GA Brookies
Post 28 Sep 2022, 13:10 • #13 
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Sounds like you have added another exciting chapter to your own book of fishing. I do a lot of small stream fishing where a 10” trout is big. I use <7ft 3wt rods almost exclusively so you are going in the right direction with your comment of coming back with a 3wt. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 28 Sep 2022, 16:28 • #14 
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Goose,
What was your impression of the Bluelining 101 book, did it go into much detail or was it pretty basic? I'm interested as I could use a little in-depth info on the technical aspects of mapping, etc.


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Re: GA Brookies
Post 28 Sep 2022, 18:31 • #15 
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I picked the book up in a state park gift shop. I didn't have super high expectations - but it helped a lot. well worth the $12 or so investment for a complete newbie. As a flatlander I found the section on topo map reading very helpful although I'm not sure how in-depth it is.


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