A Black Friday trip up to the Chauga river.
I’m not one for fighting the madness of shopping on Black Friday, so I instead decided to opt outside (#optoutside) and spend the day fly fishing up on the Chauga river. I really needed some stream time, so while my two favorite ladies went to Disney on Ice, I trekked up to the Chauga to sling some bugs.
In my neck of the woods, holidays can be really good or really bad for fishing. Luckily, this one was a good one, as I only saw one other vehicle at my spot of choice, and I never actually saw the person driving it. That meant I had wide open access to hit some of my favorite runs.
I arrived just before 2pm, so weather was great. Temps right around 68, no wind, a little overcast but some sun popping in and out. It was my kind of weather, and with the forest canopy, it made the river just about perfect.
We desperately need rain, and the rivers are showing it. Everything is low and gin clear right now, so stealth mode is a must.
I geared up, rigged up and got going. I started off on a Pheasant Tail (16) under an indicator and brought a small brown to net on about the third drift. After that, nothing for about 30 minutes of scouting some small pockets and seams. I got hung up on bottom and had to break off, so I decided to switch over to a dry since I’d need to stop and rig up again.
I switched to a X-Caddis (14) and that was the ticket for my best catch of the day, which was a really healthy brook trout, and the biggest brook trout I’ve ever caught:
I stayed with the X-Caddis and caught two more smaller browns before switching over to my always deadly black beetle hopper (12). I don’t know why they love the beetle so much, but it always works. I worked one run for about 30 minutes and pulled 3 more browns to the net. The Chauga is stocked full of 8-12″ browns and rainbows, and you can have blast with them.
All in all, I had a great couple of hours out on the river. I really needed a quick trip to sling some bugs and clear my head. It’s amazing how therapeutic fly fishing in beautiful places can really be.