Blue Ridge Mountain Trout Unlimited Chapter 696
Blue Ridge Mountain
Trout Unlimited
Chapter 696

Meets the second Saturday of the month at 9 am
at Faith Presbyterian Church
56 Mountain Street
Blue Ridge, GA 30513

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Bob Borgwat
Reel Angling Adventures
Guide Service

Hiwassee River at Reliance,TN ... Trout fishing is generally strong, with the "numbers game " in place whether you fly fish or fish with spinning tackle.

But keep an eye on the stripers, which are providing late-day action in the lower 3 miles upstream from the Reliance train trestle. I've managed two -- 10.4 and 13.1 pounds -- and a couple other guides have wrestled in fish to almost 40 pounds. This is a hit-or-miss seasonal fishery that takes experience to locate the fish. Large plugs, jigs and trout as bait gets the bites.


Bob Borgwat
Reel Angling Adventures
Guide Service

Made a late-season Coopers Creek crawl on July 25. Feared the worst, and water temperature was 69 degrees in the remote area I fished, but I managed 7 rainbows and 3 browns to hand, all of 'em taken on size 12 Stimulator. 
That's my summertime "go-to" fly, but the high water termperature tells me summer has taken its toll on this fancy creek.

I won't be back on it until October, then ... It will be all about frisky brown trout!


Gary Peterson

Horseshoe Bend, 4 individuals. I was throwing everything I had at them. Stanley was nymphing with an indicator and caught one tiny 5- to 6-incher. Don't know what Mike or Jan were throwing. I even tried dry-flying in that pool to the right of the fishtrap which is usually productive for me. They showed no interest that day.

and 08-04-17

Bob Borgwat
Reel Angling Adventures
Guide Service

The Hiwassee River at nearby Reliance,TN, keeps on giving up good days of fishing for stocker rainbows (8-12 inches) We have managed to scare up a few brook trout too! TWRA must have found a small cache of the pretty trout in a hatchery somewhere.

In any case, the best fishing these dys takes place with spinning tackle. Fly-fishing turns some strikes and is best with a Bugger followed with a brown soft hackle or a Pheasant Tail nymph. A few might take a large brown drake on the surface, but more caught are caught on a dropper fly than with either the big dry or the Bugger. The advantage with spin-tackle lures is the "noise" (vibrations) emitted from the spinners, spoons and small crankbaits we toss ... and it's a great trip for kids! Two anglers in a day take from 12 to 20 fish. Water temp is 65 degrees at the powerhouse.


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Rock Creek (Murray County)
Benton-Mackaye Trail Association
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Lead: Jim Reich
Nov 4 Casting For Recovery Fundraiser
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Blue Ridge, GA
(more info to come)
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BRMTU 696 Monthly Meeting
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Dec 2 Annual BRMTU Holiday Party
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