Fishing Season: Mid September to June

Eastatoee River - SC

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Mark White's Tip of the Week

Fresh fish stocked into the river on the Big E on and Little E on 7/21. Eggs and worms, some flash and natural will take care of the fly selection for those fresh fish. Be still and observe the water before you fish it, there may be an indication for you to change your tactics. Get out early, it's getting hot and the fish need a breather. 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 8/1/22

Afternoons are getting hot and the water is lower though some afternoon storms have given us a little more flow. Fish earlier in the day and get away from the access points. Evening hatches should bring fun dry fly action in pools.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/1/22

With all our rain, I'd tie on larger bushy dry flies w/ your favorite worm pattern as a dropper. Small and large flashy nymphs combined or a flashy and natural nymph all fished along the bottom with an indicator. Use a heavy fly as your bottom fly and try lighter weighted or unweighted flies above. Connection can be made by leaving a tag end longer at your leader to tippet connection. Make your tag ends no longer than 2-3 inches to avoid tangles.

Local Species Available Mid September to June

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Mark White's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Adams Natural 12-16
Elk Wing Caddis Tan 12-16
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail 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


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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:

Early Mornings

Best Stretch:

Roy F Jones downstream or Upstream

Best Access:

Dug Mountain