July 1995 Stream: Mountaintown Creek
For my review this issue I visited Mountaintown Creek. I fished there are total of nine times over a period of about two months. My first impressions of the stream were grand. On my second visit to the stream I landed seven fish in about an hour, two of which were over ten inches. Most of the fish taken from the creek were stockers, but on my third trip I did manage to land a nine inch wild brown.
As my trips to the stream continued it became very apparent that Mountaintown Creek is much like the other streams in North Georgia, overfished and heavily reliant on stocking. Most of the overfishing is due to it's easy access in most places, however, if you are willing to walk a bit, you can find some very serene areas of the stream that are hardly fished. As with most Georgia streams, Mountaintown Creek lies among a mosaic of public and private land so great care should be taken to avoid trespassing. In fact, I found the best areas of the creek to be located in the smallest stretches of public land.
A trip to the creek should definitely include a good pair of wading shoes as the stream is very rocky. Most of the stream is limited to artificials. In a dry fly, I found grasshopper imitations to be effective, while in lures, dark colored spinners with silver blades worked well.
Mountaintown Creek covers a fairly large area and has access in several places. To reach Mountaintown Creek from Ellijay follow Hwy. 52 through town towards Chatsworth. Soon after passing the wooden sign for Bear Creek on the left you will see the bridge that crosses the creek. Access is available on both sides of the bridge. There are several other access points in the general area near Bear Creek and Hill Lake.