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03-16-06, 06:02 PM
Has anyone here spent much time on Sarah's Creek? A few year's ago, we had some good fish up there.
It's seasonal but if you catch it after the stocking truck rolls through it can be fun. It is a put and take stream. The locals typically wipe it out fairly quick. I took my 2yr old daughter there last there last year rather than going to the trout farm (I just can't do it). I used some corn and we reeled in a few. She calls everything with fins a fish except for catfish and specifically rainbow trout (proud papa grins).
I've always done well with rooster tails and random flashy nymphs. Bead heads are good as well as Y2K's. It's still a great place to go.
Don't forget the West Prong at Overflow Creek Road which is a few miles farther down Warwoman Road. It's year round. They stock there also but you can run into some good holdover fish and I've caught my biggest wild fish there back in the winter of 2000 (20 inch brown).
03-16-06, 10:20 PM
I must say that "the locals wipe it out" is ...........well !! Let me say that during trout season, I usually cover most grounds real good. I have yet to see/meet a "local" fishing the Sarah's Creek after a stock truck !! I have been guilty of takin' some kids there !! Everybody I have ever seen fishin' the "Sarah's Creek" area has been folks from out of town. Some were camped at the Burton Hatchery, makein 2 trips a day to catch their daily limit, the 2nd time !!!!!!! Most of the locals here think of "stock" fish as a good deed !! Most locals here don't keep a stocked fish until it has been there long enough to turn "pink" on the inside !! If this was practiced a bit more often,...........well........the fish may not be "wiped out", as you say !!
It is my opinion, of course everyone has one, that stocking seasonal streams through the winter, should the fish survive, they would have a lot better chance of accomplishing what the stocking program is about !!
03-17-06, 11:50 PM
I agree with you. Most of the fishing on Saras is from out of towners. I normally don't fish on the weekend because the streams are full of out of towners and that is OK. I'm just glad that we have a place a beautiful as Rabun County, Ga. to live in and fish in. I don't mind sharing it at all because at one time I was one of those flat landers. I normally fish in the middle of the week and I have done a little fishing lately on the annual streams and really have enjoyed the early fishing. I'm hoping to hit the streams again next week. I just hope this rain comming in will not screw up waters up too much..
Sorry for the rambling. When I first moved to Rabun County back in 1979, I fished Saras Creek and have not fished in over twenty years. Last year I revisted Her and was brought back to the years past. Yes these are C&R trout but they are fun and the creek water is nice and clear not some of this run off water some people have to fish in.I have a friend who takes his 80 year old dad there so he can catch him some of those STOCKERS. They may be STOCKERS but I still love to make a meal of them.
Saras is a wonder LADY!!!!!!!
Grits and Gravy
Greg, you are right. I apollogize for the "locals" statement. I've seen the out of town folks camped up there in droves and they tend to be the ones wiping out that area. It's still a great place to go and I love the stretch beyond the waterfall past the 2nd creek crossing. The stretch that is behind the campsite and away from the road. I've snuck up on several wild fish in that stretch a time or two.
By the way, do you get into fishing the West Prong? I love that stretch and think it is waaay underrated. You just don't hear of folks fishing anything other than the 3 forks area. I hope it stays that way (grin).
03-21-06, 04:49 PM
This is my preferred trout stream for my four boys, aged 8 and 6 (three 6 year olds). I've been to it on a Wednesday and the fish are just laying there, I suppose that's the stocking day. But it's a great little roostertail stream and the boys enjoy it, it's small enough for them to get around in. Better results on spinners than corn, bigger fish with good spunk on a Snoopy rod.
The ford is great fun, I used to have an MB 320 wagon and drove it through, so you could drive anything through if it hasn't been raining.
04-08-06, 11:53 AM
Took two of my boys there Thursday 4/06. Quite a few camping parties, many schools on Spring Break (including mine). Too many people on the really open sections, went up past the second ford.
The most depressing thing, aside from the crowds and the group of spin/corn/worm/powerbait um... er... "colorful indigenous persons" at every spot, was that I saw 12 - 20 filetted trout carcasses randomly tossed in the stream. Who filets a trout, anyway? We did catch one nicely colored 12" rainbow, on a brand new spinner with son John's line draped over a bush. I suppose the current spun the thing enough to get this guy on.
The stream is stocked weekly, so maybe when schools aren't out it would be more pleasant on a weekday. I agree with earlier remarks that locals probably take better care of this stream than these campers, who almost by definition must be from elsewhere.
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