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Old 05-23-16, 04:00 PM   #1
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Default Upper Chattooga Slam

As another poster said a few weeks ago, I'm a "long-time lurker... first time poster."

I had Friday off this past week and took the opportunity to fish some water on the Chattooga that I've been eyeing for a while. The forecast called for overcast skies and rain later in the day... perfect for what I was after . On the drive up, I promised myself that I would hike the 1.5 miles from Burrell's Ford to the East Fork without even looking at the water as I knew the first deep long run would suck me in, and I'd never make it all the way up to Ellicott Rock. Of course, as soon as I saw the river I couldn't resist and started high sticking a black bugger with a black stonefly dropper in the first deep hole. As luck would have it this was a great decision. On the 7th or 8th cast my leader started to unfurl, I quickly raised the rod tip, and I was rewarded with what I assume was a native Brookie! I know they stock brookies in the DH, but being 10+ miles downstream, I'm thinking this was one of those rare brookies still left in big waters like the Chattooga (somebody please correct me if this sounds crazy. I know they stock rainbows by helicopter in the area between the DH and Burrell's, but I'm not sure about other browns or brookies).

With the skunk off early, I convinced myself to start hiking after that first hole, and I arrived at the East Fork about 25 minutes later. Alternating between high sticking and stripping the bugger/stonefly combo, I was into fish right away with a solid 11 inch rainbow in the first hole and a 10 inch brownie from the second. Not even 10:00 AM and I already had the Slam! Pretty awesome.

I fished my way upstream for the next 5-6 hours, mostly stripping the wooly bugger but with a little indicator nymphing mixed in. Both strategies worked though the bugger produced more fish, especially bigger browns. I ended up with 5 bows, 5 brownies, and that one brookie. Of course I missed a bunch more. The two best fish were beautiful browns in the 13-14 inch range. The 18+ brownie that I was searching for eluded me, but I figure now I have a reason to go back. Overall, it was a great day on some of the best trout water in the southeast.
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Old 05-23-16, 04:08 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard.

Though some might, I wouldn't rule out a wild brookie anywhere. I've caught too many in the 4" range where they shouldn't have been to do that.

All nice fish. They always seem to be well colored up there.
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Old 05-23-16, 04:34 PM   #3
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SC occasionally stocks Brookies near the BF bridge and the campground area. It's not unusual for some stockers to move upstream.
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Old 05-23-16, 05:42 PM   #4
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Awesome deal and nice trout!
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Old 05-23-16, 06:46 PM   #5
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I would definitely say that was a good day! Nice photos too. You've convinced me I need to go tie up a bunch of woolly buggers for this weekend when I finally get to see north Georgia for a few days.

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Old 05-23-16, 08:21 PM   #6
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Welcome to the board and great report of what seems like a great day. Its a great time of the year to talk a long walk and fish....
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Old 05-24-16, 12:14 AM   #7
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Heck of a first post. Welcome!
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Old 05-24-16, 08:28 AM   #8
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Great report. I have had mixed success above BF. Usually a day worth bragging about or a day that I just struck out. Not much in between. It sounds like you had the day worth bragging about.

Great job and great report. Welcome to the board.
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Old 05-27-16, 10:16 AM   #9
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Bravo! Excellent first post!
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