My son has just purchased a boat, however, so I suppose I'll have to learn to lake fish now. By James Marsh. Thanks for the article Dan. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. Game Fish Size & Possession Limits brook, brown & rainbow trout ... Read More→ • A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. Anglers shouldn’t expect to catch trophy trout. Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on December 18, 2010: I also am a trout fisherman(woman) we take our grandsons every year. For more info on South Carolina trout fishing please visit http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/stocking/results.html. I hate salmon, and freshwater trout tastes similar to me. It makes for a shaky day, always looking over my shoulder and I usually find some excuse to go back to camp and collect it. The fish are usually a little smaller, and the long, limber fly pole has a different feel to it. The first problem is finding the trout. River, Big Eastatoee River (Delayed Harvest), Little Eastatoee River, Rocky Bottom Creek and Little Canebrake Creek Note: A total of 11,621 trout were stocked during the time period. This need not be of the highest quality (or cost), as I do not fly-fish, but it does need to be a decent setup. Never jerk the line around the water (except to set the hook), as it will look very unnatural. Chattooga River: From the Hwy 28 Bridge upstream to the confluence with Reed Creek, GA (about 2.1 miles) - Access area is Hwy 28 Bridge pull-out on either side of bridge. I want a stream where chest waders are a waste of money, and even hip waders are not a great deal of value; I can usually find a wide, shallow area to cross. CYBERSUPE from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A. on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman mayself and an avid trout fishing dude, your Hub is Excellent and most Informative. Although I've heard stories of Crooked River fishing and always wanted to go there, I never have. And yes, "Tight lines to all". State of Michigan - For nearly a century, the Pigeon River in the northeast Lower Peninsula has been a beautiful, blue-ribbon trout stream scarred with a flaw sometimes fatal to fish – a dam situated about 15 miles downstream from the river’s source. I love eating fish. The Tributary crosses from the site onto the property owned by Naturaland Trust property, then to property owned by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and eventually into the Eastatoe River. I always thought it was a man sport. Stellar fishing has resumed. This direction is not always obvious, because moving, swirling water can carry the hook in unexpected directions, but you will usually be able to get the line off without much trouble. My own current setup cost about $100 for the rod and somewhat less for the reel. Likewise a pool does not mean 20 feet of water. I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. If you're one of the people who feel they must catch a monstrous fish every time they go fishing, or want to sit in a boat and guzzle beer more than they want to fish, you probably won't be very interested. The wild trout and the holdovers can be selective and it's best to use streamers, nymphs and dry flies that best match the naturals. Just can't get enough of it. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. Your hub brought back many great memories of my youth fishing with my Dad which I will always cherish. Very good and interesting article. But I still plan to go sometime! The trick is to pull the line in the opposite direction from where it was going when the hook snagged. I've tried for salmon, steelhead and a couple of times for sturgeon. Small mountain streams just don't support large fish very well - they move downstream to larger rivers and lakes. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. Note: A total of 3,641 trout were stocked during the time period. Try worms, eggs, mops, stones with rubber legs, and small natural trailers. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on March 28, 2018: I don't know if it's true or not but it very well could be. Anglers will again be able to catch mostly brook trout, rainbows and a few browns. Rivers and streams of the size I have described do not produce two-foot trout, but fortunately I am quite content fishing for trout in the 12" to 18" range. brown trout during the Spring and Summer. But how can you turn up your nose at trout? Can you use regular fishing poles in creeks and rivers? Downstream, the river transforms back into a brown trout stream, with a good population of trout, most of which come from fall helicopter stockings of sub-adult fish. You must decide where a hidey hole is likely to be, without actually peering into that hole. Alongside large rocks, or downstream from rocks and logs, are good places; the water is usually quieter and the area not easy to see. Across the creek is a cliff with a small, attractive waterfall. Good article and great tips! Little Eastatoe Creek is a stream located just 9.8 miles from Pickens, in Pickens County, in the state of South Carolina, United States, near Eastatoe, SC. We parked at Long Shoals Roadside Park (along with a few other anglers), walked down to the river and caught and released a dozen trout in 30 minutes before a thunderstorm arrived and sent us in for lunch. Love it. My father, until his death in 1994, used the same bamboo rod he taught me with some 50 years ago, coupled with an "automatic" (spring loaded line retrieval) fly reel of the same vintage, and seemed happy with them both. Al from Australia, Hong Kong, USA on March 25, 2016: collegedad from The Upper Peninsula on December 23, 2012: There's nothing better than a day spent on a stream with an old fly rod. River levels have subsided. I eat trout sometimes, but I much prefer grouper, flounder, seatrout, redfish, cod, and sharks. A few dollars will provide another one. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! Rivers and creeks blew out. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean. In the meantime enjoy your new trout-fishing techniques in a small mountain river or stream and may you limit out each time you go! Living in Dallas now I fish mainly lakes for crappie and various bass and make the occassional trip to the gulf to fly fish for red fish. Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. Move quietly both on shore and in the water, and do not allow the hook and weight to hit the water anywhere near the fish: if you plop that weight and worm over his head, he's gone for the day. I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. I have fished for bluegill, crappie, bass and some salt water. You should fish Utah, assuming you haven't already. Perhaps NW of Atlanta? Spring: Spring is the best season to fish the upper river Summer: The water can get a little warm during the hot summer in We have bass and other warmer water fish in the lakes, along with some trout, but I much prefer a quiet mountain stream. The Middle Saluda River in Jones Gap State Park. This way the second the trout eats the Fire Bait you can set the hook. Allow the bait to float past the fish you hope to find at home, without guiding it any more than necessary. Guided fly fishing trips on the Grand River… It is a passion and a great way to spend time with friends and family. If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. This steep mountain gorge features some old growth hemlock, a rainbow trout stream, dramatic rock cliffs and rare ferns that are maintained by the creek's moist spray. Enjoyed the great info! For information on trout stocking in the lower Saluda River (Lake Murray Tailwater) please contact Ronald C. Ahle 803-353-8232. Neither one is my idea of a quiet day communing with nature. That isn't fun—it's masochistic and not to be done by normal people. So carry extra hooks, leader, and weights. I've fished a little in Georgia around Brunswick many years ago. I look for a stream shallow enough and narrow enough to wade across. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. Nearly all of my fishing is in small streams; between wading along both banks I seldom need to cast out more than 20' or so and the fly tackle gives me more control in the shorter casts around brush, rocks and logs in the water. I have occasionally found the best fishing in the middle of the day; it doesn't make much difference to me, as I am up and moving around the campsite before daylight and, if the fishing is poor, I'll return for breakfast and wait a while before going out later. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? Granny's House from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time on September 27, 2010: I go trout fishing all the time! He used a ball of Garlic Salmon Egg the size of a pinky fingernail. Try it. For questions regarding the trout stocking program, please call Dan Rankin at 864-654-6346. Not even taking a header into the river can ruin a fisherman's day like not having a license when the game warden shows up. Eastatoe Creek Fishing near Pickens, South Carolina | HookandBullet.com. If you catch a trout in a hole, try it again! Seasons: The trout season follows the general South Carolina regulations. They are very helpful. Catchable-sized rainbow trout are heavily stocked at the bridge and from the campground just downstream, so the first mile or so of waters downstream offers the best prospect overall for anglers who want a limit of trout to take home. Some of my bug-tying friends make fun of my worms and me, but they seldom catch more than I do and they seem to spend half their time playing with a new fly to put on. I use a ten-foot fly rod with a normal fly reel. I was surprised that you use fly fishing tackle for bait fishing. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. The fishing for trout around me in the northeast is equally fun on small streams however we mostly have brook and brown trout rather than rainbows. I typically fish close to home in the Rogue River where you will find brown and rainbow trout along with steelhead runs twice a year. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 20, 2010: Thank you. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. We sell fly fishing rods, reels, fly lines, waders and gear. I love the beauty and solitude, though. And last, but not least, is a dozen nightcrawlers. I have made more than a few trips deep-sea fishing for bluefish, flounder, salmon and sea trout and have even caught a shark. I have a friend that fly fishes in the winter. Plenty of info on hub. I wanted one of our guys to try other baits, but he refused because the Garlic Salmon Egg was working so well. I prefer a worm. The soft action fly rod also really cushions the trouts fight. Cool hub. Above the 28 bridge is delayed harvest right now. The polarization is necessary as it eliminates most of the glare from the water and makes it much easier to see down into the stream. I love water. Hiking away from the parking areas will gain access to less pressured fish. Try it. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. The objective is to have enough weight, perhaps 18" or 2 feet from the hook, to be able to control the location of the hook. Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout Limits A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. As noted, fish can smell—don't contaminate the water with odors of any kind. A barrier-free fishing structure was created over the edge of the river that affords physically challenged anglers the opportunity to fish for trout near the landmark known as the "High Bridge," which spans the Eastatoee River. The Eastatoe River flows through a rugged gorge and prevents all but the serious fly angler more problems to access than the causal … Fishing was tough for a week, fortunately, after we left. Never thought of that. No matter the season, a rushing stream always seems to remind me of springtime. Nevertheless snags are a way of life in the river; I often let the current carry my bait into and under log jams and such. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. With a 10 foot pole it is quite easy to reach out 20 feet or more and by wading in the stream you can reach almost anywhere. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including brook trout, smallmouth bass, walleye, rainbow trout, bream/bluegill and brown trout here. Thanks for sharing. If you ever get out Idaho way, check out Ponderosa State Park; there is some excellent trout fishing in the Payette River along the road there. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. Randy Godwin from Southern Georgia on July 12, 2010: Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. Thanks! Dropping a simple pheasant tail or prince nymph is … I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in. Eastatoe Creek (Keowee to Roy Jones Road) Any length: Nov. 1 – May 14: Catch and Release only: Unlawful to use or possess any lure or bait except single hook artificial lures. It’s important to arrive here early. That crawdad was living in the same water I thought would be perfect for trout. South Carolina DNR From the confluence of Laurel Creek downstream to Lake Keowee, the Eastatoe River is hatchery supported. We planned to catch and release trout so he used a float and then placed two small BB Water Gremlin split shots a few inches above the hook. What advantage do you see with your setup? Trout Flies: We recommend "Perfect Flies". Great article, voted up. SCDNR is back to reporting stocking of rivers. Always wanted to go trout fishing in a mountain stream. There is also Low Water Bridge/Long Bottom Ford that are farther down the river. WD Curry 111 from Space Coast on October 15, 2011: Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on September 13, 2011: It is a type of fishing I really enjoy. Here is some footage of me using a crimp on weight along with trout magnets which I seem to have had a lot of success with last May once things warm up a tad and I feel the stocked trout are a little more acclimated and active: https://youtu.be/ez6Lzc9dcic ... thanks again for your article and good luck this season Dan! Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. Guess I just want both! Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. The good news is stability has returned. Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. At the same time, I have caught many nice trout by slowly raising the bait to the surface; I suspect that they think it's "getting away" and it's taken before it can escape. Reason being, once day-trippers start swimming in these large pools the bite will expire, and you can bet huge groups of people will be swimming on hot spring and summer days. He has also done repairs on all of these. Setting the hook in stream fishing is a little different than in lake fishing. A word on weights. I’d recommend two-pound test and nothing larger than a size 10 hook. While fish can and will be found nearly anywhere there is water, trout tend to congregate in quiet pools with some depth and a hiding place. I haven't done much saltwater; some for bluefish in the Chesapeake Bay and a little for salmon off the Oregon coast but that's about it. It was all small mountain stream. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 12, 2010: Thanks, Randy. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. I've done a little trout fishing in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but we don't really like to eat trout. The purpose of fishing is enjoyment, or should be, not merely catching fish. •River Tubing* •Bike Riding* •Swimming •Hiking •Fishing* •200 yards from the entrance to the Jocassee Gorges •4 miles from … Not perfect; 4 or 5 feet of leader gives the bait lots of room to move around, but better than if I couldn't see the line at all. Monday 11/23 both Big and Little Eastatoee were stocked along with Rocky Bottom and Canebrake. Works great! I like that! Little Eastatoe River, South Carolina Pickens county, Dirt road off Highway 11 to Highway 11 bridge section road map. I get a better idea of exactly where my bait is with the floating line. a small wooly bugger always can be fun if they are not behaving. Living in the Ozarks of North Arkansas I spend a lot of time on White River, using a variety of methods for trout fishing. Jeremy Richmond from Hubbard on August 30, 2019: I've noticed both natural and stocked trout in my area seem to prefer minnows to other live bait offerings but fish using much the same presentation. If it's raining cats and dogs, sit it out for an hour! Meanwhile, what you will catch fits great in a skillet and can be a blast to catch with light tackle. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. See Map #4 of the "South Carolina Trout Fishing Guide" described above. They do have trout here and I did manage to snag one out of what seems to be beginner's luck, attempts to get the same results today failed and I see why after I read this article. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on December 07, 2011: Perhaps it is a man sport (although my daughter-n-law and grandaughter enjoy it, as does my mother and sister) but that's all right - I'm male! That was two weeks ago. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! I'm an avid angler, but I prefer saltwater fishing. A longtime camper, Dan has experience with tents, pop-up trailers, camp trailers, and motorhomes. Most kids are now out of school in South Carolina, which means pressure will be increasing. For details on the best locations to cast your line in the Eastatoe and other Jocassee Gorges streams, download the South Carolina Trout Fishing … I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. Fly Fishing in the United States. For good trout fishing, I go to central Oregon. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on February 01, 2011: I grew up in the northeast corner of Oregon; that's where I learned to trout fish. We caught all our trout on Garlic Salmon Egg Fire Bait. Instead, pull out a few feet of line (a fly reel is not a casting reel), and, using an underhand flipping motion with that long pole, put the bait a little upstream and out from where you stand. I just made a trip to washington state a few weeks ago to fish for rainbows and cutthroats and it was a blast. I am not a biologist, but it seems reasonable that trout can smell (you are standing in their atmosphere, after all) and might detect your odor. Holle Abee from Georgia on October 27, 2011: I don't really like any fatty fish. These creels are small and cheap, which is a good thing because they live in my RV and eventually rot out. Trout fishing techniques for rivers and streams are mostly a matter of common sense and learning to think like the fish. Recreation: Eastatoe Passage of the Palmetto Trail. I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. Eastatoe Creek is a stream located just 11.5 miles from Pickens, in Pickens County, in the state of South Carolina, United States, near Eastatoe, SC. It's a different kind of fun, though, and I wouldn't trade it for my own little mountain stream. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. Much like how you describe in your article. Owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve covers 374 acres in Pickens County. MAP LEGEND: Blue Dot = Put In, Red Dot = Take Out (Above map supplied by Wanan W., copyright ©.) I spent some 22 years living in Virginia and fished extensively for bass, bluegill, perch and other warm-water fish. WOW! Downstream of the bridge, the river contains a mix of wild trout and stocked fish, including 20,000 brown trout that are stocked as sub-adults every fall. Meanwhile, a few days prior to Memorial Weekend an angler suggested we try our luck here after catching and releasing a few dozen trout on the South Saluda. I have heard a lot about some fantastic mountain streams. Have taken some big trout there. I wouldn't dare to show up fishing anywhere without the proper license.... Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 27, 2011: Those surroundings are half the reason I'm there; as you can see from the hub I seldom find monsters in the areas I fish in. Consider that if you can see him, then he can see you as well and probably won't bite. I've pulled a five-foot sturgeon from the Snake River in Idaho, and I've enjoyed it all immensely; but nothing can compare to wading a small mountain stream trying to hook a wild rainbow trout. I didn’t blame him, particularly with the lightening racing towards us fast. A ribbon cutting was held May 22 at Dug Mountain to … Back to Little Eastatoe River main page. We think they are the best trout flies you can purchase. Don't let a hooked fish get too far downstream if possible; it can be a long and difficult fight to get him back upstream to where you are and it is not always possible for you to go to him. Voted this great hub up! From first light to roughly 10 am you should be ok. Keep in mind that the recent rains flushed trout downstream from the two popular large holes. My favorite, though, is a small cold mountain stream looking for native trout. Mae Williams from USA on December 06, 2011: I was surprised to find you like fishing. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on August 14, 2012: Glad you enjoyed it. Standard for me is usually a #4 hook on the end. I am so excited to fish in Montana this year. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on July 13, 2010: As a fly fisherman you have the equipment; if you can find a suitable stream give my odd and unorthodox methodology a try. The activities are endless at Eastatoee River RV Park. ), but inevitably hooks and weights will touch the bottom, as well as larger rocks higher up. The Chattooga, Chauga, and Eastatoe rivers around us here at Chattooga River Fly Shop are fishing extremely well as the waters have warmed with spring rains and the temperatures reaching into the mid 70’s. I have been fly fishing for many years but my 10 year old has just picked up the hobby and she loves to research everything online. A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. I enjoy fishing as well. I've been trying my luck at a mountain stream in this village in Himachal Pradesh, India. We planned to catch and release trout so he used a float and then placed two small BB Water Gremlin split shots a few inches above the hook. Messages 1,463 Reaction score 22 Location Bayou La Batre, AL. The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. I enjoy the articles on Hub. The water is 55 degrees in the summer. I very often see deer and other wildlife, while finding few people. Sometimes they're stupid. Manistee River. Southeast U.S. Eastatoe River SC. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! There must be rapids in the stream to oxygenate it well, but there must also be small, quiet holes with rocks and logs for the trout to congregate in - they want hiding places as well as open water. Unlike in lake fishing, once the fish is hooked you can usually tell what shelter or obstruction the fish is trying to reach, and keep him away from that direction. The Lower Saluda is the tailrace from Lake Murray managed by the S.C. Electric & Gas Company. I like spinning gear.