Thursday, July 13, 2023

Summer Meetings Suspended

 For the next couple of months, we're going on summer vacation and shutting everything down on the chapter side, so we'll see everyone in September for our next scheduled meeting on September 14, 2023.

Monday, June 5, 2023

June Foothills Meeting

Hello All –

Our June meeting is this coming Thursday June 8th. We will be returning to the Clarkesville library as the bank is not ready yet. Social time starts at 6pm, followed by chapter business at 6:30, with our program at 7 pm. Last month our meeting consisted of us meeting at the Helen end of the Hardman Farm Heritage trail and putting wire cages around trees that had been planted for the purpose of erosion control. While this is a good start, there is more that needs to be done to protect this area from eroding into the Chattahoochee River. Jeff Durniak has put together a presentation on what is occurring and steps that can be taken to mitigate it. This is an important project and there is much we as a chapter can do to help solve the problem, in cooperation with other interested groups looking to keep the Chattahoochee pristine for future generations. Please join us this Thursday and become part of the project.
Look forward to seeing you all there !!

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

April Monthly Meeting

 Georgia Foothills TU will meet at 6:30 PM this Thursday (4/13) in the Clarkesville Library. We will review the success of our banquet last month and discuss upcoming projects and fishing opportunities. In addition, our guest speaker this month will be Becca Risser who is now the Headwaters Watershed Specialist with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Many of you may remember Becca from her work with the Soque River Watershed Association.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Call for Volunteers!

Please come join the Rabun Chapter on Thursday, April 27 for a stream conservation project. We will be working under the supervision of the US Forest Service and GA Department of Natural Resources to construct new stream structures and perform maintenance on existing stream structures in Reed and Heddon Creeks. We will meet at 8:30 am at the “Double Bit” dispersed camping area, located alongside Reed Creek just off the Burrells Ford Road.

Directions to the work project:
From Clayton, GA take Warwoman Road (next to Ingles) approximately 13 miles to the intersection with GA Hwy 28.
Turn right onto GA Hwy 28 and go approximately 1.7 to Burrells Ford Road (FS Road 646) on your left.
Turn left onto Burrells Ford Road. This road is a fairly well-maintained gravel road. Go approximately 5 miles to a woods road on your left. This road will be marked with a TU sign.
Turn left onto this woods road and go 100 yards to the parking area. This woods road is rough and there is a shallow ford in the road. You may also park on the Burrells Ford Road and walk to the work project along the woods road.
Contact Tammy Hopton, Rabun Chapter Prez, at if you need more information.

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.