View Full Version : Toccoa Tailwater

06-23-2008, 10:00 PM
Any friendly soul on here who can tell me if Toccoa tailwater in GA stays cool during the summer heat?

06-23-2008, 10:03 PM
Does anyone on here know if it stays cool all summer?


06-24-2008, 01:57 PM
The tailwater section of the Toccoa River stays cool through the summer. I've never fished it, but it has a reputation as a good dry fly tailwater. www.thefishhawk.com (http://www.thefishhawk.com) has a Toccoa fishing report.

06-24-2008, 08:26 PM
Thanks for your reply.

06-24-2008, 09:52 PM
We have fished the Toccoa several times during the summer and always have worn waders. It stays nice and cool. They stocked Brookies recently...I caught my first Brookie ever back in April at Horseshoe Bend.:biggrin: The folks at Unicoi Outfitters in Blue Ridge are very helpful and friendly.


06-26-2008, 08:53 PM
Do you have any experience from Chattooga?

06-26-2008, 09:21 PM
Have not been there Hans. You may check out the message board on this site:


I have seen some info there about the Chattooga. Hope this helps!

06-26-2008, 09:26 PM
Thanks, I just peeked over there the other day. I need to do some research.

06-27-2008, 09:07 AM
Trout Unlimited's TV show "On the Rise" featured the Chattooga last week. Pretty good episode.


06-27-2008, 07:29 PM

I saw it somewhat. I had visitors so I couldn't really pay attention to the show. Do you recall if they said anything about water temps in the heat of summer?

James Buice
06-30-2008, 06:29 PM
Oh yes, the Toccoa stays very cool in the summer time. I'd try to stay within 8 miles of the dam to find the coldest water. Yesterday, it was 48 degrees at the dam around 7am. Downstream, my guys would not come out of their waders...heck, it was already up to 50 LOL. Most of the summer will find it around 60-65 near Curtis Swtich once the heat sets in around late July through August. This depends on water release, weather, etc.

Yesterday it fished well. One of my guys in the boat caught a nice 21" rainbow on a beetle. Pretty cool take and in super shallow water. The rest were typical Toccoa trout, 10-12".

If you're going, take terrestrials, sulphurs (14-18), cahills (12-18), and some big meaty dries. Midges and standard fare nymphs on the bottom.

Good Luck

06-30-2008, 07:58 PM

Thanks for your reply, I was thinking about going down that way on Saturday. I'm going to camp on Hiwassee and I figure I'll drive down to look at some new water. I don't have a boat so I understand it will be very limited access. I might even go to the upper section around Deep Hole just to scout.


James Buice
07-03-2008, 11:31 AM
I'd look at the tailwater before going to Deep Hole. Awfully low and hot up that high. Look at Curtis Switch and around Tamen Park near the dam. Plenty of trout and cooooll water

07-06-2008, 11:40 AM

I didn't make it down there this time. I hope to visit some time though. Thanks for your info.