Saturday, February 28, 2015

Fly Fishing Seminar by Rabun TU

Ever wanted to try your hand at fly-fishing for trout but never learned the in’s and out’s of it?
Ever wonder why some people seem to get so “hooked” on it? Now’s your chance! The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited is planning a half-day fly-fishing for trout seminar for adults (male and female 16 years and older).
The seminar will cover equipment, casting, knots and entomology (the bugs we imitate for fish to eat).Instructors include Federation of Flyfishermen Certified Instructors and other experts for a hands-on learning experience that will be helpful and fun.

WHAT: Fly-Fishing Seminar “Rabunite 101”
WHEN: Saturday March 21, 2015 8:30 am until 1:00 pm
WHERE: The Rabun County Recreation Center off Highway 441 near Rabun County Middle and High School complex.
HOW MUCH? Cost is only $25

WANT TO SIGN UP??? FIRST COME FIRST SERVED! The session is limited to 28 participants.
Send the form at this link along with your check made payable to:…/FLYFISHseminar-March-21-2015-registrat…

The Rabun Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Charlie Breithaupt
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA 30525 (706)782-6954
You will receive notification when you have been registered.

Fishing on the Chauga River in SC

Our group went to try out the Chauga River that Chattooga River Fly Shop had in the last presentation at our monthly meeting. We caught 60+ fish. Dalton had the high mark with 25 by his self.

2015 Georgia Trout Camp Mentors

Georgia Trout Camp Mentors!
1)    Click on the link below to process your background check for Georgia Trout Camp.  

2)    Please complete this form by May 1, 2015.

3)    Send me an email to let me know you have completed the process.   Please include your Full Name and Chapter Membership.

4)     In your email please note if you want to stay in the dorm – all week or specific nights. (first come-first served – I have some reservations already)

5)    LINK TO PROCESS YOUR APPLICATION         password: rustyspinner     

6)    Eat your Wheaties!       

PS …When I entered my application and email it would not take lower case letters even though that is my correct email address. 
I had to start over and submit   - note that if you have a problem as well!


Kathy & Charlie Breithaupt
194 Kitchins Lane
Clayton, GA  30525

NC Hatchery Supported Trout Waters Closed to Fishing, March 1 – April 4

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 20, 2015) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of Hatchery Supported Trout Waters to fishing one-half hour after sunset on Feb. 28 and reopen them at 7 a.m. on April 4. 
While fishing is closed, Commission personnel will stock all Hatchery Supported Trout Waters in preparation for opening day. Staff stocks Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, which are marked by green-and-white signs, at frequent intervals in the spring and early summer every year.
This year, Commission personnel will stock approximately 926,000 trout — 96 percent of which average 10 inches in length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.
While fishing on Hatchery Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per day, with no minimum size limit or bait restriction. Hatchery Supported Trout Waters are open from 7 a.m. on the first Saturday in April until one-half hour after sunset on the last day of February the following year.
For more information on trout fishing in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page, or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Soque River Watershed Association

February 25, 2015

1) Take our Survey -
  1 in 5 chance to win a Chic-Fil-A Sandwich
2) Greenway Workday -  Monday 3/2  or backup date Friday 3/6, (3 - 6PM)


There's just THREE DAYS LEFT
to give us your IDEAS AND FEEDBACK
on what the Soque River Watershed Association
could ACCOMPLISH over the next 5 years

As an incentive
One of every 5 entries
will win a free Chic Fil A sandwich 

winners can choose a

Don't Delay - TAKE the SURVEY TODAY!
Survey ends February 28th

Your feedback and ideas will be utilized during our Strategic Planning on Saturday March 7th which will set the course for SRWA priorities over the next 5 years. So if your stuck in the house with the snow over the next 24 hours, just imagine all the cool things our community could do to protect and enjoy the Soque River Watershed and other natural resources and share with us your thoughts.

feel free to paste the link to your FACEBOOK
(CONGRATULATIONS to Dale Latty and Beth Goss, who's names have been selected as winners)

2) Greenway Workday -  Monday 3/2  or backup date Friday 3/6, (3 - 6PM)
There's a decent chance of RAIN again this coming MONDAY, but we're going to shoot to begin our GREENWAY Beautifcation WORKDAY anyway and if it RAINS we'll defer to the following FRIDAY. The Workday consists of removal of some invasive species (privet, ivy) and removal of some downed trees and limbs, to prepare the way for planting some native species. 
Here's a glimpse of what this pretty trail looks like.
Should be even prettier after a little tender loving care.

All the details are the same:
  • 10 loppers for cutting anything 3 inches and smaller
  • 1 wheelbarrow for moving cut debris (though most will be moved by hand)
  • Work Gloves Recommended
  • Your own loppers if you have 'em!
  • A couple of chainsaws for anything bigger than 4 inches
  • Fun and enthusiasm for this awesome new resource. 
We hope you can join us for a good day and a good way to celebrate this nice piece of land! Send us a quick e-mail to And thanks for helping us BEAUTIFY this terrific new outdoor recreation resource.

For more information contact us at or 706-754-9382,

Justin Ellis
Executive Director
Soque River Watershed Association

Donations to the Soque River Watershed Association (SRWA) are tax deductible.  
You can JOIN the SRWA or make a Donation by clicking HERE

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Panther Creek Cleanup Rescheduled

This Sat-Feb 21 Panther Creek Clean up w Savannah River Chapter up postponed , due to weather.    Will try again Saturday March 7, 9-12. meeting near Yonah dam. Please check your calendars-send Julie/Robert email @ if you will plan to help on the 7th.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Growing collection of photos

Smithgall Woods needs volunteers

Smithgall Woods needs volunteers to help with the 7th grade school children fishing events at their pond. Please contact Sheila at 706 878-3087 if you can help with one of the following dates....

4/30 South Habersham Middle School
5/1   South Habersham Middle School
5/7   Banks County Middle School
5/8   Banks County Middle School

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Foothills February Monthly Meeting - 2/12

Georgia Foothills monthly meeting for February 12, 2015

Guest Speaker:  Karl and Karen Ekberg- owners of Chattooga River Fly Shop

Location:  United Community Bank - Clarkesville, GA

Time:  6:30 PM Socializing
           7:00 PM Program

Georgia Foothills guest speakers for our February monthly meeting on the 12th are  Karl and Karen
Ekberg who own and operate Chattooga River Fly Shop in South Carolina.

 Karl was raised in New Hampshire where he started his fly fishing and tying career, in the White Mountains, chasing wild trout.  After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, New York, he began his Executive Chef career, back in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Karen was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has been an avid quilter, and fly girl for years. Many of her products incorporating fly fishing and the outdoor life are displayed for sale in the Fly Shop.
Karl and Karen have owned the Chattooga River Fly Shop since August 2012, and after two and half years they have outgrown the current shop location and are moving the Fly Shop just a half mile from its current location to 6832 Highlands Highway.  They have a full service Fly Shop with guide services, all the necessary fly fishing accessories, waders, boots, apparel, fly tying materials and tying classes, rods and reels for the beginner to the expert, and home interior products as well, from local artisans.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Red Fish fly fishing in Savannah

Kenneth McKinnon in Savannah.... "Redfish on the Fly"

DH on the Chattooga

DH on the Chattooga this past Saturday.... pictured is Dalton Cahill and Robert Banks