Thursday, February 9, 2023

February Meeting - 2/9/2023

Jeff Durniak to give a presentation at tonight’s meeting on  Spring Drys and Droppers.  So come on out, we’ll still be discussing and planning for the Hoot.  Please bring along the items you have procured for our silent auction and bucket raffles. Remember we are at the Clarkesville library starting about 6p.  We can also learn which dry / dropper setup to use this spring.  Which seems to be springing early this year 😊

Date: 02/09/2023

Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Clarkesville Library
178 E. Green Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523

Program: Hoot on the Hooch Planning

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Foothills October Monthly Meeting

 Our guest speaker for the October Foothills Trout Unlimited meeting 

will be Ben Smith.  Ben has been guiding in northeast Georgia for a few years and now works with Unicoi Outfitters.  One of Ben's specialties is Euro Nymphing so this is your opportunity to hone your own skills in this technique.  This meeting will take place on the water at Nacoochee Bend on October 13th beginning at 5:30 PM.  It is recommended you park in the gravel parking lot in front of Habersham Winery, across the highway from Nora Mill.  There was an expressed interest in having more "How To" programs for our chapter members.  We intend for this to be the first of many.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Foothills March Monthly Meeting - 9/8/22

We will resume our monthly meetings again beginning the 2nd Thursday in September in the community room at the United Community Bank in Clarkesville, Ga.

I look forward to seeing everyone again on September 8th and returning to some semblance of normal.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Foothills May Monthly Meeting 5/12


Our guest speaker for the meeting this Thursday (5/12) will be the infamous Landon Williams.  As those of us who have known Landon for a long time are aware, he fishing more than most of the rest of us combined.  Landon's passion in the coming months will be the Georgia Bass Slam (  We hope you will join us (& bring a friend!) for this entertaining event.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

April Monthly Meeting

 Date: 04/14/2022

Time: 6:00
Location: United Community Bank
468 W Louise Street, Clarkesville, GA 30523
Program: Israel Patterson Introduction

Back to back meetings. It's a little beyond April Fools, so hopefully you don't think this is a joke. No really, meetings are a thing again. Not COVID, Putin or Pollen will stop us from keeping our traditions going.

This month, we are joined by the newest member of the Unicoi Outfitters family: Israel Patterson. Israel previously lived in northern Colorado with his wife and daughter where he was a professional fly fishing guide in and around Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. In addition to his skills as an angler, Israel is also an accomplished photographer.

You can find some of his photos on Instagram at:

Jimmy says he thinks he's a perfect fit, so he must me alright. We hope you can join us to show Israel a warm welcome to our area and chapter.

As usual, general chat starts at 6:00, business at 6:30 and then our program at 7:00. We hope to see you there.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Foothills March Monthly Meeting - 3/10/22

With the warmer temperatures we’ve had this week it feels like spring out there. I hope everyone is doing well and getting out and enjoying themselves. Thankfully, Covid seems to be abating and restrictions are being curtailed. We will resume our monthly meetings again beginning the 2nd Thursday in March in the community room at the United Community Bank in Clarkesville, Ga. on Louise St. It is my understanding that a speaker has been booked so we will return to our regular schedule, 6 – 6:30 social time, 6:30 – 7 business, 7-8 presentation. I hope everyone will attend.

We continue to mourn the loss of our friend and foothills member Warren Adams. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.
I look forward to seeing everyone again on March 10th and returning to some semblance of normal.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Georgia Trout Camp


·    Georgia Trout Camp

·    We are returning to Tallulah Falls School for GA Trout Camp. Dates – June 5 – 10th. Bruce is updating our website with more information - in the meantime the application is attached in both word and pdf. We are accepting 12 campers for the 2022 camp, one from each Chapter. We will have our usual wait-list for additional campers, or those who inquire from the web. There is a fee increase of $100 – to $700. Of course we will make adjustments as needed for any COVID issues that we must deal with. But in the meantime, it is Full Steam Ahead!




Georgia Trout Unlimited


Contact Steve Westmoreland with questions: Cell-770-403-0609


February 4th and 5th: Fly Fishing Show- GA TU Booth help needed.


March 5th: Raccoon Creek Workday- Cohutta Chapter and NPHS 5Rivers Club


March 26th: Sweep the Hooch- Chattahoochee River Keeper and NPS


April 14th: Hedden Creek- Rabun County: Rabun Chapter and Friends


April 16th: Rock Creek- Murray County: Coosa Valley lead


April 16th: Long Creek- Fannin County: BRMTU


April 30th: TroutFest-Blue Ridge: BRMTU


May 7th: Fly Fishing with Mom- GA DNR; Unicoi State Park


May 14th: Kids Fishing Rodeo- Murray County: TBD


June 4th: Lake Winfield Scott- Kids Fishing Day


June 5th: 10th- TROUT CAMP-Tallulah Falls School


June 8th: Trout Camp Workday- Walnut Fork


June 11th: Tallulah River- Kids Fishing Day


July 9th: Jasus Creek- White County- TBD


September 17th: Johns Creek- Floyd County: Cohutta and Coosa Valley


November 4th- 5th: Becoming an Outdoors Woman- BOW- Location TBD- GA DNR

Message from the president....

 Over the past years Georgia Foothills TU has made a huge impact in our local community supporting programs and organizations that align with our Trout Unlimited values and principals. Some examples are Smithgall Woods Education Outreach Program, Casting for Recovery, Trout in the Classroom, Project Healing Waters, 4H Youth Kayak Fishing, Trout Camp, and others. We have been very fortunate to have been able to continue our support during this pandemic even though we have had our main fund raiser the Hoot on the Hooch canceled twice because of it. If we wish to continue to support these programs and organizations into the future, we must start planning for it now. The direction things are going now makes it reasonable to think that we should be able to host the ‘Hoot in March of 2022.

Putting on the ‘Hoot is a big job typically accomplished by a handful of club members. It also provides us our funding for the year. We need to decide if we want to host it again or find a new source for obtaining our funding. This is a decision that needs to be reached by the membership.
After last month’s forced postponement due to the gas situation. We will hold June’s meeting on Thursday the 10th at Fish Camp in Smithgall Woods. It is still of great importance that you come and share your thoughts and ideas on how best to move Georgia Foothills TU forward as we transition beyond Covid. In the years prior to the pandemic, club participation had been declining. Now, after being shutdown for a year we need to get things going again. This is OUR club, and it needs to move forward with everyone together. The only way that can happen is with YOUR Input. The CDC and the State have relaxed the social distancing rules for outdoor meetings. We will continue to take a common sense approach to avoiding spreading the virus. I look forward to seeing everyone again.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

June Monthly Meeting

Date: June 10, 2021
Time: 6:30
Location: Fish Camp in Smithgall Woods
Helen, GA 30545
Program: General Meeting (that will be incredible)
All the social media rumors are true, we are having a June meeting this Thursday the 10th. All the fake news and snide remarks made online that Foothills will never have a meeting again were all fabricated lies. We here and we are ready to get this ball rolling again....again. So get your Sunday best ready for some Thursday action as we welcome everyone back for a face to face meeting.
This, as always, will be an important meeting. We hope to see all of you there.
Directions to Fish Camp at Smithgall Woods
Do Not go to the main entrance of Smithgall Woods SP off Alt Hwy 75. You will not be allowed to drive through the park to get to fish camp. Note that Duke’s Creek is closed to fishing for the summer.
Access to Fish Camp is via Joe Franklin Rd it is a small graveled road with NO sign for the park marking it. It is in between The intersection of Hwy 75 and Duncan Bridge rd & the Shell gas station on Hwy 75.
From Helen/Sautee :
From the intersection of Hwys 17 & 75 at the Indian Mound
Go south on Hwy 75 for approx 1.5 miles
Turn Right on to Joe Franklin Rd.
Go about a half mile and drive through gate into park.
Follow signs to fish camp
From Cleveland :
From intersection of Hwys 129 & 75 at Ingels
Go 5.1 Miles North on Hwy 75
Turn Left onto Joe Franklin Rd
Go about a half mile and drive through gate into park.
Follow signs to fish camp.

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