Toccoa River Fly Fishing Tips

By Andy Whitcomb

Aug 22, 2018

Northern Georgia has great fly fishing opportunities in the Toccoa River. 

When researching tips for a new fishing spot, I like to start with that state’s fish and wildlife site.  Not only will they provide good public access points, but you can learn about the species available and area regulations. Thus, for information on Toccoa River fly fishing, you may want to start with the Georgia fishing site.

Located in Northern Georgia, this river becomes impounded to create the Blue Ridge Reservoir for opportunities to fish for smallmouth bass, walleye, and white bass. But if trout, mainly brown and rainbow, are the goal note that when fly fishing Toccata River there is a section that has special regulations. On a stretch operated by the U.S. Forest Service, from November 1 through May 14th, it is a “Delayed Harvest Stream” where all trout are released and only artificial with one hook can be used. That designation means this stretch may be a great place to start fly fishing for larger trout.

Toccoa River fly fishing also can be accomplished by canoe or kayak. This lets you cover and explore long stretches of water, perhaps narrowing down locations to return to fish from shore. However, be advised that there some rapids so take all safety precautions and make sure all your gear is secure.

Do your own online investigating of Toccoa River fishing reports. As a wise man once said, “trust but verify.” One report I read claimed the entire river was good fishing, but I’d like to narrow it down a bit. Maybe even consider hiring a guide to really learn some tips. I also like to monitor water discharge rates and the weather forecast.  And then or course, don’t forget another vital part to a successful fly fishing Toccoa River trip is to get your fishing license

Andy Whitcomb
Andy Whitcomb
Andy is an outdoor writer ( and stressed-out Dad has contributed over 380 blogs to since 2011. Born in Florida, but raised on banks of Oklahoma farm ponds, he now chases pike, smallmouth bass, and steelhead in Pennsylvania. After earning a B.S. in Zoology from OSU, he worked in fish hatcheries and as a fisheries research technician at OSU, Iowa State, and Michigan State.