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

  • Temperature: 49.46 ° F
  • Streamflow: 636 ft³/s
  • Gage height: -0.50 ft
Temperature GraphStreamflow GraphGage height Graph

Jones Bridge

Current Conditions

  • Temperature: 51.8 ° F
  • Streamflow: 1890 ft³/s
  • Gage height: 3.46 ft
Temperature GraphStreamflow GraphGage height Graph

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

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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President’s Message – October 2017

October 2, 2017

Autumn on the River Fundraiser To every one of our 900+ chapter members, It was a rousing, enthusiastic, all out “success.” And, I want to thank all of the 90+ UCCTU chapter members and guests […]

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Summer Trip to the SOHO 2017

June 28, 2017

Andrew catches another big one! The South Fork of the Holston River or SOHO as it is affectionately known by anglers is a tailwater of the South Holston Dam just east of the Tri-Cities area […]

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Chattahoochee Links

August 6, 2016

A group of us met up at Jones Bridge this morning anticipating a couple of hours of fishing. We apparently anticipated that someone else would have checked the conditions on the river as well since […]

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UCCTU Supports Women Fly Fishers

July 29, 2015

The July 28th monthly meeting of the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter of Trout Unlimited (UCCTU) focused on Women in Fly Fishing. During the meeting, chapter President Jim Harvey presented a $1,000 donation check to Casting for Recovery. […]

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Education: Trout in the Classroom update

November 11, 2014

Here is just one of the many education programs that UCCTU has to offer our future anglers and conservationists. The Trout in the Classroom (TIC) programs offers students in grades k-12 an opportunity to raise […]

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