Fishing Season: Year round

Chattooga River - SC

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Orvis Greenville's Tip of the Week

Tie up those egg patterns, get some worms patterns ready to roll. DH is just around the corner but good fishing can be had right this minute in the wild sections of the river.

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Map of Chattooga River

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 10/3/23

ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT, ALRIGHT! Stocking has stopped and the temps are starting to dip a smidge. Delayed Harvest for SC/GA is just around the corner. DNR will dump a ton of fish in November.

Techniques & Tips as of 10/3/23

I'd try out a size 16 Adams pattern with a zebra midge dropper and run it just like it was still summer.

Local Species Available Year round

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    Brook hatchery supported and wild trout along with native Bartram's bass.

Orvis Greenville's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Elk Wing Caddis Tan 12-14
Sparkle Dun Yellow 12-16
Splitsville Caddis Tan 12-14
TH Duracell Jig Purple 14
Pat's Rubber Legs Brown, Black, Golden 8-12
Acticulated Streamers Brown, Olive, Black, 04-12
Shaky Worm Red 14
Fly Formerly Known As Prince Natural 12-18
Eggstasty Egg chartreuse 12-16
Crawdad Natural 06-10

Elk Wing Caddis

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Orvis Greenville's Recommended Gear

Description: About Chattooga River

The crown jewel of trout fishing in South Carolina is the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River. This is where "Deliverance" was filmed and it's just as untamed today as when Burt Reynolds canoed it. 15 minutes of walking from access points could put you in a prime spot where you won't hear or see another soul all day. 34°58'16.71"N, 83° 6'52.59"W is a public parking lot for the Burrel's Ford Campground.There is a short, easy, hike to the campground and river. The beauty of the Chattooga is it's choose-your-own-adventure style terrain. There is a great trail system here with multiple easy access points. The river is pretty easy wading for the most part but if you're feeling froggy, you can get your heart pumping in plenty of places. The fishing can be great here. It can also humble the most seasoned of anglers at times.

Nearest Airport:

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport


Caddis Sulphur Stonefly Midges

Best Time to Fish:

Dawn and dusk.

Best Stretch:

Burrells Ford Upstream

Best Access:

Burrells Ford or Hwy 28 Delayed Harvest section.