10/23/10
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
6.    Ants
7.    Inchworms
8.    Beetles
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Craneflies
11.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

Fly Fishing Jacks River Georgia
I did an article on the Conasauga River in North Georgia just a couple of days ago.
Jacks Creek happens to run parallel with it very close to it. It's in the Cohutta
Wilderness Area and is a tributary of the Conasauga River. I don't really understand
why it is because Jacks River is larger than the Conasauga River. It joins the
Conasauga  not far from the Georgia-Tennessee state line just inside Tennessee.
Almost all of its waters are in either the Cohutta Wilderness Area or the
Chattahoochee National Forest. Unlike the Conasauga River, Jacks River is formed
outside of public areas on private property. Jacks River's West and South Forks
merge to form the main part of the river and both of these are on private property.
None of the upper river lies within a developed area but it is accessible by roads.
Like most small headwater streams, these little branches are almost completely
enclosed with limbs that helps keep the water cool. They hold a  population of native
Appalachian brook trout.

One main feature of Jacks River is its sixty-foot high waterfall. It's the only area of
the river than gets much attention from visitors. Most of the river sees very few
people and most of them are hikers and backpackers. Few anglers fish this stream
even though it contains a good population of rainbow, brown and brook trout. The
reason for this isn't the lack of good fishing opportunities. The lack of popularity
stems from the fact It's difficult to access. Those that go to the trouble to hike to
Jacks River are usually well rewarded. Its trout are said to be larger than those of its
neighbor, the Conasauga River. Most of them are rainbows but there are some
brown trout and like its neighbor, it also hold some large brown trout over 20 inches
in length.

Jacks River Trail follows almost the entire length of the river. It only crosses the river
about forty times. You have an alternative route to get there - Penitentiary Branch
Trail. Now I don't think I would want to watch the movie "Deliverance" and then travel
there on Penitentiary Branch Trail, even though the movie was filmed on the other
side of the State of Georgia. Jacks River may have been a better place to have
filmed it. I do wonder how Penitentiary Branch Trail got its name. I'll bet I could make
a good guess. It access the middle section of the river but it's very steep and tough
to travel. The Beech Bottom Trail access the lower part of the river. It's a long way
to the river using Beech Bottom Tail though. In other words,
there isn't an easy
access to Jacks River
. This helps keep the entire river in a wild and rugged state
for those that do want to go to the trouble to fish it. Backcountry primitive camping is
allowed in the Cohutta Wilderness Area.

Just like the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Jacks River depends
on rainfall and melting snow for its water. It is a pure freestone stream, so the water
levels vary greatly with the weather patterns and changes in the season. It can be
low in the late Summer and early Fall and it can be dangerous to wade across  
Jacks River Trail during high water. It stays relatively clear though, even after heavy
rains.

If you want to explore some new streams and be as assured as you could possible
could be that you will not be bothered by other anglers, Jacks River is a stream you
may want to try. Get ready to do some hiking and make sure you fish with a partner.
The rugged, remote terrain along Jacks River wouldn't be a good place to break a
leg, especially if you were alone.

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