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Old 01-29-18, 07:18 AM   #1
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Recently I heard that the DH section of Chauga River in South Carolina fishes good. I would like to give it a try. Anyone familiar with it? Any information anyone cares to share will be appreciated, best access points, easy to wade, similar to what waters in Georgia, etc? Does South Carolina post stocking dates? Thanks in advance for info.
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Old 01-29-18, 08:38 AM   #2
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Hills, yes it fishes very good. One of our Mid GA T.U. members has a cabin on it over there. Same bugs/flies as fishing style North GA. No idea on anything else but I will see if I can get ahold of him....will
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Old 01-29-18, 12:38 PM   #3
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Karl and Karen at the Chatooga River can give you info on it . Fished it a little last year and it fished well . You do need a SC fishing license .
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Old 01-29-18, 01:44 PM   #4
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Chauga DH is fun to fish. Best accessed by Cassidy Bridge Road. The bridge marks the downstream boundary of the DH. DH continues upstream from the bridge about 3 miles to confluence with Bone Camp Creek. SC stocks year round, but stocks DH more heavily during season. Here's a SCDNR Stocking Summary. I've fished the Chauga only a handful of times, but have always had good luck. It is rarely ever crowded- nothing like the Chatooga DH. Size-wise, I'd compare it to the 'hooch upstream of Helen in the WMA. There are some deep holes, but for the most part its relatively shallow with a good mix of riffles, small pools, and pocket water. As for flies, the usual DH flies always work fine for me. IMO, junk flies seem to remain productive throughout the DH on the Chauga- possibly because it receives far less pressure than the GA and NC DH streams. There are other fishing opportunities on the Chauga other than the DH, but I know very little about other access points. I've only fished non-DH Chauga once at a place known as "Spider Valley." Access was kind of tough and it was in the middle of summer 2 years ago (during the drougt/wildfire atrocities). I only caught one, but it was a wild rainbow so I imagine the headwaters are usually fairly productive under better conditions. You might try contacting the "Chatooga River Fly Shop" for better information. They guide on the Chauga and Chatooga year-round, so they should be able to point you in the right direction.
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Old 01-29-18, 02:49 PM   #5
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The Chauga is freaking awesome. Far and away my favorite DH.
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Old 01-29-18, 04:01 PM   #6
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Chauga has not been fishing very well this year. Better off trying the Ami.
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Old 01-29-18, 04:27 PM   #7
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Chauga has not been fishing very well this year. Better off trying the Ami.
Sad to hear.. Haven't been up this year.

What's the problem? Holdover game seemed quite strong the years I've hit it.
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Thanks everyone. I want to give Chauga a try.
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Thanks everyone. I want to give Chauga a try.
Don't let anyone deter you. Even if it isn't fishing well, it's one of the most enjoyable streams I've fished.

I have always had the blessing of good company when I was there. The stream structure has some obvious areas, but there are areas that you can get technical. Pretty as well. Just an enjoyable piece of water success or not.
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There are no fish in Chauga. None. Stay away. LOL!
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