Fishing Season: Year round

Chattooga River - SC

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

56

Mark White's Tip of the Week

Rain has finally arrived! The E. Fork of the Chattooga was stocked on 11/16. Chauga was stocked on 11/14 and 11/16 along with Brasstown. The Hartwell tailwater was stocked on 11/15. Delayed Harvest began Nov 1 and will run through May 14. Eggs and bigger nymphs like a Pat's Rubber Legs are all safe bets right now. Mornings and late evenings are still the best times to look for opportunities for dries. Put in a little hiking to get away from the crowds and find more eager fish.

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Map of Chattooga River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 11/22/22

Rains have provided more water for the fish to be happier and for you to throw some worms and streamers. Good fishing on the Chattooga this week. Run some nymphs through sunny, fast riffles or rip streamers through deep pools. Get away from the people and easy access points.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/22/22

Double nymph rigs and fat streamers for big browns. Pack a lunch and maybe a supper back at the truck. You'll want to spend the entire day out there!

Local Species Available Year round

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    Rainbow

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    Brown

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

Mark White'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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Mark White's Recommended Gear

Description: About Chattooga River

The "Deliverance River" given this name for the 1972 movie filmed on the river, starring Burt Reynolds. South Carolina's best-known trout stream, the Chattooga River is arguably the best stream in the state. Clearly, no other waterway offers a greater variety of opportunities for trout fishermen. Beyond a legendary wild brown trout fishery, various sections of the Chattooga also offer good prospects for stocked rainbows and semi-wild brown trout, plus heavily stocked rainbows, browns and brook trout in a specially managed three-mile section.There is easy access to the river at both Highway 28 and Burrells Ford Road, where there is also a campground. The Chattooga River Trail and Foothills Trail closely follow the river throughout the entire section of trout water, giving the adventurous angler many miles of solitude. Despite this relatively easy access, a day on the Chattooga is truly a wilderness experience. There are no facilities along the river and the terrain can be tough and unforgiving. It s always a good idea to travel with someone, but if going alone, plan on letting someone know your destination.On the Chattooga River you can fish for Rainbow and Brown Trout, and Redeye Bass.

Nearest Airport:

Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport

Hatches:

Caddis Sulphur Stonefly Midges

Best Time to Fish:

ALL DAY LONG!

Best Stretch:

Burrells Ford Upstream

Best Access:

Burrells Ford or Hwy 28