The Hooch

Your guide to the Chattahoochee River

At the center of our chapter's mission is the wonderful Chattahoochee River. Both revered and endangered, it is among the southernmost major trout fisheries in the United States and the only one that flows through a major metropolitan area. To get to know the Chattahoochee better, articles on Wikipedia and the New Georgia Encyclopedia will tell you its geography and history.

For information on fishing and other recreation, the National Park Service is your best source. Remember that parking fees are charged at most of the park sites along the river.

Like any tailwater, it's always wise the check dam releases. Current Buford Dam water release information is available at 770.945.1466. For those who like to use a canoe, kayak or float tube, here are some float times for popular trips. The river roughly flows at four miles per hour, to calculate time down the river.

Buford Dam

Current Conditions

  • Water Temp: 54.86 ° F
  • Flow: 606 ft³/s
  • Water Level: -0.51 ft

Jones Bridge

Current Conditions

  • Water Temp: 60.98 ° F
  • Flow: 979 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 2.10 ft

Chattahoochee Tailwater Hatch Chart

Click to view the chart for trout food on the hooch >>

Hooch Facts

Lake Lanier
Million visitors annually
Chattahooccee River Supplies
Drinking Water for Greater Atlanta
Designated Trout Water
Cold Water Habitat

Read Our Stories About Fishing

Live The Stream – The Story of Joe Humphreys

March 16, 2020

Live The Stream is the inspiring life story of Pennsylvania’s fly fishing legend, Joe Humphreys: a man who was born to fly fish, lives to teach, and strives to pass on a respect for our […]

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Rescheduled Rizzio Youth Fly-Fishing Clinic

March 4, 2020

Rescheduling for Oct, 18th 2020. The comprehensive fly-fishing clinic is designed to teach young men and women, ages 10 to 15, Fly-casting, Knot tying, Insect identification, Trout habitat, Water conservation. Signup and Details Here >>

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Dream Trip 2020 – Fly Fishing for Two

January 12, 2020

The Grand Prize is five days hosted fishing and six nights lodging in Idaho July 26-31, 2020 (plus other goodies too). The drawing for the 2020 Dream Trip will occur after the “shelter in place” […]

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2nd Annual Fly Fishing Clinic for Women was a Great Success

October 20, 2019

UCCTU and Alpharetta Outfitters hosted a FREE 1/2-Day Fly Fishing Clinic for women. REVIEW OF LAST YEAR’S EVENT Oct, 20th 2019 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Chattahoochee Nature Center 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 […]

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Trout in the Classroom Panel

September 12, 2019

We will not have a guest speaker, instead, we will hear from a Trout in the Classroom Panel consisting of volunteers and select 2019 participating program teachers. Times: 6-7 Social 7-9 Meeting Location: Ippolito’s 2270 […]

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January 25, 2019

5 days hosted fishing / 6 nights lodging in Idaho July 21 – 26, 2019 Accommodations located between the Madison River, Yellowstone National Park and the Henry’s Fork.   All proceeds go towards fulfilling GA […]

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President’s Message — September 2018

September 2, 2018

Times Up   It’s been great serving as your chapter President these past two years, but all good things do come to an end. Well maybe.   Yes, my term as President has been very […]

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President’s Message — May 2018

May 2, 2018

So, here we are ‘almost’ at mid-year…   We’re nearing the midpoint of 2018 – ALREADY! We’ve accomplished a lot, but there’s still a lot more that we can do. Maybe now’s a good time—while […]

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2018 Rizzio Clinic

April 29, 2018

Another successful Rizzio Youth Conservation & Fly Fishing Clinic was held at the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Saturday, April 22. This year was extra special as all students not only learned fly casting, knot tying, […]

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President’s Message – December 2017

December 2, 2017

Can you believe we’re about to close out another year? What happened to 2017? Whatever happened…it was a fantastic year for the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Here’s a quick re-cap.   We started […]

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