Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited
August 2015



Earlier this summer when Gerry Mecca announced that he was relocating to New York State, Mark Romzick graciously accepted the position of Secretary in addition to his duties running the monthly raffle.  Thank you, Mark, for volunteering for this important function, and thanks to Gerry for his contribution for the past year. 
Jeff Hammen has agreed to take over for Chris Smith as Communications Chairman and has already initiated some enhanced social media connections for UCCTU.  Thank you Jeff for volunteering, and thanks to Chris for your contribution during the past two years.
You may have read that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has proposed eliminating the minimun flow standard of 750 cfs at Peachtree Creek, a standard that has guided the Corps of Engineers since the 1970's.  If this change periodically lowers the flow of water from Buford Dam, it could have an adverse impact on the naturally reproducing trout population from the Dam to Island Ford.  For this reason UCCTU opposes this change as proposed.  I will be testifying at the August 25 hearing at the Department of Natural Resources and advocating that a study be conducted to determine the potential impact on the trout fishery and to scientifically determine the appropriate minimun flow at Peachtree Creek.  We welcome any comments from UCCTU members on this matter at president@ucctu.org.
Zach Matthews will be speaking about striped bass fishinig on the Hooch at our August 25 meeting.  It is a timely topic as the striper fishing has been pretty good lately.  :-)  I hope to see you at the meeting.
Jim Harvey
Upper Chattahoochee Chapter #436 - Trout Unlimited


Guest Speaker - Zach Matthews, Editor/Owner of The Itinerant Angler.com
Striper Fishing on the Hooch
(from a personal watercraft...not a boat)
It's summertime and reports coming in show stripers are in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. That is in the Chattahoochee River.
Come to our next chapter meeting on August 25 to find out all there is to finding good "striper-holding water" and how to entice them to take your fly-as yo
u are floating in your personal watercraft (pontoon, kayak or float tube).
Zach Matthews, editor and owner of the popular podcast "The Itinerant Angler" will be our guest speaker. He is an attorney by trade and expert on catching Hootch stripers. When not in the office or out on the river he is a regular contributor to a number of national outdoor and lifestyle magazines, including Fly Fisherman, Fly Rod & Reel, American Angler, The Drake and Arkansas Life. As the host of the Itinerant Angler podcast, Zach has conducted well over one hundred interviews with expert fly fishers, fishing supply manufacturers, guides, writers and artists.
Don't miss this chance to learn about what else is swimming in the Hooch alongside our rainbow and brown trout. Meeting is on Tuesday, August 25 beginning at 6 p.m. at Ippolitos Italian Restaurant on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

November 6-8 
       The Cherokee, NC region is a fly fishing paradise with dozens of famous and not so famous mountain streams and rivers coursing through the area. Within the Cherokee area you can find backcountry trout fishing or spend your day on the Cullasaja, Little Tennessee, Nantahala, Raven Fork/Oconaluftee, Snowbird, or Tuckasegee River. 
 Don't miss out!  
Stay tuned for more information on equipment, fly patterns, and hatch charts in upcoming email updates.





UCCTU Rod Raffle


Please support our fundraising rod raffle. This year we are offering the winner's choice of a TFO BVK rod and matching reel in either 5, 6, 7 or 8 weight.

Your support of this fundraiser is vital to our conservation and educational efforts.

Please click on the link below to learn more and to purchase tickets.


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Please contact fundraising@ucctu.org with any questions and thank you for your support of UCCTU. 



Guide's Angle- Staycation on the River
Chris Scalley


Sweet Summer on the Chattahoochee!

Save your air-fare and save that fuel for that road trip this Summer to get away. Yes we have the best of two worlds and it just seems too good to be true. If I told you that you could catch trophy striped bass and brown trout on the same day in the same river this sounds like anecdotal trivia from a fishing guide right? If I told you that this exists in your backyard right here in Atlanta you may think this is another really good fishing story. Stay home to fish my friends you will be happy did! Water temperatures from Buford Dam will hover between 46 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit all throughout August and September making for 38 river miles of productive trout water to Morgan Falls Dam then another 60 miles downstream to West Point Lake is ideal striped bass waters
News Bites
Jim Harvey reports good fishing on the lower Chattahoochee for stripers using Galloup's olive colored Butt Monkey, a sculpin imitation.  It is a heavily weighted fly that undulates when retrieved.  During the past two weeks he reports catching stripers between 27" and 36" with the fly.

Don't forget to pay your UCCTU Voluntary Dues  Here

Contact Fulton County's Georgia DNR Officer Mark Puig if you see any poaching or violations while your fishing next time.
Ranger Hotline: 800-241-4113
Cell: 404-997-3214
Email:  Mark.Puig@DNR.STATE.GA.US

Check out the new Chapter Website at  ucctu.tu.org and leave comments in the Shout Out box. 
Volunteer Opportunities
SEPT 19th: TIE-ONE-ON at Bass Pro Shops
This is a fun event that raises money for our chapter and for GA TU to  be used for Youth Education programs.  Bass Pro donates the tying materials, and the tyers bring their own vice and tools.  The flies that are tied are donated to the chapter and sold in Bucket Raffles.  This year's patterns are: Zonker, Woolly Bugger, Elk Hair Caddis, Rainbow Warrior, Flashback Pheasant Tail Nymph, and Flashback Hare's Ear nymph.  The event runs from 9am to 5pm, and we would like to have eight tyers split between the morning and afternoon sessions.
SEPT 20th: Chattahoochee Nature Center
We need two volunteers - one for casting instruction and one for fly tying - for this event at the Chattahoochee Nature Center from     12 p.m to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 20 th.  This event provides an excellent opportunity for us to engage with the Nature Center and share our passion with others.
SEPT 26th: DNR Outdoor Adventure Days
We need two fly tyers, two casting instructors, and plenty of volunteers to help kids fish from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 26th.  This is a really fun event at Lower Pool Park at Buford Dam where about 2,500 trout will be stocked for the kids to catch.  Many of us stick around after the event to try to catch a few ourselves.  Free sodas and hot dogs are there for kids and volunteers alike.
Please let Tom Hayes know which events you would like to volunteer for at membership@ucctu.org and we look forward to seeing you next month!

In This Issue
Quick Links

Coming Events
August 25th-   August Mtg

September 22nd - September Mtg

September 19th: TIE-ONE-ON at Bass Pro Shops

September 20th: Chattahoochee Nature Center Joint Program

September 26th: DNR Outdoor Adventure Days

Monthly Fly Tying
Dutch Earle will be hosting June Fly Tying. Email Chris Smith for information about the event if you are interested. 
Atlanta Fly Fishing School  

Welcome to UCCTU
We have 4  new members:

Sinasi Bilsel
Jacob Cline
Jay Miller
Christopher Tennant


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July Fishing Dayz winner is a 16" nice chubby rainbow caught on the infamous San Juan Worm by Programs Chair Ken Mock.


At Island Ford enjoying hot dogs and Jim's "South of the Border" red hot chili salsa are (left to right): Jim Harvey, Chapter President, Jack Killorin, Bill Lott, Ken Mock, Major Boone, and Joe Collins.
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Atlanta, GA 30309