Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Slate Drakes
4. Needle Stoneflies
5. Little Yellow Quills
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Fly Fishing Dukes Creek Georgia
When many anglers, especially the young guys and those that haven't been fishing
very long, think about catching fish they tend to think mostly in terms of one thing -
catching big fish. As a matter of fact, there are some who have been fishing for a
long time that also think that way. After all, fishing should be all about having fun
and if you consider catching huge trout, even those that have supplemental feeding
to be fun, then by all means that's a type of fishing you should pursue. I will say this
about it. Although it's not my own personal preference for fly fishing for trout, It's
certainly a far more sportsmanlike way of fishing than fishing for large trout on their
redds when they are spawning.
It's a rare angler that doesn't enjoy catching a big trout. I personally don't see much
difference in fishing the "trophy streams" than fishing the heavily stocked "delayed
harvest" streams. They are extremely popular. Whether it's your thing or not, there's
one thing for certain - trophy trout streams are popular and it seems they have
become even more popular within the last few years. At least the numbers of
"delayed harvest" streams have increased.
Dukes Creek is a tributary to the headwaters of the Chattahooochee River in North
Georgia. The trout in its lower section, below of the Chattahoochee Wildlife
Management Area in the Smithgall/Woods -Dukes Creek Conservation Area, were
not stocked from a hatchery and feed. They are wild trout that receive supplemental
When Georgia anglers start thinking "big trout", they start thinking about the several
"trophy" trout streams that are located in the state. The oldest one I know of that's
open to the public is "Dukes Creek". There are other privately owned "trophy" trout
streams that I'll be writing about in the near future.
You have two completely different types of fishing and fishing areas on Dukes
Creek. There's a wild and rugged, central stream section of Dukes Creek in an area
called "Dukes Creek Scenic Falls Area", which as the name implies, has a series of
waterfalls or cascades. The stream flows through a deep gorge that isn't easy to
access. It has a good population of wild rainbow trout. These rainbows average
about the same size as those found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They
receive little pressure due to the difficulty in accessing the stream. The mile long
Dukes Creek Falls Trail accesses this portion of the stream.
The state of Georgia owned "Conservation Area" of the stream is four and a half
miles long. It's open to the public but reservations to fish must be made in advance.
It's a beautiful little stream that flows through the valley at a moderate pace with lots
of long riffles, flats, some runs and some long pools. It's only open Wednesdays,
Saturdays and Sundays. Only 15 people per morning and 15 people per afternoon
can fish on these days. It's open year-round. It has both rainbows and brown trout.
This stream isn't a push over by any means. You will have to do things right to catch
the trout, so if you go there expecting a "give-me", you better think again.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh