Noontootla Creek and Noontootla Creek Farms
Noontootla Creek flows north out of the Chattahoochee National Forest and is one of the trout filled streams that help form the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, Georgia. Starting off as a series of icy trickles that slip under several wooden foot bridges on the rugged Appalachian Trail the Noontootla here is a refuge for all three species of wild trout in Georgia. Small Brook, Brown, and Rainbow trout inhabit almost every little plunge pool and pocket up here in a tangle of rhododendron. Careful presentations with high floating dry flies and small nymphs will produce trout. Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators are hard to beat along with Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear Nymphs. The farther down the mountain valley the creek flows the larger the trout seem to get and the more open the surrounding cover gets. The whole stream on the National Forest is Artificial Lures Only Catch and Release Only for fish smaller than 16 inches which saves a lot of the fish from the frying pan. They are larger trout in here they are very tough to fool.
After the creek leaves the National Forest it flows through a beautiful Valley onto Noontootla Creek Farms. NCF as we call it is about 1500 acres of private property owned by the Owenby family. They allow fly fishing, quail hunting, and sporting clay shooting with a reservation and a guide. Some of the most beautiful Browns and Rainbows swimming on the planet live in these waters. All fly fishing is catch and release only and is strictly enforced. The trout are above average in size here and some are giant specimens. Being sneaky and making good presentations will help here. A guide is required to fish here and you can book a trip by giving us a call here at Southern Highroads Outfitters.
*Noontootla Creek picture taken by local photographer, Steve Banakas. Visit more of his work at 500px.