Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Slate Drakes
4. Needle Stoneflies
5. Little Yellow Quills
11. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Fly Fishing The West Fork of the Chattooga River Georgia
I know some Georgia anglers are wondering when I am going to get to one of their
larger and better trout stream in the state - the Chattooga River. Stop wondering
because I am doing that today. The Chattooga River forms the Georgia and South
Carolina state border. Its waters can be fished with a license from either state. One
reason I'm just now getting to the Chattooga River is because in our "Stream"
section of the "Perfect Fly" website, I listed the Chattooga River as a South Carolina
Stream. I didn't do that for any particular reason. South Carolina has only a few
trout streams and I guess I wanted to try to help them out. Seriously, the Chattooga
River is one of the better trout streams in Georgia, or South Carolina. Both states
claim it. Rather than repeat what I have already written about it, I will link the articles
from our Perfect fly Site.
Actually, in one sense, Georgia has more to do with the Chattooga River than South
Carolina does because most of its major headwaters come from Georgia. Some of
its water also comes from North Carolina. The West Fork of the Chattooga is the
major headwater stream that forms the Chattooga River. It's formed by the
confluence of Holcomb Creek, Overflow Creek and Big Creek. This portion of the
West Fork of the river lies within the Wild and Scenic River Section of the Chattooga
Most of the West Fork of the Chattooga River can be accessed from state highway
#28 and Forest Service Road #86 which follows along the River. The three miles of
water above that up to the forks of the feeder streams must be accessed on foot.
It's not exactly a small stream. The West Fork is about the same size as the upper
part of the main Chattooga River. It has both wild rainbow and brown trout but it's
also stocked its entire length. The Three Forks area, where the three tributaries
join, can be accessed via the Three Fork Trail.
Holcomb Creek is the easiest to access of the three tributaries of the West Fork of
the Chattooga River. Forest Service Road #86 follows along most of its lower
section. The last mile of the stream is within the Wild and Scenic River corridor and
must be fished from the Three Forks Trail. The part along the road is stocked and
mostly fished by the corn guys. The section above the point the service road
departs the stream is quite small and must be accessed by foot. The upper section
has a population of wild rainbows.
Overflow Creek is the main upper tributary to the West Fork. Big Creek isn't really
big and isn't really worth fishing. Overflow Creek is. It contains wild trout only. This
stream begins in North Carolina and has brook trout in its headwaters. The section
in Georgia must be hiked into. This is a good section of water well worth fishing.
All things considered, fly fishing the main stem of the West Fork of the Chattooga
isn't much different from fishing the main Chattooga River. The big difference is the
state of Georgia can claim all of its water.
Copyright 2010 James Marsh