Thawing Waters, Rising Hopes: Midwinter Dreams on the Toccoa

Come February, the Toccoa River starts changing a bit. It’s subtle, but you’ll notice it.

The water gets a touch warmer, and that’s enough to get those trout moving again after a cold winter. The river’s clear as glass, perfect for spotting those big trophy trout lurking below.

This time of year, those fish start getting a bit more active. You’ll want to try some bigger nymphs and maybe toss out a few streamers if you’re feeling it. (We’re talking Woolly Buggers, big Stonefly nymphs, sizes 10 to 14—these can really get those larger, feistier trout to bite.)

We also start seeing some of the first bug hatches of the year. They’re hit or miss, but if you’re paying attention, you can have some real fun with topwater action.

Flexibility’s your best friend out here in February—switching up your tactics and flies as the day goes on can really make a difference.

The view on the river this time of year, with a bit of snow up on the high hills, it’s something else. Just keep an eye on the weather, though. February can still throw some cold surprises at you, affecting both the water and air temps.