The first problem is finding the trout. 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. 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. Messages 1,463 Reaction score 22 Location Bayou La Batre, AL. brown trout during the Spring and Summer. It was all small mountain stream. Fly fishing the Eastatoe River in its uppermost section can be a wonderful experience for any fly angler. Rivers and creeks blew out. Several anglers saw them the day we fished, and many poisonous ones, too. Thank you. There's quite a few local small creeks that hold brown trout and I like to use a fly rod with worms to catch them. 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. I'm really looking forward to trout fishing over here in Central PA. 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. Usually, but not always, the best time of day is just before the sun hits the water and just after it leaves in the evening. 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. Great article, voted up. I fish in Bennett springs, Missouri. Tight lines to all. 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. If catching fish is all you want, go to the grocery store, jam a hook into one and drag it to the cashier. We offer fly casting and fly tying classes while offereing a selection of materials. It has big stretches of water that are restricted to fly fishing only, as well as areas that are open to anything and everything. Stream fishing in moving water is much different than lake fishing or deep-river fishing. Your intent is to present food at a reasonable distance and in such a manner that it looks natural to the trout. A casting rod will get it much further, of course, but lacks the control at closer areas. Enjoyed the great info! I look for a stream shallow enough and narrow enough to wade across. Flowing through a secluded mountain gorge, the cold, clear Eastatoe River has the kind of habitat preferred by wild rainbow trout. Most kids are now out of school in South Carolina, which means pressure will be increasing. If you do need to provide some guidance, do it well before the bait is where you think the fish might be. If you catch a trout in a hole, try it again! 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. This way the second the trout eats the Fire Bait you can set the hook. Holle Abee from Georgia on October 27, 2011: I don't really like any fatty fish. I do remember sitting in a small stream in SW Oregon and playing with a crawdad swimming in a small pool while thinking I should get out the fishing pole. That crawdad was living in the same water I thought would be perfect for trout. Can you use regular fishing poles in creeks and rivers? 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. Monday 11/23 both Big and Little Eastatoee were stocked along with Rocky Bottom and Canebrake. I’ve never had much success fly fishing this river, but spinners and natural baits (worms, insects) work great. Allow the bait to float past the fish you hope to find at home, without guiding it any more than necessary. Works great! If you throw your line in and it travels downstream 20 feet in 10 to 20 seconds, that water speed is about right. River levels have subsided. 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. Yep, I've forgotten and left my license at camp when heading down the river. Bass and other warm water fish, trout, both lakes and streams. WanderingFisher from The shore of Lake Erie on September 12, 2011: Excellent hub! The closest I ever came was fly fishing for shoal bass in the flint river here in Georgia. A word on weights. We’d never been to the South Carolina’s Little Eastatoe Creek. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! 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. I live and work in a largish country town about 60kms northeast of Melbourne in Victoria. 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. Most of the river is wilderness. 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. We've got some dandy streams. Even sturgeon. North of the bridge, towards Ellicott Rock (the confluence of NC, SC, and GA borders), the fish are native and wild. WOW! 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. Great article thanks, I live right outside of Philadelphia and fish creeks and streams that are PA stocked water. 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. Trout fishing, however, is fun, and it's usually done in beautiful surroundings! He used a ball of Garlic Salmon Egg the size of a pinky fingernail. Pautzke Bait Co, Inc. PO Box 36 / 800 N Prospect St Ellensburg, WA 98926, Copyright 2020 Pautzke Bait Co., Inc. | All Rights Reserved |, South Carolina’s Little Eastatoe Creek Restocked with Trout, http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/stocking/results.html, Heavy Stocking Arriving on West Virginia’s Blackwater River. Lie about where you got it and no one will be the wiser. a small wooly bugger always can be fun if they are not behaving. Trout will usually be found in places you cannot see, either due to covering rocks or brush or possibly moving water. But I still plan to go sometime! 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. The Middle Saluda River in Jones Gap State Park. Time of day can play a large part in whether you catch a trout or not. There is good Guided fly fishing trips on the Grand River… Although I practice catch-and-release, I do carry a small canvas creel as a convenient way to carry extra hooks, leader, weights, pliers, and other gear. 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. I’d recommend two-pound test and nothing larger than a size 10 hook. 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. If you can find a size 12 or 14 single salmon egg hook they will work better. I really enjoyed reading your article on worm fishing with a fly rod. Little Eastatoe River, South Carolina Pickens county, Dirt road off Highway 11 to Highway 11 bridge section road map. Anglers shouldn’t expect to catch trophy trout. Lastly, have fun and enjoy yourself. Have taken some big trout there. No matter the season, a rushing stream always seems to remind me of springtime. 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. In fact, we went down 2 weeks ago! I've tried for salmon, steelhead and a couple of times for sturgeon. Alongside large rocks, or downstream from rocks and logs, are good places; the water is usually quieter and the area not easy to see. The good news is South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has restocked it with large sums of trout and will continue to do so as water temperatures permit. Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. 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. Overhand casting is also possible when needed. Delayed Harvest season is here so enjoy the river and try the regulars like worms, eggs, and mops. Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout Limits A total of 40 game fish may be kept in any one day. Thanks! I carry a variety of small crimp-on weights, and change weights frequently according to the speed of the water I am fishing in. Great hub. It is now time to get ready for hunting. Thread starter kevind62; Start date Dec 1, 2017; kevind62 Well-known member. Go trout fishing on the Eastatoe River. 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. Larger rivers can be wall to wall people, and lakes are full of other boaters and jet skiiers. You should fish Utah, assuming you haven't already. My favorite is the Crooked River upstream from Prineville. 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. For details on the best locations to cast your line in the Eastatoe and other Jocassee Gorges streams, download the South Carolina Trout Fishing … Any game fish or species with a size limit listed must be landed with head and tail fin intact. Sign UpLogin. I use regular bread balled around hook! Try it. Do try to get to a mountain stream, though. Spooking the trout is a very real concern; trout can be both extremely wily and incredibly stupid at the same time. 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. At the same time you don't want too much weight, because if the hook doesn't move at least somewhat with the currents, it will not look natural and will probably not be taken. I live next door to you, in Oregon, but on the western side of the state. Enjoyed reading this hub. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. Stellar fishing has resumed. Dan Harmon (author) from Boise, Idaho on October 30, 2011: I've fished a little in both the Atlantic and Pacific and enjoyed it immensely. The water is clear and trout can be line shy, especially with the pressure this roadside water receives. I've enjoyed all of it, but my favorite remains a peaceful, lonely mountain stream looking for trout. 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! I do mostly ocean living in California, when I have the time that is. 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. A ribbon cutting was held May 22 at Dug Mountain to … I wanted one of our guys to try other baits, but he refused because the Garlic Salmon Egg was working so well. Likewise a pool does not mean 20 feet of water. I love fishing the moutain rivers around Boise and north. I like spinning gear. Because I usually take my family camping with me, I want a place to park my RV. 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. We have bass and other warmer water fish in the lakes, along with some trout, but I much prefer a quiet mountain stream. This total shall not exceed more than the limits or exceptions listed below. I almost always fish downstream from where I stand, because I can control the line better, but not directly downstream. This does not mean standing water; trout are an active fish and want moving water to linger in (much different than lake fish, and I believe it makes them stronger and better able to fight). Eastatoe River. There are only a few, and only a couple that don't require a mile hike. It's a great way to spend a day. I love water. One or two, caught at daybreak, make a wonderful breakfast with some eggs to go with it. Note: A total of 3,641 trout were stocked during the time period. 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. You don't want the hook right on the bottom (would you live touching the bottom with escape cut off in that direction? Thanks for sharing. This river runs through the gorgeous Eastatoe Valley and into Lake Keowee. Sometimes they're stupid. 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. You're right - I'm not sure I would care to wade around much, especially further south. 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 understand what the fish wants, where he is likely to be found, and how not to spook him so that he refuses to feed. What advantage do you see with your setup? My own current setup cost about $100 for the rod and somewhat less for the reel. Polarized sunglasses are a must, and make sure they are polarized. Editor’s Note: Pautzke Fire Bait is available at Up Country Walmart locations and Bass Pro. The hook ends up in the trout’s mouth, rather than allowing it to swallow the bait. Likewise, I've hooked a few by pulling the hook upstream in slower moving water, for perhaps the same reason. As noted, fish can smell—don't contaminate the water with odors of any kind. Above Burrell's is the wild section. Hey Dan, this article is very informative and just what I needed for a starter course on stream fishing. 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. If my feet don't get rather numb, it's too warm. They are very helpful. Or not! Meanwhile, what you will catch fits great in a skillet and can be a blast to catch with light tackle. Top Locations for Trout Fishing in Michigan (MI) 1. 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. I have never considered nightcrawlers and short casts with a fly rod. It's worth the trip. Without polarized lenses, you are merely making uninformed guesses as to what lies under the surface. I am fortunate enough to have all kinds of fishing near me (except salt water). Back to Little Eastatoe River main page. 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. 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. Trout fishing techniques for rivers and streams are mostly a matter of common sense and learning to think like the fish. The longer rod also gives more control in many situations of directing the bait around underwater obstacles. If it's too cold to go out early in the morning, wait for a while! 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. But I still plan to go sometime! Small mountain streams just don't support large fish very well - they move downstream to larger rivers and lakes. 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. If you wade in most of the other rivers you take a chance of encountering stumps, snags, cottonmouth moccasins, not to mention, alligators! Alternate names for this stream include Estatee Creek, Estatoe Creek and Big Estatoe Creek. The activities are endless at Eastatoee River RV Park. Thanks for the comment; I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Mae Williams from USA on December 06, 2011: I was surprised to find you like fishing. I use floating fly line on the reel, along with about a six-foot leader of usually 6# to 8# weight. The River: Burrells Ford is a bridge that serves as the marking point from where the river is stocked with hatchery trout. A good supply of the small crimp-on weights in various sizes is necessary as well. If water is swirling around in the spots you want to fish in, that water will carry the hook in all different directions without you being to control it at all, unless you have some weight on the line. The trick is to pull the line in the opposite direction from where it was going when the hook snagged. I like the fly tackle for the longer rod and floating fly line. I've had incredibly violent fights in a small hole only to return immediately and catch 3, 4 or 5 more out of the same hole. Hiking away from the parking areas will gain access to less pressured fish. 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. 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. 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. The Lower Saluda is the tailrace from Lake Murray managed by the S.C. Electric & Gas Company. The main two are Burrell's Ford and Highway 28 bridge. I have fished for bluegill, crappie, bass and some salt water. The next step is to present the bait in a natural manner. For information on trout stocking in the lower Saluda River (Lake Murray Tailwater) please contact Ronald C. Ahle 803-353-8232. Nomad Anglers is a fly fishing outfitter with fly shops located in Grand Rapids and East Lansing Michigan. 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. I find most trout in six feet or less, and often in only two feet if there is good cover. I was surprised that you use fly fishing tackle for bait fishing. Sure, it's a lot of fun to catch a good-sized wild rainbow trout—that's what this article is about—but it needn't ruin your day if you get skunked and go home with nothing. From the confluence of Laurel Creek downstream to Lake Keowee, the Eastatoe River is hatchery supported. A trail runs parallel to the river, providing angling … 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. I also fished lakes, ponds, farm ponds, and salt water. I have tried lures, salmon eggs and flies, but have had the most success with worms. 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. ), but inevitably hooks and weights will touch the bottom, as well as larger rocks higher up. I like to use the crimp on weights as you suggested although I don't break out my fly rod as much as I would like. SCDNR is back to reporting stocking of rivers. A lighter leader might be nice and increase the "feel," but there are inevitably a lot of snags on the bottom of a moving stream that you can easily pull off of with a little heavier leader. I didn’t blame him, particularly with the lightening racing towards us fast. Have you done much saltwater fishing? Next on the list would be a rod and reel, and here I depart from all the other fishermen I have seen. Your hub brought back many great memories of my youth fishing with my Dad which I will always cherish. But there's nothing better than getting away from the city, standing in a stream and catch some trout. This trail starts out on the Jones Gap trail and quickly exits onto the Rim of the Gap Trail. Spring: Spring is the best season to fish the upper river Summer: The water can get a little warm during the hot summer in See Map #4 of the "South Carolina Trout Fishing Guide" described above. Wish I could get more, but Idaho is a long ways from the ocean.

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