Fishing Season: Mid September to June

Eastatoee River - SC

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Mark White's Tip of the Week

Heavy rains have gotten us closer to decent flows. Fish were last stocked on the Big E and Little E on 10/21 and 11/8. The North and Middle Saluda were stocked on 11/15. Temp drops and tropical storms have made for better fishing opportunities. We were in bad need of rain. Flows are the best they've been all fall! Eggs and worms are effective on freshly stocked fish. Strip darker streamers thru cloudy water. Be still and observe the water before you fish it, there may be an indication for you to change your tactics. No need to get there super early. Let the sun warm the waters on cold days. Try a dry and a dropper combination in addition to the "Go To" flies like worms and eggs. Try big and bushy with natural or something like an egg pattern or worm. Streamer stripped always works. Get out and fish! Hike downstream and fish your way back up to the car. Pack some food and water and enjoy a great day in some of the most beautiful water that South Carolina offers!

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Map of Eastatoee River

5-Day Outlook as of 11/22/22

Fall is here. Rains have arrived. Drown a worm. Strip a streamer. Get out there while the getting is great! Delayed Harvest is in effect.

Techniques & Tips as of 11/22/22

Double nymph rigs and streamers. Eggs and worms as well as Perdigon nymphs are producing big numbers. If the flows are still low, don't be afraid to run a dry dropper rig.

Local Species Available Mid September to June

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    Brook Hatchery Supported

Mark White's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Blue Winged Olive Natural 14-18
Elk Wing Caddis Tan 12-16
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph Natural 18-20
T.H. Soft Hackle Caddis Pupa Cream, Olive, Green, 14-18
Stimulator Orange 10-18
Girdle Bugs Brown/black/ golden 8-12
Adam's Purple Parachute purple 14-18
NBK Caddis Dry Olive or Tan 14-20
UV Z Midge Black/ Silver or Olive 18-20
Sculpzilla Jr Black or White 04-12

Blue Winged Olive

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Mark White's Recommended Gear

Description: About Eastatoee River

Near the eastern edge of the Jocassee Gorges area high in the mountains, the Eastatoe River heads up and then tumbles through a fabulous gorge which is part of a Natureland Trust Conservation Easement. Eventually the gorge opens into Eastatoe Valley, consisting mostly of posted private land and some public access. Trout are heavily stocked through the fall, spring, and summer.

Nearest Airport:

GSP International


Midges Stoneflies Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

All day!

Best Stretch:

Roy F Jones downstream or Upstream

Best Access:

Dug Mountain