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Fly Fishing the Chattooga River South
This beautiful trout stream, a National Wild and Scenic
River, starts in Cashiers Lake in North Carolina. It has a
lot of small tributary streams in the North Carolina
mountains before it reaches the state line of Georgia
and South Carolina. It flows near Ellicott Rock, a
boundary marker from the corner of the three states.
From there is flows along the state line of Georgia and
There are only two roads that cross this stream below
the North Carolina line. They are approximately fourteen
miles apart. You can access the stream from Burrells
Ford Road or state highway 28. It is truly a remote
stream. There are some very good trails to follow the
course of the river from, but hiking is the only way to
access much of the stream.
The headwaters of the stream in the North Carolina area
consist mostly of fast moving pocket water. The lower
section slows down a little with some large pools with
riffles between them.
This river was where the movie "Deliverance" was filmed.
It is a popular kayak stream and can be crowded in
places with kayaks during the summer, but not anglers.
Because of its remoteness, It is not heavily fished at all.
The fishing is best from April to June
Spring is probably the best season to fish the river
The water can get a little warm during the hot summer
but it is well shaded throughout most of it entire length.
Autumn is a good time to fish the river. It is certainly one
of the most beautiful times. The brown trout spawn
during the fall months and the fishing is normally very
Fishing during the winter can be good, especially on
Fly Fishing Guide to the Chattooga River
Fly fishing the Chattooga River requires some hiking
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