Re: Help with first trip to the Chatooga.


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Posted by Kent on September 09, 1997 at 08:59:37:

In Reply to: Help with first trip to the Chatooga. posted by Don Nielsen on September 08, 1997 at 19:46:44:

> I was going to backpack/camp/trout fish the Chatooga north of 28 in the next few weeks. This is my first trip and I could sure use some advise on where to try my luck fishing. I'm a spin-cast fisherman if that helps any. Thank you.

Don -

Chattooga is great river - light spin-casting there
twenty years ago started my interest in fly fishing.
But spinners definitely catch trout there, too. My
favorite was always a white roostertail - throw it up
and across and work it back as it swings downstream.
And in addition to deep runs and pools and undercut
banks, fish the shallow ripples with it - there's fish
there you'll never see, until they take that spinner.

In this lower section of river, you'll probably also
find shoal(red-eye) bass - lots of fun, and this is
one of few spots they remain. And put them back - most
trout are stocked, but these bass are wild,native
fish.

My July fishing report has a Chattooga report
(http://www.mindspring.com/~kje/per_jly.htm), though
it's from upper section of river.

I suggest the SC side from the 28 bridge - trail is
clearly marked, but left fork to river near start
is not the best trail if you're walking in aways -
take right fork.

Good luck.




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